Instead of splurging on an elaborate honeymoon, many couples choose to stick close to home in order to save money. When you live in (or near) The Great Lake State, you don’t have to say no to a beautiful vacation just to save a little money. 

Michigan has 3,288 miles of gorgeous shoreline, offering a plethora of beautiful views, exciting activities, and the perfect setting for a romantic getaway with your new spouse. Why travel to an oceanside resort when you can experience the joy of the unsalted life without hopping on a plane or getting a passport?

If you want to keep your honeymoon costs low but still share a memorable experience with your spouse, check out these amazing honeymoon spots right here in the Mitten.

Mackinac Island

What could be more romantic than spending time with your new spouse on an island suspended in time, cut off from the hustle and bustle of the real world, and surrounded by beautiful blue water?

From delicious dinner spots overlooking the water to romantic resorts right on the beach, this island is both an important part of Michigan’s history and a gorgeous spot to soak in nature and each other. Whether you prefer cozy bed and breakfasts or luxurious resorts and spa treatments, you can find whatever strikes your fancy on the island. 

Bike around the island during the day and try a different restaurant every night, some of which host live music for an evening of fun and entertainment. Then get into bed with only the sounds of water and nature to lull you to sleep (no cars means no traffic!). 

To top off your trip, stay at the extravagant Grand Hotel and put on your fanciest duds for a formal dinner and drinks on the expansive (and famous) front porch. 

Did you know: They even filmed a movie on the island? Recreate some cute scenes from the romantic movie, Somewhere in Time, for unique honeymoon pictures. 

Traverse City 

You don’t have to go to Napa to have a wine tasting honeymoon when you live in or near Michigan. When you travel to Traverse City, you can make a day out of wine tasting along the Leelanau Peninsula and end with an evening of fine dining. 

Adventurous couples can spend their days climbing sand dunes at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and checking out the breathtaking views. 

Book a stay in one of the many waterfront hotels to spend your evenings in luxurious comfort, walking along the beach or sipping wine on your personal patio overlooking the water.

Pictured Rocks

This area boasts sandstone cliffs, sandy dunes, waterfalls, streams, and peaceful forests. If you’re an outdoorsy couple, spend your day hiking beautiful trails and taking in the scenic Lake Superior and your evenings cuddling around a campfire. 

Take a kayak out on the water and explore the amazing coastline – and don’t forget to snap a picture at Lover’s Leap to capture the moment. 


If you’re more of a city-dwelling couple, you don’t have to head to Chicago or New York to take in the nightlife, music, and dining of a big city. Visit the revitalized Motown and check out new restaurants and distilleries now popping up across the city that’s making a comeback. 

Hold hands as you stroll through the Eastern Market or hop on bikes to explore the nooks and crannies of each historical neighborhood. There is beautiful architecture to be found, and even waterfront views if you head over to Belle Isle. From downtown and Corktown to Greektown, there is something in the Motor City for everyone. 

Inn at Bay Harbor 

If you’re looking for a specific resort to spend your honeymoon, Michigan delivers. With no shortage of shoreline, you can find a resort on the water in almost any lakefront town you visit. One of the more romantic spots Michigan has to offer is the Inn at Bay Harbor. Nestled on the shores of Michigan, This resort offers waterfront, modern rooms where you can spend your time overlooking the water, getting pampered and watching sunsets over the beach. 

It’s a romantic spot that feels like an island resort right here in The Great Lake State. 

Skiing at Boyne Mountain

If you’re planning a winter honeymoon, take advantage of the intense Michigan winters by heading to one of its many ski resorts. 

Hit the slopes with your honey at Boyne Mountain where you can ski all day and then cuddle by a fire in the evening. Grab dinner in the Eagle’s Nest for amazing views and drinks by a cozy fire and then hit their lounge for some exciting nightlife. 

When you’re ready to take a break from skiing, you can unwind and relax together in their spa. 

Not ready to think about your honeymoon? If you’re still in the wedding planning stage, give us a call to get some help. You can reach our event coordinators by email or phone at 877-545-1002.