Valentine’s Day Michigan: 25 Best Things to Do to Celebrate February 14
Valentine’s Day in Michigan is a day for love and a time to treat your loved one – or yourself – to something special.
Celebrated on February 14, This special winter holiday gives us all an excuse to spend some time together and show how much we care about one another. It’s also a perfect time for a Michigan vacation, and we’ve got the perfect Michigan travel guide to help you plan your adventures.
From extravagant getaways in Michigan and romantic dates, nights in; from family fun to outdoors adventures, there’s no wrong way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Michigan.
From Copper Harbor to South Haven, from downtown Grand Rapids to Detroit, we’ve rounded up 25 of the best ways to celebrate February 14 in Michigan.
Looking for “Valentine’s Events Near Me” or “Things to do on Valentine’s Day near me”? Check below to see our Michigan guide for Valentine’s Day fun and list of unique events, date ideas, and other fun things to do on and around Valentine’s Day.
Best Michigan Valentine’s Day Events on February 14
Valentine’s Day Dueling Piano Dinner and Show
526 S Main St 526 South Main Street Royal Oak, MI 48067
Voted one of Metro Detroit’s best Valentine’s Day Date Nights for five years in a row, you’ll have a two-hour dinner featuring appetizers and salad, your choice of steak, salmon, or chicken piccata and dessert.
Choose from seatings at 6: 30 pm or 9 pm.
Valentine’s Day Party at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit
5801 Southfield Expressway, Dearborn, MI
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., experience a delicious lunch featuring a Prime Rib Buffet with fresh sides and sumptuous dessert at the hotel in Dearborn. Entertainment features Melanie Aue, who will be singing your favorite selections of love songs and old standards. Melanie will be accompanied on the keyboard by Wendy Baggett. You’ll also find fun games and fabulous prizes – we will have both! Motorcoach transportation is included with pickups in Woodhaven and Allen Park.
Wines of Spain Dinner in West Michigan
Sandy Point Beach House, 7175 Lake Shore Dr, West Olive, MI 49460
Treat your loved one to an evening of romance and great wine. Join us for a night of delicious Spanish cuisine paired with some of the best wines Spain has to offer. Reservations required, dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
Inn at Black Star Farms Arcturos Dining Series
10844 E Revold Rd, Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Attend an extraordinary dinner at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay on February 14. This wine-paired culinary experience is inspired by the best local, seasonal ingredients sourced from Northern Michigan’s finest farms. Tickets are limited to 50 guests.
Michigan Valentines Day Events Before February 14
Valentine’s weekend is celebrated February 10- 12. Here are some fun things to check out.
Valentines Day Dinner at Henderson Castle
100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI
Celebrate Valentine’s day at Southwest Michigan’s most Romantic Location, the Henderson Castle. Dine by candlelight, with rose petals on your table, in the atmosphere of the historic beauty of the Castle while enjoying a seven-course gourmet meal. It’s a great opporuntity to experience one of Michigan’s most grand hotels.
Dinner includes Amuse Bouche, House Garden Salad, Soup du Jour, Bread and Butter and Choice of Entrée: Cornish Hen with black truffle, Salmon Filet beurre blanc , or Beef Tenderloin Willington deconstructed or Vegetarian entree.(all served with mashed potatoes/rice and vegetable du jour), followed by Dessert Du jour.
Valentine’s Dash 5k in Grand Rapids
Kentwood Library, 4950 Breton Rd SE
This race will get you outside to enjoy a combination of trails and roads in Kentwood. This race is perfect for running with your sweet heart, soul mate, BFF or to meet someone new! Kids and families are welcome. While intended to be a fun run, the race will be chip timed. The fastest runners will be awarded at the awards ceremony following the event. Everyone is encouraged to wear their best Valentine themed costumes but it’s not required.
Chateau Chantal Valentine’s Wine Dinners
15900 Rue Devin, Traverse City, Michigan 49686
From 6 – 9 p.m. on 2/11 and 2/14, treat your special someone to a deliciously decadent multi-course wine dinner, prepared in-house by talented Chef de Cuisine, Chris Mushall. This five course meal will featur amazing wine pairings for an un forgettable evening of romance.
Valentine’s Day Craft Show
3020 US-41 W,Marquette,MI,United States, Marquette
Head to Westwood Mall in Marquette on 2/11 and find amazing valentine ideas and crafts including gifts, candy and more.
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Michigan Valentine’s Day Winery Dinners
Michigan wineries know their stuff, and the proof is in the pinot!
All across the state, Michigan wineries from St. Joseph and Saugatuck to Traverse City and beyond are prepared to host couples for luxurious and romantic dinner and wine tasting. You’ll find special dinners and weekend getaway packages at many Michigan wineries, too, they may even include some hot tubbing!
Long-standing favorites like Chateau Chantal and Black Star Farms on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula, along with favorites from the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail are offering a cozy dining experience for wine-lovers. Black Star Farms, on the Leelanau Peninsula, also has an amazing dinner.
If you really want to treat yourself and your loved one this Michigan holiday, make a romantic getaway out of it and explore the unique coastal beauty of Michigan’s premier wine-making region.
Don’s miss Mawby Vineyards Wine Dinner at the Cooks House in Traverse City, which features a five course meal paired with Mawby’s amazing sparkling wines.
Here’s a Michigan Valentine’s Day Pro-Tip: Chateau Grand Traverse offers a cozy retreat at their adults-only Inn.
Visit World of Winter Festival for Love on Ice
Michigan ice sculptures are incredible works of art and getting outside to see a show where these pieces are shown off is always a wonderful time. Take a stroll through town with your favorite person and gaze on beautiful sculptures crafted in one of the most remarkable mediums.
Head to west Michigan and downtown Grand Rapids for this amazing ice spectacular and then head to a romantic Valentine’s dinner at one of the local craft breweries for a true made-in-Michigan holiday celebration.
Bundle up head for the World of Winter in Grand Rapid’s Love on Ice. The largest winter festival in the Midwest, you’ll find over 100 FREE events, activities, and outdoor art installations over two months, the festival provides an opportunity for families and adults to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful winter and experience the four-season offerings of Downtown Grand Rapids.
On February 14, enjoy 2-for-1 ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle. Get your initials carved on the GIANT ice wall and strike a pose for a FREE professional photo.
PRO-TIP: You’ll also find skating rinks at Campus Martius Park in Detroit and in Frankenmuth.
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K-Wings Pink Ice & $2 Friday
3600 Vanrick Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 49001
If you’re looking for a change from the typical Valentine’s Day dinner plans, join the K-Wings in Kalamazoo for their annual Pink Ice game to celebrate the holiday as well as honor survivors of breast cancer. Celebrate the most romantic day of the year at the ice skating rink, watching the K-Wings face off against the Indy Fuel.
You’ll find wallet-friendly romantic dining, too: because the game is on a Sunday, 2/12 the K-Wings $2 Friday rule applies, meaning beers, sodas, and hot dogs are all $2.
UP200 Sled Dog Race
Looking for Valentine’s Day getaways filled with exhilarating outdoor recreation? Then you’ll want to take a road trip to Marquette, in the upper peninsula, also known as Michigan winter fun headquarters.
During the weekend following Valentine’s Day, from February 16-20, Marquette, MI hosts the UP200, a don’t miss winter festival. The UP200 is one of America’s premier dog sled races, which runs through forests, hills, valleys, and creeks from Marquette to Grand Marais and back again
For dog lovers, sports fans, and anyone in love with Michigan’s winter culture, this is a must-see event. Make a weekend out of it with your loved one to celebrate Valentine’s Day so you can take the time to explore northern Michigan’s rich winter beauty together.
Ice Skating at Campus Martius
800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Ice skating at Campus Martius Park in Detroit is a favorite winter activity (and holiday event) for many Metro-Detroit families. On Valentine’s Day, the rink at the park is a great way to get the whole family up and moving around outside during the chilly winter.
Spend the day gliding over the ice, then grab lunch or dinner at one of the many amazing downtown Detroit restaurants.
For a special treat, take a ride about the beautiful Belle Isle, and take in the stunning natural beauty of this jewel of Detroit.
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Get Active with Snow Sports
One benefit of Valentine’s Day being in the middle of winter is all the fun winter sports you can do with your partner.
Make a weekend out of a ski lodge trip and enjoy a cozy little vacation. Whether it’s downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or crosscountry skiing, there’s a Michigan ski resort with your name on it.
Spend your days cuddling on the ski lift and racing down the slopes while you spend nights huddled around the fire with a hot beverage in hand.
Crystal Mountain Resort, just south of Traverse City, Michigan, is one of our favorite Valentines getaways (even if you have the whole family with you). You’ll find a range of ski runs, a relaxing spa and cozy rooms…perfect for a Valentine’s Day weekend celebration.
Have a Michigan Valentine’s Day Movie Night
Movies are a classic date night for a reason and the versatility of movie-going offers couples options based on their own preferences and Covid-19 comfort levels. Visit your local theater for the classic darkroom and surround sound experience or try a drive-in theater for those vintage romance vibes while keeping socially distant from others in the safety of your own vehicle.
Cuddle Up on a Michigan Sleigh Ride
Sleigh rides and carriage rides are a favorite winter activity for couples, and Michigan has 14 fabulous spots for sleigh rides, where you can dash through the fluffy snow with your sweetheart.
Enjoy flurries of snow and the town blanketed in white as you relax in the back of a horse-drawn carriage. For optimum romance, play some love songs and snuggle up while you coast over the snowy ground.
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Take a Cooking Class Thought Design Learning Studio
10 East Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341
Cooking classes are a great way to get involved and team up with your partner and work together to create a fantastic dish to share on this special night.
Rockford’s Thought Design Learning Studio has a Valentine’s Day class for couples that includes hands-on professional chef instruction in our state-of-the-art culinary studio and all ingredients for your four-course meal.
Ann Arbor’s Zingerman’s Deli offers a wide range of cooking classes on tasty subjects ranging from Boston Creme Pie to Cinnamon Rolls and more.
Depending on your preferences, you can even find virtual cooking classes online, meaning you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home to cook and dine on your creation.
Sign Up for an Art Class
Like cooking classes, art classes are a great couple activity offered both in-person and virtually. Visit a business to get more hands-on instruction and enjoy time out with your sweetheart.
Some businesses even allow drinks like wine or beer for you to sip on while painting. Otherwise, online virtual classes or even tutorial videos can help you tap into your creative side just as well.
There’s arguably no better way to spend your time than to help others. Choose a cause that you and your partner are both passionate about and spend Valentine’s Day together working to aid that cause.
Afterwards, you’ll surely feel closer to each other and the community you helped out
Play Tourist in Your Own Town
Wherever you live, it’s easy to get used to all the wonders that surround you. Take the day to explore your hometown like someone who’s never been.
In Detroit, that might mean visiting a museum like the Detroit Institute of Arts or walking along the Detroit River Walk. In Grand Rapids it might mean a stroll through the Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park. If you’re in mid-Michigan, head to Frankenmuth and enjoy a world-famous chicken dinner for two at the Bavarian Inn.
Take a Romantic Drive and Explore Michigan
If you’re in Michigan for Valentine’s Day, then the opportunities for exploration are endless.
You just need your sense of adventure and plenty of gas to get you there. Explore the world around you and find new horizons together. Who knows, you may even discover your new favorite place along the way.
Here are a few of our favorite spots for a Valentine’s Day weekend getaway:
- Sleeping Bear Dunes
- Pictured Rocks
- Mackinaw City – the Mackinac Island ferries aren’t running but there is plenty to do in Mackinaw City.
- Shanty Creek
- Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth
- Treetops Resort
- Bay Pointe Inn
Have a Michigan Spa Day
Get pampered and relax with a couple’s spa day. Whether at home or at your favorite spa destination, the stress relief and quality time together is all the reason you need to go for a massage or visit a steam sauna.
Add some champagne and chocolate strawberries to the mix and you’ve got a madly romantic staycation.
Stay In and Celebrate
There’s nothing wrong with staying in on Valentine’s Day. Take advantage of digital and virtual activity opportunities to make the night unique, or simply veg out on the couch watching your favorite rom-coms and order a heart-shaped, Detroit-style pizza or some carry-out from your favorite Michigan restaurant.
There’s no wrong way to go about this winter date idea as long as you’re enjoying each other’s company.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.