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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:14 PM
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Does anyone have a favorite small town within 3 hours of here in Park Ridge? Considering Galena, South Haven, Saugatuck, Minoquoa and Door County. Any others? We're looking for a place to spend Christmas week to start new traditions.

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:16 PM

Grand Haven, MI. Great town lots to do. There is a small ski hill in town where the kids LOVE to go. @Mulligan’s Hallow Ski

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:22 PM

We go to minoqua every year, and love it. but its more than 3 hours. Closer to 5 hrs

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:26 PM

Just came home today from Saugatuck! Love it! We’ve only been there in summer so I am curious if anyone has any input in winter.

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:27 PM

Green lake Wisconsin

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:32 PM

Depends on what you like to do

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:37 PM

I really like Galena- you can rent a house in Eagle Ridge and we went one winter and they had horse drawn wagon rides. The town is super cute around the holidays too.

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:39 PM

Starved Rock State Park would be super fun- you could hike, Xcountry ski, & stay in the lodge, which has a decent restaurant, bar/grill, & indoor pool. It’s a gem!

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:43 PM

Door County is more like 4 hours, but it is my favorite!

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:48 PM

I absolutely love the Michigan towns but you could get stuck there with a storm. Galena is beautiful. I would pick there. http://www.midwestliving.com/.../holiday-getaway-to.../

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:50 PM

Door county!

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:55 PM

Depending where in Door County, 4-5 hours. But we used to go every year. and kids had a great time.

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 5:58 PM

South Haven and preferably Saugatuck

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 6:00 PM

I love Galena!

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 6:15 PM

Galena for sure!

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 6:18 PM

Saugatuck is awesome

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 6:31 PM

Saugatuck and South Heaven

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 6:33 PM

Door County

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 6:34 PM

Union Pier just north of New Buffalo. Like the Firefly Resort and Elephant Walk Cottages. All affordable, lovely open yards, fire pits and grills and short walk to private beach on Lake Michigan

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 6:54 PM

Minocqua or any of the little lake towns north of hwy 70 in Wisconsin are amazing. But you have to drive five hours. Green Wisconsin is amazing and only an hour or so northwest of Milwaukee.

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 6:59 PM

Geneva Lake (Fontana, Williams Bay and Lake Geneva all have lots of fun stuff to do each winter) Ice Castles, Sledding, Skiing, Skating, etc,

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 7:04 PM

Following

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 7:21 PM

Yes. Lake Geneva and Williams Bay.

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 7:36 PM

South Haven

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 7:54 PM

We rent out our house in st joseph. Sleeps 10

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 8:00 PM

South Haven has an adorable Christmas parade with Santa riding in a boat, but I think that is in early December. It is very quaint in town with all of the lights and the ice skating rink. We love it there but beware of lake effect snow. it’s a real problem.

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 8:05 PM

Minoqua is 5 hrs without stopping. In a snowstorm it had taken us 8 hrs

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 8:10 PM

I love Marshall Michigan. It is a small town with beautiful architecture, antique stores, boutiques and great restaurants.

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 8:48 PM

Large vacation home in Galena- on 4 acres in the woods- outdoor hot tub, theatre room-& family friendly! https://www.vacationhomesofgalena.com/vacati.../timber-ridge

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 8:49 PM

A lot of small towns pretty much close up by the end of fall, so you need 2 check out what is or what is not open b. 4 you a room booking

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 8:57 PM

Secret of Saugatuck Suites http://www.secretofsaugatucksuites.com

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 9:25 PM

Osthoff resort in Elkhart lake WI very pretty at Christmas time and not too far about 2 to 2 1/2 hrs Www. osthoff. com

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3 years ago on 08/06/2019 at 9:37 PM

I have a 3 bedroom single family in coloma michigan about 1/2 hour from saugatuck, 15 minutes away from Saint Josephs, Southhaven and Holland etc

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3 years ago on 08/07/2019 at 12:00 AM

West Dundee is cute and Antioch.

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3 years ago on 08/07/2019 at 12:58 AM

Not sure about which small town you should chose but years ago my girlfriends and I took a trip to Appleton in the fall to do a nature hike. On our way up we stopped at the biggest Christmas store I’ve ever seen. It’s called Kristmas Kringle Shoppe. It’s right off the 41, just south of Fon du Lac. So maybe pick someplace in Door Co. Just make sure you stop there to get an annual ornament to commemorate your trip!

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3 years ago on 08/07/2019 at 8:24 AM

Love South Haven!

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3 years ago on 08/07/2019 at 12:06 PM

I really really LOVE South Haven (and Door County but that is farther than 3 hrs). SH is close and tons to do. I just don't know of many lodging options.

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3 years ago on 08/07/2019 at 9:25 PM

We’ve been to SW Michigan many times; it’s our favorite. The Saugatuck/Douglas/Fennville area is perfect. Saugatuck and Douglas go all out for Christmas and even though a certain percentage of seasonal businesses close, enough stay open. Happy to talk with you about where we’ve stayed, where to look, etc. How exciting! 🎅🤶🎄❄️

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3 years ago on 08/07/2019 at 10:35 PM

I love South Haven

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