What says ‘Valentine’s getaway’ to you? Candles, hot tub, wine, chocolate-covered strawberries? B&Bs really get it

Are you looking for a romantic Valentine’s getaway? It’s difficult to find a more ideal backdrop than a Michigan B&B — classy, intimate, cozy, private. And some of our #MichBnB innkeepers are going all out this year to help you make it a truly memorable occasion.

First, resolve to shake up that old, obligatory go-out-to-dinner routine. Spirit your beloved away for a night or two. Pack a bag and hide it in the trunk. Arrange for a sitter. Call his or her boss to conspire about time off.

Now, THAT is true love. THAT is the kind of romantic stealth maneuver that will be brag-worthy on social media.

Next, having decided to go big, decide where to go. You’ll find about three-dozen specials and packages offered by B&Bs all over Michigan’s Lower

Chocolate-covered strawberries
Lush strawberries dipped in dark chocolate are a Valentine’s getaway staple available at many Michigan B&Bs.

Peninsula on these two pages: Look here for Valentine’s getaway ideas. But look here, too, for romantic getaway ideas that extend beyond Valentine’s Day.

Some innkeepers have devised convenient packages of amenities you can add to any room reservation. Some are including, at no extra charge, desirable add-ons like chocolate-covered strawberries or flowers or late checkouts. Here are two examples of some particularly generous all-inclusive offers:

  • Ginkgo Tree Inn, Mt. Pleasant:  Book a night Feb. 10-19, get a five-course dinner with chateaubriand and lobster, plus a half-dozen roses, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine.
  • Seymour House, South Haven:  Choose a two-night stay on the weekend before or after Valentine’s Day, and you’ll get a flower arrangement, truffles, plus an invitation to join innkeepers Mike and Patty for a Saturday late afternoon reception.

A few inns offer Valentine’s getaway discounts

Here are a couple examples of inns offering plain ol’ discounts, and who doesn’t appreciate that:

  • House on the Hill B&B, Ellsworth, just finished renovating all its rooms and wants to get some good word-of-mouth about the changes, so they’ve marked down all rooms except one to $149 per night Feb. 10-20. After your three-course breakfast, go snowshoeing on their 53 acres.
  • Knob Hill B&B, Flint, is dangling a 20 percent discount on a Feb. 14 stay. And 35 percent off overall if you stay a second night.

Some people can’t get away on Valentine’s Day itself, especially when it falls in the middle of a work week. Others wish to avoid crowded

Valentine's Day flower arrangement
Most innkeepers will be happy to order a flower arrangement to delight your beloved for any occasion. Just ask.

restaurants on Feb. 14. Fortunately, some B&Bs take a longer view. Two examples:

  • At Maple Cove B&B in Leonard, the innkeepers have declared all of February as the “month of romance” and each weekend will include different extras  in the regular price of a two-night stay. For Feb. 10-11, what they promise is pure poetry: “Roses are red, violets are blue. You’ll have flowers and bubbly waiting for you.” Leonard is a Metro Detroit suburb near Rochester and Oxford.
  • At Munro House B&B and Spa in Jonesville, book their “One Night Stand” package between now and May 1 for $70 in addition to the cost of the room. You’ll get dinner for two at Olivia’s Chop House (recently cited as one of the state’s best) and two passes to a local movie theater. Now, that’s a date.

The point is that some of Michigan’s best innkeepers have assembled an enticing array of options for a Valentine’s getaway. What sounds good to you? Check here. And here. You really can’t go wrong.

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