Winter Fun

Winter Getaways Near Chicago, Illinois

Winter time can be a memory evoking, nostalgic trip back in time when guests come to visit or stay in White Pines Forest State Park. It is reminiscent of times past, filled with frosted window panes, fires blazing in the hearth, aromas of freshly baked pies, horse drawn wagon rides, cozy log cabins with old fashioned trundle beds, laughter, children all bundled up with rosy cheeks, and tinsel covered Christmas Trees. Winter getaways in Illinois can be wonderful especially when you plan your next outing in White Pines Park.

For winter getaways near Chicago, it really doesn’t get any better than an outing to White Pines to generate wonderful, cherished family memories. Whether it’s a trip planned to pick out a real live Christmas Tree, see the theatre’s hilarious annual production of “Scrooge the Comedy “, spend a night or two in a tiny log cabin, or enjoy a hearty home cooked meal in the lodge’s landmark restaurant, guests are never disappointed. The White Pines Inn gift shop is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights and gifts which delight one and all. Santa and Mrs. Claus can be found each weekend greeting families as they stroll into the store and they invite excited children to take a turn whispering into Santa’s ear of their favorite Christmas wishes.

Families have been coming to White Pines Inn for a winter getaway in Illinois for more than 70 years, many continuing time honored traditions year after year.  November and December cabin packages offer great deals including cuddly teddy bears, breakfasts in the fireside room, and even a Christmas tree.  ‘Special Touches’ can be added to a night’s stay which include flannel sheets, down comforters and cookies and milk.

The restaurant, decorated in all of winter's splendor is ideal for Christmas Parties.  Families gather from all around the country to recreate those holiday memories of yesteryear.  Businesses large and small are treated to the delicious home style cooking the Inn is so well known for.  White Pines welcomes any size event and can host up to 350 at their second location, just seven miles west of the Pines in Polo, Illinois, the LaBranche Banquet Hall. Bridal couples looking for a winter wedding need to look no further as LaBranche offers the perfect backdrop. Ceremonies can be held in the smaller banquet room or there is the Polo Historic Wedding Chapel just down the street.

The 25 authentic log cabins and the restaurant close the Sunday before Christmas each year and re-open on the first Friday in March. But not everyone is hibernating. The three Pine Creek Family Cabins and the romantic Canyon View Cabin remain open year round.  With hot tubs in all but one and fireplaces in all, these cabins are great for an escape from those long winter doldrums. The family cabins are ideal for the ever popular, “girlfriend getaway weekends” and family vacations. The park’s trails are groomed when there is snow and offer delightful cross country ski trails.  The myriad of hills provide great sledding for outdoor adventures. Winter cabin packages include hot chocolate, movies, popcorn and even pizza delivered to your cabin!