Top 8 Restaurants to Visit for Valentine Season in Northwest Michigan

Winter is trudging along, so you need something to look forward to. If a romantic getaway is in order, Northern Michigan has the most romantic places to go for dining. Authentic, locally sourced food is key to eateries in this region. Dining with ambience and expertly prepared food can make for a wonderful evening. Add to that dining experience a perfectly paired bottle of wine or a craft beer, and all the more better.

Here are the top eight restaurants to dine in for Valentine Season in the Ellsworth, Charlevoix, Bellaire and Petoskey area:

The Rowe Inn Restaurant

With their extensive wine cellar and locally sourced ingredients, it is a dining experience. Check it out


Charlevoix – Located on the shores of Lake Michigan


Grey Gables

Offers a variety of New American dishes in an elegant Victorian surrounding. Check it out

Bridge Street Tap Room

Local alehouse with a view of Round Lake featuring local craft brews and an area-sourced bar menu. Local music for entertainment. Check it out


Special dinner evenings are offered here. Esperance celebrates food and wine with these special dinners that are aimed to be a dining experience not soon forgotten. Check it out

Stafford’s Weathervane

In a renovated grist mill with a gorgeous view of the channel between Lake Michigan and Round Lake. Enjoy lovely ambience and great regional food. Check it out


Bellaire – Located on the Chain of Lakes


Short’s Brewery

Nationally known Short’s Brewery is here in Northern Michigan! A gastropub offering 20 house beers and eclectic menu. Local music for entertainment. Check it out

Petoskey – Located north of Charlevoix, on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay



Cozy up at Chandler’s for New American dishes and sushi. With a 4,000 bottle wine cellar, you will have a hard time deciding on a bottle. Check it out

Twisted Olive

American food inspired by Mediterranean traditions. Beautiful views of Lake Michigan and located in the Gaslight District. Check it out

Palette Bistro

A double-decker cafe with bay views. Gourmet Mediterranean fare and wine. Check it out

Where to Stay?

The House on the Hill Bed and Breakfast is located near to all of these dining venues. Enjoy a spacious, newly renovated room, beautiful views and a three course gourmet breakfast. Visit us at or call 231-588-6304.