With a reputation of "Michigan's Most Romantic City" (thanks to the Detroit Free Press), St. Joseph is the perfect place for a weekend with your sweetie. Here are eight of our favorite things to do with the one you love:
- Wine tasting by the fireplace at Dablon Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.
This picturesque tasting room in Baroda (just minutes south of St. Joseph sits high atop a hill overlooking the terraced vineyards. Since it opened in 2015 it's been a fave place to relax, enjoy local Michigan wines and snuggle with your sweetie in front of a toasty fireplace.
- Intimate entertainment at the Hanson Theatre Living Room Series.
Live music is so much better when you are right up close to the artist in this 246-seat venue. Spend an evening enjoying up-and-coming artists while enjoying craft beers and wines from local vineyards. Next show is Feb. 12 with The Accidentals. This genre-bending trio is one of Billboard Magazine's top seven breakout bands of SXSW 2015 and Winner of Summerfest, Milwaukee's Emerging Artist Series – 2015.
- Inventive cuisine overlooking Lake Michigan at the Bistro on the Boulevard.
No romantic night would be complete without dinner out. The Bistro was awarded "one of the best restaurant wine lists in the world" and boasts creative meals made with local ingredients. Located in the all-suite Boulevard Inn, it's just footsteps from downtown St. Joseph and offers a blufftop view of Lake Michigan and its ice formations.
- Walk hand-in-hand along the many scenic trails.
With so many hillsides, rivers, streams, dunes and the "Big Lake" nearby, get some quiet time together while enjoying the natural beauty all around.
- Let out your inner child riding a hand carved carousel.
Choose from 48 magnificent figures or ride side-by-side on one of two chariots. The Carousel's 1,000 twinkling lights and spirit-soaring music will make you both smile. Snack on fresh popcorn and fluffy cotton candy while playing each other in a friendly game of checkers.
- Find each other a thoughtful gift at downtown stores.
The charming brick streets in downtown St. Joseph are lined with stores filled with today's fashions, unique gifts and souvenirs. Enjoy homemade fudge or old-fashioned shakes at Kilwins or find treats to bring home to your furry friends at FuzzyButz.
- Enjoy "Tapas and Tinis" at Plank's Tavern.
Inside the Inn at Harbor Shores, Plank's Tavern offers views of the St. Joseph Harbor for dining and a comfortable bar to enjoy cocktails together. The cozy environment invites you to settle in and enjoy catching up with your loved one.
- Take in local art in the Benton Harbor Arts District.
Downtown Benton Harbor is bustling with local artisans, eateries and galleries. Stroll through the city in and out of the little shops and meet the artists and hear what inspires them. Finish your evening with delicious gelato at GelatoWorks next door to Water Street Glassworks.