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Stone Porch by the Lake

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Stone Porch by the Lake is Evanston's first legal B&B. This five star luxury, boutique B&B is housed in an exquisitely restored Tudor mansion that was built in 1889 and reimagined in 2014. We're home base for anyone visiting Northwestern University; those looking to escape for a refreshing weekend on the waterfront or those wanting to explore the eclectic variety of entertainment and shopping that exist in abundance both in Evanston and nearby downtown Chicago. Our Grand Opening occurred on October 30, 2014. From the start, Stone Porch by the Lake focused carefully on our service; providing each guest with the ultimate, personalized concierge experience. In terms of our environment, we embrace the past while integrating an exciting new wave of 21st century innovation. Our B&B is powered by geothermal energy and offers flat screen TVs in every room, en suite spa bathrooms with heated floors and towel racks; wifi, bedside phone docks; plush robes and H20 Plus Acquatics shower amenities. Guests have 24/7 access to a private office with a lending library and a guest kitchen fully stocked with fresh fruit juices, water, yogurt, energy bars and cereals. A hot gourmet breakfast is served every morning in our private dining room that features turn-of-the-20th century cut crystal Waterford chandeliers and stunning views of Lake Michigan. Like the rest of the house, our living room is designed for total relaxation and features a Samsung ultra HD 4K resolution curved screen TV with cinema-sound. Football games have never looked or sounded better! Indoor, on-site heated garage parking is available for $25 per night. Whole house rentals are available for $2,00.00 per night with a two-night minimum. Guests can work off every indulgence with access to a nearby athletic center with olympic sized pool, running track and state-of-the-art gym. Walk, run or bike along the lakefront path that's right across the street, or kick back and watch the world go by from a rocking chair on the front porch. And in winter, there's lakeside ice skating at the Arrington Lagoon, also right across the street. Guests enjoy full access to private outdoor grounds and a huge bluestone slate patio in our backyard, which features a 15-foot tall brick fireplace, couches, chairs and ottomans - the perfect backdrop for chilling out with a glass of wine or firing up some S'mores. Life is great by the lake - so come and join us when you can!
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
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86Good for walkers
Grade: 86 out of 100
14Restaurantswithin 0.25 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.25 miles
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My wife and I stayed here when bringing our daughter to Northwestern and I can't rave enough about this place. They bill themselves as a bed and breakfast but are more like a small boutique luxury hotel. They have verything that a top flight B&B has - extraordinarily friendly
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Response from Sharon M, Manager at Stone Porch by the Lake
Responded Jul 4, 2017
What a wonderful review, It was a pleasure meeting all of you. Thank you for choosing Stone Porch. See you next time.
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I was delighted with our stay in the twin suite on the third floor. I had a girlfriend stay with each night of my four night visit to Evanston. The room was beautiful, comfortable, had a fabulous bathroom and wonderful view. Breakfast was delicious every morning and they
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Response from Sharon M, Owner at Stone Porch by the Lake
Responded Apr 16, 2017
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at Stone Porch by the Lake.
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This meticulously restored 1899 home overlooks a park on Lake Michigan. It's spotless, beautifully decorated, comfortable, and elegant. Breakfast in the dining room with a lake view is a treat. It's a short walk to excellent restaurants in downtown Evanston.
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Response from Sharon M, Manager at Stone Porch by the Lake
Responded Apr 14, 2017
Thank you for staying with us on the Lake
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My husband spent the weekend at Stone Porch (I booked the trip), visiting our son at Northwestern. Usually we stay at the Four Seasons in Chicago. He came back raving about it and insisted I go for my trip in May. I just made my reservation, I was sold on his pictures,
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Response from Sharon M, Manager at Stone Porch by the Lake
Responded Feb 21, 2017
Thank you for such a nice review, look forward to meeting you.
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Oh my! What a wonderful B&B from a couple who know what to expect, and expect much. The venue is beautiful, the staff, unassuming, but, very helpful. The treats and breakfast were above the bar...a chef delightful breakfast, surrounded by the beauty of the place, all while
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Response from Sharon M, Manager at Stone Porch by the Lake
Responded Feb 21, 2017
Thank you we will look forward to you staying with us again.
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Stairs leading up toTreetop Twin Suite
Evening in the Lakeview Balcony Suite
View out one of the Lakeview Balcony Suite Windows
View from Lakeview Balcony
Yes you need to go up stairs. The showers have handheld devices.
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Hi, Thanks so much for reaching out. We're completely sold out over the Christmas holiday - but please try our sister B&B which is two miles South of our location on Sheridan Road in Rogers Park. It's called "The Lang House." I hope we can accommodate you at a future date! Kind regards, Carrie
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Our room rates range between $199 & $300 per night. You can call us directly to secure a reservation at: 847.905.0133. Thanks!
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Hi, there - We are not formally open until after Labor Day, but I can recommend a few places in or near Evanston that may be able to accommodate you: Lang House, on Sheridan Road in Rogers Park (2 miles from our location) is one of our sister B&Bs and a stunning environment. In Evanston, there is also the Margarita Inn, which has just gone through a major renovation and also The Homestead Inn. The Orrington Hotel in Evanston is also wonderful and allows pets - if that's a concern. Best of luck! Carrie King
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"Sharon was the best"
"lake view is the best"
"It depends on what you like. We looked out at Lake Michigan. Other rooms have balconies or a fireplace."
"The best view of the lake, from a balcony-room, appears to be the Lakeview Balcony Suite."
"All rooms are amazing."
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