Here Are All the Locations Michelle’s ‘Bachelorette’ Season Filmed—Including Somewhere International

Clayton, Michelle, "The Bachelorette"
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As the first Bachelor or Bachelorette season since you-know-what to film at multiple locations, fans want to know where The Bachelorette 2021 was filmed for Michelle‘s season exactly and whether she went international. (Spoiler alert: She did!)

Michelle Young, a 27-year-old teacher from Edina, Minnesota, was a contestant on The Bachelor season 25 with Matt James, where she was the runner-up. Michelle was confirmed as the season 18 Bachelorette during the season 25 “After the Final Rose” special, where guest host Emmanuel Acho announced Michelle and Katie Thurston, who was eliminated in 10th place on Matt’s Bachelor season, as the next Bachelorettes. Katie, who was the season 17 Bachelorette, aired her season from June to August 2021. Michelle’s season will air from October to December 2021.

According to Reality Steve, Michelle was the first choice to be the season 17 Bachelorette but because of her job as a fifth grade teacher, she didn’t want to leave her students during the school year like she did on Matt’s Bachelor season, so ABC postponed filming for her until the summer when school is out. While Michelle was still in school, Katie filmed her Bachelorette season, which is why there were two Bachelorettes in 2021.

In an interview Entertainment Tonight in October 2021, Michelle explained that she wanted to find a love like her parents’ on The Bachelorette. “Growing up just with my parents, seeing how they treated each other through stressful times, I mean life is not always easy but the fact that they have been married for so long and they still laugh so hard? I am not going to settle for anything less,” she said. “That is what I am going to look for.” She continued. “Finding a relationship where it is not going to fade out. You can’t predict everything that is going to happen to you in your relationship but knowing that I have a person that is going to stick it out and has that same mindset is incredibly important.”

Tayshia Adams, who hosted Michelle’s Bachelorette season with Kaitlyn Bristowe, also teased to Entertainment Tonight in October 2021 that Michelle’s finale is unlike any recent Bachelorette finale. “How it ends? I don’t think we’ve seen an ending like what happens in a couple of seasons now,” Tayshia said. “We’ve seen a lot. So there’s a lot of highs and lows. It’s all good things. I would just say she definitely leans into her heart and puts it all out on the line.”

So…where did The Bachelorette 2021 film Michelle‘s season? Read on for all the romantic locations Michelle found love at and where she had her Final Rose Ceremony.

Where did The Bachelorette 2021 film Michelle’s season?

The Bachelorette season 18 is the first Bachelor or Bachelorette season since the current health crisis to film at multiple locations. Read on for where The Bachelorette 2021 filmed.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California

The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California, is the first location Michelle’s Bachelorette season filmed. The resort—which is where Michelle met her 30 Bachelorette contestants—includes farm-to-table food, a golf course, spa, pools and more palm trees than the eye can see.

Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the second location Michelle’s Bachelorette season filmed at. After four episodes in California, Michelle’s final 12 contestants moved to Minnesota, her home state, according to Reality Steve. They first stayed at the Marquette Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the third location Michelle’s Bachelorette season filmed at. The mansion—which was the last location Michelle’s Bachelorette season filmed at before Fantasy Suites—is a 19,073 square-foot property that was the home of Frank and Anne Semple, according to the home’s website. It’s now an award-winning wedding venue and features the largest original residential ballroom in the state, The Grand Palladian Ballroom. It also has a historic vault that’s been converted into a wine grotto.

Iberostar Hotel in Punta de Mita, Mexico

The Iberostar Hotel in Punta de Mita, Mexico, is the fourth and final location Michelle’s Bachelorette season filmed at. According to Reality Steve, Michelle filmed her Bachelorette Fantasy Suites and Final Rose Ceremony in Mexico, which meant that her finale is the first Bachelor or Bachelorette finale since the current health crisis to be filmed international.

Who is The Bachelorette 2021, Michelle Young?

Michelle, "The Bachelorette" 2021

Image: ABC/Sami Drasin.

In case you don’t know by now: Michelle Young is The Bachelorette 2021 for season 18. Michelle, a 27-year-old teacher from Edina, Minnesota, was a contestant on The Bachelor season 25 with Matt James, where she was the runner-up. During the season 25 “After the Final Rose” special, Michelle and Katie Thurston, who was eliminated in 10th place on Matt’s Bachelor season, were announced as the next Bachelorettes. Katie, who was the season 17 Bachelorette, aired her season from June to August 2021. Michelle’s season will air from October to December 2021.

So who is The Bachelorette 2021, Michelle Young? Michelle was a Division 1 college basketball player and played Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, from 2011 to 2015. Michelle’s current job is as a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Bloomington, Minnesota. She joined Instagram on April 2020, just a couple months before Matt’s Bachelor season premiered.

 In her Bachelor bio, Michelle describes herself as an “over-worker” and described her “dream man” as confident but not cocky.” “Admittedly, she is an over-worker and says she is here because she is ready to find love and a man with whom to start a family,” Michelle’s Bachelor bio reads. “As a partner, she describes herself as loyal, compassionate and supportive, and shows love through acts of service. Her dream man is confident but not cocky and will look at her as his equal in all things.”

Her bio continues, “When Michelle’s not working, she loves to spend time with friends hiking and wine tasting. She is very adventurous in life and in appetite; she says that all of her favorite restaurants are local food trucks. Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place. She is looking for the superman to her superwoman and says that, together, she hopes that she and Matt can fall in love and change the world.”

For her fun facts, Michelle lists the following:

– Michelle is a catch-phrase queen.

– Michelle loves to go ice cream taste testing.

– Michelle is not into hot tub dates because they are too cliché.

The Bachelorette airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. Here’s how to watch it for free.


"Bachelor Nation" by Amy Kaufman

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Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

To get more of an inside scoop, check out Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman’s book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, for a deep dive into the Bachelor franchise. The book uncovers the secrets of Bachelor Nation, from how much the Bachelor and the Bachelorette are paid to the rules contestants have to follow, that producers don’t want fans to know. It’s a must-read for any Bachelor Nation member.

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