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Get Snowed In in these Amazing Midwest Places

Winter is a beautiful time of year that brings the magic of Christmas, snowball fights, cozy game nights, and hot coffee beside the fire. But, winter in the Midwest is especially enthralling thanks to its glorious nature scenes. Frozen lakes and vast spaces covered in blankets of snow create perfect places to get snowed in. If you’re ready for a staycation, head to the Midwest for some amazing lodgings with top-class service and luxurious accommodation. Each home base allows you to lounge around in the lap of luxury or step outdoors to enjoy the changing winter scene.


01 Savor Colby cheese in Wisconsin

Door County in northeast Wisconsin, known as the Midwest’s Cape Cod, sits on the peninsula between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. Here, you will be privy to a melting pot of cultures — with the delicious cuisine equally as varied. Don’t miss sampling the fried cheese curds and Colby cheese. For the more adventurous, attempt the beer cheese soup! You can stay at the Hillside Inn that’s steeped in history, with its origins tracing back to the 1890s. Cozy up in your warm room and gaze at the star-studded sky on a clear winter night.


02 Admire frozen Lake Superior

If you end up being snowed in on your trip to Bayfield, you would most definitely plan a day trip to the gorgeous Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. But don’t fret just yet. There is much you can enjoy from the comfort of the Old Rittenhouse Inn, with its choice of Victorian-style chambers or a private cottage replete with whirlpool tubs. Here, keep warm by the wood-burning stove and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Superior.


03 Sip on hot chocolate while gazing at Table Rock Lake in Missouri

For rugged landscapes and rustic luxury, Branson is a perfect choice. Get ready for views of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri overseeing the shimmering Table Rock Lake. For lodgings, the Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri is an ideal place to relax in natural surroundings. You can rent a cabin and sip on steaming hot chocolate while enjoying picture-perfect views of the stunning winter landscape. Listen to the sounds of nature in this quiet and remote haven.


04 Luxuriate in excellent hotels overlooking Lake Michigan

Chicago in the winter is a snowy paradise with delectable treats of all types. Try the glittering stalls at the Christmas markets, a cup of hot cocoa from the ever-popular Ghirardelli’s chocolate store, an evening out at the nutcracker ballet show, or a coffee at the world’s biggest Starbucks. While being snowed in can be a dampener of spirits, the myriad hotels in the area offer some fun indoor activities. Families will be happy at the Peninsula Hotel, which offers scavenger hunts, chocolate platters, and soft kiddie bathrobes for its young guests.


05 Cozy up in winter comfort at Stafford Bay View Inn

When you visit Michigan, book a room at Stafford’s Bay View Inn. With its location right on the lake, the inn has various amenities, including great dining options and elegant accommodations with Victorian design. Enjoy being snowed in as you lounge in your comfortable room with perfect winter views of the glassy frozen lake. Then, for something different, head to the hotel library to grab a coffee and watch your favorite movie on the flat-screen TV.


06 Indulge in Scottish Luxury at Hocking Hills in Ohio

If old-world Scottish elegance is more your style, you’ll be glad to be snowed in at Glenlaurel Inn & Cottages. You can choose from 20 different accommodation types set in a massive 140-acre estate. These include plush rooms, cottages, and even a secluded croft! However, the experience you will surely write home about is the culinary one. Enjoying seven-course meals with the serenade of bagpipe music, you’ll feel as if you’re carried away to the Scottish Highlands. After that divine experience, head to your room to enjoy your private hot tub and deck by the moonlight.


07 Sleep like a baby in Galena, Illinois

While there's ample choice for a comfortable bed and breakfast in this pretty town, nothing compares to being snowed in at the Inn at Irish Hollow. Just take a glimpse out your room window, where 500 acres of rolling hills and lush country landscapes beckon. Covered in snow, it is a beautiful sight. Luxuriate in your evenings by the fireside and in the organic beds the Irish Hollow provides. The Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena is another super hotel. Here, you can indulge in a heavenly massage at its Stonedrift Spa, spanning 6,000 square feet.


08 Sip on exotic cocktails in Iowa

For a truly unforgettable experience, book your winter holiday at the charming Lakeside Inn Hotel. It’s the sole boutique hotel that proudly sits right by the shores of Iowa’s Clear Lake. You won’t have to fight for rooms with a good view as they all have unique views of the lake. Plus, they have recently received a beachy vibe to keep with the theme. Enjoy the falling snow from your balcony as you savor unique cocktails like Down by the Bay watermelon mint vodka and Lakeside horseradish bloody mix.


09 Marvel at rustic nature in South Dakota

View of snow-capped mountains through the forest in the Black Hills of South Dakota tzam / Getty Images

The Black Hills is a small mountain range over the Great Plains, and it overflows with towering ponderosa pines and Black Hills spruce trees. When searching for lodging, connect with the Black Hills Hotels Accommodation to secure the winter holiday of your dreams. You can choose between a luxury holiday home or a rustic cabin among the tall pines of the National Forest of Black Hills. Peaceful Cogan House Lodge and Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort on the Missouri River are other great places where snowy views are a delight.


10 Savor charcoal-grilled meals in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has many lodgings that are perfect for a winter stay. You’ll enjoy getting snowed in at the lakeside Wild Eagle Lodge, where charcoal-grilled meals are a must! Watch a good movie, or indulge in an entertaining board game. Truly, the ideal winter day! For a perfect snow day, choose a vacation rental from Sand County in Wisconsin Dells. Once settled, you’ll savor crackling fires, inviting hot tubs and breakfasts in bed as you gaze at the woods all around.


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