Let’s face it: when most of us think of a romantic getaway for a regular or extended weekend, the Midwestern states of the United States are not the first destinations that come to mind. But we may be doing ourselves a huge disservice by letting our stereotype image of a dull Midwestern vacation cause us to overlook some great travel deals and incredibly romantic accommodations. The Midwest as a romantic destination should be one of the first places you look!
With online booking services offering a huge selection of general discount coupons for airfare, car rentals and hotel accommodations, a weekend along a lakeshore in Ohio or an extended holiday soaking in the serenity of the pine forests of Wisconsin may be just the romantic setting you’re looking for. Still think the Midwest sounds too dull for a special weekend with your perfect someone? Here are a few suggestions that may change your mind:
Door County, Wisconsin
Billing itself as the Cape Cod of the Midwest, Door County, Wisconsin, sports no less than 10 lighthouses, about 30 different beaches, and offers five forested state parks. Quaint little towns stretch across the more than 300 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan. Offer your partner everything from art galleries to fresh baked cherry pie against the backdrop of America’s historic heartland.
South Haven, Michigan
With so many discounts available on domestic flights, a weekend spent strolling along sandy beaches and dining in fine restaurants is too tempting to pass up. South Haven, located along the shores of Lake Michigan, has just the thing for any romantic getaway: bed and breakfasts. This cozy town is small enough that you can walk to any attraction, from a majestic lighthouse to galleries and shopping.
Grand Marais, Minnesota
You normally would not think a small town of 1400 local residents would include an amazing collection of art galleries and fine dining establishments. This small hamlet, situated in a natural harbor of Lake Superior, offers everything from galleries for local artisans to the North House Folk School for classes, film and concerts. Master Chefs work their magic with fresh-caught lake fish, and the town doubles as an entryway to the wilderness of the Gunflint Trail.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
What could possibly say romance more than horse-drawn carriage rides and hikes along a tranquil lake? Mackinac Island, Michigan, doesn’t allow cars on the island, located between the Upper and Lower peninsulas. And don’t forget to try the island’s famous fudge. Chocolate and romance a winning combination every time.
French Lick, Indiana
Don’t let the unusual name put you off. A weekend vacation here offers up everything from spas with massages for couples to fine restaurants, golf and hiking. Whether you’re looking to spend your time together sipping afternoon tea under a massive glass dome or stay tucked away in the privacy of a luxurious room, a getaway to Indiana may be a good thing, for romance and for your wallet.
America’s heartland has much to offer everyone. Whether you’re looking for a quiet, romantic few days or an extended getaway filled with shopping, golf, hiking and adventure, don’t overlook the Midwest as a possible destination. Book your plans online, and use the savings to treat your special someone to fine dining.
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