It’s not a “stay-cation” if you leave Chicago. Sometimes, just traveling a little ways out of the city for an extended weekend can feel just as good as taking a week off. Being catered to with breakfast each morning and sometimes wine and cheese in the evening can be complete bliss and just the type of relaxation you need.

Washington House Inn

W62 N573 Washington Ave.
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Phone: 262-375-3550
Fax: 262-375-9422

Located north of the border in Cedarburg, WI, you’ll find a quaint little town with winery included. If you’re going to taste wine, catch a movie at the Rivoli Theatre or just walk around town, Cedarburg feels like it’s more than only 100 miles from Chicago. The inn has 34 guest rooms (31 with whirlpools), and many rooms offer fireplaces too. In the evening, they offer a wine and cheese tasting featuring local wines from the Cedar Creek Winery. In the morning, a large, yummy continental breakfast is served. Visit their website to view all of their rooms.

Goldmoor Inn

9001 W. Sand Hill Rd.
Galena, IL 61036
Phone: 800-255-3925

Looking for elegance and views? You’ll be able to achieve both when staying at the Goldmoor Inn. Overlooking the great Mississippi River in Galena, IL you’ll be able to enjoy local wineries, outdoor activities and state parks. When you’ve gotten your fill of fresh air, retreat back to the luxury of your room including whirlpools, terry robes and heated towel bars. There is a reason why Yahoo Travel listed this as one of the top five coziest bed and breakfasts in America in October 2010.

Mission Oak Inn

1108 County Rd 930E
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-370-4083

If you are bombarded by e-mails and phone calls every day, maybe you’re just looking for some peace and quiet. Retreat to Mission Oak Inn located on 120 acres including a seven-acre lake. They offer two suites that both include a whirlpool and a fireplace. In the morning, you’ll sit in a dining room that overlooks the lake and will indulge in creations like French banana crepes and stuffed French toast. There is an optional dinner menu for an extra charge if you’d like dinner too, but it must be arranged ahead of time. After all this food, you can stretch your legs and hike around Starved Rock State Park.

Martha’s Vineyard

473 Blue Star Highway
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269-637-9373
Fax: 269-639-8214

If you’re looking for a little bit of romance, then all roads lead to South Haven, MI. Come enjoy cozy fires and the possibility of caramel apple pancakes for breakfast. They even offer a dessert course during breakfast usually involving chocolate. And if you’re staying in the guesthouse you can enjoy the luxury of having a hot breakfast delivered right to your room to enjoy in bed or on the porch. Most rooms feature private entrances and porches, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.

Copperstone Inn

6702 Yale Bridge Rd.
Rockton, IL 61072
Phone: 815-629-9999

Stay in a 9,000 square foot home located on 130 acres of land. It is elegant, serene and they even have their own spa where you can receive a couple’s massage. They offer six different suites and a gourmet breakfast in the morning. If you’re not looking to go anywhere but still need some fresh air, you can hike along their trails. And if you visit in the winter, you can enjoy the lowest room rates.

Rachel Azark is a writer and lives on Chicago’s northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog

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