(Closed) honeymoon ideas in Michigan?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
21 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

Pretty much anywhere in the UP will be a lot less expensive than Mackinac Island. Mind you, I’m a little biased! A good place on the east end would be Sault Ste. Marie. (Although, the Canadian side is more developed than the American side.) If you’re willing to go a little farther afield, Manistique, Munising, Marquette, Escanaba, Houghton/Hancock, or Copper Harbor are great places. Are there any types of things you’re particularly looking for other than budget-friendliness?

Post # 4
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Traverse City, Harbor Springs, Saugatuck, Holland are all nice places in the lower peninsula!

Post # 5
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Traverse City is a cute place to visit. Any of the small town in the U.P. on the lake are nice. I have lots of family in Grand Marais and love spending summers up there. It’s quiet and beautiful up there!


Post # 6
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Traverse City, Gaylord is beautiful for camping 🙂

but I am biased for mackinac island…i’m getting married there!!

Post # 7
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Yeah, Traverse City and the Island were my first thoughts.

There’re TONS of cute rustic-y cabins on lakes you can rent if you want isolation and alone time in the nothern lower penninsula or the UP.

Post # 9
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i would recommend petoskey, habor springs, bay harbor, walloon lake… you could definitely rent a cottage on walloon or charlevoix.  Then you are only 45 minutes from the Mackinac Bridge if you want to do a day trip on the island, and then you’d also have lots to do around the area… state parks, cute shops, beaches, water sports, etc.

Post # 10
75 posts
Worker bee

Depnds on how “self” touring you are. As spending my first 20 years as a Yooper and getting married on the Island next fall, I say stick to the UP. After our Island wedding, we plan on coming back to Cincinnati the LONG way. I’m from the Eastern end between the Soo and St. Ignace. We’ll do Tahquemenon (just for old time sake), go over to Pictured Rocks, head up to the Kewenaw Peninsula, maybe hit Isle Royale and then south through Wisconsin.

There won’t be any real organized type things to do but as we are both cyclists, we will make up our “own” tours.


Post # 11
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I was raised in MI and my family was on the poor side.  We used to do a lot of “free” things on summer vacation.  It was fun and I had no clue b/c of my age.  We went to Tahquamenon Falls (near Paradise, MI), White Fish Point (awesome!!!!), Pictured Rocks (near Muinising, MI), Lake of the Clouds (near Ontanogan, MI), Copper Harbor, and of course Fort Mackinac and Fort Michilimackinac.  The drive along the southern portion of the UP on US-2 is gorgeous!!!

Traverse City is also a beautiful place to visit.  Remember that Cherry Festival is July 3-10, 2010, and you would need to book NOW!!  There are really cool vineyards and wine tasting rooms.  My favorite is Chateau Chantel which operates a bed and breakfast, too.  You can visit Ciccone Vineyards which is owned by Madonna’s dad.  Also the North Peak Brewing Company has a restaurant that was very delicious.

Have fun planning your honeymoon!!!

Post # 12
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ok..I’m born and raised in Michigan.  Mackinaw Island is way to touristy for me, expecially in the Summer.  One of the prettiest places i’ve ever been is Torch Lake it’s about 20 minutes from Traverse City which offers you shopping, Casinos, golf courses, pretty much anything you want.  Torch Lake is a gorgeous pretty blue HUGE lake that is quite the vacation spot.  I’m actually looking into going there for my bachelorette party next Summer : )   There are several houses that people rent out.  Just a thought : ) Hope this helps!!

Post # 13
355 posts
Helper bee

i’ve always loved grand haven. if you end up on the west side of the state you could defonitely stay around holland or saugatuck and make your way up to ludington or traverse city and hit all the great beach towns.   

Post # 14
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My family has a summer house up in northern MI. Traverse City can be a bit touristy in my opinion, but Petosky is fun and Harbor Springs is nice too. They are slightly smaller towns, but a little more initmate and very pretty! Charlevoix is where my family’s house is located. If you could rent a cottage around there it would be nice too. You have both Lake Michigan, but the much smaller Lake Charlevoix as well.

Post # 15
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Maid/Matron of Honor spent her one year in Saugatuk. She and her husband love it there. They rented a big house for a family vacation the very next summer!

If I were staying instate, I would camp. Seriously. My family is a big time camping family. But, camping is usually pretty family friendly, you’d have to camp out away from a state park or commericial campground.

Otherwise, I agree with the others about Traverse City, Charlevoix, and that area. There are a LOT of B&Bs there and you can do a day trip to Mackinaw from that area if you want.

Or, if you had the big bucks (for staying in state that is), I’d look at Isle Royale. It would be warm enough in June/July. But the cost to get there and the hotels are pricey. But it is super remote and I think very cool. I think most of the people who go there have to be conservationists or auto big wigs.


(We’re weekend twins!)

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