T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from Chicago on the Weather Channel's Wake Up with Al.
1. Family-Friendly Resort: Kohler, Wisconsin
Founded in 1918 by the man behind Kohler bathroom fixtures, this destination, three hours north of Chicago, is known for its iconic resort, where travelers can choose between dozens of activities, from tennis to golf, croquet, hiking, swimming, and more. WHERE TO STAY The 240-room American Club Resort, which offers storytelling by an outdoor firepit on Friday nights. Plus, all the rooms have state-of-the-art showers and whirlpool bathtubs. PRICE $289 a night. BOOK NOW
2. Girlfriend Getaway: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Two hours northwest of Chicago, Wisconsin Dells is home to one of the country’s top destination spas. WHERE TO STAY Sundara Inn & Spa, an adults-only retreat set in a pine forest, is perfect for those who want to unplug and unwind (there’s a no cell-phone policy). Pick from a series of spa treatments and spend afternoons in yoga classes or hiking in nearby national parks. PRICE $214 a night. BOOK NOW
3. Unexpected Foodie Escape: Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City, on the northeastern side of Lake Michigan, is an undiscovered culinary destination with almost a dozen wineries as well as farm-to-table restaurants. WHERE TO STAY The 11-room Chateau Chantal, on a 65-acre vineyard known for Pinot Noir and Merlot, offers charming rooms plus summertime tapas tours and wine dinners. PRICE $109 a night. BOOK NOW