Michigan might not immediately come to mind when you think ‘romance’, but with its thousands of lakes and secluded viewpoints, charming historic cities, and a new wave of luxurious hotels and restaurants in Detroit, it more than delivers. I met my partner in Grand Rapids while living in Chicago, and was quickly converted to the slower-paced, natural beauty-filled lifestyle Michiganders enjoy.
I’ve spent the last few years marveling at Painted Rocks National Seashore, telling everyone I know that Detroit is the most underrated city in America, and wondering why more people around the country don’t make Mackinac Island a destination. Whether on a staycation or weekend getaway, there’s no shortage of romantic offerings (and often at much more affordable prices than other more typical romantic destinations).
Who knows, after a spa treatment and a few glasses of local wine you might even fall in love with the state and stay.