What says ‘Valentine’s getaway’ to you?

Candles, wine, chocolate-dipped strawberries? 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, 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 a couple dozen 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.

Four strawberries dipped in dark chocolate on a plate
Lush strawberries dipped in dark chocolate are a Valentine’s getaway staple available at many Michigan B&Bs.

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

Ginkgo Tree Inn, Mount Pleasant, is offering a particularly generous all-inclusive offer:  Book any night in February, get a three-course dinner with chateaubriand, plus a half-dozen roses, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a bottle of wine. Price, including room, is $300.

The innkeepers at Munro House B&B and Spa, Jonesville, have also tried to think of everything a romance-minded couple might want — and this package is available whenever you book a two-night stay. Included are roses, chocolates, two dinners for two and two one-hour massages. Munro House offers another variation of the package that substitutes movie tickets for massages, lowering the cost of the package.

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 February as the “month of romance” and each weekend will include different extras in the regular price of even a one-night stay. A chocolate theme one weekend, special cocktails another, etc. Check it out. Leonard is a Metro Detroit suburb near Rochester and Oxford.
  • Any time of year, the Kalamazoo House “Renew, Relax, Reconnect” package ($110 plus in addition to your room) includes roses, truffles, wine basket with snacks, use of electronic candles, and, on request, scattered rose petals (synthetic to avoid stains).

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.