Love is in the air across the country this month, and Michigan is no exception. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau News lists the Michigan cities of Romeo and Rose City as two of the most romantic-sounding places to spend Valentine’s Day.
We got some great responses earlier this week when we asked fans on our Facebook page: “How can you make Valentine’s Day with your special someone a Pure Michigan Valentine’s Day?” Here are some comments we wanted to share. Thanks to everyone who responded!
“Dine at one of Michigan’s great Locally Owned Restaurants!” – Lisa Verhil
“South Haven perch at Clementines & walk the pier Lighthouse. Then S homemade ice cream & shops!” – B Faye Lawrence
“Dinner at Audie’s Restaurant in Mackinaw City with my boyfriend. Best food around!” – Janessa Stutz
“Going to the Red Wings game. :)” – Lindsay Wallace
“Enjoying the Pure Michigan snow at Shanty Creek Resorts with their Two-for-One Valentine’s Day lift ticket special!” – Melissa Lee
“The classic dinner and a movie. Dinner at your favorite local eatery in Traverse City and a movie at the State Theatre. Then hop next door and end the night with a couple of cocktails at the Red Ginger!” – Nicholas Viox
“By taking them to an overnight romantic time at Inn on the Park in South Haven, MI- Only about 3 hours drive.” – Bella DeRoven
“Ordering some Valentine Snacks from Cherry Republic!” – Ann Safran
“Having dinner in downtown Milford! ♥ Movie after?? :)” – Cindy Schlappi
“Well if it stays this warm, we might grill out in the backyard, our own Pure Michigan. Buy Michigan products, like sweetheart steaks from Hiller’s Market and enjoy the best state there is!!!!!” – Susan Bunch
Blue water, waves, and white sand can all be found on the southwest Michigan shore within a half-day’s drive of Chicago and Detroit. From New Buffalo to Ludington, and the towns in between, beaches stretch out and harbors crowded with pleasure boats scallop the water’s edge. George Hendrix, a contributing writer for Michigan Travel Ideas, spent a weekend driving Michigan’s western shore, stopping and admiring each beach town along the way.
South Haven Sunset
New Buffalo, in the heart of Harbor Country, is the starting point for my weekend trip, where sun-toasted sand and a quaint business district make it the idyllic beach town. The Red Arrow Highway takes me north to St. Joseph, where steps climb from Silver Beach to a shady bluff-top park and downtown. Schu’s, a local favorite, serves a famous potato soup at its downtown location, where outdoor tables offer a view of the harbor.
Amanda Torrens shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” a brief escape from graduate school to watch a gorgeous sunset at Lake Michigan.
Phoenix Street is crowded as tourists mingle with locals walking to South Haven’s harbor and beach. It’s just after 7 p.m.—still a couple hours before sunset. A horse-drawn carriage waits to give paying customers a fairy-tale ride, and Harvey, the horse, patiently swishes his tail in response to the passersby who stroke his nose, pet his neck and give him well-meaning pats on the head. A ride sounds like fun, but I came for the sunset.