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The busy whirlwind of your wedding is over. For months you have been surrounded by people: showers, planning sessions, parties, the rehearsal, bridal party members, family and friends. At last, it’s just the two of you. Your honeymoon marks the beginning of your life together as a married couple, and whether you prefer to be alone together in the wilderness or want to pursue your favorite pastimes, Michigan offers a plethora of perfect places in which to begin. From the tranquility of the Upper Peninsula and the peaceful pace of Mackinac Island to being pampered at a resort “Up North” or discovering the ideal Bed & Breakfast along Michigan’s West Coast and beyond, there is a place for you. Best of all, their proximity makes it easy to relive those wonderful honeymoon memories with each return visit.

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Mackinac Island


ong before the movie “Somewhere in Time” was released in 1980, Mackinac Island was known as a romantic honeymoon destination. It’s a great choice if your wedding takes place from May through October. Horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling through little shops together, bicycling or hiking around the island, exploring its natural wonders, lazing in the park at the foot of the fort, sharing sunrises and sunsets — it all provides the ideal environment to concentrate on each other. The Island offers a wide variety of places to stay, from modern, full-service resorts to the old-world charm of boutique hotels and charming B&B accommodations. You can relive the gracious elegance of days gone by at the majestic Grand Hotel. Even as you approach the car-less island aboard the ferryboat, it seems to dominate from its hilltop location. Imagine watching sunsets together from the west end of the famous 660-foot porch that overlooks the Straits

of Mackinac and the iconic bridge beyond. Or enjoy the views across the sweeping lawn down to the pool made famous by 1940s-era movie star, Esther Williams. In operation since 1887, it’s listed as one of America’s Historic Hotels and is renowned for its four-star service. Breakfast and multi-course dress-up dinners are included in the cost of their no-two-alike famous designer-created guestrooms and elegantly appointed suites that are named after America’s first ladies. Wander the grounds and pose for pictures in the Tea Garden with its beautiful water fountain and lavish gardens; share a sundae at Sadie’s Ice Cream Shop that features Michigan-made Hudsonville ice cream. Enjoy a round of golf at the adjacent course with a casual lunch at The Jockey Club restaurant, or pamper yourselves at the onsite full-service Aveda salon. Their concierge will help coordinate everything you need to create an unforgettable honeymoon.

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The Inn at Bay Harbor

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n the Petoskey area, honeymooners have a choice of three Boyne resorts, all within a 27-mile radius. Ski buffs planning a winter honeymoon will find everything they seek at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs (which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary), or Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls — where they recently opened a first-of-its-kind-inthe-state half-million-dollar waterslide at their Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark. However, since it opened in 1998, The Inn at Bay Harbor — A Renaissance Golf Resort — has proven to be the most popular year-round honeymoon resort. Owned and managed by Boyne Resorts, The Inn at Bay Harbor became a member

of the Renaissance Hotels & Resorts family in 2003. Its many accolades include TripAdvisor’s Certificates of Excellence; Golf Digest’s “Best In State” recognition, GOLF Magazine’s Silver Medal Award for Overall Excellence and is named a “Top Resort” and “Top Spa” by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Overlooking the striking crystal-blue waters of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, its lakeside location evokes the romance and ambiance of the state’s great turn-of-the-century Northern Michigan inns. It offers the lifestyle of yesterday, yet the luxury of today. Honeymooners can enjoy a stroll along the shoreline in search of the area’s famous Petoskey stones, and

return to a lakeside bonfire complete with s’mores. Of course, there are always drinks poolside at the Cabana Bar, lounging around in hammocks or their iconic Adirondack chairs, being pampered in The Spa, dining waterside, golfing at the world renowned, award-winning Bay Harbor Golf Club, riding bicycles through the Village or shopping in nearby boutiques. Guests can choose from 134 rooms, including 84 one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites with a variety of spacious floor plans. Since many of them include private balconies, fireplaces, and kitchens, be sure to let them know it’s your honeymoon when making your reservations and they will help you find your ideal accommodations. Better yet,

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you can maximize your privacy and space by requesting one of the resort’s lakeside cottages. Discover a place where “yesterday and today come together” at the three inviting properties of Stafford’s Hospitality Inc. Located in the community of Bay View on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, you’ll find pure romance and the grace of a bygone era at Stafford’s

Bay View Inn. Established in 1886, this charming country inn with its exquisite views of the bay has enchanted visitors for over 125 years. For more than half a century, Stafford Smith and his family have owned, operated and lovingly restored this grand Victorian country inn with its standard of unparalleled service. Their Roselawn Dining Room offers one of northern Michigan’s finest dining experiences, while

cool, relaxing evenings on the Reed Avenue Porch make for unforgettable memories that the two of you will share forever. The Inn stands as a warm and welcoming retreat from the rest of the world, making it the perfect place to get to know each other as husband and wife. Experience the grandeur and elegance of a by-gone era without leaving modern day conveniences behind at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, it stands as a proud symbol of the early 1900s when northern Michigan tourism was in its infancy. Built in 1899 as one of some twenty original luxury resort hotels, Stafford’s Perry Hotel is the only one still in operation. Open year round, this full service hotel boasts seventynine individually appointed guest rooms, many with private balconies overlooking the crystal clear waters of Little Traverse Bay. Seasonal al fresco dining is offered on the Rose Garden Veranda and Lewis Street Porch, while breakfast and lunch are served year round in the elegant H.O. Rose Dining Room with its unmatched view of Little Traverse Bay. Be sure to ask about honeymoon specials.

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A little farther south ... Traverse City


he entire Traverse City area offers something for every honeymooning couple, no matter what the season. The city itself offers just the right blend of excitement and tranquility to suit the particular tastes of every couple, from intimate restaurants with fine food and splendid wines produced at local wineries, to isolated beaches and curvy country roads that turn an ordinary afternoon drive into a romantic adventure. According to Michael Norton with Traverse City Tourism, that is part of what defines Traverse City. And that’s why so many couples choose this beautiful and evocative town on Grand Traverse Bay for their honeymoons. For active couples, the perfect honeymoon involves a shared adventure

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that takes advantage of all that beautiful scenery. It might be a canoe excursion down the Platte, Boardman or Crystal rivers, a sunset cruise aboard a sailing ship like the Manitou or the Nauti-cat, or a morning stroll along the picturesque Traverse Area Recreational Trail. It could be a romantic picnic on a secluded beach, a walk through a picturesque port village or even a day of snack-sampling and winetasting. You can spend a morning on the golf course, an afternoon at the beach and enjoy an evening of jazz in a downtown club. On Grand Traverse Bay, the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is a very popular honeymoon destination. “We want our honeymooners to have a good time and

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will do anything to set up something special for them,” said Joann gooding, Assistant reservations Manager. Their concierge can assemble an amenities basket with special requests — champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, wine and cheeses — they will even send roses to the room or strew rose petals across the bed. “Just let us know what you want and we can do it. i love helping people out and hearing them get excited about all the possibilities of this romantic place,” gooding continued. “we have the water, boat rentals, little bars and cafes, boutique shops — there is so much to do in the area.” Perfect for honeymooners, the resort boasts a corner room facing the sunset side of the water that declared “The red hot room” on their list of the best of northern Michigan. it includes a Jacuzzi tub with outdoor views and a king-size bed. dine atop the resort’s tower at the romantic Aerie restaurant. its 16th floor location provides beautiful sunset views of grand Traverse bay. “The tables are all in little nooks, so you feel like you’re the only couple there,” gooding said, adding that proposals are a common occurrence because of its romantic setting. The resort’s award-winning spa offers couples massages that can be customized to your request from a menu of services. in addition to indoor hot tubs and a sauna, there is an adults-only hot tub outdoors that seems almost magical when snow is falling. if you want a little more excitement, 24-hour shuttle service will take you to the nearby Turtle Creek Casino with its restaurant, buffets and nightclubs. in wintertime the resort offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating and dog-sled rides. downhill skiers can take advantage of nearby ski destinations like shanty Creek and schuss Mountain. in fall, the resort staff will help you plan the most scenic route for a color tour. sleeping bear dunes — spotlighted on good Morning America as the most beautiful place in the country — is a mere 27 miles away. The resort also offers specialty couples retreat packages and wine tours of nearby wineries in the leelanau Peninsula, from Chateau Chantal, black star Farms, bowers harbor and others, so be sure to inquire about special offerings.

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Suttons Bay


oCATed 20 Miles norTh of Traverse City off of scenic highway M-22 and just south of the village of suttons bay, oenophiles will fall in love with the distinctive and luxurious inn at Black Star Farms, which is also noted for their award-winning winery. nestled below a hillside of vineyards in the heart of leelanau Peninsula wine Country, the inn sits on a 160-acre farm property overlooking pictorial barns and pastures where magnificent horses gambol gracefully about. The inn is a member of select registry — a collection of north America’s most distinctive inns that require member properties to pass rigorous, ongoing quality inspections to gain admission to this unique portfolio. The inn’s whole package is designed to continually provide consistently exceptional experiences. This includes upscale accommodations, gourmet breakfasts, superb customer service, luxury linens, spa tubs, hospitality hour, fine dining and more. enjoy wine tasting at

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the adjacent black star Farms winery with its beautiful tasting room and gift shop, or simply bask in each other’s company at the inn, which was originally built as a private residence to resemble a colonial kentucky-

style mansion. its distinguishing style long made the “big red house” an object of curiosity for travelers along M-22, but easily facilitated its conversion to the luxury inn it is today.

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Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery

Three miles north of downtown suttons bay, the Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery offers an entirely intimate experience for honeymooners who want to be alone. Their solitary private cottage is a 1952 bel Aire log cabin home designed for just the two of you. it is situated on 30 acres and overlooks the vineyard that produces award-winning chardonnay and pinot noir. owners Mark and Patti Carlson offer daily wine tastings in the adjacent tasting room and winery, which is complimentary for couples staying in the cabin. “The cottage is very private and quiet, so it’s a very intimate place for a honeymooning couple,” said Mark, who is also this private winery’s winemaker.

“A lot of newlyweds stay here, and they love that it’s so quiet and peaceful and private. The couples who come here really reconnect.” Accommodations include a king-size bed and separate bathroom, along with a screened-in front porch. it is equipped with a microwave oven and mini refrigerator for convenient snacking. Couples can stroll the grounds and explore the two trails together during their season, which runs from May through october. dining options include a dozen restaurants in suttons bay, and it’s only a seven-mile drive to nearby leland. The leelanau sands Casino and the beautiful bay are each only a mile away.

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nother delightful honeymoon destination can be found in the Lake Michigan resort town of Ludington, with its expansive state park, multiple beaches, beautiful marinas, boutique gift shops, photographers’ gallery, Center for the Arts events, waterfront restaurants, gastropubs, breweries and bars that will appeal to everyone. A special honeymoon experience awaits at The Cartier Mansion. Just a block from downtown Ludington, it offers all the positive characteristics of a B&B, but with the private sensibilities of a hotel.

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The mansion, built in 1905 by lumber baron Warren Cartier, was one of the most progressive of its kind in the day and still impresses guests with its classic opulence and original architectural details. Each room features a different type of wood in its original state, and the two owners since Cartier have been able to locate and reinstall much of the mansion’s original décor, from chandeliers and rugs to many furniture pieces. “But this is not your grandmother’s house,” noted Sue Ann Schnitker who has owned and operated the property with her husband Gary for the last eight years. “The mansion is all the things that B&Bs typically are not,” Schnitker pointed out. Each of the five guest rooms has its own bathroom, terrycloth robes, TV and DVD player (along with a shared library of over 300 DVDs). It’s a great opportunity for honeymooners to bring along a DVD of their wedding ceremony to relive that special moment together. Guest services are offered in a “mini kitchen” area that includes a microwave, refrigerator, icemaker, French-press coffee, and tea, available 24-7. “A lot of our honeymooners stay in the King’s Suite, and if they want, I take breakfast up to them,” Schnitker said. “We love helping honeymooners make their dreams come true.” The King’s Suite includes a spacious bedroom with a kingsize, four-poster bed and a separate sitting room with a fireplace. There are flatscreen TVs in both rooms. Off the sitting room, a large balcony overlooks Ludington Avenue and you can enjoy sunsets year round from there. The suite’s bathroom features its original sink, soaking tub, foot tub and an eye-popping 108-year-old ribcage shower, all in perfect operational order. “It’s an amazing shower with a rain showerhead and energizing water that spouts out all over, up and down the ribs. It’s pretty special,” Schnitker explained. They have also added a modern Jacuzzi tub to the room. Guests have the run of the house, which includes dining, living and music rooms, a library and den, along with beautifully appointed gardens.

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Castle in the Country

Southwestern Michigan


outhwest Michigan offers a place where newlyweds can focus on each other against a backdrop staged by Mother Nature. Hugging the shore of Lake Michigan, the region is peppered with sugar-sand beaches with watercolor sunsets, stalwart lighthouses and soft dunes. In the heart of the Midwest’s fruit belt, there are farm markets, boutique wineries, resorts and country towns to explore. Honeymooners will fall in love all over again at the exceedingly romantic Castle in the Country. This Allegan Bed & Breakfast inn is like no other. The magnificent country estate, hidden away on a private lake, offers 65 secluded acres with miles of walking trails through their “enchanted

forest” and along their natural pond that is complete with a charming screened gazebo. Onsite activities run the gamut from lakeside picnics — they’ll pack a basket for you — to complimentary use of kayaks, a paddleboat and snowshoes. The wide variety of first-class spa services available includes side-by-side couple’s massage. Owners and Innkeepers Ruth and Herb Boven have thought of everything to create a magical experience at this luxurious inn that encompasses two buildings. Built in 1906, their entirely restored century-old Queen Anne Victorian home welcomes guests with spacious common areas, original quarter sawn oak woodwork and intricately patterned hardwood floors. The inn features 10 beautifully decorated rooms

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or suites with two-person Whirlpool tubs and fireplaces, king- or queen-size beds, cable TV/DVD, free WiFi and private baths with all the amenities. Couples can choose their preferred serving time from three options, and your own individual table-for-two will be ready for you in their dining room overlooking the lily pond. There are special upgrades available to have breakfast, and even a specially prepared dinner, brought to your room, so be sure to inquire about specials and bundled packages when making your reservations. Every detail of this estate invites couples to relax and forget the rest of the world. Linger lakeside on the inviting screened porch or near the outdoor fireplace, or explore the nearby Lake Michigan lakeshore towns of Saugatuck, Holland and South Haven. The Bovens and their staff will help guests plan every detail of their stay and guide you to the best nearby restaurants, wineries, antiques, galleries and shopping areas to ensure you get the most of your day trips. “We’ve pulled together just the right touches to make your honeymoon at Castle

in the Country the most romantic, relaxing and rejuvenating experience possible,” Ruth explained. “From the moment you arrive at our Inn we’re going to do our best to provide everything you need for an extraordinary experience.”

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long beloVed resort town, saugatuck is an artists’ hub filled with galleries, superb dining destinations, unique boutiques, food specialty and kitchenware shops, artisan brewers, public parks, area golf courses, beautiful beaches, and all the pleasures of lake Michigan. Voted a number one destination on TripAdvisor, which is based on guest reviews, Hidden Garden Cottages B&B is specifically designed to provide the perfect romantic getaway for two. Tucked away in its own private space right in the heart of downtown saugatuck, it is an intimate honeymoon destination within walking distance to everything this charming resort town has to offer. owners and innkeepers gary kott and Jonathan schreur offer two suites in their historic 1800s-era main house, and two cozy

for breakfast, at hidden garden Cottages, each individual kitchen in the suites and cottages are stocked with homemade muffins, fresh juice, fruit and other goodies from the local farmers market, so there are no breakfast schedules to be adhered to; couples can sleep in and help themselves to a leisurely breakfast at their own pace — or enjoy breakfast in bed if desired. “our Tuscany cottage seems to be most popular with honeymooners,” kott said. “but all four units have the same amenities.” schreur and Hidden Garden kott have anticipated guests’ every need. They offer everything from standalone cottages hidden in the gardens bath salts to umbrellas to dVd movies. do behind. “we’re designed for couples,” kott you want roses in the room? Champagne? noted. “our whole emphasis is on privacy, Chocolates? A wine and cheese tray? no so each unit is self contained with whirlpool problem. kott and schreur make sure their tubs for two, fireplaces, queen beds with honeymooning guests feel catered to and cozy linens and their own little kitchen area.” pampered. unlike a more traditional b&b where guests gather together in the main dining room

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he gun lAke AreA has always been a Michigan travel destination. historically favored by Chicago’s elite, the infamous gangster, Al Capone, has always been rumored to have a retreat house (or several) on the lake, providing an escape from the big city. Centrally located between grand rapids and kalamazoo, lansing and the lakeshore, Chicago and detroit, gun lake’s Bay Pointe Inn isn’t Too far away from major cities, yet offers that “up north” feel. it’s a great way to get away without wasting half your honeymoon on a plane or fighting lots of traffic. designer-inspired guestrooms are simply but beautifully decorated, with artwork portraying the history of the gun lake Area. on the top floor, lakeside suites boast a two-person whirlpool tub, a cozy fireplace and small kitchenette, along with a private balcony to enjoy the sunrise over the lake together. Their Terrace grille restaurant serves a daily deluxe breakfast – no extra charge for the beautiful panoramic lake views – and opens again at 4:00 p.m. for dinner service. The expansive lakefront lawn and gardens are perfect for simply relaxing hand-in-hand, or blissfully sunbathing (don’t forget to slather the lotion on each other first).

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Inn at the Park

South Haven


oneymooners will appreciate the adults-only Inn at the Park in South Haven. Although it resembles an old Victorian inn with its beautiful gardens, stained glass and cheerful turquoise awnings, the 7,000 square-foot property was actually built in 1996. That means it has all the advantages of modern-day construction, including solid soundproofing. Each of its ten well-appointed guestrooms features a fireplace and water-jet tub. “We offer honeymoon packages and can provide wine, champagne, flowers, and add other little personal touches to the room that are designed to welcome newlyweds,” said Carol Ann Hall, who owns the Inn with her husband Jerry. With its ideal location — just a block-and-a-half from North Beach, a few minutes from town, and across the

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street from the park, kayak rentals and the Michigan maritime museum – guests have declared it the number one place to stay in the area. Gourmet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room, but for honeymooners, they will dress a table for two with a white tablecloth, fine china and flowers and bring it to the room for you to enjoy breakfast together in your own room. Behind the house, the gardens feature a beautiful waterfall and a backyard bistro for breakfast in the summer. You can also order a picnic basket for two to enjoy there. Selected as one of the most romantic inns in the country, The Carriage House at the Harbor is a gracious old Victorian home built in 1880. Just across the street from the beach and overlooking the harbor, it’s a short stroll to downtown shops and restaurants. “Honeymooners especially love the White Chapel suite,” said owner and innkeeper, Suzanne Schloss. “Its amenities include a king-size bed dressed with European lace, a settee, and two wingback chairs near the fireplace, which can be seen from the Jacuzzi tub. French doors open to the bathroom, where there is a separate shower, and we supply two terrycloth robes in each room.” The suite also includes two rocking chairs on the balcony with perfect sunset views over the harbor and park. In fact, all harbor-side rooms have their own balcony. Gourmet sit-down breakfast is served daily in the harbor-facing dining room with its soaring cupola. In addition to their sweet and savory dishes, they are known for a signature variety of morning scones served with Devonshire cream and raveworthy coffee. Carriage House

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suzanne’s love for entertaining is apparent, and she offers wine in warmer months and hot chocolate in wintertime (with options to spike it up a little) — often served on the back patio with its wooden gliders and flowering gardens, on one of the home’s balconies, or on the screenedin all-season porch that is warmed by its fireplace in winter. no matter the season, suzanne will help guide guests to local events and activities and do anything she can to accommodate special requests. “i love helping to make a honeymoon dream happen,” she summed up.

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