The Best Spring Getaways Near Aurora, Illinois

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Spring is finally here, and with that comes better weather and often an urge to get out of the house after a cold winter for a fun or relaxing getaway. If you’re looking to stay in or near Aurora Illinois, there’s a number of options to consider. Located just 40 miles west of Chicago, the Aurora area is where locals and travelers can find great getaways at a great value. Here are some of our top picks for the best spring getaways near Aurora, IL.

 

1. ARCHITECTURE TOUR

Just an hour west of Chicago, the Aurora Area of Illinois is rich with historical structures and an eclectic mix of charming towns set along the scenic Fox River. Victorian and Italianate architecture leads the way here, with several homes, barns, and other structures certified by the National Register of Historic Places. Here’s a two-day guide to checking out some the best architecture in the Aurora Area, Illinois. This guide takes you from an historic Art Deco theatre to a one-of-a-kind railroad roundhouse, a publicly accessible national laboratory, and stops along the way at an iconic glass house designed by Mies Van der Rohe.

 

Front-of-House2. THE HOMESTEAD 1854

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and situated on the beautiful grounds featuring a labyrinth and hedge maze, The Homestead 1854 is a boutique B&B and event venue that marries the past with the present creating experiences that are bold, elegant and refined. The Homestead 184 creates unique, inspiring and unforgettable event experiences and provides overnight accommodations for up to 12 guests.

 

3. ESTHER'S PLACE

Join educator and fiber artist Natasha Lehrer in a memorable experience with nature’s beauty at Esther’s Place in Big Rock, IL. Take a fiber art class and learn how to make handmade crafts and gifts from real home-spun wool or learn how to spin wool yourself! Extend the experience with an overnight retreat for a refreshing, relaxing experience not to be forgotten. Serenity and simpler times at an 1895 Victorian-style home with two beautifully furnished vintage rooms and two baths. Host parties, groups and retreats. Indulge in a fiber getaway—a scrumptious evening meal, late night tea and crumpets, rise-and-shine breakfast, workshop, tour and round-the-clock pampering.

 

Hoover Forest Preserve & Rentals4. HOOVER FOREST PRESERVE & RENTALS

At just under 400 acres, located west of Yorkville and stretching for nearly a mile along the Fox River the 5.5-mile upgraded trail system leads visitors through a variety of habitats and scenic overlooks. Bridges span creeks rushing down to meet the mighty Fox River. View the terrific oak wooded bluffs, steep ravines and unique prairie remnants. Nearly 300 native plant species are found at Hoover, including some known from nowhere else in Kendall County. Family and group tent campsites beckon an overnight stay, as do renovated bunkhouses. The two camp clusters are unique little “villages” that can sleep up to 48 people.

 

5. BIG ROCK CAMPGROUND

Located within the 821-acre Big Rock Forest Preserve, there are 100 improved camping sites (RVs or tents), including 10 primitive tent-only sites and five accessible sites. Big Rock Campground includes four equestrian camp sites, and more than 10 miles of trails open for riding, partially in the adjacent forest preserve.

 

foodtruckfest-joes-dta6. FOODIE WEEKEND

The first weekend in May is an excellent opportunity to sample the flavors of the Aurora Area. Enjoy the region's largest Food Truck Festival in Downtown Aurora on May 3rd, then sip some of the Midwest's best wines at scenic Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego at Wine on the Fox, May 4–5, 2019. Pair your visit with destination dining at Aurora Area restaurants and getaway packages at Aurora Area hotels.

 

7. ROMANTIC GETAWAY OR FUN FAMILY/FRIENDS WEEKEND

Pair award winning Broadway show at the Paramount Theatre with some of the region's best new dining destinations. Plan your big event at the new Loft 28 West, go on a craft beer tour with your buddies, or take your gal pals shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets. See the sights with a nature hike and enjoy live entertainment. Make it a getaway with excellent hotel packages and the Enjoy Aurora Events guide.

 

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