River House Bed and Breakfast

11052 Ventura Boulevard, Rockford, Illinois 61115
Innkeeper(s): Patty
  • Two lodges.  Two lodging styles.

    Two lodges. Two lodging styles.

  • Contemporary Western decor with a riverside view.

    Contemporary Western decor with a riverside view.

  • GETAWAY and romance on a bed of rose petals...

    GETAWAY and romance on a bed of rose petals...

  • ...or simply enjoy TIMEAWAY with friends and family.

    ...or simply enjoy TIMEAWAY with friends and family.

  • Introduction

    River House Bed and Breakfast In northern Illinois offers romantic luxury getaway, weekend package retreat, or leisure and family vacation lodging in your choice of two riverfront guesthouses. All accommodations feature private bath, television, free wireless internet, in-room refrigerator.




    The GETAWAY LODGE offers luxury for couples in three romantic suites with private bath, Jacuzzi whirlpool tub or hot tub plus working in-room fireplaces, and two also offer outside entrance from private screened patio or porch.  Special occasion amenity options and full gourmet breakfast make this a memorable getaway any time of the year.

    The TIMEAWAY LODGE, with five family-friendly guestrooms, offers comfort to all leisure travelers plus an extended stay apartment for business lodging.  Take advantage of the spacious gathering room and outdoor deck as an ideal setup to host your family-church-business retreat, scrapbooking weekend, wedding ceremony or reception.  No breakfast is served in this lodge, but may be added for an additional fee.

    The northern Illinois location at the top of the Rockford-IL metro area offers many attractions as Illinois 2nd largest city.  But, it also makes a great vacation base for day trips to surrounding attractions found in historic Galena-IL, in Spring Green-WI, and in nearby Chicago and suburbs, Madison-WI or Milwaukee-WI.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Patty Michalsen for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests are looking for a waterside getaway or retreat they can drive to. Love the riverside views from every window.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our breakfasts. It's the first thing guests mention in most every review.  Our contemporary western decor makes us unusual for our solidly midwest location.  I love the opportunity of meeting new people every week and re-discovering just how much we humans have in common with each other!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Rockford is a big city that hasn't yet realized that fact.  It's a place that offers big city dining & entertainment options at friendly prices and crowd-free venues. 

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "Everything's so clean and well-maintained."  We work hard to provide an environment where guests are comfortable and it's wonderful when it gets noticed.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Rock Cut State Park.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?


    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    No, other than the beautiful river only 40 feet from your window and a nice community park with exercise walk path a few houses away.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    In an area settled by a combination of German, Swedish, and Italian immigrants, your best dining experience is to enjoy the locally owned restaurants where they cook from old family recipes.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.gorockford.com delivers excellent information in an easy-to-use format.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have two B&B lodges on property.  Timeaway Lodge has 5 family-style guest rooms.  Getaway Lodge has 3 luxury suites for romantic couples.

    Do you accept pets?

    No pets allowed. 


  • Weddings

    What could be more romantic than this beautiful and bright riverside setting for your wedding ceremony and reception? Morning, afternoon, or sunset wedding ceremonies present unique photo opportunites for bride and groom with glistening waterfront, spacious tree shaded grounds, or sparkling clean snowscape. Plan your wedding your way; it's your special day to have everything just as you've been dreaming!

    From an outdoor wedding ceremony on the riverbank to an evening reception dancing with stars overhead under the starshade canopy; to chapel seating for a traditional wedding ceremony or cafe seating for a casual wedding ceremony and catered dinner reception in the TIMEAWAY LODGE Gathering Room; or choose a small, elegant affair in the GETAWAY LODGE and dine on wedding cake and appetizers later with your guests as they relax on the unique sailshade patio.

    The River House B&B Getaway Retreat location in the Rockford metro area is the ideal destination wedding site for family, friends, and guests with easy access from northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin. Chicago O'Hare airport for out-or-town wedding guests is just a 90 minute drive away. See all our packages for wedding celebrations for 2 to 75 guests. Call Patty at 815-636-1884 or visit our Wedding pages accessed from our website link found in this directory.