The Best of the Midwest!

Visit Unique Properties, Create Unforgettable Experiences


Travel is all about discoveries and memorable experiences, and the Midwest offers a variety of off-the-beaten-path, hidden treasures to fill your vacation days. From expansive state parks with lush forests and trails to the astounding number of picturesque lakes and rivers, nature lovers will feel right at home.

For those seeking relaxation, cultural attractions, and culinary adventures, fantastic spas, award-winning restaurants, and curated museums and art galleries abound—and some of the best are found in the charming small towns that lie just outside the major metropolitan areas.

Visiting the great states of the Midwest—including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—is a fantastic vacation option for those seeking a unique and authentic American experience. One of the best ways to fully immerse yourself is by staying at locally-owned Inns, small-scale Bed and Breakfasts, and Boutique Hotels. Not only will you experience this region’s rich history and stunning landscape, but you’ll find the warmest hospitality and personalized service. 

Find lodging in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota & Wisconsin. Click on the state above with a pulsing red dot to find important information on the best times to visit, unique destinations and what to see, do, dine and explore.

Many lodging properties in the Midwest are consistently ranked as the best places to stay in this area for their historic architecture and luxurious amenities—only adding to their charm and character. Comfortable rooms with unique decor, gourmet and home-cooked breakfasts, and friendly Innkeepers available to provide recommendations are all to be expected when you choose to stay small.

Thankfully, an impressive collection of independent Inns, Bed and Breakfasts, and Boutique Hotels in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin offers all of this and more!

Each state in the Midwest has its draw. Illinois—home to the vibrant city of Chicago—offers a long list of charming small towns and natural wonders like the Shawnee National Forest. Wisconsin, America’s dairyland, is also bursting with outdoor recreation opportunities. Neighboring the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes,” Minnesota is dotted with lively cities, quaint towns, and welcoming residents. And nestled between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, Iowa, known for its agriculture, often surprises visitors with its beautiful scenery.

All four of these Midwest states surround the Driftless Region—a fascinating expanse untouched during the last Ice Age.

There’s so much to explore in this often underrated part of the US! Whether you join us for a quick weekend getaway or a longer extended vacation, once you discover the magic of the Midwest, your first visit won’t be your last, especially when you experience the excellent hospitality at these locally-owned lodging properties in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Your Guide To The Best of The Midwest

States of the Midwest

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There’s far more to Illinois than the wonders of the Windy City of Chicago. And while undoubtedly it’s a fantastic destination for culinary enthusiasts, museums, and the arts, Chicago can also serve as a jumping-off point for further explorations and adventures into the lesser-known areas of this great state.

Chicago is, after all, the famous starting point of Route 66, which gives travelers an easy excuse to venture west, where you’ll find incredibly charming small towns, historic sites, and breathtaking scenery. 

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Perhaps one of the most underrated destinations in the Midwest, Iowa is home to fascinating historical sites, cultural events, and delicious cuisine. It’s also an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with ample hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities.

Iowa is the only state in the nation bordered by two navigable rivers; the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. And the Great Lakes Region in Iowa is home to the state’s largest natural lakes. On a trip here, you’ll relish slowing down and appreciating life’s simple pleasures.

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Minnesota offers visitors hidden gems at every turn, particularly in its smaller cities. Most people have heard of, and maybe even experienced, the many delights of Minneapolis/St. Paul, but that’s just the start of this fun, friendly, and beautiful state in the Midwest!

As a state nicknamed the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes,” it’s no surprise that nature enthusiasts flock to the forests and waterways for hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and more. From the shores of Lake Superior to the one and only Mall of America, you’ll find an array of things to do in Minnesota. 

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Though it’s true that Wisconsin is one of the largest cheese producers in the US, that’s just a small piece of what you’ll find here. Four seasons of outdoor adventure, a fantastic mix of small-town charm and urban activities, stunning natural scenery, and a rich, abundant history are just the very start! 

While Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison bring a lively cityscape, if you explore further west, you’re bound to discover the natural beauty and welcoming hospitality of this area in no time. And eat some delicious meals while you’re at it!

Featured Inns

Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Relax in the beauty of an 1880 home built in the timeless elegance of Italianate architecture while enjoying the amenities of a modern inn, including private bathrooms, Jacuzzi tubs built for two, in-room gas and electric fireplaces, plenty of parking, 1.5 acres of gardens, and other comforts meant to pamper. Feel from the moment you enter to the time you leave that you are guests, not simply customers. A romantic getaway, time away with friends, a solitary retreat – whatever brings you here and whatever roads you’ve traveled –  Cloran Mansion can be your destination.

Whatever the case may be, we know that your time away to decompress and enjoy is something to treasure.

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Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast, Galena IL

Blessings On State Bed & Breakfast

Rediscover the art of hospitality at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast in Jacksonville, Illinois. We welcome you to Stay Small, Stay Safe at our inviting two-suite inn located a short walk from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion, the historic Augustus Ayers Mansion, Lovejoy Hall and Illinois School for the Deaf. This magnificently restored 135-year-old mansion is situated in the heart of the historic district.

Celebrate a special day, enjoy a relaxing getaway or make yourself at home for an extended stay. Experience an en suite massage with our licensed and board-certified massage therapist from Juniper by Hannah Pate.  Time well spent can make time stand still.

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Blessings On State Bed & Breakfast, Jacksonville IL

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