5 Unexpected Weekend Getaways Within 2 Hours of Chicago
We almost don’t want to tell you about these five getaways—they’re that good—but we’re willing to share our secrets so you can shake up your summer weekends with wine (oooh), architecture (ahhh) and the chance to relive your childhood camp experience (yasss).
One-Up Your Childhood Summer Camp at Camp Wandawega
Don’t be fooled by its quaint look. This 1920s lodge in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was once a bootlegger’s hideaway, complete with trap doors and hidden hatches. All that’s in the past now, but the property retains its retro charm thanks to a careful update by a group of Chicago artists and creatives. Single rooms can be booked via Airbnb, so get ready for fresh air, lake water and rustic amenities. In short, all the makings for a summer camp do-over.
Track a Giant Along the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail
Fun fact: Wisconsin is home to more Wright-designed structures (45 in total) than any other state. From Milwaukee west to Spring Green, you can see six of them; must-see stops include Taliesin, Wright’s former home, and the SC Johnson Administration Building, our new dream office. Bonus: The drive will give you an excuse to spend a night in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward. We suggest dinner at Swig and a stay at the Kimpton Journeyman.
Get a Taste of Bavaria in New Glarus, Wisconsin
A weekend of beer and cheese? Yes, please. Sip cult-favorite Spotted Cow on a visit to the New Glarus Brewing Co. If the Bavarian-inspired buildings don’t make you feel like you’re in the Old World, the cheeses might. In nearby Monroe, you can taste some of Wisconsin’s (and the world’s) best cheeses at Alp and Dell. Seriously: Its Grand Cru Surchoix won the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest.Round out your weekend with more beer (Monroe is home to Minhas Craft Brewery, the country’s second-oldest brewhouse) and more cheese (we suggest a pot of fondue at the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant).
Get Away with Your Best Gal at The American Club
Spa treatments at the Midwest’s top resort (according to Condé Nast Traveler) plus your bestie add up to one thing: an amazing summer getaway. The timelessly chic American Club’s Girlfriends’ Getaway includes a two-night stay, massages for you and your BFF (plus 20 percent off all spa treatments at Kohler Waters Spa), a three-course dinner and a lakeside yoga class. We’re in.
Savor Wine Country in Michigan
You read that right. St. Joseph, Michigan, sits at the heart of nine wineries. You could spend a whole day on one block of State Street downtown: Baroda Founders Wine Cellars has three separate tasting rooms (and one deliciously fragrant Riesling). There’s plenty more wine to be had, whether you head north to 12 Corners Vineyards and Contessa Wine Cellar or south to Round Barn Winery.