Romantic Getaway Illinois

Chicago Weekend Getaways, Scenic Wineyards, Tranquil Spas and the Occasional White Squirrel

You can have a romantic getaway Illinois with beautiful B&B accommodations that set the tone, horse drawn carriage rides, ancient forests ablaze in reds, oranges and yellows and afternoon wine tasting in a vineyard. But do pack for seasonal weather that can be perfect for sharing time in front of a fire place on a cold winter night.

Here you will find out about the best places in Illinois for scenic drives, colonial towns and the state parks and national forests that surround those towns. Stay at romantic hotels or enjoy each others company on a balcony of a romantic bed and breakfast.

Check out all inclusive getaway packages, things to do and romantic ideas for unique getaways. Here we will help you plan your romantic getaway in Illinois -- find out about romantic wine tasting destinations, horseback riding vacations and Riverboat cruise vacations on the Mississippi.

Romantic Weekend getaway from Chicago -- St. Charles

Nestled in the Fox Valley and an hour west of Chicago, St. Charles bursts with naturally charming romantic getaway Illinois. Canoes and kayaks skim about as paddlewheel boats cruise the Fox River and visitors stroll across the bridges. Enjoy theaters and performance centers, sprawling public parks, tempting boutiques and antique shops, and river and fireside restaurants.

Romantic getaway Illinois packages and hotels

Hotel Baker, Saint Charles,IL

This landmark hotel is a unique blend of old-world grandeur with modern-day luxuries and timeless service.Magnificent two-story ballroom with stunning glass floor. Upscale dining and Sunday brunch.

100 W. Main St.
St. Charles, Illinois 60174
(630) 584-2100

More Romantic things to do on your romantic getaway Illinois

Starved Rock State Park --

Breathtaking bluffs, lush forests, sparkling waterfalls, and majestic canyons are Starved Rock State Park's primary attractions – and 13 miles of well-marked trails help visitors enjoy them all.

For those looking to relax in deluxe accommodations after a long day outdoors, Starved Rock Lodge offers comfortable guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and an indoor swimming pool.

Check out our ideas for a Chicago romantic getaway

Things to do on your romantic getaway Illinois.

Travel the Great River Road -- a collection of state, provincial, federal, and local roads which follow the course of the Mississippi River. Towns and cities along the way offer overnight accommodations, camping, attractions, and restaurants. National Geographic Traveler has named the Great River Road as one of their “Drives of a Lifetime.” The official travel site for the Great River Road and the Mississippi River states:

Alton and the old French Colonial town of Elsah and historic Galena are two of the towns the Great River Road winds through.

Beall Mansion - Alton
Couples Only Spa Getaway

This exclusive spa package combines award winning accommodations at the Beall Mansion and three and a half hours of pure indulgence at Alton's premier spa - Dutch Hollow Medical Day Spa. You and your companion will be treated to: a full body massage, body polish and lunch with champagne - of course! Additionally, one of our plush, in service, monogrammed Beall Mansion robes and a 50ml bottle of our Beall Mansion homemade lavender bath salts are also yours to keep as a memento of your stay. Choose from five elegant and romantic guest rooms, each with a private bath. Two-night packages start at $369. Go to for full package details, rates and reservations or call 1-800-990-2325.

With its Eleven and a Half Foot Ceilings and Crystal Chandeliers, Leaded Art Glass Windows and Solid Oak Staircase—The BEALL MANSION is the place for a romantic getaway Illinois to remember.

Grafton Inn - Grafton
Couples Getaway Package

Grafton Inn is the perfect place for a special couple's getaway. The Grafton Inn is within walking distance to most of the areas restaurants & bars. The bedroom has a fireplace and air jetted tub for two with a custom cherry wood surround. Enjoy this package for two and stay 3 nights for $300 plus tax. Available Thursday through Sunday. Call 618-786-2222 for reservations.

Head back in time in Elsah with 19th-century charm and picturesque stone cottages in this historic river town offering stunning views of the Mississippi and revel in the natural beauty of Pere Marquette State Park, the largest state park in Illinois.


For a stop overnight, cross the river on Highway 20 to Galena, Illinois, a circa-1900 city with several inns and Victorian mansions—nearly the whole downtown has been declared a national historic district. Galena has several art galleries and great restaurants.

Accommodation and Romantic vacation packages for romantic getaway Illinois.

Stay at at Allen's Log Cabin Guest House -- authentic, original, historic early 1800's Galena log cabins retrofitted with today's in-demand, luxurious amenities such as whirlpool tubs, woodburning fireplaces and gourment breakfast baskets.

Perfectly Partnered

Increase the intimacy, trust and communication in your relationship through partner yoga. Enjoy an hour and a half private yoga session in your cabin, followed by meditation (optional). The session is taught by Tracy Kumbera, RYT, of Finding Santosha Yoga & Wellness and is customizable for beginners through advanced. Add $77 to log cabin rate.

Romantic getaway Illinois and Rustic Romance

Enjoy Galena's finest treats: Galena Cellars wine and Chocolat gourmet chocolates. Add $40 to log cabin rate.

Allen's Log Cabin Guest House ~ 11661 W. Chetlain Ln., Galena IL 61036 ~ (815) 777-4777

Eagle Ridge Resort And Spa, Galena,IL

Romance for Two-Inn Rooms

Available year-round, seven days a week. Package includes accommodations for one or two nights, a welcome bottle of sparkling wine with two keepsake glasses, dinner for two, champagne breakfast for two, a chocolate amenity with a long stemmed rose and late departure of 2 p.m.

Wine Lovers Dream Package
LeFevre Inn & Resort

September brings the harvest and crush at our local vineyards! Book your stay at LeFevre Inn & Resort (standard room rate) and add the Wine Tour package for only $75 per person. Includes touring from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at both Galena Cellars and Rocky Waters Wineries, lunch at Vinny Vanucchi's "Little Italy," and transportation to and from LeFevre.

More Romantic things to do on your romantic getaway Illinois

Romantic getaway Illinois: Morton Arboretum

Magnificent, 1,700-acre museum of trees and plants from around the world, including a Maze and Children's Garden, hiking trails, paved roads, restaurant, gift shop, open-air tram and handicapped-accessible facilities.

4100 Rte. 53
Lisle, Illinois 60532
(630) 968-0074

Romantic getaway Illinois: Batavia Riverwalk

A 32-acre park built in cooperation with Batavia Park District, the city of Batavia and the Batavia Riverwalk Committee. Park your bikes by the Depot Museum and stroll the boardwalks through the wildflower garden.

Houston St. and Island Ave.
Batavia, Illinois 60510
(630) 879-5235

Romantic getaway Illinois: Fabyan Estate and Forest Preserve

This estate was created by Colonel and Mrs. George Fabyan who lived on the 600-acre estate from 1905 to the 1930s. The estate includes a restored villa with diverse collections, a Japanese garden and a windmill.

Rte. 31 and Rte. 25
Geneva, Illinois 60134
(630) 232-2631

Giant City State Park

The rectangular joint pattern of the area's Pennsylvanian bedrock, called Pounds sandstone, is the basis for the park's unusual rock formations, which, to early settlers, reportedly looked like the street of a "giant city."

235 Giant City Rd.
Makanda, Illinois 62958
(618) 457-4836

Found in the heart of the park is Giant City Lodge ( . Built in the 1930s with multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park.

Once inside the spacious Lodge, one can see its rustic beauty creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois. The Lodge also features a historic lounge and bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a romantic getaway.

Wine tasting destinations

Northern Illinois Wine Trail

Located one to two hours northwest of Chicagoland, the Northern Illinois Wine Trail features 15 wineries set among beautiful countryside and charming towns. Offering award-winning wines, gourmet-style food and handcrafted gifts, the wine trail makes it easy to escape the urban hustle and bustle for a quaint and bucolic culinary experience.

1110 N. Jackson St.
Pittsfield, Illinois 62363
(217) 473-6845

Kickapoo Creek Winery

Full-service winery with tasting room and 250-acres that includes trails, two lakes and shady spots under old oak trees. Lunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays.

6605 N. Smith Road
Edwards, Illinois 61528
(309) 495-9463

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail features seven wineries: Alto Vineyards, Von Jakob Vineyards, Pomona Winery, Hedman Vineyards, Owl Creek Vineyard, Inheritance Valley Vineyards, and Blue Sky. They're all within 10 minutes of one another and surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest.

PO Box 378
Anna, Illinois 62906
(618) 833-9928

Lynfred Winery

Lynfred Winery is the oldest and largest, continuously-operating, winery in Illinois. It produces over 50 varietals and 25,000 cases of fine wine per year. Tour the winery and stop in the gift shop for wine tasting.

15 S. Roselle Road
Roselle, Illinois 60172
(630) 529-9463

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For horseback riding vacations try Bear Branch Horse Resort which is centrally located in the beautiful 280,000-acre Shawnee National Forest just above Lusk Creek Canyon.

Bear Branch offers exceptional horse camping sites and cabins, and multiple access to the most scenic riding and hiking trails in the Forest. The Shawnee National Forest now has marked trails as well as good maps.

Bear Branch Log Cabin Restaurant

A rustic, authentic, log cabin restaurant set on the highest hill in Pope County. Features down-home country cooking including catfish and steaks.

P.O. Box 40, Hwy. 145
Eddyville, Illinois 62928
(618) 672-4249

For Riverboat cruises vacations

Spirit of Peoria

Turn-of-the-century paddle wheeler available for sight-seeing, theme cruises, private charters and overnight exursions to Starved Rock State Park and Pere Marquette State Park.

225 NE Adams St.
Peoria, Illinois 61602
(309) 636-6169

Check out their themed cruises :

Jazz on the River or Friday night Sunset Sightseeing Cruises or PianoStravaganza or Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise and Holiday Dinner Shows and day trips.

Celebration Belle

Enjoy a dinner cruise with live entertainment as you sail the Mississippi River aboard this 800-passenger riverboat that docks in Moline.

2501 River Dr
Moline, Illinois 60412
(309) 764-1952

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