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
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
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.