Last week, Mel from Outnumbered 3-1 and I had another fun spa adventure. This time we checked out The Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. If you’re not familiar with the area, it is just West of Chicago and is an easy drive from Milwaukee and Madison as well.
I’d like to thank Pheasant Run Resort for hosting us, providing us with an AMAZING dinner, as well as a spa treatment and a comedy show.
We arrived on Thursday afternoon and checked into our Penthouse Suites. The way they are set up is unique. Each has a bedroom area with a bed, basic bathroom, and a TV. There is a doorway that leads into a living room area which contains a pull-out couch. That room also has a basic bathroom and a TV. It also has a meeting table, kitchen area and its own entrance. Two couples could easily rent one suite and each have plenty of privacy.
If having a super posh suite with a whirlpool tub and the newest decor is important to you, then you might be a little disappointed in the rooms. If having cheerful service and a clean room is your thing, you will be very happy.
Where the resort really shines is in everything it has to offer. The check-in desk sits in the heart of the resort. Wind your way behind it and you will discover not just one, but two pools.
One of them even has half outside and half indoors.
You will also discover their elegant seating area for their more casual eating options. As you wind your way around the resort, you will also find many little areas perfect for sitting and catching up on some reading or visiting with a friend.
I can’t help but picture having a wedding or family reunion here and using one of these spots to grab a cup of coffee with a relative.
Toward the rear of the open eating area (but still attached) is Spa Vargus. The first thing I noticed was the Aroma Blending area. Yep, you can create your own bath goodies (salts, oils, etc) with the exact scents you love.
Mel had a massage and I opted to try the facial treatment. Both of us left our treatments feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The spa offers a large menu of services including bridal makeup – perfect for anyone having their wedding at the resort.
We each headed back to our suites to get a little work done before meeting up for dinner. If you take a left from the check-in desk, you discover a whole other part of the resort – Bourbon Street.
Bourbon Street is a replica of an actual street and the coolest part is that you can actually go into the shops and restaurants along the street. (If you are a Milwaukee native, think of the Streets of Old Milwaukee at MPM but you can actually go into all the stores.)
We grabbed a quick drink at Jambalaya and then headed to Harvest for dinner. Harvest offers some of the best Farm to Table dining you will find! As an appetizer, I had Drunken Clams (they were perfect!!) and Mel had the meat and cheese platter (which was huge and had much more than just meat and cheese). For dinner, I tried the crab cakes and Mel had the prime rib. We both loved our meals and were sad that we were so full that we couldn’t find any room for dessert.
After dinner, we walked around Bourbon Street for a bit and just soaked in the charm. At the end of the street was Zanie’s, the comedy club. It’s an intimate venue and we were right up front so we could practically touch the stage. The opening act was really good and worked the small crowd very well playing off of everyone’s answers to his questions. The main act came out and I thought his opening bit sounded slightly familiar. Then I realized I have listened to him on Sirius Radio’s comedy channel a number of times. I was impressed that the resort had such a big name in comedy! His show was also really funny and we left with smiles on our faces and headed up to bed.
The resort offers dinner-and-a-show packages that lots of locals take advantage of as well as guests staying at the resort. In addition to the comedy club, there is a mainstage theater that hosts both musical acts and theatrical shows.
The remarkable thing was that, from the time we checked in until the time we checked out, we didn’t need to go back outside! Everything we desired was under the roof of the resort. That might not seem like a big deal in sunny September, but I would definitely take that into account if I were booking a getaway in frigid February!
Oh, and if you do like going outside, Pheasant Run Resort has some beautiful golfing! I will admit that I don’t know a thing about golf, but the folks who had been out on the courses had nothing but good things to say so I will take their word for it. The championship par-72, 6,500-yard golf course was designed by acclaimed golf architect William Maddox!