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Top 5 Romantic Getaways in Michigan

These romantic getaway destinations in Michigan have won awards from the "Friendliest Island on Earth" to the "Most Beautiful Place in America"

Romantic getaways in Michigan? Michiganders will be the first to tell you there’s no better place to feel the love.

Well… with nature this untouched and beautiful, they might try to keep it to themselves.

But we won’t. 🤭

The top 5 places for romantic getaways in Michigan are:

  1. Traverse City
  2. Upper Peninsula
  3. Mackinac Island
  4. Grand Haven
  5. Holland

The Top Romantic Getaways in Michigan

1. Traverse City

In true embodiment of Michigan’s spirit, Traverse City brings the serenity of Lake Michigan together with endless adventure opportunities.

When there’s snow on the ground, couples can grab their skis, snowshoes, or toboggans and hit the powder around Traverse City.

Timberlee Hills, ten minutes from downtown, is the ultimate snow tubing destination. A handled tow system takes you to the top of the slopes and a cozy lodge awaits you at the bottom.

Once named the most beautiful place in the U.S. by Good Morning America (beating Sedona, Arizona and Hawaii’s beaches!) Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is the ultimate romantic Michigan getaway. Monstrous hills of sand frame the crystal blue waters of Lake Michigan and create a see-to-believe beauty that goes on for 60 miles.

Insider Tip for Couples: Wine tours on the Old Mission Peninsula

2. Upper Peninsula

If you’ve ever wondered where the expression “Pure Michigan” comes from, the Upper Peninsula will make it crystal clear.

Michiganders love all their peninsulas, but when it comes to a romantic getaway, upper is better.

The Upper Peninsula (or UP in MI lingo) is the best place for roadtrip-lovers to spend leisurely days cruising from scenic destination to even-more-scenic destination.

Pictured Rocks is a must-stop for kayaking or hiking together near the multicolored sandstone cliffs, complete with archways and waterfalls.

3. Mackinac Island

Smack in the middle of the Upper and Lower Peninsulas sits Mackinac Island, pronounced “MackinAW” by locals who also call out-of-towners “fudgies” (you’ll learn why).

Once voted the friendliest island on Earth, Mackinac is a romantic getaway in Michigan, made easy.

The small island is perfect for leisurely exploration, best by bike or horse-drawn carriage as there are no motor vehicles allowed on this slice of heaven.

For couples who love porch snuggles and scenic views, be sure to stay at the Grand Hotel (or at least stop by) to experience the world’s longest porch. Open since 1887, the Grand Hotel is quite the Victorian-era experience with nightly dancing, high tea in the afternoons, and poshly decorated suites.

4. Grand Haven

The boardwalk-lined harbor of Grand Haven demands long walks by the lake in any season.

In the fall, take your loved one out on the water for some salmon fishing during the seasonal salmon runs. Afterward, enjoy a cozy evening at one of the charming downtown Grand Haven restaurants. You might even catch the yearly Salmon Festival if you visit the right weekend in September.

If your romantic getaway to Michigan is a winter affair, try to visit during their annual Winterfest in January.

When the sun is shining between Memorial Day and Labor Day, don’t miss the music and lights show from the Musical Fountain.

Pro Tip: It’s never too cold to visit the picturesque Grand Haven Lighthouse

Grand Haven is 45 miles from Grand Rapids International Airport

5. Holland (Michigan)😋

The aptly named Holland, Michigan is also home to one of the most famous (and most romantic) Dutch springtime events: the Tulip Time Festival.

Time your romantic getaway to Michigan to coincide with the magnificent blooming of thousands upon thousands of colorful tulips, typically in early May.

Even if you miss the tulips, Holland, MI is one of the best places to experience Dutch culture in America. The adorable downtown’s architecture and the centuries-old windmills create a quaint, Euro-oasis.

In addition to the charming Dutch vibes, Holland is the perfect place for couples who enjoy craft brews, spirits, or wines. Pick up a “Handcrafted Passport” at the visitor’s center to explore – and take notes – on the handcrafted beverages of Michigan.