Love is in the air in Pure Michigan! Michigan’s snow-covered shores, glowing sunsets, and twinkling city lights help set the mood for a romantic getaway or special night out this February. Whether you cuddle-up at home or head out on the town, here are ten romantic ways to spend time with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day in Pure Michigan. For more ideas on things to do in Pure Michigan on Valentine’s Day, visit michigan.org.
1. Take Advantage of Ski and Snowboard Specials
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For snow-loving couples, a number of Michigan ski resorts will offer special events and packages around Valentine’s Day. Have some fun on Cupid’s Couple Obstacle Course at Swiss Valley Ski Area or take advantage of two-for-one Valentine’s Day skiing at Shanty Creek, Crystal Mountain will also offer special Romance Packages. Check out other ski and snowboard specials and events near you here.
2. Take a Midnight Stroll
A leisurely hand-in-hand stroll is a relaxing way to spend quality time. Why not put a new spin on a classic activity with some cross-country skis or snowshoes?
Hartwick Pines State Park will offer a special evening event on February 22nd where skiers will have a chance to enjoy one of the park’s groomed ski trails by lantern light. Over 75 lanterns will be lit along the 1.25 mile, groomed cross-country ski trail. Stick around afterwards for hot beverages and snacks!
If you’d rather trek through Michigan’s terrain on foot, Hartwick Pines State Park will also offer a Full Moon guided snowshoe hike on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 7pm. Trapper’s Cabin trail in Roscommon will also be lit with torches on February 15th, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience.
3. Go Ice Skating
What could be more picturesque than ice skating in the park after a romantic dinner? Many cities in Michigan have skating ponds in the winter months. In Grand Rapids, visitors can go ice skating in Rosa Parks Circle. Located in the heart of the city, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a candlelit dinner with your significant other before heading over to glide across the ice. In Detroit, Campus Martius Park is home to a skating rink January through March. Also located right downtown, there is a variety of dining options to choose from!
4. Check out a Beer or Wine Tasting
Michigan’s craft beer scene is booming. Why not try some unique Michigan craft brews at the brewery nearest you?
If sipping a glass of Michigan wine suits your fancy, many Michigan wineries are offering special tasting events for couples around Valentine’s Day. Check out Chateau Chantal’s Valentine’s Day Wine Education Dinner Traverse City or head to Roscommon’s Winter Wine Tasting on February 16th.
5. Spend the Night at a Michigan Bed & Breakfast
If a quick getaway is what you’re looking for, Michigan Bed and Breakfast’s have last-minute Valentine’s Day Specials avaialable. Spend a charming day and night exploring a new location, dining on local fare, and enjoying your time away together.
6. Spend Some Time with the Animals
Love animals? Spend Valentine’s Day at the Detroit Zoo for Love Gone Wild. For a more action-packed outing, head to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and meet the sled dog teams participating in this year’s UP200 and Midnight Run.
7. Have a Few Laughs
Strengthen your bond over a few good jokes at your local comedy club. The Ramsdell Theatre and Cultural Center will host a special Valentine’s Day Comedy Concert. The show starts at 8pm, tickets are just $12 in advance, $15 at the door. A dinner/show package is also available for $75 per couple. Talented comedians will also take the stage at The Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival in downtown Traverse City. Be sure to ride the winter Ferris wheel outside after the show!
8. Catch a Flick
Catching a movie is a great way to spend the evening, and there are many movie theaters around Michigan to choose from. If you’d like to make you’re movie-going experience a little special, Michigan is home to several classic movie houses that aren’t your normal cinema. The State Theatre in Traverse City was originally built in 1918 and rebuilt in 1923 after a fire. It showed the first talking movie seen in Northern Michigan in 1929 when it was known as the Lyric Theatre. Now it is home to the Traverse City Film Festival and is open year round showing art house films. The Redford Theatre is Detroit was opened in 1928 and shows “classic movies the way they were meant to be seen,” accompanied by organ and all.
9. Satisfy your Sweet Tooth
It’s not Valentine’s Day without some sweet treats! Check out one of Michigan’s many delicious bakeries or attend an eventcentered wholly around chocolate!
Boyne City will be full of fun and chocolate this Valentine’s Day weekend during Chocolate-Covered Boyne celebrating chocolate and romance at more than 30 businesses.
Lemon Creek Winery in Grand Haven will also host “A Chocolate Affair” every Saturday in February from 2pm-5pm. Local Chocolatiers will share samples of their own unique handcrafted chocolates, truffles, bonbons, and other delectables. Chocolate pairings will also be featured with Lemon Creek’s wines for an even more tempting tasting experience.
10. Plan a Romantic Spring Getaway
If you’d rather curl up at home with a fire and some hot cocoa, take the time to plan a romantic getaway this spring. These great packages are sure to get you looking forward to exciting times ahead!
These are just a few of the many Valentine’s Day events happening around the state. For more ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Pure Michigan visit, michigan.org.
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Pure Michigan this year?