Guide to finding Romantic Getaways In Different Regions of Illinois

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Illinois, is the place for you if you are sick and tired of the bustle and hustle of the city life or are interested in spending a romantic rendezvous with your special someone somewhere in the Midwest. This state combines the best of the modern world and at the same time provides serene environment and breathtaking natural wonders for a perfect amorous hideaway.

The following are the best destinations for a romantic getaway vacation in Illinois:

Northern Region

Galena is One of the most romantic towns in Illinois, if not the whole country. The minute you step on Galena, you will already feel romance in the air. With both cozy, lavish and luxurious accommodations and different romantic activities to participate in, you and your partner will certainly have utmost relaxation and unforgettable experience in Galena.

The first thing that should be in your itinerary when you visit Galena is the wineries, where your beloved and you could enjoy wine tasting. Other places that you must visit are the Galena River Trail and the Apple River Canyon State Park, where you can go hiking and bird watching. Horseback riding and a cruise on the Mississippi River are also activities you must remember to try while in Galena.

If both of you adventurous, there are numerous outdoor activities you can do in Oglesby, Ottawaand Utica parts of Illinois. Try hiking , sky diving and swimming in the Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks, white-water rafting or river cruises, and other water-fun activities.

Chicago

Couples will no doubt fall in love all over again in this windy city. Although a modern and progressive city, there are still many areas where lovers can find their escape and privacy. Must-see places in Chicago are the Millennium Park Ice Rink, where you and your beloved can skate for free the whole night through; the Navy Pier, where you can simply ride the Ferris Wheel or join a cruise to get a good scenic view of the city; and the Kiva Day Spa or Peninsula Spa, where you can enjoy utmost relaxation is a luxurious setting.

Aside from cruising, you must also enjoy a horse-pulled carriage ride, which will bring you to different romantic destinations in the city and visit art museums. For a spectacular dining experience, visit The Signature Room, which is located in the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building, for a bird’s eye view of majestic Chicago landscape. Other restaurants and bars that couples should try while in Chicago are Spiagga, an Italian restaurant, Champagne/ Pop Jazz Club, for a sparkling night of dancing and music, and Geja’s, a tiny café situated in Lincoln Park where your loved one and you can snuggle while enjoying a fondue fair.

Southwest

Lovers who enjoy nature and at the same time the finer things in life usually choose a reclusive destination in the Southwest of Illinois. In this part of the state, you can follow a trail of wineries, including Ravissant, Hidden Lake, Schorr Lake Vineyardand , and Log Cabin wineries, and at the same time enjoy recreational and outdoor activities, such as hiking or sailing on Carlyle Lake. Historical places, such as the Fort de Chartes, Cahokia Courthouse and Mound, Jarrot Mansion, and Old Chain of Rock Bridge are suitable for those who love to learn from what the past has to offer.

For nightlife lovers, be sure to visit Casino Queen Hotel & Casino, which is along the Mississippi River, for fine dining pleasures or trying your luck with various table games and slot machines. Friday’s South, Main Street Jazz And Blues, and Popeye’s Chophouse are some of the best restaurants and bars in the Southwest.

West

Couples who are not only interested in cuddling, but also in historical places will surely have the time of their lives in the western area of Illinois. Visit President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s elementary school and ancestral home, or the home of Carl Sandburg, a famous Illinois-borne author. Museums and art centers are also abundant in this part of the state. Be sure to try out famous restaurants in the area, including Chez Willy’s, Alexander’s Steakhouse and Rhythm Kitchen Music Café.

Chicagoland

If you want to combine cuddling and nuzzling with discovering and exploring, then you are in for a treat in the so-called Chicagoland. Art centers, Museums and theaters are abound in this area. You and your special someone should not miss the homes and museums of famous and important persons, including Billy Graham, Ernest Hemingway, and Frank Lloyd Wright. To make your girlfriend or wife happy, be sure to pass by the Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art, a museum of gemstones and jewelries both new and ancient.

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