STEAL SOME TIME AWAY WITH YOUR BESTIES TO RELAX & REJUVENATE
OK, girls! One thing we can all agree on is that it has been a long few months and with so much uncertainty ahead of us, now might be a good time to grab a couple of your BFFs and plan a quick getaway to enjoy some girl time before school starts. If you are more comfortable waiting, we completely get it. That’s why we chose timeless locations for this month’s list so you can plan now, or later. Either way, enjoy!
1. MAXWELL MANSION
LAKE GENEVA–The oldest mansion in Lake Geneva is now a boutique hotel and craft cocktail bar with a pool and lounge. With various areas to relax and breathtaking views, the history of this property dates back to 1865 when prominent Chicago Surgeon, Dr. Philip Maxwell and his wife built this handsome dwelling as a summer getaway. Grab the girls and getaway today! Be sure to try the Strawveryy Sparkle (pictured)
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
2. MACKINAC ISLAND
MICHIGAN–Redbook magazine named the Grand Hotel one of the country's top spots for a girlfriend getaway, it's hard to argue this when the historic hotel offers famed multi-course dinners, private receptions, wellness classes and a full-service spa. Or base your getaway at Mackinac House, the island's newest inn, and bike the island perimeter on the nation's only highway that doesn't allow cars. Drive your own horse and buggy or take a late night ghost tour. How fun!
3. WISCONSIN WINERIES
Wisconsin’s wine scene has expanded like crazy over the last few years. There’s Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac, Three Lakes Winery in Three Lakes and White Winter Winery in Iron River among dozens of others. For a complete list of wineries around the state, visit the Wisconsin Wineries Association. There are so many wine finds to love!
Missouri's Black River
4. BLACK RIVER FLOAT TRIP
MISSOURI–Enjoy Missouri canoeing at its best with your gals, or choose to take a relaxing float trip in rafts, tubes or kayaks. Black River floating is a pleasure for veteran and novice floaters alike, offering an ever changing outdoor experience spring through fall. The river is clear and beautiful as it gently moves through dense wooded forests and green meadows, winding past tall cliff walls dotted with caves and fern greenery.
5. INDIANA DUNES
NORTHWEST INDIANA–Home to the Indiana Dunes, 15,000-acre outdoor playground of sprawling woods, beaches, and sand dunes, Chesterton offers an outdoor workout unlike any other with its 1.5-mile 3 Dune Challenge. Prefer an adventure for your tastebuds? Local standby Octave Grill features “sneaky cider” and “earl grey” cocktails and inventive burgers. For unforgettable digs, hole up at Riley’s Railhouse, a bed and breakfast fashioned from an old freight station, or DunesWalk Inn, a restored mansion that will put you a skip away from the gorgeous shores of Lake Michigan.
6. DOOR COUNTY
WISCONSIN– There's no place like the Door County Region, which offers an intriguing mix of charming small towns, eclectic shops and eateries, and coastal views reminiscent of America's Atlantic Coast. You'll stumble upon fishing villages, small farms, numerous parks and nature areas that make this region a mesmerizing and rewarding place to explore.
MICHIGAN–Dare to take a journey with Saugatuck Dune Rides Inc. - a combination history lesson, nature tour and roller coaster ride. Rent a beach house, take a hike to dune overlooks and maybe venture into town for shopping and cocktails. Nearby Holland, home to Holland State Park, is a worthy destination too; the city offers frequent girlfriend getaway weekends that feature deep discounts at downtown shops.