(Closed) Honeymoon ideas in Illinois (or midwest)?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was born and raised in Chicago so it gets my vote. There is soooo much to do there, and they have the best food ever. I think it would be a great honeymoon spot.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What about Starved Rock if you guys like the outdoors? Or there are beautiful places along Lake Michigan just into Michigan that would be nice – all the wineries in the SW, Saugatuck, Grand Haven. Or you could do an urban honeymoon – Chicago or Milwaukee. I’ve heard Door County in Wisconsin is beautiful as well.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I second Door County.  Its like you’re in New England!  Its so pretty up there 🙂   They have tons of cute B&Bs.  Or you could go to Lake Geneva.  Since i’m from WI I recommend that state 🙂  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

South Haven Michigan is very pretty too.

Post # 7
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Newbee

Lake GenevaLaughing

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Check out Bernadine’s Stillman Inn in Galena. It’s our favorite place. We went on our first vacation there and 2 years later, he proposed there also. The owners, Dave and Bernadine, are fabulous. It feels as comfortable as being home, but much more luxurious. In November, it will be decorated for Christmas and the whole town will be just gorgeous. I recommend Vinny Venucchi’s (spelling?), Fried Green Tomatoes, and the Perry Street Brasserie. Perry Street is our most recent favorite. The owner cooks everything and the way it was explained to us, selects different things for the menu every day depending on what he can buy fresh that morning, including the desserts. Everything I had was absolutely fabulous. It was a very small romantic place.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@SweetRose2011: I love Wisconsin Dells! I never went for a honeymoon, but I used to go all the time as a kid when I lived in MN and went camping there a few years ago. They have a lot of really fun indoor waterparks, and I’m sure that would be the off season so maybe there would be some good deals.

I’ve also been to Door County and agree there are some really cute B&Bs there, though it may be chilly to walk around the area.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

@SweetRose2011:My FI’s parents actually went there for their honeymoon 30 years ago! The Kalahari is pretty cool – and I think they have a nice spa as well.

I actually grew up very close to Galena and I would recommend it as well. Vinny Vanucchi’s is amazing as are the chocolate shop and popcorn place (try Tiger Butter!) down the street.

Dubuque is another great option – the Hotel Julien (our reception site, yay!) is gorgeous and has a spa that includes different romance packages and things for couples. It really depends on what your interests are – relaxing, shopping, tourism, nature, history, etc.

Good Luck!

Now I’m hungry for Italian and popcorn. Darn.

ETA: Ate my post!

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Have you thought about staying at a State Park?  Turkey Run State Park and Brown County State Park are beautiful (in Indiana).

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

One other place – I see the commercials for this place all the time. It’s up at the Dells so if you’re a spa fan it might be nice.

http://www.sundaraspa.com/

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Two thumbs up to the poster who suggested Lake Geneva I grew up there, we currently  live on the other side of the lake.  Beautiful town just not too much to do for the honeymooners.  I would suggest go to the Wisconsin Dells for a few days.  Beautiful, and with all the tourist stuff to do theres always something going on.

Happy honeymooning.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you go to the Dells there is this place called Sundara spa and it is AWESOME! My friends went there for their honeymoon and I’ve been there once and its so relaxing.  I would recommend going there at least one night!  Otherwise the Kalahari is pretty fun too.  I just looked at your wedding date though and there might not be much going on in the dells or door county because its so late in the season….just an FYI. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

def. Galena. It is BEAUTIFUL in the fall. There are small wineries, awesome restaurants, & the little town is adorable. Def. gets my vote!

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