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The Bachelorette Is Basically Giving Michelle 1 Giant Hometown Date

This is a departure from the show's usual format.

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Travel is usually a big part of the Bachelor franchise, but for the last few seasons, the cast has had to be content mostly staying put. The lockdowns of 2020 restricted the amount of travel the cast and crew could do, so the most recent casts were kept sequestered in a single resort. But now it’s Michelle Young’s turn to be the Bachelorette and, thankfully, some travel restrictions have been lifted for filming. That means she and her cast of suitors get to enjoy a few different locales while on the journey to find love. It appears Michelle’s Bachelorette season is filming at multiple locations this season, which should be a treat for everyone who’s sick of watching dates go down at the same resort week after week.

For the last few seasons, there was no travel allowed, so even the final four contestants’ “hometown dates” had to take place within the same resort where they’d been since night one. That definitely made for some *interesting* dates, like Blake Moynes trying to recreate Canada for Katie Thurston while they were staying in New Mexico. But I think both the cast and the audience will appreciate going back to the Bachelor franchise’s roots and getting to actually see everybody in their hometowns, as well as a bunch of beautiful resorts. Here’s what we know about all the filming locations for Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette so far.

The Marquette Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota

In Week 5, Michelle and her remaining guys said goodbye to California and hopped on a plane to Michelle’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The guys were excited to get a fresh start in a new city, while Michelle got the opportunity to check in with her parents. While in Minnesota, everyone is staying at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis. The hotel’s team posted about The Bachelorette on Instagram, saying they were excited to “participate in the journey of Michelle Young as she searches for lasting love.”

Upon getting to Minneapolis, Michelle asked fellow Minnesota native Joe Coleman on a one-on-one date, where she got to show him around her old high school and hang out with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. It looks like all the time in Michelle’s hometown will give her the chance to show her guys who she is when she’s in her comfort zone at home.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, California

Michelle’s season of The Bachelorette started in the Southern California desert, not too far off from La Quinta in Palm Springs, where Clare Crawley/Tayshia Adams’ season of The Bachelorette was filmed. This season is beginning at the Renaissance Esmerelda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California, which is right next to Palm Springs.

The Renaissance Esmerelda looks like a pretty gorgeous place to kick off Michelle’s love story. Not only is there a spa and golf course, but the pool also includes a sandy shore, so you can get a taste of the beach even when you’re in the desert. Hopefully, the contestants got to enjoy a little poolside fun this season on The Bachelorette.

Check back for more updates as Michelle’s season continues.

Season 18 of The Bachelorette airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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