With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and coming on a weekend, here are some of my favorite Heartland spots to combine snow sports and romance. Enjoy.
Petoskey, often called the “Nantucket of the Midwest,” offers Old World Charm and country inns overlooking Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay.
Stafford’s Bay View Inn, built in 1886 offers a Hit The Slopes package, which starts from $359 on weekends, based on two people in a room. It includes two nights lodging, a country breakfast each morning, and two vouchers for a day’s lift ticket at either Boyne Highlands or Nubs Nub, both nearby. Superb dining, the charm and hospitality make this a memorable stay.
Another Michigan location is The Homestead, next to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which viewers of ABC's "Good Morning America" voted the "Most Beautiful Place in America.”
The Homestead has romantic packages for those looking to get away and do a little downhill and cross country skiing around Valentine’s Day. Downhill skiing and riding is only available Friday through Sunday.
Lift and lodging packages, including a hearty Mountaineer breakfast, start from $50 per person, per night, based on double occupancy for a hotel room. The resort’s cross country and snowshoeing packages that lead into the national park from resort trails, including a box lunch, start from $64 per person, per night based on double occupancy.
Wisconsin’s Granite Peak and Wausau make a nice combo. Most Midwest ski areas don’t have the ambiance of a “ski town” draped around their base. Reminiscent of western resort towns the ski area illuminates the mountain rising above the town.
The Jefferson St. Inn, located on the town square, has a Granite Peak Romantic Getaway package that includes a two-night stay in a two room suite with in-room whirlpool and fireplace, lift tickets for two for two days, and a couple’s message.
Staying at Lutsen Resort, one of the “grand” old resorts along Lake Superior’s shoreline in Minnesota’s Arrowhead, is always a treat, but even more so around Valentine’s Day. Minnesota Monthly Magazine readers voted it “most romantic resort in the state.”
They offer Romance Packages, which include a two-night stay in one of the resort’s Poplar River rooms with a gas fireplace, whirlpool and private deck. It also includes champagne in your room, breakfast each morning and dinner one evening in their lakeside lodge dining room, one of the area’s top restaurants. Lutsen Resort offers guests a free shuttle to Lutsen Mountains, just across the road, and there are numerous cross country trails nearby. Purchase your lift tickets online and save.
Photos: Top -- Couples and Homestead go together (Homestead); Left -- Friends enjoy the slopes at Nubs Nob (Nubs Nob); Lutsen Mountains overlook Lake Superior (Lutsen Mountains/Facebook); Below -- Enjoy a romantic getaway at Granite Peak (Granite Peak)