When it comes to celebrating amour over the upcoming Valentine's weekend, I can't think of better location than The Homestead, perched among dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline overlooking the Manitou Islands.
It's called America's "fresh water resort" for good reason. It's hard to imagine a better view from Midwest ski slopes.
The Homestead has lift and lodging packages that fit the bill for those looking to get away around Valentine's Day, and if you prefer to just stay in and snuggle, they have packages for that as well.
Winter Stay and Dine packages, which start from $76 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, includes two nights lodging, dinner one evening at Nonna's, the resort's fine dining restaurant, and a national park pass for nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. There are cross country and snowshoeing trails that lead into the park from The Homestead. For an additional $44 per person the package can include lift tickets good from arrival to departure.
The Relax & Restore Spa Amira package, starting from $111 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, includes two nights lodging, a one-hour Swedish massage for each person, a gourmet meal at Nonna's one evening, and breakfast buffet each morning.
A popular romantic winter delight is their Taste the Passion, Wine & Art package that takes place Feb. 5-7. The weekend includes tickets to the Michigan Wine Coast art exhibit at the resort's Mountain Flowers Lodge Friday evening and tickets to Leelanau Peninsula Vintner's Association "Taste the Passion" wine tour Saturday. The tour includes up to 18 wineries, special wine pours paired with savory foods and chocolate, and a commemorative wine glass at your first stop. Lodging package rates start from $71.75 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.
It's one of few Midwest ski areas to limit lift ticket sales, and it's done to provide an un-crowded ski and snowboard experience. It allows you to experience the wonderful view without worrying about overcrowded slopes. The ski area offers a 375-ifoot vertical drop, three chairlifts and 16 runs. You can trace the gentle curve of the shoreline far below. A broad expanse of steely blue water, often filled with ice floes, fills the view. Manitou Islands seem to bob on the horizon.
The Homestead offers free lift tickets to military personnel who are serving or have served in Iraq and Afghanistan; good anytime during the winter season.