Break away from the dreariness of winter.

The holidays are a great time of year, but they can also be stressful. Now that they are over, there is a good chance you could use a recharge. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far from Chicago to enjoy a winter getaway that will leave you feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to take on the next few months of cold weather. Here are just a few suggestions to help you plan your winter getaway.

1. Staypineapple Chicago

People from all over the world travel to Chicago to experience the city, which means it is the perfect place for a staycation. Why not take a couple days to enjoy all the art, fine dining, and culture Chicago has to offer? The Staypineapple Hotel is located just steps from Millennium Park in the iconic Reliance building, which dates all the way back to 1890. All of the rooms feature modern decor along with historic architectural features that have been painstakingly restored.

With a prime location right in Chicago’s Loop, it will be easy to visit the park, catch a show at one of the many venues in the theater district, and enjoy your favorite dishes at world-renowned restaurants. If you spend most of your time rushing too and from work, a staycation is the perfect way to get to know the city again and appreciate all it has to offer while also enjoying a little respite from your usual routine.

2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you are in the mood to get out of the city and experience a new place, Milwaukee is just a short train ride or drive away. Residents there are also used to the Midwest winters, which means they don’t go into hibernation when the weather turns cold. There is plenty to see and do in the city throughout the year.

Milwaukee is a beautiful city right on the shore of Lake Michigan, and is home to a long list of breweries. You can sign up for tours and sample some of the best beers the nation has to offer. There are also plenty of restaurants where you can sample the state’s famous cheese selection, but if you are looking for a different food experience, take a cooking class at the Milwaukee Public Market. It is a great way to sample seasonal ingredients and learn some new skills.

You should also make sure to visit the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Milwaukee Public Museum and take a walking tour of the city to take in new murals that have been installed in various locations. Milwaukee provides a winter getaway with plenty of entertainment and activities to enjoy that don’t require a lot of travel.

3. Candlewood Cabins, Wisconsin

Looking for a getaway that is far from the hustle and bustle of the city? The Candlewood Cabins are located west of Madison, Wisconsin, along the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. They provide the perfect retreat that will help you get back in touch with nature and enjoy a truly relaxing vacation. The cabins are stunning and feature floor-to-ceiling windows for great views of the surrounding landscape. You can hike the grounds or head out to one of the many nearby state parks. The Weggy Winery and Taliesin and Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center are also just a short drive away if you want to do some exploring.

4. Indianapolis, Indiana

Head about three hours south to Indianapolis for a winter getaway that will fulfill your need for speed. Be sure to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and learn more about the history of this famous track. Then, head over to the Speedway Indoor Karting facility where you can race high-speed carts on a multi-level track for some safe yet competitive driving. For some evening entertainment, grab tickets for the Helium Comedy Club and catch big-name acts, including Margaret Cho and D.L. Highley. Sports fans can also watch the Indianapolis Colts at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The city offers a wide range of activities and a convenient destination when you need a change of scenery.

5. South Bend, Indiana

You can take the train or drive just under two hours to visit South Bend, Indiana, which is perhaps most famous for being the home of the University of Notre Dame. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the university’s Catholic church, which was built in 1870 and features neo-gothic architecture, 44 stained glass windows, and murals by Luigi Gregoris, who also painted the Vatican. It is a truly beautiful and awe-inspiring building that should be on your list of places to visit.

South Bend is also home to the now defunct Studebaker Corporation, which was one of the first wagon and car manufacturers in the United States. The Studebaker Museum houses an impressive collection of classic cars that will take you through much of American history. The Potawatomi Zoo and The History Museum also provide great opportunities to learn more and experience the city.

For some fine dining, make reservations at the Tippecanoe Place, which is the former home of the Studebaker family. This historic property is now home to a popular restaurant that serves up delicious meals. After dinner, you can wander the property and take in all the intricate details that make this home special.

One of the best things about Chicago is that it is located within an easy driving distance of other great Midwest cities and destinations. Even just an hour’s drive can get you out of your usual haunts and allow you to relax and experience new places. Before you schedule your winter getaway, be sure you are starting the year off right and getting all your ducks in a row. This includes scheduling a visit to the dentist. Fortunately, Barr & Diachenko is the area’s most trusted downtown dentist, so you can enjoy convenient services right where you live and work. You can search for “a dentist near me,” or you can save time by simply visiting our website and making your appointment, so you can get your health in order and fully enjoy your getaway.