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Best Romantic Getaways On A Budget Near Chicago

After the fervor of the holidays has died down, January is generally spent getting back on track, recovering financially and physically from the joyous excess of the holidays. Once you feel like you've started getting rid of the extra holiday pounds and your bank account is back to normal, you might be ready for a well-deserved break and time to reconnect with your significant other. Last year we suggested our favorite Valentine's day getaway destinations near Chicago, but this year we're going to help you out without breaking the bank after it's just been mended.
Starved Rock
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Starved Rock Lodge
2668 E. 873rd Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
(800) 868-7625

Only an hour drive from Chicago, neither the Starved Rock Inn or the Starved Rock Lodge will be likely to break your bank. If you have a little extra, you could do a mini-splurge on one of the cabins on the park grounds. All guests have access to an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, which are especially appreciated during the colder months. Although hiking the trails may seem like a summer activity, viewing the picturesque frozen waterfalls and winter wildlife can be especially romantic. There are year-round trolley tours and guided hikes if you don't want to venture out on your own. Afterwards have dinner at Elements Restaurant or unwind with a drink at the Back Door Lounge.

The Cove of Lake Geneva
111 Center St.
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 249-9460

Although Lake Geneva is generally not considered a budget location, The Cove is an all-suite hotel, ensuring that you can pack your own food and cook for yourself if you choose, saving money on dining. With a fireplace and a whirlpool tub in each suite, you may not want to leave the room to begin with. It's within walking distance to the quaint shops of downtown Geneva and as a bonus, if you visit during Valentine's weekend, you'll get to enjoy the free Sky Circus On Ice!, kite acts, ice and snow sculpting around the lake and other winter fun, all without spending a dime.

Stoney Creek Hotels
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Quad Cities Stoney Creek
101 18th St.
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 743-0101

Visit four cities at once by taking a quick trip to the Quad Cities. The Stoney Creek hotel offers free breakfast, an indoor water park and is near the river, shopping and other attractions. If you're doing a Valentine's Day trip, why not go on the free Moonlight Walk through Black Hawk State Park on Valentine's Day night? The park will be lit with luminaries and the walk will begin and end at the Watchtower Lodge where walkers can warm up by the fire and enjoy refreshments and music. Check out the Stoney Creek's special packages during your stay to see if you'd like to take advantage of any romantic items.

Related: Guide To: Winter In Lake Geneva

Turkey Run Inn
8102 E. Park Road
Marshall, IN 47859
(877) 563-4371

You can't do much better than a two-for-one special like the one offered at the Turkey Run Inn for winter guests. Book one night and get the second free when booking between Sunday through Thursday. Chose from a room or a cabin with access to the heated pool and large fireplace in the lobby. It's perfect for warming up and relaxing after a winter hike along the trails of Turkey Run State Park. Enjoy a meal at the Narrows Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with buffet options on the weekends. Turkey Run isn't a long drive from Chicago. Be ready to get away from it all and return refreshed.

White Pines Inn
6712 W. Pines Road
Mount Morris, IL 61054
(815) 946-3817

For a romantic and rustic winter getaway, try the White Pines Inn and stay in one of the cabins, each with a fireplace and a hot tub. If you want to spend a little extra, you can go for a couples or hot stone massage at the White Pines Inn Spa. Check out the Winter Packages which include hot chocolate, movies, popcorn and even a pizza delivered to your cabin. The trails around the cabin are groomed even when there is snow, perfect for a romantic hike or a cross country ski outing if you're a skier.

Related: Best Winter Getaways For Chicago Families

Meredith Lyons is an actor, competitive fighter and fitness instructor in Chicago who also owns an amazing cat named Jake. Meredith has been writing on Examiner as the Chicago Martial Arts Examiner since 2008. Her work can be found at

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