Valentine’s Day may have passed, but romance is forever. To show appreciation for those you love, flowers and chocolate top the list of popular gift ideas. This year, consider the gift of travel. Many hotels, spas, restaurants and attractions offer specials or packages for those looking to treat their significant other, or even themselves.
Here are four ideas to experience some romance in Pure Michigan for those looking for a romantic getaway anytime of the year.
Relax at a Bed and Breakfast
Michigan has more than 400 bed and breakfasts around the state. Whether it’s a historic house steps away from the shore or a log cabin nestled in the woods, staying at a bed and breakfast is a great way to relax and unwind with your significant other.
What makes a stay at a B&B so special is that all of them are unique in their own way. Innkeepers provide special touches like desserts, unique furnishings and soft, comfortable beds that will make any stay memorable.
The Huron House Bed and Breakfast is right on the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda, and is a couples-only retreat. Rooms offer stunning views of the shoreline and many rooms come with a private outdoor hot tub.
Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Whitehall is a 1912 Arts and Crafts bungalow that has been restored into a charming bed and breakfast just minutes away from Lake Michigan, with a sweet twist. Guest rooms are named after well-known chocolate delicacies and every breakfast is started with chocolate.
Many historic homes in Ludington have been converted to beautiful inns. The Cartier Mansion was the former home of Ludington lumber baron Warren Cartier. Many of the rooms still have the original woodwork, fixtures and flooring.
Gaze at the stars
The Headlands Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City is one of only ten International Dark Sky Parks in the world, which offers some of the best star gazing in the state.
The 600-acre park sits on more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline in Emmet County. Here you will find the darkest of skies, undiluted by light pollution.
The Headlands is open 24 hours a day, every day, at no charge. There is no camping allowed, but visitors are welcomed to stay out through the night for dark-sky viewing opportunities. You can bring blankets, sleeping bags, chairs, food and beverages.
Grab some warm and cozy gear and snuggle up by the stars for a date to remember.
Wine (Or Brew) and Dine
Kick your culinary experience up a notch with a beer or wine tour or experiencing some of Michigan’s best culinary destinations.
With more than 100 wineries nestled among 15,000 acres of scenic vineyards, Michigan truly is wine country with wine trails all around the state including Traverse City, Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail and the Thumbs Up Wine Trail.
If beer is more your thing, Michigan’s beer trails will quench your thirst. Head over to Grand Rapids for an extensive tour of some of the best breweries in West Michigan. It’s no wonder the city was voted Beer City USA in 2012 and 2013!
Michigan brewery tours are a great way to try a variety of craft beers right in the microbreweries that brew them! From Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City to Detroit Beer Company in Detroit, you’re sure to find that perfect pint. Check out this breweries map for an extensive list of places to visit!
A Day at the Spa
What’s more relaxing than a day, or weekend, at the spa? Fortunately, Michigan has several award-winning spas to choose from to pamper your loved one.
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville has a 18,500-square-foot, LEED-Certified oasis with private transition rooms with heated floors, steam rooms and infrared saunas, and an outdoor Mosaic Garden with hot tub. The Crystal Spa offers a Winter Spa Menu, as well as specials for Valentine’s Day.
Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls is home to Solace Spa, with spectacular views of the mountain and amenities such as cedar saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, relaxation and treatment rooms. Solace Spa offers unique winter seasonal treatments, couples massages and a Petoskey Hot Stone massage.
MGM Grand’s IMMERSE Spa, in the heart of Detroit, has a menu of remineralizing seawater and marine extracts, exotic botanical, and meticulously customized aromatherapy-based treatments and rituals.
What are some other Pure Michigan romantic getaways? Comment below!