Upon arrival at Serenity Springs, you'll find a horse-drawn carriage waiting to take you to a private cabin for two nights of secluded relaxation. If you want to spend the entire stay holed up in your romantic hideaway, a personal delivery service through each cabin's small butler door keeps you provisioned while keeping disturbances out. If you're in need of more coffee, a board game, or a movie, simply write the request on a notepad and slide it through the butler's door. As an added bonus, staff periodically drop off surprise treats, such as desserts or a s'mores-making kit. For travelers craving an escape from it all, the 85-acre wooded property is an ideal locale.
Brimming with country charm, the cozy, private bungalows are situated along a channel of water that splinters off from the main lake. Sunken into the floor is a whirlpool with room for two. Some have heart-shaped tubs for added romance. The fridge is stocked with beverages, and you can munch on complimentary snacks while snuggling in front of a gas fireplace. Retreat to the private back deck to roast s'mores around a gas campfire before retiring to the king-size bed.
Each morning, a breakfast basket is delivered to your cabin via the butler's door. Typical offerings include fresh fruit, muffins or danishes, and cereal bars. You can request fresh eggs and prepare them using the gas grill on your back deck. During the day, explore the woods or opt for catch-and-release shoreline fishing. The staff will provide birdseed if you want to feed the resident waterfowl, which include swans and honeymooning ducks.
Laporte, Indiana: Woodsy Locale Less than 10 Miles from Lake Michigan
There's plenty to do in the surrounding area if you choose to venture beyond your cabin. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore—which hugs 15 miles of Lake Michigan beachfront—is just a short drive away. In the winter, you can hike and snowshoe miles of scenic trails or strap on a pair of cross-country skis to tackle the 6.4-mile Glenwood Dune Trail, which wends through rolling, wooded dunes.
Visit nearby Michigan City, only 5 miles away, for a bite to eat or a shop-a-thon at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, home to outlet and factory stores of major brand-name retailers such as Burberry, Nike, and J. Crew.