Time to get away? 3 local weekend trips for Chicago parents


 
 

By Amanda Ortiz

Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network
 

If you live anywhere within 100 miles of Chicago, I'm sure you're just as fed up with the weather we've been having. Spring is somewhere in our near future, but after months of being cooped up inside with the kids, I'm sure many of us just want to get away.

In fact, I've been daydreaming about just that lately. I mentioned it to my husband and he's all in! I'm so excited to get some time away from all the pleas of "Moooooom," but still be close enough to rush right back if need be.

We've been tossing a few locations around and I think we've narrowed it down to the final three.

Help us decide. Where would you go?

Door County, WI - If you're looking to relax, take in the sights, go on a hike or just eat at a good ol' fashioned fish fry, then Door County, WI might be the place for you. Located about 250 miles north of Chicago, Door County is home to five of Wisconsin's state parks, 11 gorgeous lighthouses that were mostly built in the 19th century and more than 2,000 acres of cherry orchards. Perfect for folks that seek a little fun and adventure, the Door County Adventure Center offers Canopy Zip Line and Death's Door Kayak Tours, as well as Mink River SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) Tours and rentals. Lodging in Door County ranges from luxury resorts, historic inns and hotels, to cabins, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals and campground space. Springtime is the perfect time to visit Door County as the Season of Blossoms arrives and visitors come to the area from all over the Midwest.

Galena, IL - Although I have visited Galena numerous times (my sister even got married there!), there's just something about the small-town charm of Galena that keeps me coming back. Wine lovers, especially, are attracted to the Galena area as there are a number of local wineries offering tastings - my favorites are the fruit wines at the Galena Cellars & Vineyard. Other things to do in the area include golfing, shopping along Galena's Main Street and visiting the local landmarks like the home of Ulysses S Grant. The bed & breakfast lodging options here are well-known and plentiful. Located only 165 miles from Chicago, this charming city on the Galena River is the perfect one-tank trip from the Chicago area.

Saugatuck, MI - Located only 140 miles from Chicago, the harbor village of Saugatuck, MI is the perfect, quaint little getaway for those looking for a little quiet time, or for spending some time outdoors. Attractions in the area include beaches, sand dunes, boat tours, horseback riding and winery tours. Visitors will have no trouble finding a spot to relax and the Soda Fountain at The Village Store will take you back in time with it's retro feel. Fun fact - it's the only soda fountain located inside of a drugstore in the entire Midwest!

No matter which destination you choose, couples will enjoy the time to reconnect (and possibly even rekindle the romance) on a quick, gas tank getaway from the Chicago area. Sure, you'll miss the kids, but the endless calls of "Moooooom," will still be there when you return.

What's your favorite romantic road trip getaway from Chicago?

 
 







 
 
 
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