Looking for a getaway or a unique approach to Valentine’s Day? Check out some of the excellent choices for the holiday offered in Pure Ludington:
1) Wine tasting at Love Wines
This is the third year the Ludington winery has opened its doors for free chocolate and wine tasting for Valentine’s Day. Bring your sweet tooth and sample fine chocolates with the perfect wine pairing on Saturday, February 9. Two are free, and you may try four more tastings for just $3. An added bonus is a chair massage from Holistic Health. If you’re really interested in the artistry of wine, you may also want to check out this location’s 5-session, wine-making class, starting February 28. The winery is open on February 14 for tasting sessions as well.
2) Specially crafted dinners/ chocolates at Bed & Breakfasts
Each of the Ludington Historic Bed & Breakfast Association's inns will be crafting its own special chocolates for guests in February. Find cozy accommodations, delectable food choices, chocolate truffles and treats for your Valentine’s Day. You might even try a chef-catered, private dining experience at The Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast. Chef Dan has a number of options for you and your Valentine in fireside dining packages, featuring French, Italian or Southern cuisine. Shining Light Bed & Breakfast has a Valentine’s XO Weekend special for couples, which includes an XO Marriage Conference. And music in the parlor from Frank Galante and Terry Altman will be part of Valentine’s Weekend at Ludington House B&B.
3) Valentine’s dinner specials in Downtown Ludington
We highly recommend our fine dining experiences in Ludington, especially for Valentine's Day. Enjoy a romantic, candlelight dinner with specials from local culinary teams.
Try the Whiskey-Soaked New York Strip or Ahi Tuna with Portobella Napoleon at Table 14; Surf & Turf T-bone or First Nations Snow Crab at Blu Moon Bistro; or Filet Mignon or Lobster Tail from PM Steamers. The area has a number of locations to serve up your favorite microbrews as well.
4) Theater options from local arts centers
Author and actress Najla Said is the presenter in a West Shore Community College Arts program, Looking for Palestine, on February 14. Hers is a candid and funny story about growing up in an Arab-American family and trying to fit into American culture. Said had a nine-week, sold-out run
Off Broadway and has earned features in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. A second humorous, story-telling option can be found at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts’ presentation of An Intimate Evening with Ruthann Eilers. The local presenter will tell a wide array of stories, some tongue in cheek and some serious, during her program entitled “Love & Other Costly Stuff.”
5) Lantern-lit ski and Snowshoe
Couples looking for an active, outdoor experience should check out the activities at the Ludington State Park. February 9 and 16 bring both a guided snowshoe hike through the park at 2PM and a lantern-lit ski and snowshoe hike at 6PM. The lighted trail loop is about a mile long
with a stop at the amphitheater for a campfire. Warm up with hot chocolate and marshmallows available to roast. These are free events, and snowshoes are available to borrow.
6) Valentine’s Day gift giving
If you’re looking for a gift for that special someone, consider custom bouquets from All Occasions Events & Floral or Bela Floral. Salon 22 in Downtown Ludington has $45 specials for facials, pedicure and manicures in February. You might also consider a gift from one of our Downtown Ludington jewelers.
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