Valentine’s Day: A Week of Date Nights | Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council

Valentine’s Day: A Week of Date Nights

LightupthebluffIndoor dining is opening back up in Southwest Michigan just in time for Valentine’s Day! But with limited seating available, it’s a great idea to plan your Valentine’s Day celebration in advance and consider celebrating throughout the week. We’ve compiled a list of date night ideas you can enjoy each day leading up to Valentine’s Day so you can choose your favorite or celebrate all week long.

Book a romantic night (or nights) away from home with the Valentine’s Getaway Package from the Inn at Harbor Shores. The package includes a Harbor View Guest room, chocolate-covered strawberries, sparkling wine and 10% off a 50-minute couples massage at the Spa at Harbor Shores, located inside the hotel. $129/night for weeknights | $149/night for weekends.

During your stay take advantage of their onsite restaurant, Plank’s Tavern on the Water. Dine with harbor views and enjoy their thoughtfully prepared menu selections made from locally sourced ingredients. If you stay the whole week check out their Valentine's Day specials available Friday-Sunday.

Stroll beneath the lights in Michigan’s most romantic city. Stop for hot cocoa at Kilwins in downtown St. Joseph and walk along the bluff below one million twinkling lights. The “Light Up the Bluff” display will stay up through Valentine's Day. 

Sample Michigan wines or craft beer in an igloo. Many Southwest Michigan wineries and breweries are offering this unique outdoor tasting experience. Try something new this year and reserve an igloo at Round Barn Estate or Dablon Winery & Vineyards. See more outdoor tasting experiences here.

Wine and dine at Tabor Hill Restaurant. The long-awaited reopening of Tabor Hill Winery is finally here and their $25 surf & turf special is everything you’ve been longing for. Pair it with a wine flight and delicious dessert for the ultimate indulgence. Call 269-422-1161 to make your reservation. Seating is limited but this special is available to-go if you cannot book a reservation. They also have a special Valentine’s Day menu (featuring a larger surf & turf portion) available Friday-Sunday if you prefer to celebrate on the weekend. 

Go stargazing at T.K. Lawless Park. This International Dark Sky Park allows for some of the best night-sky viewings. Grab a blanket, dress warm, and cuddle up beneath the stars for a romantic evening outdoors. The park is open until 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13. See more viewing dates here.

Dine with a view of Lake Michigan. A romantic dining spot in downtown St. Joseph is the Bistro on the Boulevard located inside the Boulevard Inn. They are offering a special Valentine’s Day menu with tasty options like their Lobster “martini,” sea bass and surf & turf. Their extensive wine list makes this a destination for any wine connoisseur. Reserve your table or a heated “Bistro Bubble” outside on their patio by calling (269) 983-3882.

IronShoe488A6260Build your Valentine’s Day dinner at Iron Shoe Distillery. Available for dine-in or takeout, you can build a four-course meal for two for only $55. It will be a tough choice with so many tasty options! View the menu here. Don’t forget to try one of their specialty cocktails or a six-shot flight. If you prefer to dine outside take your meal and favorite drinks to the NODE (Niles Outdoor Dining Experience) located on Main and Second St. Socially distanced tables are available and the fire pit will stay lit to keep you warm.

Which of these date nights are you adding to your itinerary? Book your reservations and rooms now to ensure your spot.

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