Renowned golf resort features multiple restaurants and bars, a full spa, two pools, and a replica of Bourbon Street
Hotel at a Glance: Pheasant Run Resort
The Pheasant Run Resort golf course ranks among the Midwest’s best, with difficult tee shots, narrow fairways, and lightning-quick greens dancing around serene ponds and mature trees. But the course isn’t the resort’s only attraction—you can find top-notch talent at Zanies Comedy Club, award-winning dining and nightlife, and a luxurious spa voted No. 1 in the area by the Chicago Tribune.
- Onsite dining: Sample everything from jambalaya to ice cream at the resort’s restaurants.
- Best place to people watch: Check out the resort’s indoor replica of Bourbon Street, complete with a Cajun restaurant and bar and an iPanic Escape Room.
- Take a dip in two swimming pools—one an indoor/outdoor pool and one in the atrium. And don’t forget the hot tub.
- Get sweaty: The fitness center has everything you need for a complete workout.
Fox River Valley: Historical Downtown Districts and Outdoor Excitement
About 40 miles west of Chicago, the neighboring towns of Saint Charles and Geneva bustle with vintage charm and a lively nightlife. Both cities’ downtown shopping areas are lined with easily walkable stretches of local boutiques, specialty shops, and eateries. At Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream, tucked behind an old-fashioned storefront on Third Street in Geneva, patrons can watch sweet treats being crafted in an open kitchen or dive face-first into confections such as turtle-like pecan Skälies.
Nearby, the extensive Fox River Trail makes it easy to engage in fresh-air pursuits. An extensive system of pathways that stretches for 40 miles, the trail draws cyclists, joggers, and fishermen in warm weather and cross-country skiers when the snow falls.