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Author: Greg Mattson, Excellent Romantic Vacations Editor

By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Dec 10, 2022   

Michigan's motto is "If you Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You". With 4 Great Lakes on it's doorstep, romantic travel is easy here. 

Lake Michigan Romantic Sunset SpotIt's Easy to Find a Romantic Spot on the Lake Michigan Shoreline

All along the shore of Lake Michigan and inland, you'll find lots of attractions in the cities and great outdoors for everything from honeymoons to romantic weekend getaways. Travel both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, explore white sand beaches, lighthouses, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls, and of course, Detroit.

The Best Time to Visit Michigan - probably early spring to autumn. If you're planning any romantic getaways here in late September to late October, the Fall foliage will make it a spectacular getaway. 

Romantic Detroit Hotels & Inns

aloft hotel

Romantic Room with King Bed at the Aloft Hotel in Detroit, MichiganKing Suite at Detroit's Aloft Hotel ©TripAdvisor
  • Aloft Detroit Hotel  - The Aloft checks off all the boxes with a 5-star feel and a can't beat downtown location next to Comerica Park and loads of restaurants and pubs. What Other Guests Liked: Gorgeous Boutique Hotel in Awesome Location...Next Door to People Mover Station. 2023 ERV Rating* for Romantic Detroit Hotels: 92% - Excellent. (1 Park Ave, Detroit MI  313-237-1700)

trumbull & Porter

Front of the Trumbull & Porter Hotel, Detroit
  • Trumbull & Porter Hotel - One of the finest boutique hotels in Detroit, tastefully decorated with local art. What Other Guests Liked: Location in Corktown...Walk to local breweries. 2023 ERV Rating*: 80% - Very Good. (1331 Trumbull St, Detroit MI 313-496-1400)  

5 Ideas for Detroit, Michigan Romantic Getaways 

1. Handlebar Detroit Pub Tour - Detroit is home to some excellent local beer, and The Handle Bar (734-277-2181) offers several pedal-powered "pub on wheels" tours of downtown bars (must be 21+). 

2. Motown Historical Museum - see memorabilia from the Supremes, Jackson Five, The Temptations and many others.

3. Greek Town - food and fun at one of Detroit's best shopping, entertainment and dining districts. 

4. Detroit River Walkthis wide lakeside promenade is THE place for a romantic stroll along the water in the Motor City. 

5. Eastern Market - if your travel in Michigan getaway finds you in Detroit on a Tuesday or Saturday, don't miss this excellent market.

6. *More: Book a Romantic Detroit Hotel Spa Tub Suite Getaway

More Romantic Spots in Michigan

flint, michigan

Hyatt Place Hotel Flint MichiganThe Hyatt Place is a Fine Choice for Your Romantic Getaway in Flint, Michigan
  • Hyatt Place Flint/Grand Blanc - Super clean and relaxing, this Hyatt has an indoor pool, King Bed Rooms and Suites, and complimentary breakfast and parking. What Other Guests Liked: Great location close to shopping, dining and riverside parks. 2023 ERV Rating*: 90% - Excellent. (5481 Hill-23 Dr, Flint MI 810-424-9000)
Flint Michigan Farmers MarketLots to Explore at Flint Farmer's Market
  • Flint - unassuming Flint, MI is actually more famous than you might think. It's the home of filmmaker Michael Moore and his award-winning documentary Roger & Me. For romantic getaways here, there's the Flint Farmers Market (300 E. First St, Flint MI) which is full of local crafts, arts, produce and delicious eats (don't miss the delicious Bread Cheese). It's easy to put together your lunch here, so why not take it to go and head out together to Stepping Stone Falls (5161 Branch Rd, Flint MI) for a scenic picnic by the water.

ann arbor, mi

Patio at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ann Arbor MichiganHilton Garden Inn Patio & Fire Pit ©TripAdvisor
Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ann Arbor MichiganRoom at the Hilton Garden Inn ©TripAdvisor
  • Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor - this romantic place to stay is easy on the budget, and has spacious King suites, evening cocktails in the lounge and an outdoor patio & fire pit. What Other Guests Liked: Sparkling clean rooms, close to Briarwood Mall, about 10 minutes to downtown. 2023 ERV Rating* for Romantic Ann Arbor Hotels: 92% - Excellent. (1401 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor MI  734-327-6400)
  • Ann Arbor - "South Main" is the place to be here, with it's lively assortment of shops and cafes. After you've sampled a local craft beer at one of the pubs or experienced the awesome "Truffle Fries" at the Jolly Pumpkin (311 S. Main St), it's time to head out. Gallup Park Canoe Livery (boat and kayak rentals) or the Crazy Wisdom Tea Room are a couple of the spots romantics seek out in Ann Arbor.

Romantic Michigan Waterfront Hotels & Inns  

little traverse bay: inn at bay harbor

Romantic Inn at Bay Harbor on Lake Michigan WaterfrontInn at Bay Harbor
Sunset from the deck at the Inn at Bay HarborInn at Bay Harbor Lake Views
Romantic Suite at the Inn at Bay Harbor, MichiganInn at Bay Harbor Room
  • Inn at Bay Harbor - this romantic waterfront resort in Bay Harbor, Michigan has everything for a romantic weekend or vacation, including Whirlpool suites, spa, private beach, and gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. 2023 ERV Rating* for Romantic Michigan Lakefront Hotels: 84% - Very Good (3600 Village Harbor Dr, Bay Harbor MI  855-351-4295)

Traverse CitY: Cherry Tree Inn

Cherry Tree Inn Traverse City MICherry Tree Inn Traverse MI ©TripAdvisor
Romantic Traverse City Spa Tub SuiteCherry Tree Inn Whirlpool Suite ©TripAdvisor
  • Cherry Tree Inn & Suites - romantic Traverse City, MI beachfront lodge with indoor and outdoor pools, luxury rooms, spa tub suites, and a complimentary delicious hot breakfast. What Other Guests Liked: Views of the Bay, Private Balconies, Nice Beach & Fire Pits. 2023 ERV Rating* for Romantic Traverse, Michigan Inns: 90% - Excellent. (2345 US Hwy 31 N, Traverse City MI  800-439-3093)

Muskegon: Shoreline Inn

Shoreline Inn, Muskegon MichiganRomantic Shoreline Inn, Muskegon Michigan
  • Shoreline Inn & Conference Center - plan a getaway in this attractive boutique hotel overlooking the marina. There's an indoor hot tub, Sunday brunch, bike and boat rentals, and more. What Other Guests Liked: Fantastic Sunsets, 2 Pools and 2 Hot Tubs, Onsite Bistro & Lounge. 2023 ERV Rating* for Romantic Muskegon, MI Hotels: 80% - Very Good. (750 Terrace Point Rd, Muskegon MI  231-727-8483) 

Mackinac Island: 

Horse-Drawn Carriage In Front of Bicycle Street inn on Mackinac Island, MichiganBicycle Street Inn, Mackinac Island
Romantic Room at the Bicycle Street Inn on Mackinac Island, MichiganRomantic Suite in Downtown Mackinac Island
  • Bicycle Street Inn & Suites - Romantic inn tucked away between the shops in downtown Mackinac Island and just steps from the water's edge. Accommodation is offered in 2 buildings, both enjoying views of Lake Huron from upper floor rooms. On the main level is their restaurant, plus a whisky and bourbon room. What Other Guests Liked: Welcome Bottle of Wine, Walk to the Ferry Dock. 2023 ERV Rating*: 90% - Excellent. (7416 Main St, Mackinac Island MI 906-847-8005)

michigan hot tub getaways:

Romantic michigan Great Lakes Getaways

The shores of the Great Lakes are where scenic lighthouses and resort towns abound in Michigan. You can board the ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island and it’s lovely Victorian village. Harbor Springs is a great spot to enjoy a cappuccino or picnic lunch for 2 on a park bench looking out on a scenic view of Lake Michigan. And the route on hwy M-119 (know as Tunnel of Trees) is a great reason to get back in the car. South Haven and St. Joseph are active little places with attractive galleries, B&B’s and great places to eat. Holland MI has got it's picturesque canals, specialty shops and dining. For scenic drives, the Lake Michigan Shoreline between Pentwater and Montague is very attractive. 

south Haven: Historic Hotel Nichols

Romantic Room at the Hotel Nichols in South Haven, MichiganRomantic Hotel Nichols in Downtown South Haven, Michigan
  • Historic Hotel Nichols - Perfectly placed downtown just steps from the harbor and shops, with tastefully themed rooms and suites offering King and Queen beds plus A/C. What Other Guests Liked: Complimentary Beer, Wine & Snacks in the Evening. 2023 ERV Rating*: 84% - Very Good. (201 Center St, South Haven MI 269-872-3943)

Romantic Michigan B&B's & Cottages

saugatuck: old pike cottages

Romantic Cottages Near the Water in Saugatuck, Michigan
Luxury Waterfront Cabin Suite in Saugatuck, Michigan at Old Pike Cottages.
  • Old Pike Luxury Waterfront Cottages - 9 romantic private cottages situated on Lake Kalamazoo, with heated floors, King beds and furnished patios. They've got a guest dock perfect for fishing and paddle boarding, as well as a heated pool & hot tub. What Other Guests Liked: Immaculate Grounds, Screened Porches, Sunsets Over the River. 2023 ERV Rating*: 92% - Excellent. (645 Lake St, Saugatuck MI 269-857-9090)

southwest Michigan: goldberry woods

Southwest Michigan Romantic Inn
Romantic Vintage Campers in Southwest Michigan
  • Goldberry Woods B&B Cottages - Wonderful Southwest Michigan Inn (a great getaway from Chicago) with a choice of 3 types of accommodation: Rooms & Suites at the Inn, Cottages and romantic Vintage Campers. Features include gas fireplaces, 2-Person JACUZZI® Tubs, and farm-to-table breakfasts. Close to wineries, shops and restaurants. What Other Guests Liked: Beautiful Property with Hiking, Fire Pits, Pool and Hot Tub, and a Perfect Spot for Mindfulness and Living in the Moment. 2023 ERV Rating*: 96% - Excellent. (9902 Community Hall Rd, Union Pier MI 269-469-9800)

Waterfront & Romantic: Michigan Vacation Rentals

  • South Haven, Michigan Romantic Cottages - watch sunsets over the Lake from your private balcony, relax on sandy beaches just minutes from your doorstep. Beautiful & romantic cabins, A-frame waterfront cottages and more. 

A Luxurious Michigan Anniversary Package

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan was named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of twelve Distinctive Destinations. It has 385 rooms, no two of which are alike. There are several unique themed rooms, as well as suites and cottage rooms. Over the years, it has been the centerpiece of many Michigan romantic getaways and honeymoons.

With the anniversary package at the Grand Hotel, you get a three-night stay, full breakfast and five-course dinner each day, fresh flowers, champagne and fudge. You also receive afternoon tea for two on one of the days of your stay and a one-hour private horse and carriage tour. A 10% discount on any future anniversary package stays is also included. Call 1-800-33-GRAND.

michigan romantic getaways bt Boat & Train

Romantic Detroit Riverboat Cruise
Couple on a Romantic River Cruise in Detroit
  • Baysail - Appledore Tall Ships - sail along in the comfort of a two-masted schooner on Saginaw Bay and enjoy the sights along with a 3-course dinner.

*ERV Rating: our unique, non-scientific ratings for romantic accommodation include:

  • Amenities: including Whirlpool bath or JACUZZI® Tub, scenic view, fireplace, lounge, etc
  • Location: proximity of hotel to restaurants, pubs, downtown, etc
  • Clientele: demographic the hotel attracts (couples, families, business travelers, etc)
  • Popularity: based on social media & crowd-sourced reviews 
  • Value: product offered compared to room rate 
  • Please Note: percentage ratings are not absolute but for comparative use only  

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