Sometimes, a little time away from the daily grind helps us to be better friends, partners, spouses and parents. That means logging off the interwebs; though, these places are pretty Instagram-worthy, so maybe they are worth an exception.
While it’s always nice to travel to sandy white beaches, many of us can’t take a trek that far away whenever we feel like it. These six Midwest spots are less than four hours away and will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged once again.
Jump in your car and drive west to Galena. This castle-like resort tops lists year after year for it’s cozy lodging, a spa, chef’s table dining experiences, winery and more.
Offering 13 different suites all decorated uniquely, a stay in the two-story Turret Suite is memorable. Or, perhaps you’d like something more private? There are two different cozy log cabins and three cottages (French, English or Irish-inspired). And while there is much to offer at the resort, Galena is a charming town that boasts a lot of character and charm with great restaurants, winery tours, casinos, skiing, antiquing and much more.
9001 W Sand Hill Rd, Galena, IL
Head just over the Wisconsin border for fine dining, a fabulous spa and an indoor rooftop martini lounge overlooking the city. Located in the heart of Milwaukee, this Victorian hotel is celebrating 125 years and offering many packages that would be great options for Valentine’s Day or a girls weekend. Between great specials and the onsite art gallery, as well as the Artist in Residence, Margaret Muza, there is much to keep you occupied without having to leave the hotel. If you do decide to venture out, it is within walking distance to museums, theaters, Miller Park, and breweries and distilleries.
424 East Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI
The American Club at Destination Kohler, the Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel, has been selected by Condé Nast Traveler as the No. 1 resort in the Midwest. With accolades like that, it is a special retreat at just over two hours away. This luxe and swanky resort and spa is known for cultivating romance, and offers plush beds with Italian sheets, in-room Kohler tubs, award-winning dining at four-star The Immigrant Restaurant and unbeatable spa services. Choose from specialized packages incorporating wellbeing services and dining.
444 Highland Drive, Kohler, WI
Ready for something completely out of the ordinary? Unplug in a unique and completely secluded cabin in the woods. (Rest assured, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill cabin in the woods that nightmares of made of.) Choose from one of five cabin options like the Glass Cabin — four walls are floor-to-ceiling glass panes — where you can become one with nature. When you are ready to retreat from your seclusion, there is plenty to do nearby, including theaters, wineries and more.
21558 Candlewood Ln; Richland Center, WI
Head east to Indiana to this amazing architectural spot that was built more than a century ago. There are two nationally historic hotels on this Hoosier property: French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel, and both are unique and impressive in their own right. This resort boasts a casino, shopping, two impressive and relaxing spas, a bowling alley, horseback riding and horse-drawn carriages, afternoon tea and much more. It is simply the perfect getaway.
8670 IN-56, French Lick, IN
This 65-acre French-style bed and breakfast is located in one of the most scenic areas of the Great Lakes. Overlooking the east and west Grand Traverse Bays, Power Island and rolling vineyards, it is simply breathtaking. The family-owned estate and vineyard opened its doors 25 years ago, and offers upscale French and Contemporary suites. During your stay choose to add on other exclusive experiences such as cooking classes, or tour and taste from their cellar or vineyard, and get an exclusive VIP treatment from the chef and sommelier. Don’t pass up the opportunity to take the 10 minute drive up to the Old Mission Lighthouse where Old Mission Peninsula and Grand Traverse Bay meet.
15900 Rue Devin, Traverse City, MI