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A Glimpse of a Hidden Gem - The Weber House and Garden (Streator, IL)

When visiting the Starved Rock State Park area, there is a hidden gem that most people don't know about.  It's about a 30 mins drive from the park, but truly, it's a fantasy world away.  Located inside a ten-foot tall vine-covered fence is the Weber House and Garden - a beautiful Tudor cottage and English garden that feels like its taken right from a fairy tale.  

Weber House and Garden

The house is owned and cared for by Ted Weber.  For Chicagoland residents, the name might be familiar.  Weber has been a radio and TV personality for years, interview many celebrities and famous people including President Harry Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jack Webb, Carol Channing, Martha Ray, Jack Webb and Colleen Moore.

Inside the house, you'll feel miles away.  Colorful floors with oriental rugs, walls and woodwork - adorned with candles to keep the house lit at night.  

The garden's winding paths will take you into 10 sections (or "rooms" as he likes to call them), including the Dragon Garden, Fountain Garden, Four Seasons Garden, Lutyen's Garden and Yew Garden.  The gardens pop with color, which change over the course of the summer as the flowers age.  Trees, statues, fountains and other features help add to the beauty of the each garden.

The Weber House and Garden covers over 2 acres of land (and is still growing).  Each tour takes approximately 90 to 120 minutes, and is filled with many photo opportunities and stories told directly from Ted himself.  The location is also a breathtaking space to hold your wedding (can you imagine the photos?).  Group tours are also available.

The Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center is offering a package for the rest of August and September (Sunday-Thursdays only).  For $160+ tax, you will receive a tour for 2 at the Weber House and Garden, a 1-night stay at the Lodge, and a $20 voucher for the Lodge's main dining room or cafe. Packages can be booked at the Lodge's web site.  Please note, this package is subject to availability.  

Another package to look at is the "From Mules to Mansions" Tour Package.  For $56.95 per person, you will receive a tour of the Weber House and Garden, a ride on the I & M Canal boat, and a tour of the Hegeler Carus Mansion (a beautiful mansion in LaSalle, IL).  This package, also subject to availability, runs until October and can be purchased at the I&M Canal Boat's web site.  

For more information on the Weber House and Garden, please visit their web site at weberhouseandgarden.com.

Photos from Weber House and Garden's web site and Facebook feed.