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Galentine’s Day Getaways in the Midwest

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Do you ever find the time right before Valentine’s Day a bit dull? If seeing all the pink and red decorations has you feeling FOMO, why not gather your girl friends and plan a quick road trip to one of these fun destinations in the Midwest? After all, Galentine’s Day (on February 13th) deserves just as much of a head nod as the 14th. And you don’t have to be Leslie Knope to be excited for the occasion.


After all, Galentine’s Day (on February 13th) deserves just as much of a head nod as the 14th. And you don’t have to be Leslie Knope to be excited for this underrated holiday.

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Old Man’s Cave, upper falls
Photo: Morgan Paul

Hocking Hills (Ohio)

Book a weekend away in the scenic hills of southeastern Ohio. We recommend The Inn at Cedar Falls, which offers comfortable housing as well as spa services. And the nearby grounds of Hocking Hills State Park provides breathtaking views that span 2,000 acres of wilderness. Venture to popular sites like Old Man’s Cave, as well as Cedar Falls, which looks magical even when it’s frozen into an icicle masterpiece.


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Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre
Photo: Daniel Schwen

Chicago (Illinois) 

Reserve a stay at The Mansion Bed and Breakfast, just 35 miles west of Chicago. Enjoy access to an extensive video library as well as wireless connectivity, while luxuriating in the opulence of Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow top mattresses. Pick a room with a Jacuzzi or fireplace for enhanced comfort. Then board a train to Chicago for a fun day trip exploring popular sites like Navy Pier, Chicago Theatre, and Shedd Aquarium (the Belugas are adorable!). Then sample some prime brews at Goose Island Taproom, to satisfy your inner beer snob.


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Thistlethwaite Falls in Richmond

Thistlethwaite Falls in Richmond
Photo: Brock Willis

Richmond (Indiana)

Experience local-town charm in Richmond, the perfect setting for a girls getaway. For turn-of-the-century elegance, try the Philip W. Smith Bed & Breakfast, which features ornate carved wood and stained glass aesthetics as well as gourmet breakfasts and evening desserts to help curb your hunger. Venture to Warm Glow Candle Store in nearby Centerville to browse a vast array of 100% hand-dipped, scented candles. Go for a hike at Thistlethwaite Falls, which originally powered a local sawmill in the 1800’s. New Boswell Brewing Company offers scrumptious fare and delightful drinks to enhance your Galentine’s Day escape.



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