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Old 05-04-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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We will be taking a weekend away without the kids for the first time and I would like some ideas on what to do/where to stay. We have 2 nights to ourselves and don't want to travel far. We don't want to travel more than 2 hours from the Lansing/Jackson area if possible. First time away from the kids so wife will likely feel better if we are not too far away in case something comes up. My dream weekend would be a quiet hotel room or cabin where I can sleep in late, read a good book, have some drinks and good food, go for a walk (either in the woods or in a cool downtown) and spend time relaxing with my wife. Tell me about some of your great weekend getaways and any suggestions would be great too.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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Grand Rapids might fit the bill~cool downtown, lots of neat restaurants/brewpubs, Gerald Ford Museum if you've never done it is good, walk around Meijer Gardens? Is the John Ball Park Zoo still there?
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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Get a nice hotel room, order room service and just um, have adult relations all weekend.
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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Grand Rapids might fit the bill~cool downtown, lots of neat restaurants/brewpubs, Gerald Ford Museum if you've never done it is good, walk around Meijer Gardens? Is the John Ball Park Zoo still there?
Yes, the zoo is still there. But it's always jam packed with kids, so it might not be very romantic.

If you're talking in the summer time, I'd say Saugatuck or Grand Haven. Lots of small inns in both towns that are either downtown or within walking distance of downtown and the beaches and boardwalks.
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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Downtown Holland is awesome! Shopping, New Holland Brewing, Curragh Irish Pub, several coffee shops, art galleries, ice cream shops, sport shops (skiing, biking, hiking, camping, etc.) and more shoping. Plus several romantic B&Bs are located close by.
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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Yes, the zoo is still there. But it's always jam packed with kids, so it might not be very romantic.

If you're talking in the summer time, I'd say Saugatuck or Grand Haven. Lots of small inns in both towns that are either downtown or within walking distance of downtown and the beaches and boardwalks.
I would also recommend Saugatuck. It has a lot to offer in terms of things to do without the touristy kitsch. Once you arrive in town you can park your car and walk, and not have to use the car again until you leave. I discovered it several years ago and now rent a house for a week every summer. It's truly a gem of a town.

The $4.49-a-Gallon Vacation to Saugatuck, Mich. - NYTimes.com
http://www.saugatuck.com/lodging/NEW...ry.asp?type=bb
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