Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Warm up your Northern Michigan February with these great Traverse City events and attractions that run the gamut from sexy Michigan wine to romantic Northern Michigan hotels.
Northern Michigan’s Love ShackChateau Chantal’s Bed and Breakfast near Traverse City is moving to a whole new level with a Valentine’s package designed to let lovebirds stay snug in their nest. From in-room, side-by-side massage to breakfast in bed, the only time guests need to sneak out is for dinner at Old Mission Tavern, and even that’s negotiable. To create an a-la-carte experience for serious romance and a still-happy wallet, call 800-969-4009 or visit chateauchantal.com
Toast Togetherness with Michigan WineWith Black Star Farm’s Sirius Pear Dessert Wine. It’s decadence in a bottle, combining locally harvested fruit flavors with woodsy spice. Fortified with Black Star’s own barrel-aged pear brandy, this wine will age as well as true love…for five to 10 years anyway. $19.95 blackstarfarms.com
Romancing the Riesling in Traverse CitySpeaking of wine, why not stretch Valentine’s Day through February 18, when Stella Trattoria in Grand Traverse Commons hosts a six-course dinner paired with Old Mission Peninsula Rieslings. The culinary coupling starts at 6 p.m., and is $80 a person, including tax and tip. Reservations are required. *Great option for rewarming your romance if you—ahem—space the actual Hallmark Holiday. stellatc.com
Baby, It’s Cold Outside (in Northern Michigan!)Forget the awkward can-we-snuggle-because-it’s-a-love-holiday Valentine’s date quandary by booking two seats at the Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner at Boyne Highlands ski resort. While you won’t be able to hit the actual 14th—dinners happen February 12 or February 19—the cozy factor is worth the wait. Cuddle slope-side in a sleigh ride to the mountain top dining experience, complete with white linens, candlelight, and acoustic guitar music. $69 per person plus tax and a 20-percent gratuity. Reservations required (231) 526-3021. boyne.com
Sweet Retreat at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Folks who love Northern Michigan may love to be outdoors, but a little pampering can go a long way on Valentine’s Day. Splurge on a posh package at Crystal Mountain’s Spa for two hours of together time bliss. For $380, couples can enjoy a private restorative soak, 80-minute tranquil massage, eco-fin hand and foot moisturizing treatments, sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries. Call 800-968-7686 extension 7200 to make an appointment. crystalmountain.com
Be Mine with Northern Michigan ChocolateSince 1861, it’s been the classic symbol of Valentine adoration: a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Make it even sweeter by opting for the northern Michigan produced Kilwin’s version, which is available in 8 or 16 oz. options. Of course…More is always better when it comes to chocolate. Just sayin’. Kilwins.com
Get Your Heart Pumping Northern Michigan StyleForget fancy and go back to basics, by celebrating coupledom Northern Michigan style. Head out for a free day date at GoodHart Farms Nature Preserve north of Harbor Springs. Grab a thermos of cocoa and red velvet cupcakes from the Woolly Bugger in downtown Harbor Springs before hitting the groomed Nordic ski trails. A picture perfect winter picnic … and a way to weed out high maintenance honey’s. Visit landtrust.org for a property map.
Traverse City Attractions
Avoid getting dumped this year with a gift that keeps on giving (date opportunities, that is) like a membership to the Traverse City National Writer’s Series. Not only will you seem sophisticated and hip, calendars can be synchronized on the spot: Roy Blount Jr. May 12; Tom Perrotta on September 8; and David Sedaris on October 24, and more. nationalwritersseries.org