Deep into the American Midwest, quaint bed & breakfasts are dotted throughout the land. Like the culture of the region itself, these romantic weekend getaways are down-to-earth and intimate. Tuck yourself in at a romantic inn with your sweetheart, and let the stress melt away.
If cozy isn’t what you’re searching for, Chicago and surrounding regions turn up the elegance in lavishly urban destinations.
Whether you’re escaping from the Windy City or anywhere else, Illinois can help you bring back the spark in your relationship. Let’s have a look at the best romantic getaways in Illinois:
1. Harvey House Bed & Breakfast
Just eight miles from the heart of Chicago and within blocks to the train station, this B&B is a perfect romantic getaway for city dwellers. The Harvey House may offer breakfast with its lodging, but this is far from your typical B&B. Lounge out in one of their suites, inclusive with king beds, private whirlpool tubs for two, intimate fireplaces, and upscale furnishings.
For love birds at the Harvey, unwind with an in-suite couple’s massage. And if you’re really looking to impress your significant other, consider the “Champagne & Chocolate” Package for only $40.
2. Victorian Rose Garden Bed & Breakfast
When you truly want to get away from it all, grab your significant other and take them to the Victorian Rose Garden Bed & Breakfast for quiet relaxation in the Northeast corner of Illinois. This Victorian mansion dating back to 1886 provides you with tranquility and relaxation to put things back into perspective.
Sip on complimentary beverages and snack on homemade goodies on the inn’s large porch or patio. Cuddle up in the antique guestrooms for your peaceful weekend, and savor the homemade breakfast that will remind you of your mama’s cooking.
3. Bishops Hall
Located in the historic district of Oak Park, Bishops Hall sits amidst the most significant concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright-commissioned homes. Within walking distance from this B&B, you can find the homes of both Wright and Ernest Hemmingway.
This cozy destination brings all the historic charm you expect during a romantic getaway at a bed & breakfast. Soak up the quaintness of the vintage-decorated suites while enjoying the privacy of your own bathroom. In the morning, rise and shine for your full breakfast served with the group or without, depending on your preference. And in warmer months, couples can enjoy their breakfast on the terrace or balcony.
4. The Langham Chicago
As Forbes’ newest Five-Star hotel and the TripAdvisor’s #1 U.S. Luxury Hotel in 2016, the Langham is garnering a lot of fame in downtown Chicago. Originally constructed in 1865 under the direction of renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, this riverfront hotel boasts “timeless British style” as an urban oasis.
Sleep in style at the Langham, where floor-to-ceiling windows in every room provide guests with jaw-dropping views of the city skyline and river. This will definitely be a getaway you’ll remember forever with your special someone.
5. Goldmoor Inn
The castle-like Goldmoor was originally a private estate, but in the past three decades has been converted into an elegant country inn complete with luxury and gourmet dining. As the only B&B on the banks of the Mississippi River, this historic Inn captures rare views that other hotels wish they could take.
For the ultimate romantic getaway at this beautiful destination, hide away with your special someone in your own private log cabin. The cabins come adorned with a fireplace, whirlpool tub, among modern amenities and comforts. And you don’t even have to leave if you don’t want to! An innkeeper will personally deliver a gourmet breakfast directly to the cabin every morning.
6. Chestnut Street Inn
Come all ye foodies to this gourmet, Mediterranean-inspired bed & breakfast in Northern Illinois. Free snacks and beverages in the pantry and chocolates in the guest rooms await you at this historic Inn. Build in 1854, the Chestnut Street Inn invites you into historic coziness with modern comforts.
With the bed, of course comes the breakfast. At the Chestnut, what’s sizzling in the morning includes Three Cheese and Farm Fresh Egg Soufflés, Dried Cherry Scones, Spanish Omelettes, Banana Flax Hotcakes, and so much more. Mmm, tell me where to sign up!
7. Creekside Vineyards Inn
For couples looking to combine vineyard tours with a romantic getaway, Creekside is the perfect destination for you. The intimate Inn with only four guest rooms ensures privacy and a unique experience.
When you stay at the Creekside, you and your loved one can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and take advantage of discounts at the winery. And with one of the Inn’s packages, you can also receive a bottle of wine, right from the Creekside Vineyards.
8. Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes
Get the R&R you deserve with your loved one at this retreat outside of bustling Chicago. A majestic six-story atrium and indoor waterfall welcome you into this rejuvenating resort. With a luxurious spa, and indoor and outdoor pool, and its own golf course, the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes makes for a perfect getaway.
9. Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast
This B&B is so romantic, in fact, that it doubles as a wedding venue. This historic brick mansion, complete with white pillars, exudes country elegance.
Relax by the fire-pit patio with a book from Cloran’s on-site library, or stroll through the lush gardens surrounding the mansion with your sweetie. Pamper yourselves with the “Just for Two” Package, offering guests a one-hour relaxation massage and a gourmet candlelit dinner in addition to charming accommodations. And in the morning, wake up to complimentary fresh fruit, eggs made-to-order, Belgian waffles, or French toast.
10. Bernadine’s Stillman Inn
This stunningly restored French-Italian mansion built in 1858 remains loyal to its Civil War era roots with original hardwood floors, crown moldings, and interior wood shutters. Right across the street from Bernadine’s guests will see General Grant’s house. And on the two acres of Bernadine’s property, you can relax through the serene courtyards, gardens, and porches.
Relax in this charmed Inn for a weekend with your loved one. Indulge in the “Grand Romance” Package, which comes with a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of wine, chocolate truffles, and a $50 credit to a local restaurant.
Dive into these luxury pool suites just south of Chicago. Voted the “Best Romantic Getaway in the United States” by the International Hospitality Rating Bureau, the Sybaris is a guaranteed unforgettable stay for you and your loved one.
As all suites come with their own private pool, you’ll have your pick at your own perfect swimming getaway. Try the Chalet Swimming Pool Suite, complete with a heated indoor pool, tropical waterfall, misting steam room, and waterslide. Or maybe you’d prefer the Swim Spa Suite that comes with a therapy pool with jets, a steam shower. No? How about the Whirlpool Suite? This one has a private hot tub and misting steam room. All suites come with a king-size bed, relaxing massage chair, and cozy fireplace. In this private and intimate suites, couples can reconnect and fall in love with each other all over again.
12. Maple Leaf Cottage Inn
Even the name is cute and fuzzy. You just want to squeeze it! At the Maple Leaf, you can finally satisfy your craving for down-home country living…at least for a weekend. In the historic river town nestled between the bluffs of the Mississippi, this Inn provides the quintessential backdrop to a romantic weekend with your loved one.
Borrow one of the Maple Leaf’s bikes and ride down through the nearby nature trails. Mentally travel back to the 90s and borrow a movie from the Inn’s library to snuggle up to. In the morning, the smell of home-cooked breakfast will wake you up and welcome you to the day with true Southern hospitality. You might never want to go back to reality and responsibilities after this treatment.
13. Market Street Bed & Breakfast
Stay at this romantic Victorian inn in Taylorville, Illinois, the town where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked before his presidency. In this picturesque B&B built in 1892, you’ll be greeted with country charm, a beautiful wraparound porch, and hot breakfast in the morning.
Apart from the usual breakfast items, Market Street also offers its signature Oven Puffed French Toast, with dashes of pumpkin spice and vanilla flavors, and Tomato Pie, inclusive with bacon and cheese. It doesn’t get much more down-home than this!
14. Timmermann House Bed & Breakfast
Just 45 minutes outside of St. Louis, Missouri, the Timmermann House opens its doors for a retreat back to the countryside. Originally a farm house built in the 1940s, the Timmermann now hosts guests from all over who want to bask in this rural oasis. Upon arrival, Innkeeper Sandy Timmermann and her dog, Babe, will greet you. For all the city folks, having a dog around for some TLC might be just what they need!
Outside the B&B, couples can relax over a game of golf, venture out to Carlyle Lake for fishing, sailing, hiking, and biking. And to treat yourself, the Marcoot Jersey Creamery is only a few miles away from the Timmermann. Indulge in fresh cheese curds and award-winning specialty cheeses, such as hand stretched mozzarella.
15. The Homestead
Travel to the quaint atmosphere of a B&B while still having Chicago in your backyard. At the Homestead, this family-run inn established in 1927 provides guests with the warm feel of personalized touch and history.
Enjoy the high life of Chicago while having your own little oasis in the quiet region of the North Shore. With theaters, museums, and everything else the city boasts to keep you busy during the day, come back and rest at this home-away-from-home at night.