#5. Lake Forest IL

Why You Should Honeymoon Here: Along the shore of Lake Michigan, Lake Forest is a romantic retreat in the Midwest. You can hop on a train and reach the big city amenities in Chicago in under an hour, but there’s plenty of restaurants and shops to explore in Lake Forest as well.

Go Here Instead Of: England. Guests at the The Deer Path Inn, an idyllic English manor house, are treated like royalty. Thoughtful English traditions and touches are woven throughout, including high-tea traditions in a glass-enclosed courtyard, Wellington boots near the entrance, and warm lighting that sets a relaxed, cozy tone.

Average Nightly Hotel Price: $319

Where to Stay: The Deer Path Inn, which has a crackling fireplace, intimate dinners at the inn’s private wine cellars, and bathtubs that fill from the ceilings. The hotel loans out complimentary bikes to explore the shores of Lake Michigan or the nearby Market Square.

What to Pack: Bring a backpack for a day trip into Chicago.

Romantic Date Night Spot: Menus at The Gallery are based on the artwork that’s on display. As exhibits rotate every two months or so, the chef comes up with new culinary interpretations.

Can’t-Miss Experience: Take the train into Chicago and enjoy a romance-filled itinerary. How’s a carriage tour along Michigan Avenue sound? Make a stop in Andy’s Jazz Club or ride the ferris wheel on Navy Pier.

Sweet Spot: Continue this English theme with toffee from Sweet’s, a local chocolate shop.

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