The other day, we offered up some suggestions for Missouri romantic getaways. In the interest of equal time, we thought we should also pass along some suggestions on places for you and your sweetie to get away to in the Land of Lincoln.

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Being a downstate kind of guy, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that you don't have to drive to Chicago for a memorable romantic weekend.

We picked out five places to spotlight, four of which are an easy two-hour drive from here.

Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Beall Mansion, Alton

Built as the home of a U.S. Senator in 1902, it became a hotel in 1998. It features feather beds, whirlpool tubs and unlimited chocolate. And, it's right across the river from St. Louis.

Blessings on State - Jacksonville

Only about an hour away, this 120 year old home that's now a bed and breakfast, this is another example of a nostalgic look inside and out, with the amenities we're used to when we get out of town.

Goldmoor Inn - Galena

Whether you want to stay in a cottage, a log cabin or a castle, with a panoramic view of the Mississippi River, this is the place. Plus, there's snow skiing close by.

Inn at 835 - Springfield

Another turn of the 20th century house converted into eleven suites, suitable for a weekend or an extended stay. Plus, some say the place is haunted.

Market Street Bed and Breakfast - Taylorville

Another converted mansion with all the comforts of home, right in the middle of everything Taylorville has to offer. And, you're not far from the Lincoln attractions in and around Springfield.

As we mentioned in the previous article, it's probably too late to book any of these places for Valentine's Day, it doesn't have to be February for a weekend of romance.

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