Top 15 Romantic Getaways in the Midwest


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As someone who grew up in the Midwest, I understand how easy it is to fall into comfortable ruts and find yourself doing the same routine things day after day. Not only does this pattern affect you as an individual, but also your relationship with the special person in your life. Fortunately, there are lots of places throughout the Midwest where you can plan a romantic getaway to shake things up, reconnect with each other, and perhaps ignite some much-needed passion too!

With a focus on Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Missouri, here are some romantic getaway hotel ideas in the Midwest.

Island House Hotel – Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island is a romantic destination in the Midwest, and the Island House Hotel is one of the best places to stay here with the one you love. This iconic hotel is historic and charming. It is located within the Mackinac Island State Park boundaries and has an ideal location to access the downtown attractions. You and your partner may want to rent bikes at the hotel since motorized bikes are not allowed on the island. Check out the romantic packages available, as well as add-on enhancements and tours, to take the hassles and guesswork out of planning a romantic trip.

Key Amenities:

  • Set within the Mackinac Island State Park
  • Romantic packages available
  • Alfresco dining, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, and bike rentals

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis – Missouri

If you are in the St. Louis area, the Four Seasons Hotel is a romantic place to stay for a couple’s getaway. This hotel is in the heart of downtown and is located along the banks of the Mississippi River. Here you’ll find private poolside cabanas, sharable plates at the on-site restaurant, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the guestrooms. There are food-centric experiences for couples here, a TopGolf swing suite for date night and also a spa suite that’s a serene oasis with a private steam room. This is a pet-friendly hotel.

Key Amenities:

  • Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis
  • Private poolside cabanas
  • Guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows

Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort – Nisswa, Minnesota

You and your partner can create lasting memories with a stay at the Grand View Lodge. This historic lodge on Gull Lake has been around since 1916 and offers a unique atmosphere. There are two championship golf courses onsite, as well as a spa and multiple dining venues. At the resort, you’ll also find two indoor pools, two coffee shops, and summer concerts. Get active with the over 125 miles of bike trails, 25 paddleboards available, and 2,500 feet of sandy beach. The year-round hot tub is the largest outdoor hot tub in the state of Minnesota. The boutique hotel has a selection of charming rooms and is two hours north of the Twin Cities.

Key Amenities:

  • Two championship golf courses on-site
  • A long list of on-site dining options
  • Two indoor pools and a sandy beach

The Peninsula Chicago – Illinois

There are many romantic getaway hotels for couples in Chicago, including the Peninsula. Offering some of the best views in the city, this luxurious hotel is elegant and a five-star retreat to offer couples something really special during their stay. There are multiple restaurants at the hotel that focus on anti-inflammatory, plant-based diets, contemporary American cuisine, Chinese cuisine, European café favorites, wine, and cocktails. You and your sweetheart can celebrate each other with afternoon tea at the Peninsula and book rejuvenating treatments at the spa on the 19th and 20th floors of the hotel. The Peninsula also has an indoor pool, sun terrace, and fitness center.

Key Amenities:

  • Multiple on-site restaurants available
  • An indoor pool and sun terrace
  • Luxe spa on the 19th & 20th floors

Loews Minneapolis Hotel – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Trips to Minneapolis are fun and romantic, especially when you stay somewhere nice, like the Loews Minneapolis Hotel. This hotel has newly renovated guest rooms and suites in the heart of downtown. It is a luxury hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and pet-friendly rooms. Cosmos is the on-site restaurant on the fourth floor of the hotel and serves American cuisine inspired by the Pacific regions of the world. In-room dining is also an option for couples looking to keep things low-key.

Key Amenities:

  • Newly renovated guest rooms and suites
  • Room service available
  • Chic on-site restaurant with New American cuisine

Huron House – Oscoda, Michigan

The Huron House is a Michigan bed and breakfast hotel that is romantic and perfectly situated along the shore of Lake Huron between Tawas and Oscoda. This adults-only retreat offers king-size beds, fireplaces, private hot tubs, and in-room gourmet breakfasts. The luxurious rooms are perfect for couples any time of the year. There are romantic packages and add-ons that you can arrange for here, including pizza on the beach, chocolate-covered strawberries, picnics, bath indulgences, and roses.

Key Amenities:

  • Romantic bed and breakfast ambiance
  • Adults-only retreat
  • Rooms with fireplaces, hot tubs, and gourmet breakfast

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa – Galena, Illinois

For your next romantic getaway, consider the quaint Illinois town of Galena, which is filled with cute hotels and B&Bs. A great option here is the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, which has spacious guest rooms and over homes and villas spread across 6,800 acres. The top-rated Ilinois resort has a spa that offers facials, body treatments, salon and barber services, and a dry salt experience. It is situated along the 225-acre Lake Galena and is a popular spot for weddings. There are multiple restaurants on-site that offer casual and formal dining experiences and also a championship golf course.

Key Amenities:

  • Spacious rooms, homes, and villas
  • Luxury spa with facials and body treatments
  • A championship golf course

Glidden House Inn – Cleveland, Ohio

The Glidden House is a romantic place to stay in Cleveland. This historic boutique hotel is a converted mansion and dates back to 1910. It’s located in the University Circle area of the city and near museums and quiet green spaces. Couples can admire the local and contemporary art collection and enjoy complimentary European-style breakfasts each morning. The Glidden House offers traditional guest rooms and mansion suites, which have refrigerators and microwaves. There is a romance package that you can book at the hotel that includes wine, chocolates, and drink tickets for the Palette Lounge.

Key Amenities:

  • Complimentary European-style breakfast
  • Charming guest rooms and mansion suites
  • Romance packages with wine and chocolates

Thompson Chicago – Illinois

The Thompson Chicago is a Hyatt-brand hotel that is located along the glamorous Gold Coast in Chicago. One of the most romantic hotels in Chicago, its rooms and suites and puts couples close to Oak Street Beach, the Magnificent Mile, and trendy boutiques. At the hotel, couples can enjoy Italian seafood dishes at Nico Osteria and sip wine and cocktails at Salone Nico. In-room dining is an option at the Thompson too. If you really want to go “all out” and celebrate with your sweetheart, book the two-story penthouse suite with a billiards table and outdoor terrace.

Key Amenities:

  • Set along the picturesque Gold Coast
  • Easy access to top Chicago attractions
  • On-site Italian restaurant and modern wine bar and cocktail lounge

Townsend Hotel – Birmingham, Michigan

The Townsend Hotel is a boutique hotel in the walkable and upscale Michigan community of Birmingham. It’s a great getaway spot from Detroit, which is 20 miles away. This hotel opened in 1988 and has stylish guestrooms, including luxe penthouses and specialty suites. It is a great hotel for a romantic getaway because of the on-site bakery, afternoon tea, and contemporary restaurant on-site. At Townsend, there is also a 24/7 fitness center, in-room spa services, and food and beverage pairings available through the hotel concierge

Key Amenities:

  • Stylish rooms, penthouses, and specialty suites
  • On-site bakery and afternoon tea
  • In-room spa services and 24/7 fitness center

Symphony Hotel – Cincinnati, Ohio

A top hotel in Cincinnati, the Symphony Hotel is a romantic place for couples visiting Ohio and is located in a renovated 1871-era townhome. This boutique hotel is known for its excellent restaurant that serves contemporary and seasonal New-American cuisine. The hotel features Italianate architecture and is decorated with elegant furnishings. It serves a famous five-course dinner in the historic dining room, which is open to the public as well as hotel guests. There’s a sophisticated jazz lounge and bar on-site that hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Overnight guests stay in the nine historic hotel rooms that are all named after classical composers and decorated with antiques and musical artifacts, making it a must-visit destination for music-loving couples.

Key Amenities:

  • Excellent on-site dining
  • Jazz lounge and bar with live music
  • Historic rooms with musical artifacts

Brewhouse Inn & Suites – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Couples who enjoy a local pint of beer will love taking a weekend getaway to the Brewhouse Inn & Suites. This top Milwaukee hotel is located inside the old Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. There are accommodations ranging from studios to two-bedroom suites, and the suites have in-room kitchens. The hotel offers complimentary continental buffet breakfasts daily and has many of its original brewery features still intact. You and your partner can get to know the trendy Brewery District in downtown Milwaukee and walk to other attractions at the Fiserv Forum for dining and shopping.

Key Amenities:

  • Located inside the old Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery
  • Studios to two-bedroom suites available
  • Complimentary continental breakfast

Baker’s Sunset Bay Resort – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Dells is a fun getaway spot for couples, and this resort is on the quiet side of the Dells. It is a family-friendly spot but also enjoyable for couples who are young at heart and want to get out on the lake for some recreation in a double kayak. There are standard rooms and condos with a little more space that you can stay in here. Pet-friendly rooms are available too, if you can’t imagine leaving your pup at home during your romantic getaway.

Key Amenities:

  • Access to outdoor activities on the lake
  • Spacious rooms and condo options
  • Pet-friendly rooms available

Belamere Suites – Perrsyburg, Ohio

Belamere Suites is a romantic getaway spot in Ohio that offers couples lots of fun perks, such as two-person whirlpool tubs, in-room swimming pools, fireplaces, and catered breakfast to your own suite. It is near the city of Toledo and a great place to book an in-room couple’s massage. Amenities that couples will enjoy here include personal garages, fresh-baked cookies with milk and snack baskets delivered to your suite, and free internet. There are add-on amenities that you can choose from as well, including aromatherapy scents for your whirlpool tub, candles lit around your room, and rose petals arranged on the bed in the shape of a heart.

Key Amenities:

  • Rooms with two-person whirlpool tubs
  • In-room couple’s massages available
  • Romantic add-ons

Serenity Springs – La Porte, Indiana

This Indiana couple’s getaway destination is a very romantic resort with a collection of private cabins on 85 private, wooded acres of land. The cabins have whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and modern conveniences. They are lovely to stay in during any time of the year and offer views of the channel, lake, and pond. The dining options include an in-room candlelit dinner, a private gas grill with cooking supplies, a pizzeria, and partnered restaurant menus. Active couples can spend their days hiking, fishing, and biking when they feel like venturing out of their cabins.

Key Amenities:

  • Private cabins on 85 acres
  • In-room whirlpool tubs and fireplaces
  • Views of the channel, lake, and pond