It’s called America’s Heartland –
And WeddingDay has searched the Midwest to find the best and most unique destination wedding and honeymoon getaways for you – all close to home.
FRENCH LICK RESORT
French Lick, Indiana
888.936.9360 • www.frenchlick.com
This romantic landmark resort is home to two premier hotels, the West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel, and is located in the heart of the Hoosier National Forest in Southern Indiana.
The resort’s most notable wedding location option is their incredible atrium, dubbed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Other options include the pristine historic gardens and the very ornate hotel lobby, noted for its domed ceiling, stained glass windows and vintage mosaic tile floor.
Amenities? Oh Oui! French Lick also offers a nationally acclaimed spa, live entertainment, casino, romantic carriage rides, and golf -- endless options for a truly memorable wedding or honeymoon experience.
THE INN AT IRWIN GARDENS
812.376.3663 • www.irwingardens.com
Reminiscent of a European estate, this magnificent 2-acre bed and breakfast inn is located in Columbus, Indiana.
You’ll find all of the 18th century architectural features and period antiques, yet with all of the modern amenities such as high quality audio systems, flat screen TV’s and Wi-Fi internet access. The grounds of the estate are truly incredible and offer a number of options for a memorable destination wedding or honeymoon stay.
Also located on the estatein the Gardener’s Cottage is the One-Body One-Soul Wellbeing Studio, offering massage and skincare therapies, hot stones, aromatherapy, and yoga.
THE AMERICAN CLUB RESORT
800.344.2838 • www.americanclubresort.com
The very elegant and historic American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin is the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort Hotel. The ceremony and reception options are numerous, from the Courtyard Gardens with wooden gazebo, to elegant ballrooms with crystal chandeliers and ample pre-reception gatherings, and intimate gathering rooms. A popular rustic and distinctive setting is the Irish Barn at Whistling Straits, located right on the course overlooking holes #9, #10, #18 and Lake Michigan. Their on-site wedding planner, pastry chef, banquet chef and florist offer you personalized attention to meet every detail of your dream wedding.
The American Club Resort is the only resort with not just one but four golf courses ranked in America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2011/2012 by Golf Digest, including the renowned Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, host to the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open.
Golf is not the only stress-relieving activity available at The American Club – also enjoy kayaking, fly-fishing, and trapshooting at River Wildlife. The Kohler Waters Spa then awaits you, offering world-class spa offering full relaxation services and fitness center, as well as hair and makeup services all on site for you and your wedding party.
One of the resort’s recent additions is the “Water of Life” suite that features one-of-a-kind water elements, elegant interior, and digital technology. A rose theme is carried throughout the suite in delicate etchings in honor of Ruth DeYoung, Kohler Co. Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler Jr.’s mother, and is a beautiful romance story in itself. It begins with Herbert Kohler Sr., at the age of 45, attending a women’s conference in Chicago to hear his brother Walter speak. During the conference, he was so taken by the conference moderator and editor at the Chicago Tribune, Ruth, that he leaned over to her assistant and said “I am going to marry that girl”. So, for the next three months, he pursued her by sending a bouquet of red roses to her every day for the next three months until, indeed, they were wed!
THE GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT & SPA
800.236-1577 • www.grandtraverseresort.com
The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is truly that – over 900 acres of grandness that offers a variety of options for your destination wedding or honeymoon close to home.
Located in the northwest corner of Michigan’s lower Peninsula along the shores of Lake Michigan’s East Grand Traverse Bay, it is considered one of the Midwest’s finest full service, year round destination resorts.
The resort offers a variety of lodging accommodations – the Tower, the Hotel, Condominiums, or a resort home. The Tower, a 17-story glass structure, offers the most modern accommodations amid breathtaking views of East Grand Traverse Bay and the rolling hills and orchards of the surrounding golf courses.
A long list of amenities offered for couples and their guests include a full service spa, shops, indoor water playground, health club, licensed day care and in-room babysitting service, 24-hour dog care facility, private beach, swimming pool, watercraft, and airport shuttle service. In the winter months, ice skating, snowmobiling or cross country skiing are offered. And, since the Grand Traverse is nearby Turtle Creek and Leelanau Sands casinos, we can’t forget to mention gaming to try your luck!
GLENMOOR COUNTRY CLUB
330.966.3600 • www.glenmoorcc.com
Known for its Scottish, castle-like ambiance, the Glenmoor Country Club Chapel and ballrooms will make any brides dreams come true.
Accommodating up to 350 guests, the Chapel at Glenmoor is the perfect blend of Old World grandeur and modern sophistication. This charming old time setting features 40 foot vaulted ceilings, stone floors, wood beams, a large fireplace and ornate windows.
If the Chapel doesn’t suit your needs, celebrate in one of the country clubs grand dining rooms or banquet halls that are perfectly equipped to meet your every need.
Glenmoor Country Club also offers a long list of amenities including: luxurious guest rooms, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, World Class European Spa and Salon, health and fitness center, tennis courts, outdoor pool, racquetball, handball & squash courts and VIP transportation services.
INN AT CEDAR FALLS
800.653.2557 • www.innatcedarfalls.com
Enclosed by the Hocking Hills State Park on three sides, the Inn at Cedar Falls provides guests with Earth’s beauty in three tranquil settings and endless possibilities for ceremony locations.
Surrounded by woods and beautiful views, the 1840’s styled Hocking Hills Cabin rentals offers the perfect opportunity for honeymooners to relax and enjoy each other’s company, complete with a porch swing, log stove and whirlpool hot tubs. Or, located on two acres of land, The Hocking Hills Cozy cottages offer couples privacy by providing a secluded deck for quiet relaxation. Couples also have the option of staying at the Inn itself, in one of their quaint antique rooms. Cozy up together in plush robes and enjoy some fresh baked cookies ready upon arrival.
This retreat is the perfect getaway for newlyweds to enjoy each other’s company in the beauty of nature. Spend time hiking, canoeing, horseback riding or sit back and relax at the Inn’s luxurious spa or gourmet restaurant.
SWAN LAKE RESORT
800.582.7539 • www.swanlakeresort.com
Talk about attention to detail! Swan Lake Resort, located in Plymouth, Indiana, offers a complete “Elopement Package” for the couple seeking a small and intimate wedding. Another unique Swan Lake offering is their complimentary one-night stay to celebrate your one-year anniversary.
Event options are endless, and include the Grand Ballroom, Gazebo Courtyard, Fairway Courtyard, and Woodland Terrace, described as a “serene escape to a wooded atmosphere where nature provides the missing ingredient”. Consider a moonlit tent reception on the greens!
Accommodations at the resort include a deluxe hotel room or suite, log cabins (how romantic!), quiet cottages, or fairway villas.
EAGLE RIDGE RESORT & SPA
800.892.2269 • www.eagleridge.com
Watching the sunset in a hot air balloon ride for two? How romantic! Truly a memorable experience, this once in a lifetime adventure can be shared at the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.
Experience even more romance by horseback riding into the countryside or by enjoying a luxurious spa service together.
Event options include indoor elegant ballrooms to secluded outdoor ceremonies overlooking the serene Galena Lake; both with delicious cuisine prepared by their award winning chef. The Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, an award winning restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and steam room and championship golf.
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