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Four Winter Weekend Getaways in Illinois

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Four Winter Weekend Getaways in Illinois

From cozy craft breweries and luxurious ski resorts to ice wall climbing and cross country skiing by candlelight, winter offers plenty of fun in the Land of Lincoln.

“If you’re looking for outdoor adventures or a relaxing weekend indoors, Illinois is the place to be this winter” said Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “Visitors will find everything they are looking for to make the most out of the season.” 

Check out these four destinations in Illinois for an unforgettable weekend.    Starved Rock Country, known for its riverfront views and welcoming community: ▪ Play: Embrace nature at Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, one of the best spots in the state to see bald eagles, along the Illinois River in December and January. Adventure seekers can climb frozen waterfalls at one of four canyons in the park.  • Eat: Savor a bottle of bubbly at Illinois Sparking Co. in Utica, where visitors can taste Illinois made sparkling wines. Dine on fresh local flavors at The Lone Buffalo brewpub in nearby Ottawa. • Stay: Cozy up in one of Starved Rock Lodge’s rustic cabins, where guests can relax in front of a fireplace or hot tubs.   Galena, a charming, historic riverside town: • Play: Test your adventurous side at Chestnut Mountain in Galena. At 475-feet, the mountain offers 19 ski runs, and is one of the Midwest’s top-rated snowboard parks. • Eat: After a day on the slopes, visitors can revive themselves with handcrafted spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. or award-winning wines at Galena Cellars tasting room. Dine on fresh seafood and the finest steaks at Fried Green Tomatoes in Galena.  • Stay: Escape the cold and recharge at the historic Goldmoor Inn with hot chocolate next to a cozy fireplace.

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