Michigan, with its Great Lakes, National Parks and abundance of natural beauty is an incredible destination for a romantic getaway. From watching sunsets on the lakes to stargazing on islands to wandering hand in hand in parks, there are loads of romantic things to do across the Great Lakes State. Ready to surround yourself with Michigan’s natural beauty on a loved-up escape? Here are some of the most romantic getaways in Michigan.
7 of the Most Romantic Getaways in Michigan
1. Belle Isle
Just a short boat ride away from the city of Detroit is Belle Isle. On this island on the Detroit River, there are so many lovely things for couples to do, for instance, exploring the state park, having fun in the aquarium and enjoying the tranquillity in the conservatory. However, one of the best things to do with your loved one is to go down the giant slide again and again. It’s a really fun activity and you’ll spend the whole time laughing. You can also relax and unwind, and enjoy a kiss and a cuddle, by the beautiful James Scott Memorial Fountain. With so much to see and do, Belle Isle is a great destination for couples who like to fill their getaways with lots of experiences. Overnight, you can stay in the vibrant city centre of Detroit in one of its many cool or historic hotels.
2. Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is a city west of Detroit in southeast Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and is home to the sprawling University of Michigan. The city’s quaint downtown has lots of boutique shopping and cultural centres, like galleries and event spaces. The city is also brimming with creative restaurants and cool bars. As you can see, it is the perfect romantic getaway for couples who love culture and cuisine. There is a great vibe to this busy university town but its beautiful setting and elegant buildings make it feel wonderfully romantic. If you like museums, make sure you check out The University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. This beach town is big on outdoor activities, but don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to relax too if you are looking for a more gentle paced getaway. The area is called the Art Coast of Michigan due to its plethora of fine art galleries. But one of the biggest draws is its beautiful beaches. In fact, Oval Beach on Lake Michigan is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. With its backdrop of huge rolling sand dunes and sweeping views across the lake, Oval Beach is postcard perfect. Grab a snack from the concession stands and go for a hand in hand stroll along the coastline or pack a picnic full of local delicacies and find a secluded spot for an alfresco meal whilst watching the sunset. It doesn’t get more romantic.
4. Lake Superior
The Lake Superior shoreline offers views of crashing surf, weatherbeaten fishing boats and lots of lovely lighthouses. In fact, Michigan is home to more lighthouses than any other state. One of the loveliest lighthouses to visit is the Point Iroquois Lightstation on Lake Superior. Constructed in 1855, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Climb the 65-foot tower and take in views of Lake Superior below. The history, heritage and heart-stirring scenery are all incredibly romantic. The lighthouse is only 20 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie and 51 miles east of Tahquamenon Falls, so there are plenty of charming places to visit whilst in the area. The lighthouse is also right beside the Hiawatha National Forest, where you can hike, bike, and camp.
5. Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a very popular honeymoon destination in Michigan, and for good reason too, it is incredibly picturesque. The island is car-free which makes it feel very calm and clean. The most romantic way of getting around is in a horse-drawn carriage or tandem bicycle made for two. Of course, you can just walk too as the island is a pleasure to explore on foot. The island is full of historic sites, like Fort Mackinac, and has beautiful beaches where you can catch a colourful sunset. There are also nature trails and gardens to explore. If you are into astronomy and want to gaze at the heavens with your loved one, then just across from the island is Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City. Here, the light pollution is minimal and the stargazing is maximum. So, grab a blanket, dress warm and cosy up as you lie back to admire the night sky.
Ludington is a harbour town located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. It is famous for its beaches with rolling sand dunes, stunning sunsets and cute, cosy, historic accommodations. It really does set the scene for a romantic getaway. The town is also home to Ludington State Park – a great year-round destination. Come in the warmer months and you can enjoy hiking and in the winter you can experience the groomed cross-country ski trails. The town also has two beautiful and historic lighthouses to admire, which are perfect places to enjoy a sunrise or sunset stroll with your special someone. Ludington is also the home port of the largest car ferry to sail the Great Lakes. You can board the S.S. Badger and enjoy the scenic journey from Ludington to Manitowoc in Wisconsin.
Ishpeming is a city in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula is a wonderful destination for a romantic getaway in Michigan as life moves at a slower pace and the beauty of nature surrounds you. Escaping to Ishppeming gives you a chance to connect with nature and with each other. The charming town of Ishpeming is filled with lovely, locally-owned shops and accommodations. You’ll also find terrific family-run restaurants which are perfect for a long leisurely meal after a long day of biking, hiking or skiing in Van Riper State Park or Craig Lake State Park. Looking for even more ways to enjoy the fresh air? You can climb to waterfalls, enjoy a round of golf, go fishing and try snowmobiling.