Bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, the state of Michigan entices with expansive forests, sweeping beaches, towering dunes and abundant islands. More than 10,000 inland lakes offer opportunities for everything from sailing and water-skiing during warmer months to ice-skating in the winter. Whether you want an adventurous escape or a restful retreat, you can find a romantic resort for your honeymoon in Michigan.
Slip away from it all at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, a AAA four-diamond destination dating from the Gilded Age. The resort’s 385 individually decorated guest rooms and suites feature Victorian-inspired decor, minibars, four-poster beds and lake views. Choose the “Honeymoon-Anniversary Package” and revel in complimentary flowers and champagne, breakfast, dinner, afternoon tea and a one-hour carriage ride. Start your day with a horseback ride or a dip in the Esther Williams swimming pool, take to the grounds for a game of croquet or bocce ball, relax with a spa treatment or in a rocking chair on the main porch, or try for a birdie on the resort’s scenic golf course. Linger over five-course dining in the main dining room, and then savor demitasse and live orchestral music in the adjoining parlor.
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Have a honeymoon adventure at the 900-acre Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, situated among the lush forests and orchards of lower northwest Michigan. Choose a deluxe suite in the Tower and soak in sweeping views of East Grand Traverse Bay while luxuriating in amenities that include whirlpool tubs, wet bars and kitchenettes. Wake to a game for two amid the scenic fairways and challenging greens of one of the resort’s three award-winning golf courses. During the summer, take to the water by boat, ski or kayak, or in winter, slip away for a romantic sleigh ride or an afternoon of skiing. Wrap your day with an intimate dinner at the 16th floor Aerie Restaurant and Lounge and delight in sunset views of the bay while savoring locally sourced cuisine.
Recharge with an escape to the 4,500-acre, four-season Shanty Creek, a three-village resort tucked among the woodlands and lakes of northern Michigan. During the summer, choose a suite at Summit Village overlooking Lake Bellaire or at Cedar River Village among the rolling hills and hardwoods of the Cedar River Golf Course. In winter, enjoy the European charm of Schuss Village before heading out for a day of skiing or snowboarding. Choose from among guest rooms, studios, condominiums and chalets with whirlpools and fireplaces, as well as stunning views. Spend the day golfing, biking, boating and swimming during warmer months and snuggle up for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in winter. Then have an intimate dinner for two at the elegant Lakeview Dining Room or one of the resort’s several other restaurants.
Relax amid stunning natural beauty at the Homestead, a 500-acre waterfront resort tucked along the northwest shore of lower Lake Michigan among native pine trees, aspens and oaks. Guest rooms and suites at the resort’s one inn and two hotels tempt with cottage-style decor, fireplaces, whirlpools and expansive water views. Spend your day boating or sailing on Lake Michigan, canoeing or fishing in the Crystal River and relaxing along the resort’s mile-long beach. Pack a picnic lunch for exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, cozy up on a ferryboat ride or slip away to for a tour of local wineries. During winter months, strap on cross-country skis, snowshoes or ice skates for outdoor adventures. Refuel at the resort’s pedestrian Village, where you can enjoy hearty comfort food at CQ’s Cabin and cozy drinks at Nonna’s Tavern.
- “Michigan Off the Beaten Path, 10th: A Guide to Unique Places”; Jim DuFresne; 2009
- “100 Best Family Resorts in North America: 100 Quality Resorts With Leisure Activities for Children and Adults”; Janet Tice, Jane Wilford; 2008
- Grand Hotel
- Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
- Shanty Creek
- The Homestead: America’s Freshwater Resort
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