Detroit is called Motown, Hockeytown, Motor City, and more. There is something in Detroit for everyone, but is it a romantic city? Well, Detroit can be what you make it. There are plenty of romantic things to do in Detroit, but what you choose to do depends on what you (and your partner) find romantic.
If you’re looking to whisk your partner away and reconnect in Detroit, then it will help to personalize your itinerary based on your love language. This guide will cover the perfect romantic Detroit getaway for each love language.
“Love language” became a buzz word a few years ago, and even more people dove into finding out their own love language during quarantine. But the term was actually coined in 1992 by Gary Chapman. There are five love languages, and the theory is that your love language guides how you give love, and how you receive love. The five love languages include:
Knowing your love language, and your partner’s, can strengthen your relationship. And if you’re looking to travel to Detroit on a couple’s trip, why not use your love language to plan the best trip ever? (Don’t know your love language yet? Take the quiz here).
Words of Affirmation
People whose love language is Words of Affirmation want their partner to express their love through words. They want to be reassured with deep conversation and frequent reminders about how their partner feels.
Want to plan the best trip to Detroit for your Words of Affirmation partner? Hit up a Detroit bookstore – the most obvious place to get the words flowing!
27th Letter Books is a perfect choice. This indie bookstore was a 2019 winner of the Hatch Detroit competition. It’s located on Michigan Ave and has a special focus on underrepresented authors. Pick up a book they’ve been wanting, and write a sappy inscription at the front.
John K. King is the most iconic Detroit bookstore – known for its massive collection of used books spanning four floors. This is another perfect place to take your partner, get lost down the winding aisles, and maybe read them a bit of spontaneous romantic poetry? Your Words of Affirmation partner is sure to love that.
For those who prefer to write their thoughts on paper, shop for some local Detroit stationary to write your partner a letter during your trip (mailing it home with a Detroit stamp is a fun touch). City Bird in Midtown is the perfect spot to pick up unique stationary designed by Detroit artists.
Some people prefer their Words of Affirmation to be shared a bit more publicly. Detroit has something for those folks, too. Give your loved one the ultimate Detroit shout out on the big screen at Little Caesars Arena. (Let’s just say, you wouldn’t be the first marriage proposal to go down at Little Caesars).
Acts of Service
If your partner has the Acts of Service love language, then you know that to them, actions are louder than words. They want love to be communicated through favors that show you’ve thought of them and their time.
For some people, grocery shopping is a chore. Not at Eastern Market – the United States’ largest outdoor farmer’s market, right here in Detroit. If your partner is super busy, drop by Eastern Market and pick up some special, locally grown Michigan treats they’ve been meaning to get but haven’t found the time for.
Another simple but oh-so-effective act of service is to let your partner sleep in at the hotel (or home), and pick them up some freshly brewed coffee for when they wake up. Detroit has a thriving specialty coffee shop scene, with plenty of cafes to pick from.
If you’re in Detroit with your dog, then your Acts of Service partner might also appreciate you taking on dog-duty for a bit. Let your partner chill out, and take your dog walking on one of Detroit’s dog walking routes. While you’re out, you might save your partner some time by buying some much-needed pet gear at one of Detroit’s pet boutiques. 3 Dogs 1 Cat by Eastern Market is a local favorite.
Your partner will also definitely appreciate you doing the legwork to organize dinner. Pick up takeout dinner so they don’t have to cook (or even think about where to go for dinner). They might also love if you organized a fancy take out dinner and a movie at the hotel.
For people who have the Receiving Gifts love language, they want to be shown love with physical items and presents. To them, gifts act as reminders that you are thinking of them and care about them.
Why not gift a getaway to Detroit? Buy your partner a staycation at one of Detroit’s boutique hotels. Better yet, make up a card and a small Detroit-themed gift box to announce your gift – they are sure to love that.
During your trip, take your partner shopping down Woodward Ave in downtown Detroit. Pop into shops like Madewell, Moosejaw, Nike, Under Armour, Bonobos, Lululemon, and more. When they’re not looking, buy them something they were eyeing.
If you want your partner to remember your time in Detroit – and how much you love them – gift them some Detroit-themed goodies. Pick up some Detroit gear from Detroit is the New Black in downtown, or Detroit vs. Everybody by Eastern Market.
The options for gift giving in Detroit just keep going. Gift your partner a voucher for a meal at one of Detroit’s most romantic restaurants. Get them tickets to a show or concert at Little Caesars, DTE Energy Music Theatre, or the TCF Center. But potentially the best gift of all? Drop by Bon Bon Bon and pick them up a box of gourmet chocolates, handmade in Detroit!
People with the Quality Time love language make the perfect partners for a couple’s getaway. By spending time with them, you are showing them you love them. They will love it if you plan a trip with plenty of time dedicated to enjoying each other’s company.
An ideal way to spend a Saturday morning in Detroit together is at the Eastern Market farmer’s market. You could easily spend a few hours browsing all the stalls and the nearby boutiques, restaurants, and murals.
Your Quality Time partner would also love just spending time with you on a guided city tour of Detroit. Try Antique Touring, which offers tours of Belle Isle in a vintage Ford Model A – cuddle up in the back seat for a quintessential Detroit experience together that you won’t forget. Or join a Motor City Brew Tour, where you’ll go on a guided tour of Detroit’s best breweries and cideries.
Your partner will also love spending an afternoon walking hand-in-hand at one of Detroit’s museums. Take your pick from options like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Motown Museum, The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, and more.
There are so many other ways to enjoy quality time with your loved one in Detroit. Try wine tasting at Motor City Wine or Detroit Vineyards. Catch a Tigers game at Comerica Park, a Lions Game at Ford Field, or a Redwings or Pistons game at Little Caesars Arena. No matter what activity you pick, the important thing is spending time together if your partner’s love language is Quality Time.
If your partner has the Physical Touch love language, then they appreciate physical expressions of love. Hold their hand in public, squeeze their shoulder, hug them, and just let them know you are there.
There are a lot of ways to incorporate your partner’s Physical Touch love language into your trip to Detroit. Try to focus your itinerary with activities that will get your heart pumping and keep you close to one another.
Sign up for an aerial class at Detroit Flyhouse. You’ll learn about traditional circus arts, and there are even partner acrobatics classes that will get you working together with your partner on the silks or trapeze.
You can also get close with your partner at one of Detroit’s yoga studios. Try a partner yoga class at Citizen Yoga, where you’ll learn to both breathe and “fly” together.
Adding a spa day or massage into your Detroit getaway will also definitely please your Physical Touch partner. At Meta Physica Massage in Corktown, reopening in summer 2021, you can sign up for a deep tissue couple’s massage that will melt away your stress and make you feel even more connected.
In the summer, you might rent a tandem kayak on Belle Isle, or cozy up together in your car for an old-fashioned drive in movie at the Ford Drive In in Wyoming. In the winter, grab your mittens and ice skate hand-in-hand around the ice rink at Campus Martius.