Here in Michigan, there are so many opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life—from quaint inns to luxury hotels. Whether you just need a change of scenery for the day or you want to get out of town for a weekend retreat, there’s something that fits every budget and schedule. That’s just one of the reasons we love our amazing state!
On top of that, we don’t think romantic weekends need to be reserved for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries or birthdays. Check your schedule, book your stay and take advantage of the diverse options near Ann Arbor!
Stone Chalet Bed & Breakfast Inn | Ann Arbor
Approximate Driving Time: 6 Minutes
Photo courtesy of Stone Chalet Bed & Breakfast Inn
Stone Chalet is tucked away in a quiet Ann Arbor neighborhood just southeast of the University of Michigan campus and directly south of Nichols Arboretum. So if you’re in town to visit your college student, they won’t be too far away! Every morning, outside of busy weekends, breakfast is cooked to order and served in the formal dining room. Throughout the home, you’ll find ten charming guest suites, all with their own private bathrooms, four with balconies overlooking the gardens, and six with their own gas fireplaces.
The Kensington Hotel | Ann Arbor
Approximate Driving Time: 15 Minutes
Make it a staycation at one of Ann Arbor’s most luxurious destinations! The Kensington Hotel boasts 200 newly revitalized guest rooms and suites surrounded by bonuses like the Union Bar open 24/7 in the lobby, in-room dining from the on-site restaurant, a marble bath in every room, pet-friendly options, and a complimentary Viennese coffee bar. Take the opportunity to get out of the house without leaving the city and you might even be inspired to explore some of Ann Arbor’s best sights and romantic attractions!
Bavarian Inn Lodge | Frankenmuth
Approximate Driving Time: 1 Hour and 20 Minutes
Wake up in Bavaria without ever leaving the country at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth! Just over an hour outside of Ann Arbor, this stunning lodge is a world-class getaway offering luxurious amenities and breathtaking views of the Cass River. Have a romantic dinner at Oma’s Restaurant, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the river, enjoy Champagne on your balcony, or take advantage of the many spa services they offer—we promise you won’t be disappointed!
The Historic Webster House | Bay City
Approximate Driving Time: 1 Hour and 40 Minutes
Photo courtesy of The Historic Webster House
Constructed in 1886 by Judge Thomas Webster, the iconic Webster House is full of stories to tell. Today, the hotel has been restored back to its former grandeur with Victorian-style rooms, vintage decor and modern amenities. Most of the suites offer private baths, flat-screen TVs and fireplaces, while some offer jacuzzi tubs and skylights. After a relaxing night’s sleep, enjoy a hot, gourmet breakfast in the morning. And while you’re there, don’t miss their nightly wine and cheese reception!
Henderson Castle Inn | Kalamazoo
Approximate Driving Time: 1 Hour and 50 Minutes
What’s more romantic than staying in an actual castle? The Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo was built in 1895 by one of the area’s most successful businessmen at the time: Frank Henderson. Today, it is known as “The Jewel of Kalamazoo” and has been ranked in a list of the top historic inns in Michigan by AAA. It offers 10 guest rooms along with a Chophouse restaurant, an organic garden, a vineyard and a day spa.
Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast | Allegan
Approximate Driving Time: 2 Hours and 10 Minutes
Photo courtesy of Christian Gianneli Photography via Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast
Romantic getaways are Castle in the Country’s specialty, so we had to include them on this list! Offering two magnificent buildings on 65 secluded acres, this cozy inn features 10 suites free WiFi, jetted tubs, fireplaces, king or queen-sized beds and private baths. In addition to serving an incredible gourmet breakfast in the morning, Castle in the Country is a great outdoor destination to explore. Their 65 acres features a private lake great for kayaking and paddle boating, several trails for walking and hiking, and a screened-in gazebo perfect for relaxing.
Victoria Resort and Bed & Breakfast | South Haven
Approximate Driving Time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes
For more than 90 years, this South Haven bed and breakfast has been welcoming visitors to the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan. Built in the heyday of the early 1900s, this inn provides the same warm hospitality and ambiance of yesteryear combined with modern comforts. In addition to their several cozy guest rooms and delicious breakfast, the resort offers plenty of outdoor exploration opportunities and is centrally located to the best South Haven has to offer.
The Grand Hotel | Mackinac Island
Approximate Driving Time: 4 Hours
Photo courtesy of The Grand Hotel
For a longer drive and the most luxurious experience on our list, stay at The Grand Hotel along the Straits of Mackinac. This historic hotel, built in 1887, is the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend—especially if you’re looking to get a little fancy! Enjoy afternoon tea in the Parlor, dress up for dinner, dance at night to the sounds of The Grand Hotel Orchestra, or sit in a rocking chair along the world’s largest porch with stunning water views. Each of the hotel’s 397 rooms is completely unique, designed by esteemed interior designer Carleton Varney to be completely one-of-a-kind. Click here to learn more about this iconic Michigan hotel’s many amenities—including the breathtaking gardens, golf course, stables and swimming pools.