Six Dates for Winter Romance

Plan a perfect day or night to enjoy the season and each other

When the snow starts to fly, putting on flannel pants, slipping into cozy slippers, and popping a movie into the DVD player might easily turn into the only option you can think of for date night. It’s time to step out of the box, get out of the house, and find fun ways to spend quality time together. Grab your other half and head out for a memorable date, enjoying the winter splendor of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Warm up on the lanes

Bowling is an entertaining way to get some exercise and stay warm on those especially chilly winter days. Pick out your favorite pair of bowling shoes, shine up your ball, powder your hands, and throw some strikes at Central Michigan University’s ULanes, located in the Student Activity Center. (ULanes, Central Michigan University, Student Activity Center, Mt Pleasant, www.cmich.edu/fas/ras/urec/Facilities/Pages/Bowling.aspx, 989-774-3686)

Place your bets

Keep the competition going! Head out to explore Mount Pleasant after crushing those pins, and see who will come out the ultimate winner at these favorite hot spots.

  • Place a bet at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 888-732-4537)
  • Throw some darts at Mountain Town Brewing Company (614 W Pickard Rd, Mt Pleasant, 989-400-4666)
  • Predict the winner of the big game at O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grill (2000 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-3751)
  • Shoot a game of pool at Freddie’s Tavern (705 S Adams St, Mt Pleasant, 989-773-2180)

Put on your dancin’ shoes

Ready to bust a move? Choose from all types of dance almost any day of the week, from salsa to cha-cha to ballroom. Angela Markle of Ballroom Dance by Angela will show you how to shimmy and sashay around the dance floor, complete with dips and twirls. Check out the Thursday night lessons at Freeland Sports Zone in Freeland starting at 7 p.m., and stick around for open dance to practice your new moves until 10 p.m. (Ballroom Dance by Angela, Saginaw Township, www.ballroomdancebyangela.com, 989-921-0262)

Cool down

After all that dancing, you’re sure to have worked up a thirst and maybe even a bit of an appetite. Take a trip into Freeland after you wrap up your ballroom dance lesson to grab a drink and a bite to eat.
  • 2nd Street Sports Pub (274 Meyers St, Freeland, 989-695-6501)
  • Log Cabin Bar (181 S Main St, Freeland, 989-695-5761)
  • Riverside Family Restaurant (8295 Midland Rd, Freeland, 989-695-5563)
  • Hot Diggity Dog Coney Island (139 Washington St, Freeland, 989-573-8574)

Midday matinee

Old movies, holiday favorites, and the classics: You never know what you might catch on the big screen at the State Theatre of Bay City. For a weekend lunch date that beats reruns on the couch, head over to the State Theatre for a relaxing, cinema-filled afternoon in historic surroundings. (State Theatre of Bay City, 913 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-892-2660, www.statetheatrebaycity.com)

After the show

If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic after watching your favorite old film in a landmark location, keep the memories going with a trip to one of these favorite local joints for a home-cooked, old-fashioned lunch.

  • Rudy’s Red Lion Diner (201 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-2266)
  • Intermission Deli (111 3rd St, Bay City, 989-893-5010)
  • American Kitchen (207 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-402-1366)
  • Stock Pot Diner (1007 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-893-9332)

Cultural couple

Spend the afternoon strolling through Midland Center for the Arts, exploring the exhibits, or even sign up to take a class together, learning everything from acrylic painting to ceramics. Or, take advantage of the opportunity to sit close to one another during a classical performance of the Midland Symphony Orchestra or Center Stage Theatre. (Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W St Andrews Rd, Midland, 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org)

Decadent delights

Finish off an evening of art and culture by sharing a sinful dessert that is sure to tempt your taste buds.

  • The Creek Grill (1259 S Poseyville Rd, Midland, 989-486-3717)
  • The Table Restaurant (The H Hotel, 111 W Main St, Midland, 989-633-6099)
  • The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe (1908 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-4103)
  • VanillaBean BakeShop (318 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9560)

Mittens, mufflers, and more

Lace up your skates, breathe in the invigorating winter air, and get on the ice at Hoyt Park in Saginaw. Whether you’re looking to skate hand in hand around the ice rink or take your partner on for some one-on-one hockey, you’ll have plenty of room to work on your combination spin or slapshot. (Hoyt Park, 1574 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, www.saginaw-mi.com/visit/hoytpark/)

Hot chocolate, anyone?

You don’t have to go too much farther than just up the hill at Hoyt Park to grab a cup of hot chocolate and warm up after an afternoon of playing in the snow. Don’t miss these other great spots for a cup of hot cocoa or coffee.

  • Bancroft Coffee and Tea (101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-011)
  • Dawn of a New Day Coffeehouse & Café (210 S Washington Ave, 989-284-3549)
  • Red Eye Caffé (205 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-793-1411)
  • Court Street Grill (100 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-4004)

The thrill of the hill

Do you remember the exhilaration you felt when you went off, racing down a freshly snow-covered hill, kneeling on your sled with your arms up in the air? Re-capture that excitement with a trip to Midland City Forest Park. Pick up a two-person sled on your way and hold on to each other tightly! (Midland City Forest Park, 2840 E Monroe Rd, Midland, 989-835-7011, www.midland-mi.org/government/departments/dps/p&rhome.htm)

Let It snow, let It snow, let It snow!

Don’t let the fun stop at the bottom of the hill. Put up your sled, button up your jacket, and try some of these snow-filled activities to rekindle your love of each other and the winter snow.

  • Make a snowman
  • Snowshoe in the forest
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Make snow angels

Plan a perfect day or night to enjoy the season and each other

When the snow starts to fly, putting on flannel pants, slipping into cozy slippers, and popping a movie into the DVD player might easily turn into the only option you can think of for date night. It’s time to step out of the box, get out of the house, and find fun ways to spend quality time together. Grab your other half and head out for a memorable date, enjoying the winter splendor of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Warm up on the lanes

Bowling is an entertaining way to get some exercise and stay warm on those especially chilly winter days. Pick out your favorite pair of bowling shoes, shine up your ball, powder your hands, and throw some strikes at Central Michigan University’s ULanes, located in the Student Activity Center. (ULanes, Central Michigan University, Student Activity Center, Mt Pleasant, www.cmich.edu/fas/ras/urec/Facilities/Pages/Bowling.aspx, 989-774-3686)

Place your bets

Keep the competition going! Head out to explore Mount Pleasant after crushing those pins, and see who will come out the ultimate winner at these favorite hot spots.

  • Place a bet at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, 888-732-4537)
  • Throw some darts at Mountain Town Brewing Company (614 W Pickard Rd, Mt Pleasant, 989-400-4666)
  • Predict the winner of the big game at O’Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grill (2000 S Mission St, Mt Pleasant, 989-775-3751)
  • Shoot a game of pool at Freddie’s Tavern (705 S Adams St, Mt Pleasant, 989-773-2180)

Put on your dancin’ shoes

Ready to bust a move? Choose from all types of dance almost any day of the week, from salsa to cha-cha to ballroom. Angela Markle of Ballroom Dance by Angela will show you how to shimmy and sashay around the dance floor, complete with dips and twirls. Check out the Thursday night lessons at Freeland Sports Zone in Freeland starting at 7 p.m., and stick around for open dance to practice your new moves until 10 p.m. (Ballroom Dance by Angela, Saginaw Township, www.ballroomdancebyangela.com, 989-921-0262)

Cool down

After all that dancing, you’re sure to have worked up a thirst and maybe even a bit of an appetite. Take a trip into Freeland after you wrap up your ballroom dance lesson to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

  • 2nd Street Sports Pub (274 Meyers St, Freeland, 989-695-6501)
  • Log Cabin Bar (181 S Main St, Freeland, 989-695-5761)
  • Riverside Family Restaurant (8295 Midland Rd, Freeland, 989-695-5563)
  • Hot Diggity Dog Coney Island (139 Washington St, Freeland, 989-573-8574)

Midday matinee

Old movies, holiday favorites, and the classics: You never know what you might catch on the big screen at the State Theatre of Bay City. For a weekend lunch date that beats reruns on the couch, head over to the State Theatre for a relaxing, cinema-filled afternoon in historic surroundings. (State Theatre of Bay City, 913 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-892-2660, www.statetheatrebaycity.com)

After the show

If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic after watching your favorite old film in a landmark location, keep the memories going with a trip to one of these favorite local joints for a home-cooked, old-fashioned lunch.

  • Rudy’s Red Lion Diner (201 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-893-2266)
  • Intermission Deli (111 3rd St, Bay City, 989-893-5010)
  • American Kitchen (207 Center Ave, Bay City, 989-402-1366)
  • Stock Pot Diner (1007 Washington Ave, Bay City, 989-893-9332)

Cultural couple

Spend the afternoon strolling through Midland Center for the Arts, exploring the exhibits, or even sign up to take a class together, learning everything from acrylic painting to ceramics. Or, take advantage of the opportunity to sit close to one another during a classical performance of the Midland Symphony Orchestra or Center Stage Theatre. (Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W St Andrews Rd, Midland, 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org)

Decadent delights

Finish off an evening of art and culture by sharing a sinful dessert that is sure to tempt your taste buds.

  • The Creek Grill (1259 S Poseyville Rd, Midland, 989-486-3717)
  • The Table Restaurant (The H Hotel, 111 W Main St, Midland, 989-633-6099)
  • The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe (1908 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-631-4103)
  • VanillaBean BakeShop (318 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, 989-633-9560)

Mittens, mufflers, and more

Lace up your skates, breathe in the invigorating winter air, and get on the ice at Hoyt Park in Saginaw. Whether you’re looking to skate hand in hand around the ice rink or take your partner on for some one-on-one hockey, you’ll have plenty of room to work on your combination spin or slapshot. (Hoyt Park, 1574 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, www.saginaw-mi.com/visit/hoytpark/)

Hot chocolate, anyone?

You don’t have to go too much farther than just up the hill at Hoyt Park to grab a cup of hot chocolate and warm up after an afternoon of playing in the snow. Don’t miss these other great spots for a cup of hot cocoa or coffee.

  • Bancroft Coffee and Tea (101 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, 989-776-011)
  • Dawn of a New Day Coffeehouse & Café (210 S Washington Ave, 989-284-3549)
  • Red Eye Caffé (205 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, 989-793-1411)
  • Court Street Grill (100 S Michigan Ave, Saginaw, 989-401-4004)

The thrill of the hill

Do you remember the exhilaration you felt when you went off, racing down a freshly snow-covered hill, kneeling on your sled with your arms up in the air? Re-capture that excitement with a trip to Midland City Forest Park. Pick up a two-person sled on your way and hold on to each other tightly! (Midland City Forest Park, 2840 E Monroe Rd, Midland, 989-835-7011, www.midland-mi.org/government/departments/dps/p&rhome.htm)

Let It snow, let It snow, let It snow!

Don’t let the fun stop at the bottom of the hill. Put up your sled, button up your jacket, and try some of these snow-filled activities to rekindle your love of each other and the winter snow.

  • Make a snowman
  • Snowshoe in the forest
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Make snow angels

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