15 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways In Michigan
- SWATHI RAMASWAMY
- UPDATED May 31, 2018
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With a combination of breathtaking landscapes, urban attractions, culture, and nature, Michigan offers a most enriching experience and learning for all seeking inspiration or comfort. It simple yet expressive beauty of nature and man-made attractions promise an escape from the daily hustle of life for individuals from every walk of life. While the entire expanse of the same can be confusing to choose from, here are some destinations or activities one must try when in Michigan:
1. Luxuriate at the Chateau Chantal
Situated in Traverse City, Chateau Chantal is perfect for couples with its vineyards, local beaches and other mesmerizing sights. Its spacious and cosy 11 rooms come with a whirlpool tub, elegant furniture, high ceilings, a wet bar, and balconies with incredible views. Couples can go on wine tasting tours in the Chateau's very own winery. Not only are such tours available but you can also book a customized VIP Winery Tour and Island Room experience and, in addition, also attend a wine education dinner.
2. Romance at the Munro House Bed & Breakfast
This bed and breakfast situated in a historic building in Hillside County is the first brick building. Each of the seven rooms is unique in its features but include private baths, cable TV, wireless internet with other amenities. Couples can not only enjoy fresh made-to-order breakfast but also attend murder mystery dinners, cooking parties, and other romantic activities on the weekend.
3. Experience the Shanty Creek Resorts
The Shanty Creek Resorts is spread across 3 villages. The Schuss village offers winter getaways with condos designed to ski-in and ski-out; the Summit Village has 183 rooms, pools, a spa, restaurants and more; and the Cedar River Village has ski-in/ski-out condos too along with numerous suits of varying sizes. All rooms have all amenities while some also have sitting areas, fireplaces, full kitchens, Jacuzzis, etc. Other than this, couples can enjoy spa treatments of various types, spend time in the fitness center, play golf or other lawn games outside, and ski or snowboard during winters.
4. Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes
Voted as the "Most Beautiful Place in America" by ABC's Good Morning America, Sleeping Bear Dunes is situated in North Michigan. The park runs a good 35 miles of coastline and is perfect for couples to enjoy a beautiful yet inexpensive getaway, ensuring complete bliss and relaxation. Although the place is perfect to visit all-year round, swimming and camping around Lake Michigan can be thoroughly enjoyed during the months of June, July, and August.
5. Shop at Traverse City
Traverse City, located on the Grand Traverse Bay, is the perfect shopping destination. It has myriad and unique shops along with delectable eateries. The town is most famous for its Michigan cherries and is rightfully dubbed as the "Cherry Capital of the World". Attending the National Cherry Festival each June and the Traverse City Film Festival might be some of the most delightful activities during your stay.
6. Relax at the Apple Tree Inn
Combining Victorian architecture and modern amenities, the Apple Tree Inn offers a romantic and relaxing getaway with its numerous types of rooms with facilities ranging from Jacuzzi and spas to king sized beds apart from the basic amenities. There are various services available to guests like that of gourmet breakfast, cozy fireplace, romantic suites, fitness centers and indoor pools.
7. Visit Frankfort
Frankfort is a small town located in Benzie County, and right along Lake Michigan. It is the perfect romantic getaway with white sand dunes, crystal clear water, and mesmerizing sunsets to enjoy while roaming around the Victorian homes and little coffee shops in the town. Couples can enjoy a great view if they head up to Betsie Point Lighthouse at the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage. The quaint town helps create sweet memories to reminisce upon.
8. Experience "Little Bavaria"
Located in downtown Frankenmuth is the German-themed Bavarian Inn Lodge, known famously as Michigan's "Little Bavaria". The inn has 360 guest rooms, 46 of which have king beds and 24 have their own whirlpool. The Bavarian Inn Lodge seems to look like an amazing water-based Inn, in the sense that it offers Water Park and whirlpool experiences within its limits. It also boasts a marvelous 13-acre riverfront property which guests can explore in a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride. Guests can dine on authentic German dishes and sip on craft beer at the on-site Bier Garten.
9. Recreate at Ostego Club and Resort
The Ostego Club and Resort in Northern Michigan is a perfect getaway not only during summers but also during winters. It has optimal slopes for skating, skiing, snowboarding, etc. to create unforgettable winter memories while during summer it offers advantage of its renowned golf courses which are situated in the midst of woodlands, water and wildlife; couples could also go canoeing or fishing through scenic nature as the Ostego Resort is famous for its salmon and trout fishing.
10. Witness the art of Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, famously known as "Tree Town", is known to be home of the University of Michigan. It has a rich culture and is home to more than 19,000 works of art displayed at University of Michigan Museum of Art. It offers numerous opportunities to learn various subjects through creative workshops and other exploration activities. The Michigan Stadium, which is the largest in the US and second-largest in the world, is a popular attraction among sports fans. Apart from this, couples can also unwind while experiencing the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.
11. Explore the Motor City
A mixture of industry and art, Detroit offers relaxing getaways. Couples can learn a lot about the city by visiting the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant- the first factory of the Ford Company. Couples can also indulge in Detroit Tours which reveal the not-so-famous but surprisingly beautiful nooks and attractions of Detroit which no outside source could describe as well. You can also get a glimpse of Comercia Park and the home baseball team here.
12. Take a dreamy Mackinac Island Tour
Spread across four square-miles, the Mackinac Island will transport you back in time. It offers a narrated tour through the pleasantly abuzz streets, inviting you to learn about the times already passed. Couples can also explore Arch Rock which provides magnificent views of Lake Huron; or Wings of Mackinac, which houses myriad colorful butterflies in all of its life stages.
13. Explore Holland
Holland is situated in the heart of Michigan and can make you feel like you have set foot in a quaint European town, with tulips and windmills everywhere. There is this amazing state park here and you can also get to see the 2 rivers upon which it has been set.
14. Unwind at Grand Rapids
Spread across and extensive span, the Grand Rapids has numerous things to offer to both nature and art lovers at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with its lush greenery and four-seasoned gardens and its indoor themed gardens which house 300 major works of art. There is also the Grand Rapids Public Museum which displays the essence of Western Michigan.
15. Escape to Island House Hotel
Situated in the Mackinac Island, the Island House Hotel provides guests access to the dock and nature. This place offers 4 different types of rooms depending upon the requirements of the guests. Couples can spend a romantic and quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of city streets by relaxing in the veranda or their rooms and enjoying the scenic views of the harbor. Couples can dine while looking out at the water from the 1852 Grill Room or have a secluded meal in the garden-side.
Thus, Michigan offers myriad chances to explorers to dive into nature and unwind, far from the noisy city streets, and learn more about the history of nature and art in whatever form the explorer might choose. It welcomes one with its breezy islands and splashing waves to indulge in an experience away from the virtual world.