Celebrate your love in Manistee County this Valentine’s Day

MANISTEE COUNTY – Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and time is running out to plan the perfect date.

Luckily, despite the ongoing pandemic and freezing February temperatures, there are still places to find romance this month in Manistee County.

Check out these local options for celebrating Valentine’s Day.

• Dinner and movie

Still looking for a place for a romantic evening on Valentine’s Day? Well, there’s nothing more reliable than a night on the town with dinner and a movie.

Treat your partner to dinner at a local restaurant like Bluefish Kitchen and Bar, North Channel Brewing, or La Riviera Mexican Grill.

Taco Bout It in Manistee is hosting its Valentine’s Day event beginning at 4:30 p.m. on February 14. Tickets are available for a small dinner with three starters, dessert and a flight of five drinks.

Another place to try is TJ’s Pub which serves a flight of Valentine’s themed drinks including the Love Bug, Cupid’s Bow and a raspberry mint martini.

After a dinner downtown, you’re just a short walk to the Vogue Theater to catch a movie – don’t forget to let your date choose.

• Date at home

If you plan to avoid the crowds and enjoy a Valentine’s night at home with your sweetheart, then Manistee Beverage Company and Holesome Bites can have you covered.

An event hosted by these two Manistee companies on February 12 aims to make this year’s celebration a little sweeter.

Holesome Bites will be set up at Manistee Beverage Company from noon to 4 p.m. on February 12, with a display of treats to treat your loved one. You can order ahead online to pick up your Valentine’s Day treat or bring your date to purchase a variety of treats that will be on display.

Manistee Beverage Company will also be offering a handpicked selection of Valentine’s Day wines to pair with any Holesome Bites curated item.

• Stay in a bed and breakfast

You can enjoy a romantic night for two at one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area, like the historic Dempsey Manor in Manistee, which is hosting a Valentine’s Day special throughout February. The special includes gourmet breakfasts, truffles and a bouquet of flowers, on-site massages and more.

The West Michigan Tourist Association recommends spending the weekend at Canfield House in Onekama. This lakeside bed and breakfast offers a special with two nights in one of its private rooms, with homemade breakfasts, couples massage and dinner on Saturday. This special will take place the weekend of February 11-13. Rooms are limited.

• Valentine’s Day

Older residents can enjoy a day of music and dancing at the senior center this Valentine’s Day.

The Manistee County Council on Aging is hosting its Valentine’s Day party Feb. 14 at the Wagoner Community Center. Lunch starts at noon, with slices of ham, au gratin potatoes, peas, bread and blueberry crumble bars. Live music should be provided by Gary Loper.

• Outdoor Valentine’s Day

If your date doesn’t mind a bit of chill, Manistee County can offer a variety of romantic winter landscapes. From sunsets at places like First Street Beach in Manistee or Arcadia Overlook, to snowshoe hikes in the Manistee National Forest, there are plenty of places to explore with your significant other.

For the more adventurous, the Manistee County Visitors Bureau recommends booking a guided winter rafting trip for two with the Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston.

“The Pine River Paddlesports Center runs trips twice a day (10am and 1pm) for one hour/15 minutes (the guide can be in your boat or paddle alongside you) including an optional scenic ride along from the Silver Creek trailhead to your car,” reads part of a post on the Manistee Pure Michigan Facebook page.

Sands Park Ice Rink in Manistee presents another fun outdoor date option. The rink is open to people of all ages. Skating hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. Ice skates are available for free at Rec at Sands Park. The Rec also has concessions, table football, video games and pool.

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