From charming local coffee shops and restaurants to beautiful hikes and sights, there's no shortage of romantic things to do in Marquette, MI. Check out our Romantic Winter Adventure Itinerary for ideas on how to make any day special with your special someone.
Fuel Up at a Cozy Coffee Shop
Start your day with a tasty cup of coffee at one of our many locally-owned and loved coffee shops in Marquette. Sit and sip while watching out the wide windows onto Third Street at Contrast or The Crib, nestled in a comfy nook at Velodrome Coffee Co., or with a quick game of cribbage at Dead River Coffee.
Bite into a Scrumptious Breakfast or Brunch
Before you embark on your day’s adventure, dig into a scrumptious brunch at one of our local restaurants. Bodega offers breakfast all day, every day with locally-sourced food made from scratch and fresh-squeezed juice. If you’re looking for the classics, you can’t go wrong with a Doncker’s breakfast. Up for something different? Check out Steinhaus for some delicious German schnitzel or hash or Lagniappe for a mouthwatering Cajun breakfast.
Explore the Winter Wilderness
After you fill up, head out for an afternoon hike along the Lake Superior shoreline or among the U.P. pines. Wetmore Landing is a popular, scenic stretch featuring forested trails and access to the lakeshore. For something more remote, keep driving up 550 until you reach Big Bay to take a quick trek to Thomas Rock, or for a lengthier hike, snowshoe the beautiful Big Bay Pathway.
Warm Up at Blackrocks Brewery
Grab a brew for two at Blackrocks Brewery and cozy up inside or fireside. With year-round favorites like Grand Rabbits Cream Ale and MYKiss IPA and seasonal picks like Coconut Brown and Orange Blossom Cream, you’ll want to make time to try more than one.
Dinner and a Movie at Delft Bistro
Do dinner and a movie at the same time at the Delft Bistro, where movies play silently on the screen while you dine. You can’t miss the big, bright marquee on Washington Street in downtown Marquette. Serving up a seasonally-rotating menu of modern American fare in a mellow atmosphere, along with cocktails made with house-made syrups, fresh-squeezed juices, and fresh herbs. Make sure to save room for their delectable desserts.
Night Skiing at Marquette Mountain
Get in some quick turns under the lights at Marquette Mountain. Ride groomed greens, blues, and black diamonds, or untouched slopes with natural snow. Pack your gear or rent a full setup online ahead of time or in person when you arrive. Enjoy reduced ticket and rental prices for night skiing Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6-9 pm.
Wind Down with a Cocktail or Wine
With Michigan's longest by-the-glass wine list, the Zephyr is a must-visit for any type of wine lover. If wine’s not your first love, you’ll find an ample variety of alternatives like cocktails, beers, and ciders, as well as non-alcoholic options including coffee, tea, espresso and more. Or grab a locally distilled spirit inside the former Nordic Theater. Try their Valentine's special, Cupid’s Club, featuring absinthe rinse, gin, lemon, black currant, and egg white.