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Rockford Register Star
News Article published 7/25/2015
Special Section OUR TOWN

MACHESNEY PARK -- Set back along the bank of the Rock River, River House Bed and Breakfast Getaway Retreat has become a home away from home for many.  The hidden gem, as guests often call it, was [originally] the family home of Patty and Jim Michalsen and their three children...
...For the past 10 years, Larry and Cathleen plan at least one visit here each year.  The couple lives in Delaware but has family in the Rock River Valley. 
"We just consider the river house our home," she said.  "It's exquisitely comfortable.  You can go to Paris, Australia, New Zealand or Thailand-- there is just something about Patty's home that makes it our home.  When we were in the military, with high-power, high-pressure jobs, it was a piece of calm."

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"We came to the River House Getaway Lodge on a whim for a romantic getaway to celebrate my wife's birthday...What a way to pamper ourselves...This B&B is one of the nicest we've stayed in. The amenities were supurb!!! And the breakfast Patty cooked was "beyond compare". This is a great city for eating well...We visited the wonderful Anderson Japanese Gardens and ate dinner there after the tour-- Highly recommended! Next time we come, it won't just be on a whim. It will be
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"Just had a wonderful relaxing 3-night stay in the Getaway Lodge. Back 5 years in a row
and loved it every time. The breakfasts are "to-die-for"!"
Offia & Ken, Chicago, IL
"Looking for a place to get AWAY? This B&B is IT!  The rustic look, beautiful views, romance, massages, EVERYTHING is perfect. We will be coming back again!" - Aaron & Felicia, IL
"So glad we decided to celebrate the New Year in the Timeaway Lodge. It was a great place for our large group of Bulgarian family and friends...And we loved being able to use the gas grill in the snow! The guestrooms were very clean and loved the fabulous location right on the riverbank. We would recommend this place to anyone hosting a getaway with friends or family." - Ivanka I., Naperville, IL
"Yes, it was the WI & IL Assoc. of Sewing & Design Professionals on yet another retreat to this great and relaxing B&B. We have "sew" much fun and we really do get a lot done here. This year it was 14 people and our 4th year here. We keep coming back because of the wonderful accommodations and great service...It is consistently good!"
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RIVER HOUSE BED and BREAKFAST GETAWAY RETREAT located in ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS-- Two waterfront B&B lodges offer northern Illinois travelers luxury Jacuzzi and fireplace suites for romantic getaways as well as child friendly vacation lodging, group retreat, family reunion accommodations, or short term weekly rental. Whether romantic weekend, business stay, or entire house rental, find bed and breakfast packages: Romantic Getaway, Murder Mystery, Scrapbooking Retreat, Cooking Getaway, Weddings, Group Rentals and Furnished Apartment for extended stay. Guest Notes & REVIEWS.