Four Romantic Getaways in Michigan For Every Kind of Couple

From sipping wine on the shores of Lake Michigan to candlelit dinners overlooking the Detroit skyline, there is an abundance of romantic getaway options right here in Michigan. You can forget about jetting off to Paris, they don’t have white-sand beaches anyway.

Whether looking to celebrate an anniversary, honeymoon, birthday, or “just because” weekend, here are some of my favorite spots to spend time with the one you love.


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1. Petoskey

It doesn’t matter if you’re still stuck in the depths of winter or planning to indulge in the dog days of summer, Petoskey is a year-round ultra-romantic Michigan getaway location for those looking to stay active and busy with the one they love. In the winter, Boyne Mountain Resort is one of Michigan’s prime skiing locations. During the summer there is an abundance of outdoor date ideas including hiking, kayaking, and of course, swimming.


Where to stay: Hotel Walloon

Where to eat/drink: Pour Kitchen & Bar


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2. Traverse City & The Old Mission Peninsula

Where’s the best place to combine wine, spas, and beaches? Traverse City and the Old Mission Peninsula, of course. Stay at the Grand Traverse Resort, where you can indulge in spa treatments and enjoy a glass of wine at Aerie with panoramic views of the Grand Traverse bay region. During the day, head out for a drive along the Old Mission Peninsula and enjoy more wine tasting at one (or every) winery.


Where to stay: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Where to eat/drink: Bonobo Winery


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3. Detroit

The rebirth of Detroit is in full swing. Millennials and creative artists are taking the nearly-abandoned city and making it their own. With it has come trendy coffee shops and hot-spot brunch eateries popping up on nearly every downtown corner. Take a unique twist on a romantic getaway and hit the town to see how many upscale cocktails and charcuterie boards you can manage to eat within the weekend.


Where to stay: The Siren Hotel

Where to eat/drink: The Skip


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4. Grand Island

Give yourself a weekend for just the two of you. Rent a cabin on Grand Island off the coast of Munising and enjoy time unplugged from reality. Play board games and lay out a blanket under the stars. In a crazy world filled with distraction, sometimes exactly what we need is nothing at all. Just quality time with the one you love.


Where to stay: Grand Island Cabins

Where to eat/drink: BOYE (bring your own everything)


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At any given moment, Shalee is either lost, hunting for ice cream, or obsessively planning her next adventure.

Born and raised in rural Michigan, she began exploring the shores of Great Lakes as a teen, often sleeping in her car to save money. Eventually, her urge to explore pushed beyond her Midwest borders. Today, Shalee shares her tips and stories to thousands of readers interested in adventure, outdoor, and sustainable tourism. Her pack now includes two spunky hiking cats and her partner, Josh. Learn more about her here.


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