Courtesy of Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitor Bureau
A couple at Hotel Baker in St. Charles
It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day to plan a romantic weekend getaway in Illinois. Whether you’re looking for a lavish spa, great food and wine, or a beautiful suite, Illinois has plenty of places to relax and revitalize during a romantic couples' retreat.
Originally written by Erica Abdnour of Concierge Preferred
Taylorville is home to delicious restaurants, great shopping, and even some Illinois history - Abraham Lincoln practiced law in one of the most historic buildings in the town. The Market Street Bed & Breakfast has a few beautiful buildings to customize your getaway. From the Queen Anne mansion to the carriage house, all of the rooms on this property come with breakfast, access to a social hour with free beverages, cheese, and fruit. There is even a specific romance package that includes a bouquet of fresh flowers, premium chocolates, and collectible mugs to commemorate your experience.
Right in our state capital is a beautiful turn-of-the century inn that screams luxury. Modern comforts are combined with historic decor for a unique and romantic experience. Indulge in a weekend that features gourmet tea and coffee and breakfast made-to-order. Of course, no romantic getaway is complete without wine, and Inn at 835 offers wine each night. Customizable packages are available so you can treat your sweetie with flowers, champagne, a special turndown service, or cheese and fruit.
Not far from Starved Rock is Fox River Bed and Breakfast, a beautiful and historic property in Ottawa. Set on 17 acres of land, this bed and breakfast is a hiker’s and biker’s dream getaway; trails are available to two nearby state parks and the I&M Canal Trail. Not a hiking or biking fan? Canoe rentals and canal boats are available for floating and bird watching down the Fox River. Looking for an adventure? Head to Skydive Chicago for a thrilling skydiving experience.
Davie School Inn is the perfect getaway for wine lovers as it’s right along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Shuttle transportation is available to all of the local wineries, so exploring the area is easy and seamless. Eight suites, plus three luxury suites each come with complimentary breakfast - some suites even feature spa Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Customize your romantic stay with a romance package or a spa package as well.
Bask in pure luxury at this gorgeous bed and breakfast in Galena. Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast offers all types of rooms, from honeymoon suites to rooms that can accommodate pets! The beautiful gardens on site make for a great backdrop to a romantic weekend, and the on-site library offers books, magazines, games, and DVDs as well as refreshments. A full breakfast comes complimentary, and you don’t want to miss an array of Belgian waffles, French toast, eggs, farm-fresh meats, and much more.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous, historical getaway, look no further than The Vrooman Mansion. This 150-year-old mansion will transport you back in time with it’s Roman decor throughout the property. Complete with five beautifully decorated suites, a parlor, library, music room, and dining room, The Vrooman Mansion offers a seasonal gourmet breakfast each morning and is conveniently located near wineries, breweries, the Miller Park Zoo, and several quaint restaurants.
Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages screams romance, as it sits on a stunning 10 acre property with valley views, a gorgeous garden, walking trails, and a pond. Choose your favorite accommodation such as a suite in the main house or a country cottage dispersed along the property. Each reservation includes breakfast, beverages, and cookies, plus you can customize your stay with pizza, massages, desserts, and appetizers for an additional fee.
This luxury escape sits on “Millionaire’s Row” in Alton, where you can choose from Jacuzzi or fireplace rooms, HDTV with premium movie packages, and both a 24 hour hot beverage service and a 24 hour hot chocolate bar. Additionally, The Beall Mansion offers massage packages and breakfast in bed is available to truly make your stay a memorable one. Looking to leave your room and explore? Head out to quaint downtown Alton to shop the boutiques, dine at the family-owned restaurants, or sip cocktails at the local bars.
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