Chicago’s suburbs seem to stretch forever. But just two hours north is one of the region’s best adventure hubs. Surf, kayak, swim, or SUP on Lake Michigan (EOS Outdoor can help arrange rentals), or tackle inland hikes like the three-mile section of the Ice Age Trail near Elkhart Lake. The digs aren’t bad either. The new Sandhill cabin, a two-bedroom timber-frame lodge, comes with a sauna, a poker shack, a wraparound porch, and bicycles to explore six miles of trails on the property’s 350 acres (from $785 for six).