Let yourself be pampered at this secluded, romantic lodging. Stay either in the main inn, which was once the general store, post office and shopkeeper's home, or choose from five private guesthouses (such as the 1880's French Maid's Cottage at left), all with luxurious and spacious accommodations. Eating is one of the pleasures here; you can have a full country gourmet breakfast delivered to your room. The inn also serves a seven-course candlelight dinner. Activities include hiking on the 500-acre wooded, rolling estate or the 1,300-acre nature preserve next to it, while Galena (10 miles northwest) offers plenty of nearby shops and restaurants.
"... consider heading to Galena to snuggle in for a winter weekend at The Inn at Irish Hollow, a luxe B & B that perfectly balances Victorian touches with Ritz-Carlton amenities."
For residents of Chicago, Galena is an easy three-hour drive from a city where there are few easy drives. “Of the three places Chicagoans can go for a weekend — Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, the beach towns of western Michigan and Galena,” Mr. Stryker said, “Galena is the only one where the drive isn’t a fight.”
Dan Gilbert, a Rockford, Ill., lawyer, said: “People respect each other’s privacy. For instance, Harrison Ford visits frequently, and we make sure he can enjoy it without being annoyed.