I’ve lived in Illinois my whole life and explored its natural beauty, charming small towns, bustling cities and hidden gems, all the while staying in some of the state’s nicest B&Bs and hotels. Now I’ve whittled down my favorites to this pick of the best romantic weekend getaways in Illinois.
‘The prairie state’ has quaint bed & breakfasts and glorious hotels across its 150,000 square kilometers. Like the culture of the Midwest 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. But whether you’re escaping to the Windy City or anywhere else, Illinois can help you bring back the spark in your relationship. There’s plenty of love to be had as these romantic getaways in Illinois prove:
1. Harvey House Bed & Breakfast
Just eight miles from downtown Chicago and within blocks of the nearest L train suburban rail 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 “Bubbles + Truffles” Romance Package of pre-chilled sparkling wine and local handmade chocolates 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 you’ll need 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. Alternatively get out and about – the 40 mile Fox River biking and hiking trail is only a short distance away.
3. The Carleton of Oak Park Hotel
Located in the historic district of Oak Park, The Carleton sits amidst the most significant concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright-commissioned homes in existence. Within walking distance from this three-star boutique hotel, you can find the homes of both Wright and Nobel prize winning author Ernest Hemingway – both now museums.
This cozy destination brings all the historic charm you expect during a romantic getaway. For sure, soak up the quaintness of its rooms, which are designed as a modern take on early twentieth century splendor. But I’d suggest splashing out (pun intended) on a suite – some of which feature whirlpool tubs.
4. The Langham Chicago
As Forbes’ newest five-star hotel and Tripadvisor’s #1 U.S. Luxury Hotel in 2016, the Langham has garnered 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.
I can’t resist the floor-to-ceiling windows spanning every room and providing guests with jaw-dropping views of the city skyline and river. If you and your loved one can tear your eyes away from this incredible setting, check out the Langham’s fantastic pavilion-based Afternoon Tea. Or head down to the Chuan Spa, featuring indoor pool and a long treatment menu inspired by traditional Chinese medicines.
5. Goldmoor Inn
Echoing the architectural detail of a French chateau, Goldmoor was originally a private estate. In the past three decades it has been converted into an elegant country inn complete with gourmet dining. As the only B&B on the banks of the Mississippi River in Illinois, this historic Inn captures rare views that other hotels wish they could offer.
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. The Deer Path Inn
Nestled in the picturesque town of Lake Forest, The Deer Path Inn stands as a testament to the charm and elegance of a bygone era. Built in 1929, this historic inn has been beautifully restored and updated to offer modern amenities while retaining its classic English-style architecture and decor. No wonder its been voted #1 resort hotel in the Midwest and one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s top resort hotels anywhere in the US.
With its inviting ambiance, cozy fireplaces, and warm hospitality, The Deer Path Inn is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its the personalised experience that makes The Deer Path Inn particularly special in my opinion. It’s also difficult to argue against any stay with its own English-style pub, bar, and afternoon teas. In other words, there’s something for every type of couple at The Deer Path Inn.
7. La Banque Hotel
Located in the heart of Homewood, the La Banque Hotel is a boutique hotel that offers a unique blend of historic charm and modern luxury. Originally built in 1925 as a bank, the building has been beautifully restored and transformed into a stylish hotel that features elegant accommodations, sophisticated amenities, and yes, personalized service too.
With its rich history, distinctive architecture, and prime location, La Banque Hotel is a popular choice for travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind experience in the Chicago suburbs. And with just 18 beautifully-finished rooms, its a pretty exclusive stay as well.
8. The Glen Club
The Glen Club is a premier destination for golf enthusiasts, event planners, and anyone seeking a luxurious and romantic getaway. The course came from the mind of renowned designer Tom Fazio, while the modern buildings boast breathtaking views.
However, I think it would be a mistake to think of The Glen Club as just a golf course. It also features a stunning clubhouse that contains an upscale restaurant, a cozy bar, and elegant event spaces that can accommodate weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions. Did someone say engagement party?
9. Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast
This B&B is so romantic that it too doubles as a wedding venue. A historic brick mansion, it style is completed with white pillars supporting an upper floor balcony. Country elegance exudes from it as a result.
When it comes to reasons to pick Cloran Mansion, there are many. Relax by the fire-pit patio with a book from Cloran’s on-site library. Stroll through the lush gardens surrounding the mansion with your sweetie. Pamper yourselves with a massage. The sit down to a gourmet candlelit dinner. And in the morning, wake up to complimentary fresh fruit, eggs made-to-order, Belgian waffles, or French toast before doing the same all over again.
10. SOPHY Hyde Park
The Sophy is arguably the most opulent of the hotels and B&Bs on our list of romantic Illinois getaways. Supremely modern in design, its eclectic interiors celebrate the very best of the arts, whether that’s literature, music, or sculpture.
Walls and public spaces dotted with original artworks is only just the start. There’s also a well-used outdoor terrace space available during the summer months, fitted out with relaxed seating and charming star-like lighting. What’s more, its Chicago South Side location means its only ever a short distance from the city’s top museums and attractions.
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. Cornerstone Inn
Located in the quaint Illinois town of Washington, the Cornerstone Inn is a charming bed and breakfast that offers a delightful blend of old-world charm and modern comfort. Housed in a beautifully restored 1870s building once used as a bank, this historic inn boasts elegant accommodations, inviting common areas, and personalized service that will make you feel right at home.
With its cozy ambiance, beautifully landscaped gardens, and prime location just minutes from Peoria and the Illinois River, the Cornerstone Inn is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway.
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, packed with bacon and cheese. It doesn’t get much more down-home than this!
14. Timmermann House Bed & Breakfast
Timmermann House opens its doors for a retreat back to the countryside. Located in southwest Illinois in the town of Aviston, it’s actually probably easy to reach from St. Louis, Missouri, just 45 minutes away.
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, or 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 1928 provides guests with the warm feel of personalized touch and history. And having been in the same family for 75 years, you can be sure they’ve got this down to a T.
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. Fancy a lazy weekend? That’s not an issue either. The Homestead has its very own cocktail bar, as well as a fine dining restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine, for when the delights of Chicago are just too far away.