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Romantic Getaways in the Escanaba Area

flowers on bedIt is time for a romantic getaway, whether it is for Valentine’s Day, a special celebration, your anniversary or a weekend away without the kids. One of best places you will find to relax and deepen your love for each other is in the Escanaba area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

There are so many ways to make your romantic weekend special here. Cozy up in front of a fireplace with a bottle of wine or get outside to laugh and play on our hills, trails and frozen Bays de Noc. Spend time together shopping for gifts for each other, treat yourselves to a mouthwatering meal or have fun at the casino, too. Here are some tips for planning your getaway where it's wonderful to be in love.

Book Your Romantic Stay

The first step in planning your trip is choosing the perfect lodging. In the Escanaba area you will find a wide range of waterfront hotels, motels, lodges or resorts ideal for resting after an invigorating day outdoors. 

Romantic Activities in the Escanaba Area

Below are just a few suggestions to help you create the perfect itinerary for your romantic getaway in Escanaba. 

Arts, Relaxation & Entertainment in the Escanaba Area

  • William Bonifas Fine Arts Center: Because art inspires emotion and thoughtful conversions, a museum is the perfect place to visit on a romantic getaway. The William Bonifas Fine Arts Center is also a great way to learn more about the region through the works of local and regional artists. Their gallery store is a place to find a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, a painting, clothing and more to express your love.  

  • Drift Spa: The perfect way to start a romantic getaway is with a relaxing couples' massage at the Drift Spa at the Island Resort and Casino. Unwind and release the tension in your back, neck and shoulders.

  • Island Resort & Casino: After a relaxing time at the spa, enjoy some time at the casino or at one of the resort's many shows and events. 

  • VanElsacker Farms Carriage & Sleigh Rides: What could be more romantic than snuggling up close for a sleigh ride through the beautiful snowy landscape. You can also enjoy a bonfire while sipping on a cup of hot cocoa or warm apple cider. 

Skiing, Snowshoeing, Fat Tire Biking & More

Fat Tire Biking

If you and your loved one enjoy outdoor sports, the Escanaba area is the perfect destination for you. There are numerous trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking. The region also offers opportunities for downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing. You can also spend the day experiencing the Upper Peninsula’s extensive network of snowmobile trails. 

Ice Fishing on Little & Big Bays de Noc

We have the longest freshwater shoreline of any county in the United States, which makes for some pretty amazing fishing opportunities. In the winter, you will find villages of fishing shanties on Little and Big Bays de Noc. Anglers regularly catch trophy walleye, massive northern pike, and messes of yellow perch, there is even a chance of hooking a sturgeon. Cozy up in a shanty together, and catch your dinner. The ice is the perfect place to wrap up under some blankets, sip a steamy beverage and talk about what's on your heart while waiting for that thrilling tug on your line. 

Wine, Chocolate & Romantic Dining 

  • Leigh's Garden Winery: This locally owned winery features wines made from cold climate grapes and focuses on Marquette, Frontenac, Brianna, Edelweiss and many other regional grapes. The winery makes about 25 different wines every year and has something for everyone, from fruit based sweet wines to more traditional dry reds. For a limited time the winery is offering bonbons  made with their wines. On Friday evenings, enjoy live piano music — the perfect background for sipping wine.

  • Northern Sun Winery: This boutique-style winery features 100% Estate grown grapes that are processed and bottled onsite. The winery features a unique outdoor tasting room; due to the popularity of this experience, be sure to make a reservation in advance. In the summer, Northern Sun Winery is the perfect location for a romantic picnic while listening to an outdoor concert in the vineyard. 

  • chocolatesSayklly’s Candies: The best chocolates and candies in the U.P. come from Sayklly’s. With over 250 varieties to choose from, you will delight in selecting the perfect sweet treats to enjoy. Try their Yooper bars for a tasty souvenir! 

  • Dobber’s Pasties: Pasties are an iconic U.P. meal and the original fast-food of miners and lumberjacks. Pasties are traditionally filled with beef, potatoes, onion, rutabaga and turnip and then baked inside a golden crust. Around Valentine's Day, nothing says romance like a heart-shaped pasty.

  • Freshwater Tavern:  Located at the Terrace Bay Inn, come here for a panoramic view of Lake Michigan, creative scratch cocktails or their wine and craft beer flights. Freshwater's chef presents a delicious selection of shareables and familiar American-style comfort foods  prepared with a tasty twist. Linger awhile longer and ask for two spoons to double-dip into the fireball bananas foster. 

  • Stonehouse Restaurant & Lounge: This popular restaurant features steak, seafood, prime rib, chops and more; many dishes are cooked on a wood-fire grill.

  • Swedish Pantry: Well known for its delicious homestyle meals made with fresh ingredients, the Swedish Pantry is a must-visit. If you do not have time to dine in, be sure to pick up some of their fresh-baked bread, cookies and muffins for the road!

For more dining options, visit our Beer & Wine, Coffee & Bakeries and Restaurants pages. 

Plan Your Romantic Visit to Escanaba

These are only a sampling of the many opportunities there are to relax and reconnect in the Escanaba area. If you are looking for a special way to say, "I love you," please contact us and we will be delighted to help you plan the perfect romantic vacation. 

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