Nothing keeps the home fires burning better than actually leaving home-and the kids-behind. The following are six great getaways for parents in need of a little alone time, all within driving distance of Chicago and with options for every budget. So start planning your escape now!
Want to get right to the romancing and not waste any time on the road? Then the opulent Trump Hotel downtown is just the place. Even if you plan to forgo the blissful spa services, spring for a Spa Guest Room with calming features such as heated eye and neck pillows and indulgences like a mini-fridge stocked with organic wine and champagne. With the exquisite dining options of Sixteen and the alfresco Terrace at Trump offering views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Wrigley Clock Tower, going off the property is entirely unnecessary. Rates start at $336.
Part of The American Club family, Sandhill is a 2,000-square-foot private cabin that debuted in 2012 and proves that rustic and luxurious can combine in perfect harmony. Nature-loving couples will rekindle their spark at this tranquil retreat while spotting wild turkeys and majestic deer from the marvelous wraparound porch. This slice of serenity boasts three levels of gorgeous interior space, an outdoor fire pit, a separate sauna shack and panoramic views of pinewoods and prairie grass fields. A full gourmet kitchen ensures there is no need to leave, but venturing out for a candle-lit couple's massage at the Kohler Water Spa, just 10 minutes away, adds to the intimacy of a getaway á deux. Rates starting at $785.
Technically Irish Hollow is a bed-and-breakfast, but
referring to it as such doesn't do it justice. Breakfast here is
called the Full Country Gourmet Breakfast-a lavish several course
meal that will please even the most astute foodie. Or, for those
too busy snuggling to venture out, opt for the breakfast-in-bed
delivery. Select packages include a scrumptious seven-course dinner
(yes, seven!) in the charming Main Inn complete with a bottle of
wine paired specifically for that night's menu. Hunker down in the
inn where rooms are delightfully cozy or one of the cabins with a
roaring fire. Rates start at $195.
Why jet nearly five hours to Napa when there is a little wine country right in Chicago's back yard? Less than a 90-minute drive is the historic Gordon Beach Inn, a little gem with only 20 rooms and three blocks from a private beach. When not perusing the on-site art gallery or canoodling at the not-to-miss Timothy's restaurant, go taste-testing at nearby wineries such as Round Barn, St. Julian and Tabor Hill. Rates start at $90.
This family-friendly resort also can be quite enchanting for a weekend away without children. Grab a bottle of champagne and head to the Aspira Spa for an intimate double pedicure (or "foot massage" for the manly man) performed in front of a lovely fire with exquisite views of the property. Then it's off to The Osthoff's upscale dining venue, Lola's on the Lake, for dinner where the cuisine rivals the beautiful lights glimmering on the lake. Average nightly rate: $200.
This getaway really is just that—getting away from the hustle and bustle of civilization, the constant pressure of cell and internet connection and the glare of the city lights. Immerse yourself in picturesque nature scenes with a stay in one of the inn’s intimate cabins. The White Pines State Park, which surrounds the inn’s grounds, is full of multi-level hiking trails, perfect for the outdoorsy couple ready to bond under a canopy of pine trees. Make sure to pre-schedule a visit to the spa for a couple’s massage, complete with aromatherapy, to relax after a day of adventure. And at the end of the day, stop by the inn’s restaurant for the decadent Death by Chocolate dessert. Rates start at $91.