Turn Date Night into a Full Day in the Heritage Corridor

Couple walking, hand in hand

Why does date night have to be just a night?  In the Heritage Corridor, there are many ways to stretch date night into an entire day!  

Here are just a few ideas you can recreate:

Bottles of August Hill Wine

Travel to Utica, IL and begin your day with a little wine in your cup at August Hill Winery. Explore their tasting bar where you can enjoy wine tasting, browse their different flavors and style, and also shop and take home the ones you love most.

Surf and Turf and Woody's Steak House in Ottawa, IL

Once you’ve stirred up an appetite you can take a short drive down to Woody’s Steak House in Ottawa, IL for the perfect dinner to leave you full and satisfied. From seafood, to pasta, to steak, there’s many options to choose from so you can savor every last bite.

Sandwich at Cajun Connection in Utica

Or you can try a meal that’ll make you feel like you’re right in New Orleans at Cajun Connection. On their menu you’ll find jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish, and even alligator. Trust me, you’re in for a real treat!

Grand Bear Resort - Oglesby, IL

Then once you’re good and full, you can fall into a warm and cozy bed at the Grand Bear Resort. Book their Whirlpool Suite, the perfect romantic getaway. It features a two-person whirlpool tub and all the of their signature amenities, plus a king size bed and fireplace.

Scenic view of the I&M Canal

Lockport is a great place to experience the outdoors and fine dining. You can start off the day with a nice walk along the I&M Canal trail. This is a great idea if you’re looking to be outside with the fresh smell of nature and a lovely view of the water.

Toffee from Hollingworth Candies

Once you’ve had a nice little stroll, you can regain some energy by trying some of the tastiest treats in town at Hollingworth Candies. All of their toffees and chocolate candies are handcraft with love. Who said you shouldn’t have dessert before your dinner?

Meal at the Public Landing (Steak)

Then once you’re ready to have a delicious meal, head on over to The Public Landing located inside the historic Gaylord Building. While you’re there, you can also explore the museum and Gallery Seven Art Gallery in the same building.

Chicken dish at Embers Tap House

Or find yourself at Embers Tap House, which is a must when in the Lockport area. Not your typical Tap House, they are very in tune with details, which shows with their presentation of each meal. Bring joy to your tastebuds while dining here.

Joliet is the perfect place to enjoy a nice dinner date for two with a comfortable overnight stay.

Meal at Barolo in Joliet

Add something new to your palette by visiting Barolo Restaurant. This restaurant offers a European atmosphere and a unique spin on authentic Italian cuisine.

Sandwich from Chevere Latin Cafe in Joliet, IL

For divine flavors in every bite, visit Chevere Latin Café in downtown Joliet. They offer a wide array of fresh food, but I recommend their Plantain sandwich that is made to perfection.

Porterhouse from Al's Steak House in Joliet

If you’re looking for something more classic, then you can never go wrong with a steak house. Get dressed up and reserve a dinner for 2 at Al’s Steak House. This is one of the oldest established upscale dinning restaurants in the area with some of the best charbroiled steaks.

Then once you’ve gotten full enough, kick back and relax at one of our many Joliet hotels in the area:

No matter where you decide to explore for your next date in the Heritage Corridor, it will always be an adventure well worth it.

Scenes from the Corridor