The Perfect Small Town for a Weekend Getaway in Michigan
What is that you look for when it comes to romance? Does being romantic include road trips? Does a nice dinner sound romantic? How about walks on the beach during sunset? These all sound like fun ideas and if you need a jump start to your romance, consider visiting St. Joseph, Michigan.
I grew up in St. Joseph (locals call it St. Joe). When it comes to romance and romantic things you can do, St. Joe has no limits. St. Joe is a small town in Southwest Michigan, about 20 miles north of New Buffalo and about 20 miles south of South Haven. It's easy to get to off I-94.
Morning sunrises on the pier are romantic. Get up early and head down to the pier before sunrise, it's a beautiful start to your day and you and your better half can hold hands while walking out.
A day at the beach can be romantic too. After you take in the sunrise over the bluff and city of St. Joe, you can hang out at the beach all day long. You can visit Silver Beach or one of my favorite places is Lion's Park in St. Joe. If crowds aren't your thing, Lion's Park is far less crowded than Silver Beach. It costs a few bucks to park but they do have kiosks that take debit cards. Lion's Park, pictured below, has plenty of beach to spread out on.
After a long day at the beach and some shopping in downtown St. Joe, a romantic dinner will be a nice break from the beach before the sunset. I think the most romantic place for dinner in St. Joe is Grand Mere Inn. Grand Mere sits on top of the bluff with a fantastic view of Lake Michigan. This restaurant is known for its amazing seafood and steaks. You won't be disappointed. They are located at 5800 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville, MI 49127. The exterior is pictured below.
Once you have finished dinner and you want to finish your romantic day, don't forget to see the sunset over Lake Michigan. There are beaches, roadside parks and bluffs where you can view the sunset from. Take your pick, if you're that close to Lake Michigan you must see the sunset, it's remarkable and it never gets old to me.
Romance is alive and well, like most things in our lives we need to nurture it. Remember to date your better half, even if you've been married for years.