Romantic Places in Michigan
-Great Lakes/Up North- White sand beaches, towering dunes and soft breezes; where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron. Hemingway spent his boyhood summers here. Grand Hotel Mackinac Island Lakes Michigan and Huron T: +1 906 847-3331. 385 rooms. US$ 528- , incl. all meals www.grandhotel.com Although not the intimate romantic place we usually recommend, sometime we just can’t resist sneaking in a classic – this is the Great Lakes’ classic resort. Arrive by ferry to this car-free island. -Southwestern Michigan- The region between Detroit and Chicago, it includes both Battle Creek and the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The eastern shore and its lakeside resort villages were popular getaways with Chicagoans at the turn of the century. Saugatuck Picturesque harbour village with 19th Century architecture located on the eastern banks of the Lake Michigan; known for its artist colony and arts festivals. Wickwood Country Inn 510 Butler St. Saugatuck, Michigan T: +1 269 857 1465. 11 room b&b. US$ 195-, low season www.wickwoodinn.com After best-selling cookbook author Julee Rosso sold her N.Y. Silver Palate gourmet shop, she moved to Saugatuck and created this antique filled inn. Marshall Boasting a nicely restored 19th century historic district, Marshall was recently named by the National Trust as one of the "Dozen Distinctive Destinations in America". According to the Trust president, Marshall is "a unique small town experience rich in historic sites and cultural activities.” Located 3 hours east of Chicago and two hours west of Detroit. Greencrest Manor 6174 Halbert Road Battle Creek, Michigan T: +1 269 962-8633. 8 room b&b (2 w/shared bath). US$ 165- www.greencrestmanor.com A French Normandy manor house originally built for a wealthy lumbar baron’s son, this Michigan romantic getaway sits in the secluded outskirts of Battle Creek and overlooks pretty St. Mary’s Lake. It has European-style interiors and lovely formal gardens. Located in south-western Michigan, a 2-3 hour drive between both Detroit and Chicago, the manor is 13 miles from Marshall.