Whether you’re planning your honeymoon, an anniversary trip or simply looking to take a romantic getaway, Ottawa has everything you’ll need and more. Nature buffs and city dwellers alike will find romantic ways to relax and have fun while growing closer as a couple. With plenty of events happening regularly throughout the year, there’s never a dull moment.
Your amorous vacation itinerary could include, for example:
A morning hike
There’s no better way to start the day with your loved one than with a peaceful morning hike. Take a trek from Starved Rock Lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Continue on to Eagle Cliff and take a rest on Lover’s Leap for the best view of the majestic eagles.
A river tour
When you return from hiking and have had time to enjoy a delicious breakfast, it’s time to set off on an Ottawa River Cruise. Enjoy the sights on a relaxing boat ride and learn about the natural history of the beautiful Starved Rock State Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also take a kayak out for a spin on the Illinois River.
You’ve come to the right place for all your antique shopping needs. With several antique malls right in the area, you could shop for hours, finding unique items to take back to your family and friends.
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A winery tour
Learn how wine is made from start to finish at two of Illinois’ largest wineries. The August Hill Winery and the Illinois River Winery are conveniently nestled in the heart of Starved Rock Country, and you’ll find that fine wine is a passion here. Admire the work of local artists, taste unique, fine wines and bask in the romantic setting of leather couches, bistro tables, a fireplace and gorgeous Italian tile.
A gourmet dinner
End your day with a delectable meal from any of the fine-dining restaurants in Ottawa. Stop by The Red Dog Grill, The Lone Buffalo, R Grotto Ristorante, Albertos, Woody’s, Monte’s or many other quality area restaurants for quality service and a dinner that won’t disappoint.
With so many options for activities, shopping, food and drink, it’s no wonder Ottawa is a top destination for romantic getaways.
Visit heritageharborottawa.com to start planning your trip today.