The Saugatuck and Douglas region is mostly famous for its summertime attraction, which makes sense: With 10 spectacular miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the sparking beaches make for a perfect summer getaway. But when winter rolls around—and the summer tourists retreat—the town takes on a new snowy sheen. Hit the slopes at nearby ski resorts like Bittersweet or Timber Ridge, book a horse-drawn sleigh ride or explore the beauty of snow-covered sand at Saugatuck Dunes State Park. At night, post up at home with a few takeaway pints from Saugatuck Brewing Company. Who ever said summer was the best season, anyway?
Living in the city is great, but it's natural to want to journey to a place that's a bit more secluded from time to time. If your budget precludes you from jetsetting around the world, that doesn't mean you have to stay hunkered down. Instead of pining for a lakeside cottage, might we suggest a Midwestern weekend getaway from Chicago? We rounded up a list of the most incredible remote destinations throughout the region, perfect for holing up for a few days. Go hiking along Lake Michigan or book an extra cozy Airbnb cabin near Chicago in Wisconsin or Michigan. Pack up a car and take a roadtrip to visit the most secluded getaways from Chicago.
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