You're famous to friends and well-known at work, but you're a stranger when it comes to romantic getaways. Let us introduce you, then, to Illinois Beach Resort in Zion, Illinois—where you and your plus-one can disappear in relative anonymity to the only hotel in the Praire State nestled directly on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Escape for a two-night rendezvous for two in a One or Two Queen Room, Sundays through Thursdays ($169) or Fridays and Saturdays ($220). Your recently renovated hideaway features a pair of queen-size beds or a single king-size bed as well as boundless lake views.
As the first rays of the day dance across the lake, spend your morning enjoying the sunrise à la carte. Vanish beneath the waters of the refurbished pool, hot tub, or sauna. Later spring for a massage; or after giving a couple of calories the slip with yoga, water aerobics, or Zumba, sneak away on a stroll along six-and-a-half miles of the Midwest's most scenic beaches.
Cover your tracks on the jogging and bicycling trails that surround llinois Beach State Park's 4,100 acres of protected state wilderness, or depart from the smooth, chalk-white bluffs of Waukegan Harbor and tail salmon and trout with Captain Rick aboard the 34-foot Independence.
Flock to nearby Tempel Farms, the only place in the country where rare white Lipizzan horses are bred, reared, and showcased. Afterward, flee your inhibitions by conquering the 35 high-profile rides at Six Flags Great America before ducking into Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall for some smart shopping.
Dine al fresco with your $50 credit toward a dinner Lakeside Restaurant, where succulent filet mignon, crispy fish fries, and homemade amaretto cheesecake will make your taste buds take flight. After dinner, tie up loose ends with cocktails at the Sandpiper Lounge before slipping back to your room to savor champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries under the cover of darkness.
Pristine shores, deep blue waters, and plenty of off-the-grid activities make this Great Lakes Escape a clean getaway.
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Illinois Beach Resort
Two-Night Stay for Two in a King or Two-Queen Room, Sundays through Thursdays ($169) or Fridays and Saturdays ($220)