Five Budget-Friendly Romantic Getaways in Michigan
There is no shortage of luxury getaways to choose from when it comes to spending quality time as a couple in Michigan. But for parents who want a romantic vacation—or even daytrip—without stressing about high costs, we’ve got you covered. Here are five options for when you can secure childcare for an afternoon, weekend or a few days and take some romantic alone time around the beautiful state of Michigan.
The Feel of International Romance: Bavarian Inn Lodge
Located in downtown Frankenmuth, a weekend at the Bavarian Inn Lodge (1 Covered Bridge Ln., Frankenmuth, MI) will make you feel like you’ve splurged on a romantic European trip without leaving the state. The lodge is a top choice on TripAdvisor’s short list of cheap Michigan resorts, and for good reason. Rooms start at $173 a night, but you’ll find so much more than a hotel. Leave your children with the in-laws and feel like a kid yourself with all there is to do as a couple. Activities include pretzel-rolling classes, wine tastings and dinner shows in the resort’s restaurant.
For an extra touch of romance, previous visitors recommend choosing a room overlooking the river.
For the Outdoorsy Couple: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Whether you have a day or a weekend to get away, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (N8391 Sand Point Rd., Munising, MI) is perfect for long walks and talks as you reconnect with your significant other, surrounded by nature.
If you can find childcare for a whole weekend, choose from three campsites—by a beach, lake or river—that you can drive to for an easy weekend of car camping. Take in the beauty of the cliffs overlooking Lake Superior and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. Visit the park in any season, although summer temperatures are best for camping.
Cozy Mountain Weekend: Crystal Mountain Hotel
For a cushier experience in nature that still fits a budget, book a room at Crystal Mountain Resort (12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, MI). Choose one of the cozy rooms at the inn, or splurge for a private bungalow in this beautiful mountain setting.
As a couple, you can choose from a long list of activities or just relax and reconnect while you enjoy your alone time. This resort is recommended for all seasons. And if you need a little extra pampering, indulge in one of the many spa treatments available.
Active Day Trip: Kayak in Grand Haven
Grand Haven is known as one of Michigan’s great beach towns. Rent kayaks at Lakeshore Kayak Rental (14023 Green St., Grand Haven, MI), and leave the land behind for an afternoon as you paddle your way across the beautiful lakefront.
A warm summer evening is ideal for kayaking, but if you bundle up, the fall scenery can be spectacular.
A Date in the City: Detroit
If you live near the city, spend a full day exploring. Even if you’ve been many times, take on a tourist mindset and look at Detroit with fresh eyes as you set off in search of the most romantic corners of the city.
Stroll through the 982 acres of urban oasis that make up Belle Isle Park, and steal a kiss as you cross one of the charming river bridges.
For a crisp winter day, ice skate at Campus Martius (800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI). Relish your alone time as you focus on learning new tricks—or maybe just staying upright.
And instead of shelling out lots of money for a dinner at one of Detroit’s overhyped new restaurants, stroll over to the Eastern Market (1445 Adelaide St., Detroit, MI) on a Saturday for some open-air barbecue deliciousness. You’ll feel like giddy teenagers again.