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Old 07-31-2017, 04:10 PM
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My mom is retiring soon and we want to send her on a little get away... She's petrified of flying so it needs to be within driving distance from Chicago. Between 6 to 7 hours drive is okay..

Any ideas..

Don't want to send her to Galena IL or Wisconsin dells. Done that already.


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Old 07-31-2017, 04:14 PM
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How about Hocking Hills in Ohio? Lots of hiking, nature, canoeing, zip lines, etc.

I love staying here:
https://innatcedarfalls.com

They serve excellent food and they have a nice spa also!
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:17 PM
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Indiana Amish Country. Be sure to catch the Shipshawanna Flea Market, open only on Thursdays. The Big red barn has a theatre with live performances. Buggy rides, Amish cooking, and serenity. If you can find a bed and breakfast, it would be awesome.
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:19 PM
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It's nice, not sure of distance from Chicago. Lake Geneva has some nice places.
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:22 PM
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My friend loves Mackinac Island. It's gorgeous there.

Oops, no, I meant Minaqua.



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Old 07-31-2017, 04:45 PM
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There are some lovely state parks with lodges in Illinois. Some of my favorites are Starved Rock, White Pines, and Pere Marquette. The dining rooms at the lodges are nice, beautiful scenery, hiking trains, and they are near towns with cute shops.
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:47 PM
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Would she have any interest in horses or bourbon? The Lexington Kentucky area is lovely in autumn and spring and would be about a five or six hour drive from Chicago.
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:48 PM
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How about Door County, WI?
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All Great Places Mentioned.
Old 07-31-2017, 04:58 PM
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I second Lake Geneva in WI if you are looking for somewhere very close. I have always wanted to visit St. Louis, MO or Springfield, IL too.
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:10 PM
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I've been to Mackinac Island about a million times; it's gorgeous, and just about a 7 hour drive from Chicago. I'm not sure your budget--rooms there are $$$. This is the famous porch.


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Old 07-31-2017, 05:12 PM
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Lake Geneva is crazy close to Chicago...we stayed at a B&B there years ago. Also gorgeous! That's where the rich Chicago folks kept summer homes, so there are many amazing 19th century homes.
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:36 PM
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I too was going to suggest Door County. I have lived in WI my entire life and have never been. I hear it is gorgeous at the end of September beginning of October when the leaves are turning colors.

Have fun deciding.
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:14 PM
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I would also recommend Lake Geneva, Door Co., or Minocqua. We have a vacation home about 10 miles from Minocqua in Lac du Flambeau. This area is gorgeous in the fall (or right now) and she can do the touristy stuff in Minocqua along with hiking,biking,boating, fishing etc..if that's what she's into. If you do end up there, pm me for housing recommendations.

How sweet of you to send her on a getaway
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:02 PM
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I suggest someplace in MI along the lake possibly? I just got back and it was great. There are plenty of places to choose from too!
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:12 PM
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Thanks for ALL the wonderful suggestions.

I am looking at the websites for Mackinaw Island and door county. Then going to look at geneva. Any recommendations for where to stay on mackinaw island?

I've never stayed at a B & B but wonder if that may be nice for her.

Thoughts on B & B's..

Kentucky.. lexington is also a cool option..

My grandparents live in KY but she's never been to lexington. I know TN is another beautiful place. I LOVE the smokey mountains!
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:04 PM
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I second the Lexington area. I never would have thought of it, but it is beautiful.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:54 PM
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Would she be traveling by herself or a group tour? That would make a difference to me where I would like to go. My book group of teachers all went on group tours after they retired and loved it. That is so nice of you to do that for your mom.
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Old 08-01-2017, 03:12 AM
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This is where we stayed in Lake Geneva. It was gorgeous!

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We visited Mackinac Island by boat, so I've only ever stayed at the marina. FYI, I recall the island smells of fudge and horse crap--Mackinaw City also stinks of fudge. There was a thriving bat colony on the island when I was a kid. One of my best memories is watching the bats!

When I peeked at TripAdvisor, most lodging was for St. Ignace and Mackinac City. The Grand Hotel truly is grand. Keep in mind, the rates there include meals:

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All rates based on Full American Plan (full breakfast, Grand Luncheon Buffet and five-course dinner daily).
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This is a really nice thing you're doing!
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:45 AM
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The Inn at Honey Run in Ohio.

https://www.innathoneyrun.com/
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:47 PM
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We stayed at Metevier Inn on Mackinac Island several years ago and loved it.
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:41 PM
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Zia, I had NO IDEA that the grand hotel included food. Now that makes sense!
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:48 AM
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That makes it sort of like an all-inclusive deal! Did you know, there are no cars on the island? Horse-drawn carriages, instead. It's very quaint, with views that can't be beat. I love New Mexico, but I get homesick for Lake Huron.

Please let us know what you decide.
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