Cheap Weekend Getaways in Michigan for Couples

17 Cheap Weekend Getaways in Michigan for Couples

Last Updated on November 22, 2022

Looking to spend some quality time with your partner without breaking the bank? Planning an affordable romantic weekend getaway near you can be a great idea to reconnect, make new memories, and just enjoy being together.

To help you plan the perfect weekend, we have listed some of the best and most affordable inns, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals in Michigan for couples on a budget. Discover great weekend destinations near Detroit and around the state, all featuring budget-friendly activities, free things to do, and inexpensive accommodation options.

Keep on reading to find out about all the best cheap weekend getaways in Michigan for couples.

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Saravilla Bed & Breakfast, Alma

Average rate: $140 a night – Book here

The Saravilla Bed & Breakfast will make a perfect romantic getaway for couples on a budget. Located in the small town of Alma, this restored Dutch colonial home offers the chance to disconnect and spend some quality time together.

Start your day with a coffee on the front porch, enjoying views of the garden, eat a tasty breakfast, and then, explore the area’s many attractions. At night, enjoy a comfy bed, fireplace, and spa bath right in your room.

Outside of town, you’ll find several parks nearby where you can take a leisurely stroll, launch a kayak, and maybe plan a picnic. History buffs can visit the Gratiot County Area Historical Museum in Ithaca, the entrance is free but donations are appreciated. You also won’t be far from Saginaw, where you can visit the French Renaissance Revival-style Castle Museum of Saginaw County History ($3 entrance fee).

Himelhoch Bed & Breakfast, Caro

Average rate: $160 a night – Book here

The perfect destination for a cheap romantic weekend getaway in Michigan with your partner, the Himelhoch Bed & Breakfast offers cozy rooms, a shared lounge, a sun terrace, and a garden. Each room features a private bathroom while others have a balcony and a seating area. There’s also a hot tub on the property for guests and breakfast is included.

From the inn, you can walk to Harvest Your Craft for coffee and a light lunch. If you’re craving some Italian food, have dinner at the popular The Oven Restaurant & Lounge, one of the best-rated restaurants in town. A 30-minute drive away, you’ll find the St. Julian Winery & Distillery Tasting Room where you can sample some tasty wines and spirits.

For an easy stroll, head to the nearby Almer Township Darbee Park. A bit further out, drive to Fish Point Wildlife Refuge, known for birdwatching. Next, you can head to Bay City and visit the Historical Museum Of Bay County and the Bay City State Park where you can hike and enjoy the beach, in winter, you can cross-country ski as well.

If you are visiting in July, you might be able to attend the Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival Enchanted Forest, something quite unique.

Munro House Bed and Breakfast, Jonesville

Average rate: $145 a night – Book here

The oldest house in Hillsdale County, Munro House Bed and Breakfast has been receiving guests for almost half a decade. Featuring historic charm and modern amenities, all rooms feature a fireplace while some have a spa bath. It’s an ideal destination for couples looking for an affordable romantic escape.

Breakfast is included and you’ll be just a short walk away from a couple of good restaurants.

In town, you can visit the 19th-century Grosvenor House Museum, make sure to call ahead as tours are by appointment only. In the nearby town of Hillsdale, you can stroll around the Slayton Arboretum then head to the Lewis Emery County Park to birdwatch, hike, and just enjoy nature.

A bit further out, Coldwater Lake State Park features scenic lakeshores and a mix of former farmland, wetlands, hardwood forest, and native grassland. It’s the perfect place to go boating and hiking when the weather is nice, and snowshoeing in winter.

The Inn at Ludington, Ludington

Average rate: $140 a night – Book here

A great option for a romantic inexpensive weekend getaway in Michigan, the Inn at Ludington offers spacious rooms with garden views, all with a private bathroom and a seating area, while some have a fireplace. The inn features a garden, a terrace, and a spacious common room where breakfast is served daily.

You’ll be within walking distance of restaurants, the lake shores, and the Ludington Area Center for the Arts where you can catch a show or see an exhibit. Nearby, you can enjoy the beach at Ludington State Park Beach and hike all the way to Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area along the shore if you’re up for it. You can pack a picnic and eat on the beach.

You can also drive north to Manistee and visit Orchard Beach State Park and the Manistee County Historical Museum. Driving South, you can head to Pentwater to visit the Pentwater Historical Society Museum and Mears State Park.

The Winter Inn, Greenville

Average rate: $100 a night – Book here

Located in the heart of Greenville, the historic Winter Inn will make a perfect place to stay for couples on a budget. Featuring clean and comfy rooms, the inn offers free breakfast and parking, and has an on-site restaurant.

You’ll only be 20 minutes away from the Cannonsburg Ski Area where you can downhill ski, tube, and fat bike in winter, and enjoy zip lining and hiking in summer.

In town, you can tour the historic Flat River Historical Museum (closed in the winter) and the Fighting Falcon Military Msm (they’re not open often so make sure to check their hours beforehand). You can also go for a hike at Tower Park (a great place to go sledding in winter). You’ll also find many lakes nearby where you can swim or kayak.

Land of Jubilee Bed & Breakfast, Morley

Average rate: $110 a night – Book here

Get away from it all at the Land of Jubilee Bed & Breakfast and enjoy some peace and quiet, surrounded by nature and the song of birds. Enjoy a comfy room (bathrooms are shared), play a board game or pick a book in the common room, and enjoy a tasty homemade breakfast in the dining room.

The owners are known for their friendliness and always make sure their guests have the best time possible. If you visit around the holidays, the house is beautifully decorated for Christmas well into winter.

Nearby, you can head to Newaygo State Park and the Hardy Dam Pond to go for a hike or two and enjoy some water activities. Pack a picnic and spend the day surrounded by nature.

The nearby town of Big Rapid is home to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, showcasing racist artifacts and exploring the African American experience, and White Pine Trail State Park, a 92-mile trail connecting Comstock Park to Cadillac, following along the rail bed of the old Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad.

Historic Birch Lodge and Motel, Trout Lake

Average rate: $100 a night – Book here

Located right on the shores of Trout Lake, the Historic Birch Lodge features a private beach from which you can swim, kayak, boat, or just relax on a sunbed with a good book. The lodge might be old but it has been well kept and everything inside is modern, from the comfy beds to the well-designed bathrooms. Each room features views either of the garden or of the lake.

The lodge offers a light breakfast, for something more substantial you can head to BuckHorn, less than a mile away, you can get lunch and dinner there as well.

You’ll find plenty of fun things to do outside of town. Drive to Lake Superior (don’t miss the Crisp Point Lighthouse), stopping along the way at the Tahquamenon Logging Museum and to do a short hike to the Tahquamenon Upper Falls. You can also drive down to St. Ignace to visit the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and take in the view from Castle Rock. Next, drive over to Mackinaw City to see the McGulpin Point Lighthouse.

The Purple Martin Inn, Rogers City

Average rate: $200 a night – Book here

Open seasonally from mid-May to the end of September, the Purple Martin Inn is located right on the shores of Lake Huron. Within a short walk, you can enjoy the beach (the inn provides beach chairs) and walking and biking trails. The rooms have lake and garden views and an eclectic decor makes each room unique.

Breakfast is served daily in the dining room and there’s a barbecue guests can use.

You’ll find plenty of things to do in town. Start by strolling the lake shore at Lakeside Park or Seagull Point Park across from which you’ll find the Herman Vogler Conservation Area offering several easy trails. Visit the downtown area and stop by the Presque Isle County Historical Museum and the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum.

Outside of town, you’ll find 2 state parks. Hoeft State Park awaits for hiking, biking, or skiing and includes 1-mile of shoreline along Lake Huron. In the opposite direction, Thompson’s Harbor State Park features six miles of trails for biking, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking, some along the lake shore.

Walleye Lodge, Bergland

Average rate: $150 a night – Book here

Walleye Lodge, Bergland, cheap weekend getaway in Michigan for couples

Nestled on the north shore of Lake Gogebic, Walleye Lodge features a garden and lakefront deck with a barbecue and firepit, making it one of the best cheap weekend getaways in Michigan for couples on a budget. Relax by the water, take in the sights, and go on a day trip to explore the area.

Some rooms offer lake views and a small kitchen.

Apart from enjoying the lake’s peaceful scenery, you can hike, swim, or kayak at Lake Gogebic State Park, explore the waterfalls at Yondota Falls, and enjoy the scenery and wildlife at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. You’ll also be close to snowmobile trails and ski slopes.

Miller’s Cottages, Ontonagon

Average rate: $140 a night – Book here

Miller's Cottages, Michigan's romantic getaway

Surrounded by woods and within walking distance of Lake Superior, these affordable cabins offer privacy and tranquility. Hiking, biking, and snowmobiling trails are all accessible from the property as well as kayaking. All units include a living area with a fully equipped kitchen and a private bathroom – while you can enjoy a common BBQ and picnic area.

In town, don’t miss the Ontonagon Lighthouse, the Ontonagon County Historical Museum, and the Ontonagon Township Park. Take a road trip to explore Old Victoria, a living museum featuring four restored log houses. Nearby, if you’re up for an adventure, book a tour at an old cooper mine and learn what it was like for miners back in the day.

You can also spend a day hiking and enjoying the scenery at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast, Glen Arbor

Average rate: $170 a night – Book here

One of the best affordable weekend getaways in Michigan for couples, the Sylvan Inn Bed & Breakfast offers comfy rooms in a romantic setting, a beautiful garden, and a porch from which you can enjoy breakfast or a drink. You’ll be within walking distance of restaurants and trails, and you can easily rent bikes or a canoe. The inn offers free breakfast and on-site parking.

The main draw in Glen Arbor is the unique Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where you can hike and enjoy panoramic views of the lake. You’ll find plenty of other places to hike or bike nearby as well as many sandy beaches if you’re visiting in the summertime. In town, don’t miss touring the Cannery Boathouse Museum and the Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum.

You can also drive over to Fishtown in Leland and explore the small town, don’t miss the Leelanau Historical Society Museum as well.

Moosewood Inn, Saint Ignace

Average rate: $140 a night – Book here

Offering basic rooms in Saint Ignace, Moosewood Inn will make an ideal destination for a romantic weekend escape on a budget. The rooms resemble log cabins and are well-equipped.

You’ll only be a short walk away from restaurants, entertainment, and the beach. In town, you can tour the Museum of Ojibwa Culture, the Fort de Buade Museum, and admire the views at Straits State Park.

You can take the ferry to Machinack Island ($30 round-trip) and explore the island, hiking at the state park, spending some time at the beach, and exploring the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence (free tours during the summer). You can also drive over to Mackinaw City to visit the Mackinaw Bridge Museum, the Colonial Michilimackinac, the McGulpin Point Lighthouse, and the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

Weathervane Inn, Montague

Average rate: $90 a night – Book here

Located on the shores of White Lake, the Weathervane Inn features rooms with a fireplace and scenic balconies with lake views. It’s one of the cheapest weekend getaways in Michigan, especially during the low and shoulder season, while still being incredibly romantic. The rooms are nice, clean, and modern, and the views are just stunning.

You can rent a kayak or bikes at the property and also enjoy the garden. The inn serves breakfast and has a small store, plus you’ll be within walking distance of several restaurants and pubs with live music.

For some outdoor adventures, you can head to Hilt’s Landing along the White River, Clear Springs Nature Preserve, or Duck Lake State Park.

You can also drive to the town of Muskegon, where you’ll find several attractions such as the Monet Garden, the Muskegon Museum of Art, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, and the Muskegon State Park. From there you can also take a cruise (starting at $30 per person).

Sterling State Park, Monroe 

Average rate: $30 a night – Book here

Sterling State Park, Monroe, MI

When looking for cheap weekend getaways in Michigan, state parks are great options if you like the outdoors! You can easily find one near you and camp there for around $30 per tent, some also offer affordable cabins.

Open for camping from April through October, Sterling State Park is one of the best state parks in Michigan. It’s the only state park on Lake Erie and is located just an hour from Detroit.

The park offers 1 mile of sandy beach, boating and shore fishing on Lake Erie, a fishing lagoon, lakefront camping, wildlife viewing, and 7 miles of trails, as well as three lagoons and a sandy beachfront near the mouth of Sandy Creek.

Ludington State Park, Ludington

Average rate: $30 a night – Book here

Another popular State Park that’s great for camping, Ludington State Park is open year-round for camping and offers several campgrounds some with more amenities than other, some easier to reach.

There are plenty of fun things to do in the park year-round with over 21 miles of trails, 7 miles of shoreline, and access to Big Sable River. In summer, you can enjoy the water (you can rent boats, kayaks, and tubes there), you can hike year-round, and in winter you can cross-country ski and snowshoe.

Rustic Stone Cottage, Trout Creek

Average rate: $140 a night – Book here

Rustic Stone Cottage, Trout Creek

Located in Trout Creek, this stunning rustic stone cottage is ideally located for nature lovers and will make a perfect affordable weekend getaway for couples on a budget. The cottage includes everything needed for a comfortable stay including a fully-equipped kitchen.

Two blocks away you’ll find a snowmobile/ATV trail, a 10-minute drive will take you to Bond Falls or Agate Falls, and six ski resorts are located within a 1-2 hour drive. Nearby, you can hike in the Ottawa National Forest and, a bit further, in the Porcupine Mountains while you can swim in Lake Gogebic.

Cabin on Gray Lake

Average rate: $130 a night – Book here

Surrounded by woods, this cozy cabin is a perfect inexpensive romantic weekend getaway in Michigan for outdoorsy couples. Enjoy some peace and quiet, go for a stroll, roast smores at the outdoor fire pit, and just cross the street to get to Gray Lake’s public beach.

Nearby, you can hike or bike part of the 30-mile paved and flat Pere Marquette RailTrail, between Midland and Clare. You’ll find plenty of opportunities for hiking nearby as well as a small ski resort, Snow Snake Ski & Golf. If you like historical museums, visit the Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum, the Farwell Area Historical Museum, and the Marion Area Historical Museum (check opening times before heading there).

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