"A Special Place on the Lake" Saint Joseph by riorich55

Saint Joseph Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 33 photos

Michigan's Most Romantic City

Taking the monikers from the Welcome to Downtown St. Joseph sign I was intigued to find out more about the "Most Romatic City" claim. Apparently in 2006 Susan Ager of the Detroit Free Press suggested that the city’s beautiful beaches might have earned that title for St. Joseph. But the true claim may go back more then 100 years ago with this information which I will quote here.

"At the beginning of the twentieth century, Michigan’s arms were opened wide, inviting potential couples to come and tie the knot. Michigan’s marriage requirements, far more lenient than those of neighboring states, brought eager couples here to wed. St. Joseph was the most popular marriage destination. Amorous Chicagoans by the thousands boarded steamers early Sunday mornings, arriving in St. Joseph four hours later. A band greeted them as they disembarked — as well as large crowds of curious onlookers. The lovers hurried off to the county clerk’s office, tied the knot and returned to the steamer before it traveled back to Chicago the same day.

Now you wonder was this the Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas) of the 19th century? And unlike many quicky marriages and divorces in Las Vegas today, how many of those marriages lasted?

#2 City in the World

Here is another claim that St. Joseph can make according to a recent publication in Delta Airlines Sky Magazine. They are the #2 city in the world ranked as a Great Escape. They were only beaten out by Nice, France and ahead of Railay, Krabi, Thailand.

I haven't read the article, but I can only assume that because St. Joseph is located less then 100 miles from Chicago and a drive across Michigan from Detroit that it is a Great Escape from the big Midwestern Urban cities.

They do have a great beach and a nice town atmosphere so no argument from me on that claim.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pretty Beach and Downtown Area
  • Cons:Getting Here From Chicago Can Be a Traffic Nitemare
  • In a nutshell:Unexpectantly Pleasant!
  • Last visit to Saint Joseph: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Aug 8, 2009
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Excellent introduction, Rich. Seems like a cute place to visit. Going to be in that area soon so might have a look.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Love the hippo birthday :-) I think Clementine's was packed when we were there too!

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