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Couples Find Romance Stepping Back in Time

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  • Boaters docking at Mineola Bay on the Fox Lake view Victorian mansion The Roxana Bed & Breakfast Hotel, a site of innumerable romances and weddings for over a century.

      Boaters docking at Mineola Bay on the Fox Lake view Victorian mansion The Roxana Bed & Breakfast Hotel, a site of innumerable romances and weddings for over a century.

By Mary George

A Victorian mansion situated on Fox Lake's Mineola Bay in northwest Lake County, Illinois--equidistant from Chicago and Milwaukee--has set the stage for many romances, on Valentine's Day, and throughout the year.

The Roxana Bed & Breakfast Hotel has a long history in romance, according to Rudrani Ishaya, innkeeper. She has seen countless couples who, during their stay, have fallen deeper in love.

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"We have couples who get engaged here and then come back to stay for their honeymoon," she said, adding that many will come to celebrate a milestone anniversary and then come back again and again.

Couples leave their everyday work and worries behind when they arrive. The atmosphere that surrounds this magnificent Victorian mansion, circa 1893, leaves guests believing they have stepped back to a time where life moved at a slower pace.

"I am always amazed to watch as our guests walk into the Roxana, stressed from everyday life. And by the time they come down for breakfast the next morning, they are transformed," said Ishaya.

"It is a beautiful thing to see. We are an oasis for relaxation and romance."

For romantic Valentine's Day getaways, guests will be pampered during two-night stays this February in one of The Roxana's suites, with king-sized beds, private baths and special extras--including a wine and cheese reception upon arrival (from 3 to 7 pm), six long-stemmed roses in a vase, chilled champagne, gourmet cupcakes, and a candlelit breakfast each morning in the grand dining room or sunny parlor that overlooks Fox Lake.

In all, The Roxana offers 10 beautifully decorated guest rooms--including three kitchenette suites and a luxurious royal suite with in-room Jacuzzi and fireplace. Most of the rooms have lake views, two of which offer a five-window panorama.

Couples find plenty to do on The Roxana's sprawling 3-acre property. The Roxana and surrounding area offer ice fishing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing, along with numerous restaurants, wineries and shopping opportunities.

Guests are known to enjoy the lake vista from Roxana's wrap-around porch. Back inside, they warm up their romance by enjoying either of two fireplaces in the downstairs common area.

"We are here to make every stay special," Ishaya said. "Our guests may come as strangers, but they leave as family."

Conveniently located approximately one hour from Chicago and Milwaukee, The Roxana Bed and Breakfast Hotel is also equipped to host elegant weddings and receptions, conferences, seminars, family reunions, private parties and special events.

For reservations or more information, visit, or email, or call 847-587-1705 or 877-ROXANA1.

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