50 Romantic Midwest Getaways | Midwest Living

50 Romantic Midwest Getaways

Romance, of course, can be wherever the two of you are. But wonderful surroundings help. We found some of the most romantic places anywhere in the Midwest—in the city and country. All you have to do is get away together!
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin: Sundara Inn and Spa

The resort, named for the Sanskrit word for beautiful, hides among tall pines on a winding road outside the Dells. Float through a seamless series of hot tubs, steam rooms and heated towels. Privacy is as complete as you want. Couples can take massages in the candlelit Spa Together room. Waiters carry champagne to couples at the poolside fire bowl. Though Sundara provides free chauffeur service to area entertainment, you might not choose to leave. Read Midwest Living's review. (888) 735-8181; sundaraspa.com

Chicago destinations

The Langham Chicago (pictured) Impeccable service begins when a Chanel-suited staff member greets you in the Mies van der Rohe skyscraper in River North. Fine art graces the walls, and the 316 guest rooms (complete with marble baths and rain showers) are some of the most spacious in the city. Take your stay to the next level with the River North Romance package, which includes complimentary champagne, breakfast for two and discounts at luxe Chuan Spa.  (312) 923-9988; chicago.langhamhotels.com

Waldorf-Astoria Chicago It’s a boutique hotel that, frankly, doesn't feel like a hotel. And it’s a thoughtful place to settle in with that special someone. Rooms boast plush king beds and amazing bathrooms that come standard with mosaic-tiled walk-in shower and a deep soaking tub; many rooms have gas fireplaces and balconies. Dine at Balsan, a classy European-style bistro highlighting the region's finest flavors. (312) 646-1300; waldorfastoria.com


Columbus, Indiana: The Inn at Irwin Gardens

This early-20th-century Italianate-style inn features the original furnishings and sunken gardens built to resemble the ruins of Pompeii, where they will set up romantic treats. Hide away in a luxurious room and indulge in hearty breakfasts. Read Midwest Living's review. (812) 376-3663; irwingardens.com

Davenport, Iowa: Hotel Blackhawk

Overlooking the mighty Mississippi, rooms are opulent Art Deco. After a dinner at Bix Bistro, try the hip bowling alley in the basement or sip on cocktails while listening to a pianist. Read Midwest Living's review. (563) 322-5000; hotelblackhawk.com

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin: Sundara Inn and Spa

The resort, named for the Sanskrit word for beautiful, hides among tall pines on a winding road outside the Dells. Float through a seamless series of hot tubs, steam rooms and heated towels. Privacy is as complete as you want. Couples can take massages in the candlelit Spa Together room. Waiters carry champagne to couples at the poolside fire bowl. Though Sundara provides free chauffeur service to area entertainment, you might not choose to leave. Read Midwest Living's review. (888) 735-8181; sundaraspa.com

Galena, Illinois, destinations

Inn at Irish Hollow (pictured) Fireplaces, whirlpools, hot tubs and a gourmet breakfast will pamper you in the luxurious accommodations at this inn. Choose from five private guest houses or three rooms in the main inn. Guests can also opt for a seven-course candlelit dinner. Hiking (and in season, skiing) trails beckon those who want to explore nature, and nearby Galena holds many attractions as well. Read Midwest Living's review. (815) 777-6000; irishhollow.com

Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa There are plenty of reasons to plan a trip to Eagle Ridge. You arrive to chocolates, a long-stem rose and champagne. Outdoorsy types can choose horseback riding, hiking, biking and then relaxing in the spa. On-site dining and other amenities mean you wouldn't have to leave Eagle Ridge; tt would be a shame, though, to pass up the chance to browse in nearby historic Galena.  Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 892-2269; eagleridge.com


Chetek, Wisconsin: Canoe Bay

Couples come to hide away on honeymoons or rekindle relationships in 23 rooms and cottages around Lake Wahdoon. Favorite activities include canoeing (of course), hiking or snowshoeing on the 280-acre couples-only property, taking horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides at a nearby farm, having in-room relaxation massages and reading (the resort has an extensive library). Breakfast comes to rooms discreetly, adding to the atmosphere. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 568-1995; canoebay.com

Lutsen, Minnesota: Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

Ski or kayak season, this place has the après activity down. After a candlelight dinner, unwind in front of your room’s fireplace or in the whirlpool. Special occasions warrant even more special touches. (800) 258-8736; lutsenresort.com

Mishawaka, Indiana: Beiger Mansion

A solarium, an outdoor pool and a workout room might eventually pull you away from the sleigh bed, the layers of pillows and custom-made bathrobes at this Neoclassical limestone home. Eventually. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 437-0131; beigermansion.com

Hocking Hills, Ohio, destinations

Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls (pictured) Rekindle romance at this charming lodge. Each of the inn's 12 cottages sits on its own 2 wooded acres; each is outfitted with a deck and a whirlpool hot tub. Gourmet meals round out a weekend of shopping, massages and owner-recommended naps! Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 653-2557; innatcedarfalls.com

Glenlaurel Inn Couples head here to enjoy each other and nicely appointed cottages and rooms, some with hot tubs and some with two-person whirlpools. Guests can make reservations for five- or seven-course dinners. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 809-7378; glenlaurel.com

Branson, Missouri: Big Cedar Lodge

This resort encourages you to elope with a package including ceremony, cake, champagne, flowers and dinner. Everyone loves the attentive service and upscale pine cabins along Table Rock Lake, which make this resort an ideal place to snuggle up by the fire. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 225-6343; big-cedar.com

Thompsonville, Michigan: Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa

Head to the mountains for some romance. This resort offers packages including dinner for two with wine as well as in-room wine and strawberries. By day, golf, mountain bike, ski, tour wineries and more. The 18,500-square-foot spa promises head-to-toe pampering and wellness. Read Midwest Living's review. (885) 995-5146; crystalmountain.com

Alton, Illinois: Beall Mansion

The level of by pampering and attentive service matches the aesthetics at this elegant and well-maintained mansion. Sumptuous accommodations include whirlpool tubs and fireplaces in many rooms. They’ll help couples celebrate honeymoons and anniversaries with special packages. Read Midwest Living's review. (866) 843-2325; beallmansion.com

Dubuque, Iowa: Hotel Julien Dubuque

Built in 1839 in what is now known as Old Main District, this recently refurbished boutique hotel caters to couples with its Romance is in the Air package, consisting of wine, a massage and certificate toward dinner in Caroline’s Restaurant. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 798-7098; hoteljuliendubuque.com

Willoughby, Ohio: Louis Penfield House

Twenty miles east of Cleveland, experience a three-bedroom Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house set on 30 wooded acres as if it is your own. Spend the evening by the fire appreciating Wright's style after a hike along the Chagrin River, which cuts through the property. Read Midwest Living's review. penfieldhouse.com

Stillwater, Minnesota: Rivertown Inn

A stay at the Rivertown Inn feels just like slipping into the pages of a Victorian novel. Each of the nine intricately decorated suites and bedchambers are named for a 19th-century novelist, poet or literary figure. Especially dazzling: The Agatha Christie Grand Suite (pictured) with its Tiffany-style lamps, elegant fireplace and private outdoor garden terrace. Indulgent multicourse breakfasts include dark chocolate pancakes with Belgian chocolate sauce. Read Midwest Living's review. (651) 430-2955; rivertowninn.com

St. Louis: Moonrise Hotel

This hip, retro boutique hotel is a great choice for spending the night in the Delmar Loop district. It’s so hip that the name of its couple’s package is Peace, Love and Breakfast in Bed! Read Midwest Living's review. (314) 721-1111; moonrisehotel.com

Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnatian Hotel

The stylish, four-diamond Cincinnatian Hotel makes an excellent base for a romantic getaway. Book dinner at the renovated 1890s hotel's Palace restaurant or the newer Jean-Robert's Table. Or indulge in room service, popcorn and a movie and never leave your room. (800) 942-9000; cincinnatianhotel.com

Red Wing, Minnesota: Round Barn Farm Bed and Breakfast and Bread

A warm greeting from innkeepers Robin and Elaine Kleffman sets the tone at this serene escape which includes five suites in a reimagined 19th-century farm home. After a delicious multicourse breakfast, take a fascinating tour of the namesake round barn on the property. Unwind in the Hearts and Flowers Suite, complete with a rose-decorated king bed and two-person heart-shaped Jacuzzi. Guests take home a cute loaf of bread in the shape of the round barn. Read Midwest Living's review. (866) 763-2276; roundbarnfarm.com

Kohler, Wisconsin: The American Club Resort

Celebrate or retreat at this five-star resort. The star of the luxurious rooms is the bed, plush with pillows and draped with a down comforter and Italian sheets. Spa services, meals and special touches make for romance. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 344-2838; americanclubresort.com

Glen Ellyn, Illinois: Inn at Water's Edge

At the College of DuPage's Culinary and Hospitality Center, white-tablecloth dining and a luxe hotel make for a romantic overnight getaway. Savor intricately crafted dishes like prosciutto-wrapped monk fish at Waterleaf fine-dining restaurant, then check into a room on the third floor of the same building on campus. Six guest rooms offer plush beds and oversize showers; expect trays of chocolate truffles at turndown and free espresso in the lounge. If you're in the mood for arts, the adjacent McAninch Arts Center stages a colorful palette of art displays and performances. waterleafrestaurant.com; innatwatersedgehotel.com

Ozarks destinations

Garden House Bed and Breakfast (pictured) Guests enjoy whirlpool rooms and private balconies at this modern, spic-and-span B&B. Bright and airy rooms overlooking Lake Ozark offer a perfect spot for unwinding. A full breakfast is served in the dining room, or you can have it delivered to your room or private patio. Read Midwest Living's review. (573) 365-1221; thegardenhousebnb.com

Stonewater Cove Resort Guests looking for a quiet, secluded immersion into the Missouri Ozarks will enjoy the 500 acres of Stonewater Cove Resort, which in themselves are remote enough. But surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest Service land, getting away from it all is truly possible here. All this peace with elegant accommodations. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 792-3956; stonewatercove.com/ 

Bloomington, Illinois: Vrooman Mansion

Treat him, treat her, treat yourselves. They will customize packages to suit. Spend an evening in this 1869 Bloomington home and imagine the visits from Eleanor Roosevelt and Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan. Breakfast stuns: a menu of seasonal fruit sprinkled with crystallized ginger, whole-grain waffles and eggs baked in a slew of herbs. Read Midwest Living's review. (877) 346-6488; vroomanmansion.com

New Buffalo, Michigan: Harbor Grand

Cozy guest rooms offer views of the harbor. Hike along the nearby sand dunes, then sate a guilty craving with 24-hour Ben and Jerry's delivery. Read Midwest Living's review. (888) 605-6800; harborgrand.com

Lawrence, Kansas, destinations

The Eldridge (pictured) Stay in one of the 48 suites at this historic hotel, established in 1925. Have a romantic dinner at Ten restaurant or The Jayhawker bar, which serves more than 35 kinds of martinis. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 527-0909; eldridgehotel.com

The Oread New in 2010, the KU campus spot boasts gracious accommodations, a spa and on-site fine dining. Sip champagne and nibble on strawberries in your room then indulge in a massage. Read Midwest Living's review. (877) 263-6347; theoread.com

French Lick, Indiana: French Lick Resort

Celebrate your time together at the West Baden Springs Hotel in southern Indiana. First-time guests often just stop and stare, awestruck, at the 600-foot glass dome. Guests love the spacious rooms, spa with couple’s massages, restaurants, golf and hiking. Read Midwest Living's review. (888) 936-9360; frenchlick.com

Duluth, Minnesota: Canal Park Lodge

Couples looking for an upscale city retreat love this new hotel. Balconies face Lake Superior's waves, and restaurants and shops fill a weekend. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 777-8560; canalparklodge.com

Nebraska City, Nebraska: Lied Lodge

Just the two of you will be coddled while surrounded by natural beauty at this resort owned and operated by the Arbor Day Foundation. Plush and comfy rooms invite you to settle in for an anniversary package, which includes dinner. Read Midwest Living's review. (800) 546-5433; liedlodge.org

Columbus, Ohio: The Lofts in Columbus

Pamper yourself at this luxury boutique. One package includes an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast, two chocolate massages, a rose petal turndown, and a champagne and chocolate nightcap. (614) 461-2663; 55lofts.com

Hermann, Missouri: Alpenhorn Gasthaus

Built in the 1860s, this redbrick B&B indulges couples in many ways: private accommodations, gourmet meals, a hot tub under the stars and a wine cellar twinkling with candlelight (numerous proposals have taken place there). See Midwest Living's review. (573) 486-8228; alpenhorngasthaus.com

Grand Marais, Minnesota: Gunflint Lodge

Snowy cross-country ski trails, cabins with hot tubs and excellent food compete for couples' attention at Gunflint Lodge, tucked into northeast Minnesota's wilderness. Packages cater to couples being romantic, celebrating anniversaries or on honeymoons. See Midwest Living's review. (800) 328-3325; gunflint.com


Lennox, South Dakota: Steever House Bed and Breakfast

A stay in the attic suite of this restored Queen Anne amid farmland means a cocoon of quiet and relaxation: fireplace, whirlpool tub and king-size bed. Breakfast on toffee scones or Dutch Babys (puff pancakes). (605) 647-5055; steeverhouse.com

Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin: Blacksmith Inn on the Shore

Enjoy harbor views after a soak in a big tub at this cozy Door County spot. Nice extras at this Baileys Harbor lodge include in-room whirlpools and gas fireplaces, plus kayaks and bikes. Choose a package to suit your event: honeymoon, anniversary, or just a quiet getaway for two. (800) 769-8619; theblacksmithinn.com

Indianapolis: The Alexander

Let’s say you’re hip. Or want to be. Then it’s time to check out this boxy glass boutique hotel with a superfriendly staff and a colorful bar near the mod lobby. The 209 sumptuous rooms and suites—many with featherbeds and granite counters—come with Keurig coffee makers and motion-sensor lighting. See Midwest Living's review. (317) 624-8200; thealexander.com

Saugatuck, Michigan: The Belvedere Inn

Pamper your partner with a Sweetie or Lover’s package at this Saugatuck B&B that many say is like a mini Versailles. Each of the 10 guest rooms in the restored 1913 mansion has a fireplace to snuggle in front of. Gourmet breakfast is served in the formal dining room. Read Midwest Living's review. (877) 858-5777; thebelvedereinn.com

Kansas City, Missouri, destinations

Hotel Phillips  (pictured) This Art Deco hotel was renovated in 2001 but kept its original 1931 design. Sweeping twin staircases and marble floors lead to comfortably elegant rooms. Check the website for romance packages that include wine, chocolates, flowers and more. Read Midwest Living's review. (877) 704-5341; hotelphillips.com

Raphael Comfort, service and convenience are the watchwords at this rejuvenated boutique hotel in the middle of K.C.'s upscale Country Club Plaza shopping district. You can expect just the right amount of pampering at the recently renovated Raphael, from the moment the valet takes your keys until the end of the day, when you discover the chocolate chip cookies that accompany the turndown service. Rendezvous for dinner at Chaz on the Plaza for a romantic dinner. Read Midwest Living's review. (816) 756-3800; raphaelkc.com

Nisswa, Minnesota: Grand View Lodge

Choose from rooms, suites, cabins and townhomes in Minnesota's Brainerd Lakes region. Huge stone hearths, the Glacial Waters Spa and massive windows overlooking Gull Lake beg couples to unwind. Read Midwest Living's review. (866) 801-2951; grandviewlodge.com

Winona, Minnesota: Alexander Mansion Historic Bed and Breakfast

CD players hide in phonographs at this 1886 Victorian mansion. It's run by innkeepers who welcome you graciously, cook amazing frittatas and disappear when you need one-on-one time. All four tasteful guest rooms in this Mississippi River town B&B deliver sumptuous stays. Read Midwest Living's review. (507) 474-4224; alexandermansionbb.com 

South Haven, Michigan: The Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast

Relax in luxurious rooms or guest cottages a short walk from the beach and South Haven's many restaurants, shops and other attractions. All rooms feature Victorian-esque décor, spacious modern baths and flat-screen TVs; deluxe rooms offer whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces. You can borrow bikes to cruise around town as well as enjoy the B&B's pool and tennis court.  See Midwest Living's review. (800) 473-7376; victoriaresort.com

Milwaukee destinations

Pfister Hotel (pictured) Offering gracious service and style in the heart of downtown, this historical hotel specializes in honeymoons and lets couples escape from interruptions for a day. (800) 558-8222; thepfisterhotel.com

The Brewhouse Inn and Suites The former brewhouse in the late 19th-century Pabst Brewery Hotel complex has found new life as a hotel, with 90 spacious guest rooms surrounding an atrium with six enormous copper brewing vats. Beer and history lovers will enjoy the ambience of the hotel as well as a visit to Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub in the same building and a tour of Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery just across the road. (414) 810-3350; brewhousesuites.com

Michigan: Tamarack Lodge of Traverse City

Tamarack boasts a woodsy, "up north" aura. Rooms wear Arts and Crafts styling, reminiscent of the grand lodges of yesterday. The romance package includes a two-night stay in a room with a jetted tub, bottle of wine, couple’s massage, and certificate to dinner. Read Midwest Living's review. (877) 938-9744; tamaracklodgetc.com

Lead, South Dakota: Spearfish Canyon Lodge

In winter, couples on a weekend getaway at this upscale resort in the Black Hills can rent snowmobiles to travel the 350 miles of groomed trails. In summer, they hike trails to waterfalls and canyon walls. When done, cozy up by the massive hearth in the lobby and rest on pillow-top mattresses. Read Midwest Living's review. (877) 975-6343; spfcanyon.com

Fort Scott, Kansas: Lyons Twin Mansions

Enjoy comfortable accommodations, great food, and a spa and a fitness center at these twin Victorian mansions in a leafy Fort Scott neighborhood. Lushly decorated, spacious rooms include amenities such as Wi-Fi, stocked mini fridges and plasma TVs. Read Midwest Living's review. (620) 223-3644; lyonstwinmansions.com

Oscoda, Michigan: Huron House Bed and Breakfast

The Huron House B&B, a 14-room couples-only enclave, offers luxury resort-style amenities such as huge four-posters with lush linens, fireplaces, Jacuzzis, wide-screen HD TVs, DVD and CD players, private decks and gorgeous views of Lake Huron. A complimentary breakfast (fresh croissants, coffee and juice) is placed outside your door each morning at your specified time. Read Midwest Living's review. (989) 739-9255; huronhouse.com

De Pere, Wisconsin: Château De Pere

A 36-suite French country retreat stands 5 miles south of the area’s biggest draw—the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field. Rich fabrics and king-suite fireplaces in this riverside property exude romance, and the on-site Cafe Chanson plates French delicacies in a casual setting. (920) 347-0007; chateaudepere.com

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