Grand Rapids has been named 1 of 16 Incredibly Romantic Midwest Getaways by TripAdvisor and 1 of the Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in America by OpenTable. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just getting away for a weekend without the kids, Grand Rapids has everything you need to leave the outside world behind and reconnect with your special someone.

Best of all, Grand Rapids is romantic in every season. Here are a few sample itineraries for couples in spring, summer winter and fall.

Spring Romance

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Flights of Flavor at Love's Ice Cream
Love's vegan Lavender Blueberry gelato is a favorite regardless of dietary preference.

Enjoy a flight of sweet treats from Love's Ice Cream & Chocolate.

Photo by Ashley Wierenga for Experience GR

Book a Romance Package at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, which includes overnight accommodations for two in a luxurious guest room, valet or self-parking, one bottle of wine and a $50 food and beverage credit for any of the hotel’s nine bars and restaurants – including the Spanish-themed MDRD on the 27th floor of the hotel, offering sweeping panoramic views of the city and region.

Get a couple’s massage at the on-site Celeste Salon & Spa, a new-in-2023, state-of-the-art facility on the hotel’s fourth floor, which also features a fitness center with Pelotons and other high-tech equipment, an aquatics center with pool and hot tub, and outdoor pickleball courts. It feels like a wellness center resort in the heart of the city.

Now that you’re all relaxed and rejuvenated, take some time to explore downtown Grand Rapids. There are 200+ restaurants, shops and entertainment venues within a 10-minute walk (or FREE bus ride) of the Amway Grand.

If you and your sweetie are foodies, be sure to visit the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, which houses 20+ restaurants and artisan food vendors under one roof – including the aptly named Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate. Art lovers should include the Grand Rapids Art Museum and one (or more) of the city’s self-guided mural tours in their itinerary. History and science buffs will appreciate the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives and Grand Rapids Public Museum. Get Culture Pass GR for reduced admission to these and other cultural attractions!

Bistro Bella Vita

Bistro Vella Vita's elevated dining is perfect for a romantic night together.

Photo by Photography by Stacy Feyer-Salo. Courtesy of Essence Restaurant Group.

Downtown restaurant choices range from excellent seafood eateries (Leo’s and Beacon Corner Bar & Coastal Fare) to fine steakhouses (Ruth’s Chris and The Chop House) to breweries that serve great food (City Built Brewing Company and Founders Brewing Company) to six of Trip Advisor’s most romantic Grand Rapids restaurants: the aforementioned Leo’s, Ruth’s Chris and The Chop House plus Bistro Vella Vita, San Chez, Divani and the Lumber Baron Bar.

Attend a theatre, ballet, opera or symphony production, a live music concert or a comedy show just steps from the hotel. While away the rest of the night on the dance floor before retiring to the hotel for a great night’s sleep before another day of exploring downtown.

Summer Romance

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Lake Michigan is just 35 miles from Grand Rapids, making it a popular day trip for locals and visitors.
Lighthouses in Muskegon

Spend quality time with your sweetie on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan.

Photo by Experience GR

Summer in Grand Rapids is all about enjoying the Grand Outdoors. Consider booking a hotel with an outdoor pool, such as the  Clarion Inn & Suites Airport Drury Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Knights Inn Grand Rapids Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids West Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids - Airport  or the Sheraton Grand Rapids Airport Hotel .

Any one of them is a great home base for exploring the area’s outdoor festivals, outdoor concerts and outdoor movies. Food and drink taste even better al fresco, so take your pick of 160+ restaurants with outdoor dining spaces. Beat the heat with a sweet treat at the city’s best ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, and/or relax with a tall cold one at 40+ breweries on the Beer City Ale Trail. Download the Beer City Brewsader® passport app to earn a free t-shirt and collect fun badges for checking in to breweries.

If you’re an outdoorsy couple, check out 30+ golf courses, hundreds of miles of hiking & biking trails, and the sugar-sand beaches of Lake Michigan, just a 30 to 45-minute drive from downtown GR. Spend a day on the beach and get back to Grand Rapids for a night on the town.

Of course, we’ve got plenty of fun indoor date possibilities as well – from bowling and fowling to axe throwing and virtual reality games.

Fall Romance

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Pumpkin Patch - Post Family Farm
Cider Week GR is a great time to get to know area cider producers.

Pumpkin picking at Post Family Farm and cider tasting at Robinette's Apple Orchard is the perfect way to spend a fall day.

Photo by Experience Grand Rapids

Cooler weather means more snuggling! Stay at a cozily romantic Bed & Breakfast inn – both Leonard at Logan House and PrairieSide Suites offer romance packages with a host of perks. PrairieSide also features a fireplace in each room.

Fall in Grand Rapids brings harvest festivals, hayrides, corn mazes and fresh-made cider and donuts to family farms just outside the city, each an easy and picturesque drive from downtown. You can also take a self-guided leaf color tour, pick your own apples and pumpkins, and celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest with us.

Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for even more natural beauty. Named the nation’s #2 botanic gardens, its grounds are covered with chrysanthemums of every possible hue in fall.

Art Piece - Tin Man - in Downtown Grand Rapids - Looking Up, 2021

ArtPrize has countless art pieces spread throughout Downtown Grand Rapids from hundreds of artits from around the world.

Photo by "Tin man" by Bill Secunda, ArtPrize 2021

Time your visit to coincide with ArtPrize, the world’s most attended public art event, to revel in the romance of creativity. Hundreds of artists from around the world display their art all over downtown Grand Rapids – and your vote helps determine who wins a huge cash prize. ArtPrize means amazing backdrops for your couple selfies, too.

Visit Uptown, a walkable dining and shopping district just five minutes east of downtown, for one-of-a-kind restaurants and boutiques. Terra GR, The WinchesterBrewery VivantHancockGreen Well Gastro PubForty Acres Soul Kitchen,  Donkey Taqueria and other eateries emphasize fresh, seasonal ingredients and casual dining, while Grove offers a more upscale culinary experience. Shops like Books & Mortar, Metal Art Studio Fine Jewelry, Woosah Outfitters (art & apparel), Rebel (gifts), Mokaya (chocolates) and Gemini Handmade (fine leather) are great places to find gifs for your loved one.

Stop by Uptown’s Mammoth Distilling Cocktail Lounge, Eastern Kille Wealthy, Less Traveled by Long Road Distillers, Chateau Grand Rapids, Post Off, Pursuit of Happiness or Squibb Coffee & Wine Bar for an after-dinner or apres-shopping drink before heading back to your B&B.

Winter Romance

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Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids

Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink is one of Grand Rapids' treasured winter activities.

Photo by Brian Kelly for Experience GR

The two-month-long World of Winter, America’s largest winter festival, is perfect for strolling arm-in-arm to see giant outdoor art installations, enjoy outdoor entertainment, play outdoor games and take outdoor walking tours. (Bundle up and huddle together for warmth.) Visit around Valentine’s Day for Valent-Ice, an ice sculpture exhibit, and Love on Ice at the outdoor Rosa Parks Circle ice skating rink.

Much of WoW overlaps with the Downtown Refreshment Area, which allows visitors (in any season) to stroll around with adult beverages purchased from 60+ participating businesses. May we suggest a hot toddy or peppermint schnapps?

You can stay at one of 13 downtown hotels to walk to WoW or any of 80 suburban hotels that are just a 10 to 15-minute drive away. Either way, you should check the Van Andel Arena, DeVos Performance Hall, GLC Live at 20 Monroe, Midtown, Intersection and Pyramid Scheme schedules for superstar concerts, Broadway shows and sporting events ideal for a date night.

Cross downtown’s Grand River to the Bridge Street Entertainment District – you can walk or take a FREE Dash bus. Bridge Street is lined with trendy eateries, breweries and nightspots – including Butcher’s Union, a meat & whiskey restaurant ranked among Yelp’s Top 100 Midwest eateries, Morning Belle, a fabulous brunch destination, and General Wood Shop, an LGBTQIA+ cocktail lounge. There are enough food-and-drink options here to keep you coming back throughout the long weekend!

Of course, you’re more than welcome to plan your own romantic Grand Rapids itinerary utilizing any of the suggestions above. Consult our Events, Things To Do and Restaurants pages for even more ideas.