Few things are more refreshing than a romantic getaway from drab home life, leaving your traditional lifestyle behind for a moment of solace. Here are five great places to visit for a unique romantic getaway, all of which are within driving distance of Chicago and nearby suburbs, with options that meet every budget.
Irish Hollow, Galena, Illinois
While Irish Hollow is technically a bed-and-breakfast, it offers much more than that simple experience. Breakfast here is referred to as the Full Country Gourmet Breakfast, which is a great multi-course meal that will please most. You can even get it delivered to your room if you don’t feel like leaving it, with packages including a seven-course dinner along with a bottle of wine paired for the menu. Rates begin at $195 per night.
Gordon Beach Inn, Union Pier, Michigan
You don’t need to fly all the way out to California to visit a vineyard for the best wine-tasting experience; Gordon Beach Inn is a 90-minute drive from the city that includes 20 rooms and sits near a beautiful public beach. If you’re not in the mood to visit the on-site art gallery or enjoy a meal at Timothy’s restaurant, you can go taste some excellent wine selections. Rates begin at $90 per night.
The Osthoff, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
This family-friendly resort can also be a great weekend getaway without the kids. You can get a bottle of great-tasting champagne and visit the Aspira Spa for a double pedicure, or grab a meal at the upscale dining venue Lola’s on the Lake, where you can get a great view of the lake. Average rate per night is $200.
White Pines Inn, Mt. Morris, Illinois
This getaway is a great way to escape the congested feel of the city or even suburbs, along with modern technological obstructions. This place is all about nature scenes coupled with a stay at one of the inn’s intimate cabins. The White Pines State Park surrounding the inn includes multiple hiking trails with plenty of shade beneath the pine trees. You can also schedule a visit to the spa for a massage, complete with aromatherapy, which can help you unwind after a busy day of hiking. Their restaurant is also excellent, with a delicious Death by Chocolate dessert. Rates begin at $91 per night.
Champagne Lodge, Willowbrook, Illinois
Want to stay closer to the city while getting far enough away to feel like you’re in another world? The Champagne Lodge hotel in Willowbrook offers this and more, with 34 suites designed specifically for the perfect couples getaway. Features include whirlpool tubs, rain forest showers and marble steam rooms, stone-encased fireplaces, and more, along with plenty of packages that include the drink for which this place is named, along with many other elegant items to make for that ideal retreat.
With these places in mind, you have plenty of options to choose from when trying to find the right Chicago couples getaway.