Candles, wine, strawberries in a martini glass? B&Bs get it
Looking for a romantic Valentine’s getaway? It’s difficult to find a more ideal setting 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, 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 — making all the arrangements. 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 many Michigan B&Bs like Maple Cove B&B where the innkeepers make special efforts — see photo above — to remind you that you’re enjoying a Valentine’s getaway.I
You’ll also find specials and packages offered by Michigan B&Bs 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 include, at no extra charge, desirable add-ons like chocolate-covered strawberries or flowers or late checkouts. Two examples:
The innkeepers at Hart House B&B, Hart, are such romantics themselves that when you book a two-night stay for the weekend of Feb. 15-17, you’ll get for free a package of romantic extras that includes strawberries in a martini glass, chocolates and a bottle of something appropriate to the occasion. That package usually costs $99.
At Maple Cove B&B in Leonard, the innkeepers have designated the weekends before and after Valentine’s Day as ideal weekends for romance. With your two-night stay, the Feb. 8-10 weekend will include flowers, bubbly and other goodies. On the following weekend, Feb. 15-17, the innkeepers will serve you appetizers at a time of your choosing. No extra charge. Check it out. Leonard is a Metro Detroit suburb near Rochester and Oxford.
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.
If you can’t get away on Feb. 14, some ideas
Any time of year, the Couples Massage at Kalamazoo House B&B comes highly recommended. Not long ago the innkeepers added a private, dedicated space for on-site massage services. Want to try a hot-stone massage? It’s a free add-on if you arrange it in advance.
Another great choice at this chic downtown Kalamazoo bed and breakfast is to add on the Romance Package, which includes roses, locally made chocolate truffles, wine basket with snacks, use of electronic candles, and, on request, scattered rose petals. (Tip for lovers: Just say no to real rose petals; they stain. Do as the Kalamazoo House does and use silk-like synthetic ones.)
The Morris Estate in Niles — so deep in SW Michigan that it’s almost in Indiana — extends its Valentine’s offer through the end of March. If you reserve one of its six accommodations and one massage therapy session, you’ll get a second massage session free for your Valentine plus a 10 percent discount on your two-night stay.
At LogHaven B&B, celebrate your love any weekend this February with a $75 package that with your two-night stay includes roses, locally made chocolates, a bottle of bubbly and a discount coupon to a popular West Branch bistro. LogHaven B&B, adjacent to Huron National Forest, is also ideal for dark sky stargazing. In February, you’ll need to bundle up to cuddle up under the stars, but isn’t that somewhat the point of a Valentine’s getaway?
In Grand Rapids, Leonard at Logan House will offer guests complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling juice with stays from Feb. 8 through Feb. 15.
A few B&Bs that make it easy to go nowhere
Only want to stay in and snuggle? These B&Bs offer just the thing:
- Through the end of February, White Swan Inn in Whitehall offers — for free, if you ask when booking a two-night stay — a snack-and-sip package that includes assorted cheeses, fruit, chocolate and wine (red, white, sparkling or non-alcoholic).
- The House on the Hill B&B in Ellsworth, near Charlevoix, offers a Charcuterie Package year round, with lots of delectables on the board.
- Adventure Inn B&B near Lexington and Port Huron invites you to Dine In on Chili and Ice Cream with a two-night stay, through March.
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