1. See Fall Color By Carriage
There’s really no dreamier way to #SeeFrankenmuth in fall than tucked inside the cozy, horse-drawn carriages of Frankenmuth Carriage Company and Fantasy Carriage Company. Get to the Glockenspiel Tower of Bavarian Inn Restaurant to take a romantic tour with Frankenmuth Carriage or start just south of the Zehnder’s Restaurant parking lot to snag a ride with Fantasy Carriage. Whichever you choose, prepare to take in autumn’s most swoon-worthy sights while you ride in style.
2. Soak In Seasonal Relaxation
There’s never a bad time to settle in next to your sweetie for a relaxing spa treatment, but the time has also never been better than now (right now) – when you can escape to Serendipity Wellness Spa for fall-inspired treatments, including a Farmhouse Fresh Spice Cider Soak, Bourbon Bubbler Scrub, Back Country Caramel Massage, and – to top it all off – a Caramel Apple Bourbon Cider to sip and share with someone you love!
3. Find Romance On The Water
Romance on the riverfront has never been easier to find than when you board at the docks of Frankenmuth FunShips with nothing but the wind in your hair and your other half by your side. Hop on for a scenic, autumn river cruise (might we suggest: the kind that comes complete with a romantic wine & chocolate pairing?), or set out just the two of you on an Aqua Cycle paddleboat adventure for an even more intimate setting. Lovebirds also live for the leisurely, 1-hour rides offered up by Bavarian Belle Riverboat, where the chance is yours to see fall’s finest aboard a 150-passenger paddlewheel craft. Whichever way you go, get ready to gaze into each other’s eyes… if you can take them off the colorful tunnel of trees that surrounds!
4. Get Lost In A Sea Of Trees
Lean on the one you love when you tackle the toughest zips and climbs together at our Frankenmuth Aerial Park – an up-in-the-trees adventure park absolutely packed with good excuses to get closer! Take to the ropes course, climb high above the forest floor, and cling to each other as you weave your way through a lush canopy of trees on this truly one-of-a-kind date night. Looking to kick the romance up another notch? Take to the Aerial Park just before dark for a not-to-be-missed twilight climb, where the softly lit trees create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable fall date night!
5. Cozy Up For A Fresh, Fall Picnic
Put a twist on that tired date night tradition when you fall in love over and over again with the finds at our Frankenmuth Farmers Market, open Wednesdays and Saturdays through mid-October. This local treasure trove of fresh produce and fine artisan goods has the makings of a perfect starter kit for any DIY fall date night. Taste traditional, flaky German butterhorns from Butterhorn Bakery, luscious cheeses from Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, jerky from Willi’s Sausage Co., or donuts and fresh-pressed cider from Miller’s Family Orchard – along with loads of farm-fresh foods and favorites from the many other vendors that join them on constant rotation. Whichever Frankenmuth Farmers Market vendors you frequent, be sure to bring your blanket and basket and get ready to cozy up to fresh, local flavor (and each other!).
6. Sip Seasonal Flavor By The Glass
There are countless ways to warm up with wine, brews, and craft cocktails in Frankenmuth, and no better season to sip and savor than in sweater weather! Pop into Prost! for global-meets-local charcuterie alongside wine on tap, sample a tasting flight at St. Julian’s, or browse thousands of jewelry beads while sipping on something special when you visit the Modern Craft Winery Tasting Room inside Frankenmuth River Place Shops’ own Bead Haven.
Hearty fall brews more your thing? Step inside Michigan’s Original Craft Brewery – Frankenmuth Brewery – for fall favorites like the Oktoberfest Lager, or linger at the Lager Mill, where you’ll find over 450 craft beers from around the globe, all yours to take home and enjoy after soaking in the Bavarian brewing history.
Hint: No matter which of these Frankenmuth fall date nights you choose, do pay a visit to Frankenmuth Florist Greenhouses & Gifts. This neighborhood shop focuses on personalized service (and has since 1910!), so be sure to stop in and snag something fall date night-worthy!
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Blair Cook, a Go Great Lakes Bay native, is the Founder + Creative Director at Brandscape, a boutique marketing firm that helps Pure Michigan businesses build their brands with handspun, original content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories and travel tips about the places she loves!