A couple’s getaway should be filled with the perfect balance of romance, excitement, intrigue, and adventure. Jackson, Michigan has all of those wrapped up in one. Taste your way through numerous wineries and breweries, explore our fascinating connection to American history, and reconnect with the arts while attending a variety of live performances.
Go Back in Time Together
Prepare yourself for a day of excitement and intrigue as you make your way through some of Jackson’s most fascinating historical spots. Start by touring Michigan’s first state prison with Jackson Journeys. The captivating guides will take you through the expansive grounds telling you the infamous stories of crime, corruption, and escape.
Then, take a tour of early American history to learn more about Jackson’s role in the monumental acts that were a catalyst for the Civil War. Start at Under the Oaks – the very spot the Republican Party was formed. Then make your way to the heart of downtown, where you can take a self-guided tour of the Underground Railroad that ran through our once quiet town. Using our free app, you can learn the telling tale of Rufus Evans, a former slave whose journey to freedom took him through Jackson.
Explore the Arts
An entire weekend could be spent immersed in Jackson’s art scene. From dozens of paintings in galleries, to sculptures, performing arts, and so much more. The Ella Sharp Museum has several galleries full of impressive paintings, preserved artifacts, and rare finds. If you’d prefer to see something a little more animated, head over to The Cascades. The staggering three tier, illuminated, man-made water fountain puts on a show so exquisite, visitors from around the world have come to lay their eyes on the magnificent spectacle.
Your time in Jackson wouldn’t be complete without a live performance. The Michigan Theatre is a beautiful theater built in the early 1900s that captures the Spanish renaissance style perfectly. The Potter Center provides a more modern experience with a variety of traveling shows that include comedy, ballet, plays, and musicians.
The Perfect Atmosphere for a Romantic Evening
End your day with a romantic evening at one of our acclaimed wineries or breweries. Sandhill Crane Vineyards is set in the Jackson countryside and has a sprawling porch that is perfect for watching the sunset while sipping on one of their famous wines. Lone Oak Vineyard Estate Winery & Brewery is Southwest Michigan’s oldest and largest commercial vineyard. The cozy atmosphere and excellent wines will make for a wonderful evening. Grand River Brewery’s steampunk feel sets the stage for an evening you may not have expected. Enjoy the city view and murals painted at Bright Walls mural festival while enjoying their outdoor dining area.
Start Planning Your Romantic Michigan Getaway
We may have just scratched the surface of all the fun things to do in Jackson, Michigan with your significant other, so start exploring for yourself! If you are not sure on where to stay, we can help you with that too – check out our great accommodations!
Bright Walls mural picture by Maury Page.