Although known primarily as the state capitol and home of Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, provides a surprisingly romantic vibe. Snuggle with your sweetie as you explore natural settings with a leisurely walk through the city’s more than 100 parks and upon the 13 miles of trails along the banks of the Grand River. End the night with a cozy ride upon a creaky old-fashioned trolley, making stops along Michigan Avenue to enjoy a slow dance in one of the region’s 70 nightspots.
Treat yourself to a romantic retreat at Best Western Plus Lansing Hotel. Enjoy a relaxing night in your suite with a soak in your private whirlpool tub, followed by room service. Book a romance package and you’ll also receive dinner and continental breakfast at one of the two on-site restaurants. Enjoy a cozy stay at Lexington Lansing Hotel with a loved one. Create a romantic setting by booking the “Dinner for Two” package, complete with candlelight and a bottle of wine. You can enjoy dinner in the comfort of your own room or at a tucked-away table in the hotel bistro.
Share a romantic evening with your honey at the Knight Cap, a high-end steakhouse dating to 1969. Canoodle with your lover in high-back u-shaped leather booths as you dine by candlelight. End the evening by sharing a bottle of wine and a torte for dessert. Housed inside a 1903 train station, Clara's Lansing Station provides an ornate interior, including cathedral ceilings adorned with bronze chandeliers. Candelabras and a fireplace create a cozy feel. The extensive menu includes a host of shareable treats, like pizza, cheesecake and wine.
Take a romantic cruise down the Grand River aboard the Michigan Princess, an old-fashioned triple-deck stern-wheel riverboat. Embark on a dinner cruise, watching from one of the three decks as the sun sets over the city. Head inside to enjoy some live music where you can dance the night away. While being surrounded by animals doesn’t sound particularly romantic, Potter Park Zoo hosts a series of special events throughout the year appropriate for couples. Warm yourself by the campfire and sleep under the stars during the Sundown Safari sleepover, or sample local wines and brews at the Wine and Stein summer party.
Parks and Gardens
Journey hand-in-hand as you walk through Cooley Gardens, a small 1-acre English cottage garden. The rambling landscape is teeming with an array of flowers, including gardens with colorful peonies, roses and hydrangeas. Shade from overhanging Japanese maples and crabapples provides a respite from the sun. Spend a leisurely day with your sweetie at Hawk Island County Park. Bask in the sunshine as you lie on the sandy shores or the sprawling green lawns that border the park’s lake. You can also enjoy a lazy ride upon the lake via a rented paddle boat or rowboat. Take a scenic stroll through the 1.5-mile trail sandwiched between the lake and Sycamore Creek.