A Valentine's Day Promise

Photo Credit: SandySandy Moskwinski shares her “Pure Michigan Moment” of romance and travel; a Valentine’s pact with her sweetie.

This past Valentine’s Day, my life partner, Mark, and I followed through with plans for adventure in the UP, our first together and the best ever.


Our 1,000-mile journey to Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast began in our hometown, Brooklyn. It was Mark’s idea to leave the day before check in. He is the true Michigander—he grew up in Farmington and is an alumni of Northern Michigan University—and knows all too well what the conditions can be like. I was game for all of it, the weather that is. I was raised in northern Indiana (South Bend, aka Michiana, the Lake-Effect City) and had never been north of Grand Rapids or Detroit. We spent the night in beautiful Mackinaw City. We awoke early and took a walk to take in the fascinating sites and the bridge before continuing to our destination.

When Mark and I first met, we had conversations about lighthouses and how neat it would be to check them out some day. Lo and behold, I found one in our state where you can stay, plus it has all the amenities but none of the work required at most. We agreed it would be a great way to get to know one another and to share what the North offers, in all its winter glory, eh?

Photo credit: Sandy

View from top of Sugarloaf Mountain

Our weekend package—offered by the B&B owners and lighthouse keepers, Jeff and Linda Gamble—included the use of recreational items like snow shoes and walking sticks. We grabbed the gear and headed off to Sugarloaf Mountain. A few moans and beads of sweat later, we reached the summit. We will always remember the views of vast Lake Superior and the special moments spent together on the mountain. Getting down was even more of an adventure. Seeing all the sleds zip by and the wildlife enjoying nature made for a memorable time.

The weekend was absolutely amazing, and we are grateful to have been able to journey to this pristine part of our country and experience all the great white North has to offer. As a result of this special time together, Mark and I look forward to more journeys.

This weekend is etched in our hearts.

Photo Credit: SandyThis year, Sandy and Mark are planning a long Valentine’s weekend on Vineyard Lake. Sandy wrote about her “Pure Michigan Moment" for Michigan Travel Ideas.