Love is in the air: Five fabulous weekend getaways to celebrate Valentine's Day

2014-02-09T22:30:00Z 2014-02-12T13:52:22Z Love is in the air: Five fabulous weekend getaways to celebrate Valentine's DayCarrie Steinweg Times Correspondent
February 09, 2014 10:30 pm  • 

We are nearing the day of the year where expectations run high to surprise and spoil the love of your life. And while there’s nothing wrong with flowers or candy or a little bling, an experience of special time spent together away from the daily grind is sure to win you some points. Here are some special places to consider:

American Club, Kohler Wisconsin

The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin offers luxurious accommodations that are oozing of romanticism. The spacious guest rooms in the Tudor-style hotel features elegant Kohler showers or whirlpool baths.

The historic property dates back to 1918 and was built for Walter J. Kohler, Sr. who used the residence as housing for the immigrant laborers who came to work for the Kohler Co., which produced plumbing fixtures and fine furnishings.

Shari Maher of Crown Point recalled a romantic trip there that was a surprise from her husband shortly after the birth of her daughter. The two enjoyed a horse and carriage ride and spent time in their room. It was so romantic that she said they opted to have their meals in the room.

“There were glass hallways, alcoves with lit fireplaces, romantic dinners in the room, chocolate covered strawberries with champagne on the bath side, a moon-lit carriage ride,” she said. “After just having had a new baby and no time alone, the bath tub for two was the most romantic touch of our getaway.”

Visit for more information on couples packages and spa packages.


With three suburban locations, as well as sites in Indianapolis and Wisconsin, the Sybaris offers accommodations for couples only with whirlpool tubs and private pools. If you are really looking to impress, there’s the multi-level Chalet Swimming Pool Suite with private garage at the Frankfort, Ill. location. A 22-foot swimming pool is kept at a toasty 90 - 92 degrees. The bedroom loft has a 10-foot water slide, tropical waterfall, fireplace, hot tub and misting steam room.

If you’re not able to get away overnight, there are also afternoon getaways for a four-hour time slot, available seven days a week. Specials can be viewed online at and you can also subscribe via-text to receive additional discounts.

French Lick Resort

The French Lick Resort in southern Indiana is comprised of two historic hotels and scenic grounds that return you to an era of elegance.

“The resort is a wonderful destination for couples from Northwest Indiana looking for a getaway,” said Dyan Duncan, Public Relations Manager at French Lick Resort. “Couples can be as active or relaxed as they want. One of my favorite things is to see couples relaxing under the dome on one of our chaise lounges. It's a great space to just unplug and reconnect.”

Both hotels offer top notch dining and spas, with a casino situated next to the French Lick Hotel. The West Baden Hotel is an architectural marvel that was dubbed the “Eighth wonder of the world” when it opened in 1902, and it has a domed atrium that spans 200 feet. For the best vantage point, reserve a 6th floor balcony room overlooking the atrium.

Plenty of fun activities provide entertainment should you choose to venture outside your room, from a live jazz club to a historic tour to a chocolate festival taking place on Feb. 15.

Check the website, for Valentine’s packages that are good throughout the month of February.

Drury Lane, Oak Brook

Dinner and a show can be a nice way to lead into a romantic overnight. At Drury Lane in Oakbrook, you can take in a live show (currently the fun production "Young Frankenstein" is scheduled through mid-March), enjoy a dinner on site or visit one of the many trendy and cozy restaurants or wine bars in Oak Brook, including Wildfire, Mon Ami Gabi, Seasons 52, Antico Posto, Gibson’s Steakhouse, Maggiano’s or the Reel Club.

If staying at Drury Lane on a Saturday night, you can enjoy an extravagant brunch buffet on Sunday morning.

Nancy Greenwood of Dyer has stayed at the Hilton at Drury Lane several times and recommended it as a romantic getaway. “It's extremely quiet and next to all the Oak Brook restaurants. It has the most comfy king beds and giant bathrooms,” she said.

Visit drurylaneoakbrook for more information.

Acme Hotel Company, Chicago

This hip boutique hotel and its cool-vibe make it a winner for a unique Valentine’s getaway with your significant other. The hotel is offering a “Racy Romance Package” that includes two tickets to the Feb 14, 11:30 p.m. burlesque show, two custom shooters at The Berkshire Room, a gift assortment with garter, massage lotion, racy romance novel and two jarred cheesecakes from The Berkshire Room. And the best part is there’s no need to rush out in the morning. Sleep in and relax and take advantage of the 3 p.m. late check out. You’re also just a couple blocks from the Magnificent Mile, where great shopping and dining options offer more fun to extend your time in the city.

The package is available Feb. 14 and 15 (show is on Feb. 14 only) and is $245 for a standard king room or $325 for a suite. visit for more information.

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