Looking for a Labor Day anniversary getawayMy husband and I are looking for something to do and stay for our anniversary. For one day/night on Sept. 5th. We don't want to travel far from Whitewater . . . 1-2 hour drive. Would like somewhere romantic and less pricey. Any ideas? I love MidwestWeekends by the way! - Mandi, Whitewater, Wis.
When I hear "Labor Day weekend'' and "less pricey,'' I think Chicago. The lake resorts will be full of leisure travelers (and have two-night minimums), but Chicago hotels cater to business travelers, so they're a great deal on holiday weekends.
Plus, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be going on, and it's FREE. If I were you, I'd go Friday night and hear Madeleine Peyroux, a wonderful singer.
I like the Club Quarters on Wacker, which is next to the Michigan Avenue cruise-boat stop on the Chicago River. Rooms are small, but you asked for romantic! Try to to get one high up, in the art-deco Mather Tower. The views are amazing. On Orbitz or Travelocity, they're $130, including tax.
Drive to Milwaukee and hop on Amtrak's Empire Builder or a Metra train to Chicago. For more, see Cheap Chicago.
Or, stay in Milwaukee. The County Clare, an Irish boutique hotel, is walking distance from the lake and not too expensive. See Party in Milwaukee.
If a big city doesn't appeal to you, there are many cottages you could rent in Mineral Point; see Mining for art in Mineral Point. You could go to Galena; see Galena getaway and Outdoors in Galena. Check the Wisconsin B&B Association site for places along Lake Michigan, and use the amenity search to pick just what you want.
If you type in "Southeast Metro region'' and "Rooms up to $125,'' for example, you get 18 inns. The Washington House in Cedarburg shows up; that would be a good choice, especially if you're not fond of B&Bs — it's really an inn, with a great buffet breakfast. For more, see Jolly Cedarburg.
Reserve soon. Hope you have a great time!