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Everyone needs to get away once in a while.

Travel

Depending on the available time and finances, the options for a weekend getaway are endless. Whether seeking adventure or a quiet hideaway, people go near and far to escape their everyday lives.

Those looking to stay close to home can book a weekend at The Drake Hotel, which is located on The Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Since the roaring 1920s, The Drake has hosted celebrities, world leaders, and even The Royal Family. Some of the historical figures who have graced the guest list are Princess Diana, Winston Churchill, and Pope John Paul II.

Filled with old-world charm and elegance, The Drake Hotel’s majestic setting transports guests into another time and place. The hotel has a total of 535 rooms, which include guest rooms, deluxe rooms, executive rooms, family rooms, and suites. Each room varies in style and offers several different amenities. Drake Deluxe Plus Rooms offer a spectacular view of Lake Michigan, while other rooms display views of the city. Italian marble tubs, antique furnishings and high-style furniture, drapes, and upholstery enhance the luxurious ambience, while Serenity beds, 24-hour room service, a fitness center, and technological advancements add comfort and peace of mind. Four upscale restaurants present decadent delights, and fresh fruit is always provided at the front desk.

Escape to Chicago

Although hotel guests never have to leave their rooms to enjoy sophisticated luxury, The Drake Hotel is located near some of Chicago’s finest shopping and entertainment venues. Four shopping centers, famous boutiques, and acclaimed designers are simply a cab’s ride away. For the culturally diverse guests, there is fine dining, live theater, and museums nearby, as well. For more information about The Drake Hotel, check out its Web site at www.thedrakehotel.com.

Vacationers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life are invited to visit Canoe Bay in Wisconsin— the perfect place for a quiet, romantic retreat. Situated on 280 acres of hardwood forest with three spring-fed lakes, Canoe Bay Resort offers 23 lodging options including rooms, cottages, and the Edgewood villa. All accommodations are fully equipped with a stone fireplace, a private deck, a king-size bed, a whirlpool, and a small fridge. Beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding wildlife are available with every room. Extreme privacy and natural backgrounds provide relaxation, while the rustic setting and tranquil atmosphere make for an ideal weekend.

While staying at Canoe Bay, there is plenty to see and do. Inside the lodge is a library of current hardcover books, a fitness center, and Wi-Fi access. Enjoy exquisite entrees at the Inn where the dress code for dinner is casual elegance. Slow-roasted six point Berkshire pork with apple cider baked beans; Jerusalem artichoke soup with a black truffle sandwich; and Canoe Bay s'mores, featuring cinnamon graham cake, dark chocolate, and homemade marshmallows, are just a few of the delicious choices to satisfy one’s appetite.

Besides enjoying the indoors, guests can spend time outside and explore the grounds of Canoe Bay all year long. Canoe Bay provides everything needed for canoeing, kayaking and row-boating on the resort’s shimmering Lake Wahdoon.

Spend a lazy afternoon out in a boat fishing and communing with nature, or jump on a bike and explore the scenic countryside on one of the many bike trails. Sioux Creek Golf Course and Turtleback Golf Course are only a short drive away. During the winter months, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and horse-drawn sleigh rides are among the popular diversions. And after an outdoor adventure, guests can experience the pure pleasure of a relaxing massage. Visit www.canoebay.com for more details.

Another option for the ultimate weekend getaway is Las Vegas. Hop on a jet and spend a weekend in the entertainment capital of the world. Filled with glitzy shows and exotic hotels, Las Vegas provides the very best in fun and flair. Enjoy one of the many exciting shows, visit the fantastic clubs or join thousands trying their luck at the slots and tables. Casinos stay open all night long and the party life never stops.

But Las Vegas isn’t just about gaming. During the day, the city welcomes guests to peruse through a host of unique retail destinations, as well as sample some of the finest in dining experiences. Visitors can explore the Strip or catch some rays alongside

a hotel pool. Thrill seekers can ride the outdoor roller coaster on top of the New York New York Hotel and Casino or the gripping rides high above at the Stratosphere, which offer riders a glimpse of the entire skyline. There are also bus trips to the Grand Canyon, where tourists can take tours of the magnificent natural wonder.

Whether looking to go near or far, Chicagoans have plenty of options for weekend getaways.

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