Champaign, IL - Midwest Travel Expert Marcia Frost is sharing three great weekend getaways.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Spent a long weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and discovered all the reasons it’s a great town for a getaway.
It’s only about four hours from Central Illinois to Grand Rapids and once you arrive you can park your car and leave it. It’s a very walkable town with lots to do.
Stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. It’s been around since the 1920s and is great for families or couples. They have a Wolfgang Puck The Kitchen Restaurant with some great pizzas.
My top thing to do there is the Public Museum. It’s a combination of a children’s museum, a science museum, and a history museum. Everyone will love it and you can easily spend a day there.
Grand Rapids has a specific children museum, as well as an art museum, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Also visit the Fountain Street Church. And, make sure you have breakfast at San Chez, and a root beer float at The B.O.B., a great entertainment venue.
Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois
I discovered a quaint luxury place to stay in Lake Forest, Illinois, the Deer Path Inn. You can bring the kids, but it’s more of a romantic or girls getaway. The rooms are big and comfortable, with fireplaces, cozy robes, standing bathtubs, and even towel warmers.
The Deer Path Inn has three different restaurants, from the casual downstairs, which is popular with the neighborhood, to the elegant English Room and English Garden upstairs. They recently started serving Afternoon Tea. They had a Tea Expert come in from the United Kingdom to set it up and they even have their own blend.
While in Lake Forest, take a ride down to the beach, browse the local shops – within walking distance of the inn – and visit Sweet Pete’s. They have a huge selection of housemade candy, cookies, cupcakes, and frozen yogurt. They also do parties and cooking classes downstairs.
Head to Chicago
Two reasons to visit Chicago this month. The Shedd Aquarium had a naming contest for their rescue Sea Otter pup. She is officially named Ellie and is getting comfortable in her brand new habitat.
Before you leave Chicago, visit Gino’s East for some delicious pizza. The chain, which is celebrating 50 years of serving Chicago deep dish with a new restaurant in Pilsen – and one in Mexico City.
Discover more about these places on the Midwest Travel Section of About.com.