There is no better way to show that special someone your love than by taking them on romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day and these options are right in our backyard.

We spoke with our friends on Illinois' Tourism Board about some examples of weekend getaways. Here's what they had to say:


Galena is a romantic and quaint destination that offers standout romance packages, well-preserved 19th century buildings, rolling hills and historic charm. Stroll along Galena’s Main Street to shop art galleries, antique stores and eclectic boutiques. You can also take a relaxing, winter wonderland hike in the countryside.

Spend some quality time in with your significant other with a stay at the Jail Hill Inn. Who knew that the county’s old jail would make such a luxurious B&B! Special packages available on the weekends before and after Valentine’s Day include a Friday and Saturday night stay, chilled champagne, chocolates and flowers welcoming you to your room, an afternoon wine and cheese party at check-in and a three course gourmet breakfast each morning. Treat you and your loved one and add on an in-room massage to your weekend getaway! You can visit for more information.

Visiting Galena will help you relax and recharge, but you can surround yourself in even more tranquility with the Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages spa special. The package includes a 50-minute on-site massage for two with deluxe accommodations in a cottage and a delicious breakfast each morning. See more romantic packages in Galena here:

Chestnut Mountain Skiing

A top destination for couples looking to stay active on their vacation, Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort overlooks the Mississippi River in the hills of Galena and has an impressive array of activities and accommodations. The slopes of Chestnut Mountain are meant for all levels of skiers and boarders, and features 19 runs from novice to black diamond. You and your loved one can take a ski or snowboard lesson if you want to get back to the basics, or relax in the indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Be sure to make a reservation at the Sunset Grille for an unforgettable romantic dining experience with great views. Perched on a high cliff overlooking the Mississippi River, the restaurant offers signature sandwiches to classic steaks and fresh fish. You can also take a walk with your loved one on the outdoor deck!

Take advantage of Chestnut’s Fantastic Friday Special for a $25 lift ticket and $45 equipment rentals every Friday 4pm-midnight until February 24th!

Starved Rock Lodge

Starved Rock Lodge will make a relaxing and romantic vacation during Valentine’s Day immersed in nature. Book a room in a rustic hotel or log cabin in the woods in the middle of Starved Rock State Park. The Lodge has a variety of rooms to choose from including cabins with cozy fireplaces to curl up next to. Unwind in the Lodge’s indoor pool, hot tub and sauna with your significant other! To make your trip complete, pick up a bottle of Illinois Sparkling Co. sparkling wine made with 100 percent Illinois grapes, and toast to each other and a great getaway. Starved Rock Lodge offers February packages, Sunday through Thursday, with overnight accommodations, souvenir glasses, a bottle of wine, delicious fudge, and a delicious dinner and breakfast.

You won’t want to miss Starved Rock Lodge’s year-round trolley tours and guided hikes to see the area’s beautiful canyons and frozen winter waterfalls.

Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins

Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins
Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins

Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins is a perfect weekend getaway to take that special someone. Nestled in the Illinois Ozarks and the closest resort to the famous Garden of the Gods in Shawnee Forest, you’ll have the opportunity to stay in the treehouses and log cabins that overlook this beautiful space! There is nothing more romantic than being in nature within a cabin that rests on a White Oak tree, 20 feet in the air. The Shawnee National Forest offers hiking, backpacking, hunting fishing and scenic driving if you want to get involved outdoors. It will be truly a unique and romantic experience for you and your significant other.

Specials during February include buying any 2 nights at a unit for regular price and getting a third night free. Timber Ridge is also offering 33 percent off any 2 night stay in the Hickory Hollow and Sassafras Ridge log cabins. Check their homepage at for discount codes!

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