Lodging in Nauvoo, Illinois

by Mary Freeman

History and small-town charm characterize Nauvoo, an early Mormon settlement. Many of the city's hotels are housed in historic, mid-19th century homes. The Nauvoo Temple and the Mississippi River are the two biggest draws to the town. Nauvoo is rife with historical sites and has a downtown shopping district.

The Whitehouse Inn

Built in 1860 by French immigrants, The Whitehouse Inn has four bedrooms that sleep two to eight people. A hot tub, kitchen, private patio and gas grill are available for guest use. The inn is one block from a grocery store and gas station as well as the downtown area.

Nauvoo Grand

The grove of trees that surrounds the Nauvoo Grand first sprouted around the 1870s. In addition, Illinois' eldest vineyard, which is still owned and operated by the original vintners' descendants, is on the hotel grounds. A Victorian aesthetic flows throughout the three-bedroom bed and breakfast.

Ellis Sanders House Bed and Breakfast

Antiques, Jacuzzi tubs, European chocolates, sleigh beds and down pillow-top mattresses give the guestrooms at Ellis Sanders House an upscale feel. Upon request, the hotel provides monogrammed bathrobes, which can be purchased. The hotel does not allow pets or children under the age of 12.

Nauvoo Villas

Located just outside of Nauvoo, guests at Nauvoo Villas only pay 6-percent tax rather than the 12-percent tax charged in town. Guests choose between one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, which sleep four to 11 people. The two- and three-bedroom units also contain kitchens.

Zions Mercantile Hotel, Woodruff Hotel and Willard Richards Inn

The Zions Mercantile Hotel offers suites with one to seven bedrooms, living rooms and balconies directly across from the Nauvoo Temple. The hotel's sister property, The Woodruff Hotel, is located in the Temple House Building. This historic hotel, built in 1871, offers one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. Another sister property, Willard Richards Inn, sits next to the former homes of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and Wilford Woodruff. Guests receive complimentary breakfast and can book accommodations with five, seven or 12 rooms.

Blossom White Bed and Breakfast

Located near the Great River Road Golf Club, Blossom White Bed and Breakfast offers guests a $20 per person discount off the club's rates (as of November 2010). The bed andbreakfast is home to a winery and gourmet food shop, which sells local bleu cheese.

Templeview Bed and Breakfast

Nauvoo's founding resident, Daniel H. Wells, once resided in the home now known as Templeview Bed and Breakfast. The home is one block from the temple and Nauvoo's shopping district. To accommodate families, the bed and breakfast provides toys, high chairs and cribs.

Hotel Nauvoo

Hotel Nauvoo's on-site restaurant takes guests on a trip through the history of the town; each of the restaurant's five dining rooms represents a different period in Nauvoo's history. The restaurant is only open for a dinner buffet, but the hotel offers discounts on breakfast items at Grandpa John's Café, located across the street.

Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites

Relatively large for Nauvoo, this hotel contains an indoor swimming pool, restaurant and salon. Couples enjoy the inn's romantic honeymoon packages, which include scattered rose petals, fruit and chocolates, and breakfast and dinner for two in the hotel's Jacuzzi suite.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.