Illinois December 21, 2016
11 Unique Getaways In Illinois That Are Picture Perfect For Winter
Don’t go stir crazy this winter; instead, visit one of Illinois’ unique getaways. From secluded cabins in the forest to high-rise hotels with all the amenities, there is something to please any traveler. Fill your suitcase with sweaters, slip on some wool socks, and hit the road!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. White Pines Inn (6712 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris)
The well-preserved log cabins dating back to the Depression Era are each outfitted with a cozy fireplace and all of the modern conveniences. Make your winter stay complete by going cross-country skiing and taking in a holiday show at the White Pines Dinner Theatre.
2. Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort (2643 IL Route 178, Utica)
For a getaway that allows you to both embrace and escape the cold all in one trip, head to the Grand Bear Resort. While you're there, venture into Starved Rock State Park for snowshoeing and other winter activities, and then take cover inside at the resort's indoor waterpark.
3. Galena Cellars (4746 N. Ford Road, Galena)
Thinking of going wine tasting during your winter vacation? Try actually staying at the vineyard itself! At Galena Cellars, guests can take over the two-bedroom house on the property, just steps from the tasting room.
4. Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago)
Complete with in-room fireplaces, a cozy game room, and delicious dining options, the Chicago Athletic Association is the perfect place to stay during a cold-weather getaway. While there's plenty to do on the property, adventurous guests can walk across the street and hop on the ice skating rink in the famed Millennium Park.
5. Heartland Lodge (10236 393rd Street, Nebo)
Deer hunting enthusiasts, grab your bows! Heartland Lodge boasts some of the best hunting grounds in Pike County. After your busy day in the wild, return back to the homey lodge for a good night's sleep.
6. Big Sky Cabins (1215 Rattlesnake Ferry Road, Alto Pass)
Get 20 acres of forest and farmland all to yourself when you rent this four-bedroom cabin. The best part of staying here, though, is that it's located right in the heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail!
7. Nauvoo Log Cabins (65 N. Winchester Street, Nauvoo)
Step back in time to the tiny pioneer town created by Nauvoo Log Cabins. Journey one mile down the road to visit the historic Nauvoo Temple during the day, and cozy up in your very own historical dwelling at night.
8. Haagen Haus (617 State Street, Alton)
Soak in the small town charm of Alton at this historic home turned guest house. Take a stroll downtown or try your luck at the Argosy Casino.
9. Timber Ridge Outpost (37°33’46.9″N 88°20’20.3″W, Karbers Ridge)
Vacationers seeking a treehouse experience in the colder months will enjoy the heated cabin atop the trees at Timber Ridge. Call the massage therapist on staff up to your dwelling in the sky and settle in for a relaxing weekend.
10. Pere Marquette Lodge (13653 Lodge Boulevard, Grafton)
Take a dip in the indoor pool, watch for bald eagles, or stop in at the winery - there's so much to do at this historic resort. If you're just looking to relax, there's a spot just for you in front of the 50 foot fireplace in the lodge.
11. Peace of Earth Lodge (15503 Ray Road, Rushville)
For an eco-friendly experience, book a room in this solar-powered lodge. Strap on some skis and trek through the snow-covered grounds of the surrounding forest.
What are you waiting for? Pick a place and hop in the car! If you have a favorite Illinois getaway that wasn’t mentioned, let us know in the comments.