Tired of taking the typical “staycation” only to find that home simply isn’t cutting it?
An affordable vacation really can be right around the corner, whether it’s an entire weekend away or a spa getaway.
Here are some romantic getaways from Chicago, Illinois to get you started.
The Abbey Resort (1 hour and 40 minutes)
If you’re looking for a getaway with some history, the Abbey Resort is a short drive away. Located on Lake Geneva on a spacious 90 acres, this is the only full-service resort on the lake shores and offers over 334 guest rooms, including 13 suites and villas.
Each room is furnished with nautical and lakeside themed decor to help you enjoy the atmosphere and truly relax. In addition, the resort has a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an aerobic studio, two restaurants and even a few cafes.
The 35,000 square foot Avani Spa offers a variety of massages, aromatherapy sessions, facials or saunas for you to enjoy. This luxury destination won’t break the bank with rooms starting at $89 a night.
Grand Geneva Resort and Spa (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, this resort is perfect for both a romantic getaway or fun for the whole family. With its own private lake and 335 rooms and suites available, the resort offers plenty of things to do, such as golfing, indoor and outdoor heated pools, horseback riding, and of course, visiting the Spa.
Interested in exercising while on vacation? The Spa includes a fitness center, which offers yoga, cycling, tennis, pools, rock-climbing and basketball/volleyball courts. When you’re done, relax by getting a massage, facial or even acupuncture services. Even this romantic getaway has rooms starting at $80 per person.
Irish Hollow (1 hour and 30 minutes)
Located in Galena, Illinois this bed and breakfast sits on 500 acres of quiet countryside, ideal for the couple looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Full of lush history, it provides plenty of opportunities to go hiking through forests, wetlands, and even wildflower fields.
Not so interested in the outdoors? Instead of staying in the inn guest rooms, stay in one of the beautifully decorated cottages and venture out to Galena. They also offer massage and body work, as well as floral arrangements for those special occasions. Book a room here for as low as $195 a night, and be sure to check out their seasonal specialty rates.
The Champagne Lodge and Luxury Suites (18 miles away)
Want to be near the city, but enjoy a romantic getaway with a little more seclusion?
The Champagne Lodge is a boutique hotel in Willowbrook that sits 18 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, while also located a few miles from Waterfall Glenn, where couples can enjoy scenic hiking trails, horseback riding, or biking. Various luxury suite options are available, with features such as whirlpool tubs, walk-in steam room showers, stone-encased fireplaces, LED mood lighting, and even swimming pools with water massage therapy seats.
Grand Traverse Resort (5 hours)
This resort and spa is a popular romantic getaway as well as a fun spot for whole families to vacation. Sitting on 900 acres, the resort offers a 100,000 square foot spa with massages, facials, nail treatments and hair styling, as well as their own line of facial and body care products!
Like to golf? The Grand Traverse has three 18-hole courses in varying difficulties, suitable for both the beginner and the expert golfer. Take your pick of staying in a condominium setting not far from the resort’s private beach, a number of privately owned homes for extended stays, and the newly renovated Tower.
The glass building stands 17 stories tall and provides a view of the lakes and the surrounding woods. This resort is a little bit pricier, starting at $120 a night, but keep your eyes open for seasonal deals.