When you live in a major city like Detroit, Michigan, you can easily enjoy attractions like upscale shopping, cultural events, and an amazing food scene. However, going to work each day, tackling household chores, and keeping up with your kids may make it difficult to find a little time to work on your relationship with that special someone. That’s where weekend getaways come in. Whether you’re staying at an incredible Detroit vacation rental or already living in the iconic city, there are numerous romantic spots nearby perfect for a weekend trip. Most of these scenic cities and towns are situated within a five hours’ drive.
1. Copper Harbor
Copper Harbor was a town that built up as part of the copper mining industry on the shores of Lake Michigan. Today, this sleepy little town is an idyllic spot for a romantic weekend away for the two of you. On Saturday, snuggle close together on the ferry to the Isle Royale National Park. Spend the day hiking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and taking in the stunning views from this untouched natural area. On the ferry returning to Copper Harbor, take a minute to appreciate the beauty of the Copper Harbor Lighthouse. Another popular place for a tour is the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park that dates back to the 1800s.
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2. Mackinac Island
Slow down and enjoy island life with a weekend on Mackinac Island. From the stunning Grand Hotel to its lack of cars, the area seems destined to be on your favorite postcard. When it comes to exploring the island you have three options: walking, biking, and horseback riding. Mackinac Island Bike Shop rents bikes by the day or the weekend so you can explore the roads that criss-cross the island or see some spots not accessible by bike by renting horses from the Jack’s Livery Stables or the Grand Hotel Stable. In the evening, enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride before having a romantic dinner at Millie’s on Main.
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If you’re planning a romantic getaway in the fall, then look for a vacation rental in Frankenmuth for its Octoberfest celebration. With its rich German heritage, this town takes this time of year seriously with authentic German food and beer. Join the festivities that include dancing and live music concerts with a German flair. In the spring, you can visit during the World Expo of Beer and sample some global suds. While in town test your courage at the Frankenmuth Adventure Center with a zip line tour, or opt for a tour of the Lager Mill Brewery Museum.
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4. St. Ignace
Spend some quality alone time together out on the water with a weekend away in St. Ignace. In town, there are sever public launches to put your own boat out on the water, or opt for a charter. St. Ignace Marina is the hot spot for boaters, and they can set you up with bait, gas, snacks, and sunscreen before your day on the lake. Schedule a fishing trip with Dream Seeker Fishing Charters and Tours, and their guide takes you to the best fishing spots so the two of you can cook a fish dinner together back at your vacation rental. Save the hassle of cooking with dinner at the romantic Driftwood Restaurant and Sports Bar.
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Love the city but want to explore a new one? Then Lansing is the destination of your romantic weekend away. As the capital city, Lansing has a lot to offer and start your trip with a look at the Michigan Capitol Building. Take a tour of this stately building and see where lawmakers meet to make the laws. The Michigan History Center is a great place to learn more about your state and see all the cool exhibits and artifacts from past eras. At the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum, see every mode of transportation that you can imagine, including ones that date back to the 1800s. Dress to the nines for an upscale meal at the State Room Restaurant.
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Holland is a small town that honors the roots of the Dutch settlers that founded it. Learn more about this small town on the shores of Lake Michigan at the Holland Museum with its small exhibits and artifacts. Sign up for the Holland Museum on the Move tour at the museum, and then spend a couple of hours walking through town with a local guide who shows you all the coolest sites, including a working windmill. The small Kruizenza Art Museum displays works of art from local and regional artists. In the mornings, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Windmill Restaurant, a popular local diner.
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With its location on the Kalamazoo River, the town of Saugatuck has been a popular vacation destination since the 1800s. Take a romantic walk on the beach at Oval Beach or soak up the sun in the summer months. A ride on the Saugatuck Chain Ferry is your chance to snuggle up together as the ferry putters out on the water. Get your exercise and amazing views when you climb up the 282 steps to reach Mount Baldhead. As you wander through the downtown area, notice all the plaques on the historic buildings that denote what they once were.
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