Fall means a lot of things: chillier weather, brightly colored leaves, quaint strolls with your loved ones, football season, pumpkin everything, and bed and breakfasts . When I think of fall, I think of get-a-ways. Living in the Midwest, Jay and I have taken advantage of the fall in years past and tried to experience different parts of what we consider to be a really beautiful part of this country.
My favorite way to get in touch with the more rural Midwest is to stay at a Bed and Breakfast. You can get a really good feel for the people in the community as well as good tips on how to spend your weekend. Jay and I have stayed in some really great B&B’s and also some not-so-great ones. Here are some top contenders for fall.
If you want to visit the state of Illinois, look no further than Galena, the Capital of Bed and Breakfasts in the Midwest. Galena is known for its railroads, U.S. Grant, and river ways. It also has become a little tourist destination for Chicago-ans trying to get out of the city. I recommend taking a long weekend to visit. Entering Galena, you see that it is situated on a hill overlooking the Galena River, a tributary of the Mississippi. The streets are quaint and narrow, and you can get the sensation that you aren’t in Illinois anymore. No matter which street you take, you will find a bed and breakfast not far from you. The two that will no doubt charm you and are best situated to enjoy the town are The Steamboat House and the Goldmoor Inn.
The Steamboat House is from another time. It is absolutely beautiful, inside and out! You are close to town and can experience the brewery, winery, and downtown shopping and very quickly unwind in one of their beautifully designed rooms. There is a wrap around porch,a gazebo, and fountain to help you appreciate a beautiful morning, plus their guest rooms are cozy and clean. Fireplaces abound, and the breakfast is fantastic. IT IS A MUST.
The Goldmoor Inn is a destination in itself. I attended this property for a small wedding, and it was perfectly romantic. All you have to do is take one look at the grounds and you will want to get married (again!). It is beautiful. You can stay in suites, cabins, or cottages. I highly recommend in any season.
If you are looking to get out of the crowded streets of Galena, you don’t have to travel very far to find some great little gems in small towns around western Illinois. Oregon, IL is home to the Pinehill Inn, an affordable and cute mansion B&B. There isn’t as much bustle, but if you and your partner are looking for a quiet refuge away from people and enjoy your own private fire in cozy room, this is the place. The rates were extremely affordable. Jay and I stayed in the Captain’s room. The decor was period, and there were even editions of flying instruction manuals from the 1930’s. Jay got a hoot out of those. The staff was really friendly, and our stay was pretty perfect.
Wisconsin has some great B&B’s, too. Most people think of the Door County peninsula when they think bed and breakfasts in this state, and why not! With beautiful views of water, small towns lining the coasts, it is a great weekend vacation spot for area residents.
Without a doubt, the White Gull Inn is the most popular. Known for their delicious restaurant, fish boils, and beautiful accommodations, it’s no wonder that they have risen above the rest. They do Door County better. Couples enjoy it. The public can visit for a nice place to enjoy a meal. You can spend an evening or a long weekend. You can even pick up their cookbook, and like my mom, make their pancakes from the comfort of your own kitchen!
If you opt out of the White Gull Inn, you can head over to the White Lace Inn. Certainly less pricey than the White Gull Inn, it a great option. I recommend it as a getaway without kids. You can visit without seeing another soul if that’s your hope. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, in fact, they are downright Wisconsin “nice.”
Not far from Chicago across the border into Michigan is a really great resort for weekenders. The Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast is excellent for a romantic weekend or time away with kids.You get a choice of guest rooms or cottages. When I visited the resort was pretty full. I rented the Standard Queen Room. I took the opportunity to get outside for the weekend but return to the comforts of a nice warm bed and a great breakfast. The pricing is really affordable, and it isn’t too far for a weekend trip from Milwaukee or Chicago or on the way to Canada!
Cozy up to your love this fall! Happy Trails!