Romantic Weekend Getaways in the Midwest

Lodging, Dining, and Just for Fun

Kohler Waters Spa bath
••• Couples spa suite at Kohler Waters Spa in Wisconsin. Susan Breslow Sardone.

When you live in the Midwest, you may dream of flying to the West or East Coast to enjoy a romantic weekend getaway. But it's not necessary! Although many of the country's finest inns and escapes are located along those seaboards, a weekend simply isn't long enough to get there from the middle of the USA, settle in, and relax.  

The good news is that you may not have to travel far from home in order to have a weekend that you've been fantasizing about.

 Sometimes all a relationship needs is for a couple have quality time to be alone together. Then the location is not nearly as important as the privacy and comfort, service and cleanliness you need from the property you choose to visit for a bit of pampering. 

These midwestern resorts are especially romantic and couples-friendly.

WISCONSIN

  • Lodging
    The American Club (check rates now)
    Located 55 miles north of Milwaukee, the American Club is part of Destination Kohler, a splendid four-seasons resort that also includes award-winning golf and spa facilities, shopping, and 12 dining options. 
  • Dining
    Blackwolf Run Restaurant
    Inside Destination Kohler and adjacent to one of its golf courses, Blackwolf Run serves classic American fare in a comfortable dining room with a huge fireplace.  If one or both of you aren't drinking, the bar here offers a selection of scrumptious non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Just for Fun
    Kohler Design Center
    Rooms with abundant design ideas, the biggest bathtubs you'll ever see and more, all guaranteed to inspire porcelain envy.

    ILLINOIS

    • City Luxe
      Waldorf Astoria Chicago (check rates now)
      This Chicago hotel knows how to cosset couples. From the moment you arrive to the time you (reluctantly) leave, staff (no tippling accepted!) go out of their way to anticipate your needs and ensure your pleasure during a romantic weekend getaway.

    MISSOURI

    • Lodging
      Hotel Ignacio (check rates now)
      This St. Louis boutique hotel, which opened in 2011, has a bold contemporary look and features original art in its guest rooms and public spaces.
    • Dining
      Triump Grill
      A full-service restaurant and motorcycle museum in St. Louis.
    • Just for Fun
      Branson
      If you can appreciate it for its camp value.

    IOWA

     

    • Lodging
      Hotel Pattee (check rates now)
      An AAA Four-Diamond award-winning property and member of the Historic Hotels of America, Hotel Pattee is located in Perry, outside of Des Moines.
    • Dining
      David's Milwaukee Diner
      Hotel Pattee's affordable restaurant serves a choice of traditional hometown cooking or more adventurous contemporary cuisine at dinner.

      Just for Fun
      Catfish Bend Riverboat Casino
      Where you don't have to gamble on having a great time.

      Adventureland Park
      Popcorn, cotton candy, and lots of scary rides that require comforting embraces. Open weekends after Labor Day.