What could be more romantic than being whisked away on a snowy evening in Northern Michigan? Feel the love at these Valentine’s Day events, dinners and shows that are sure to spark all the feels.
L. MAWBY SPARKLING WINES DINNER | February 11
Join The Cooks’ House in Traverse City for their annual pre-Valentine’s Day sparkling wine dinner, where the chefs will be preparing a five-course meal paired with Mawby’s delightful bubbles.
VALENTINE’S FEAST AT PALETTE BISTRO | February 13
This Petoskey restaurant’s five-course menu (with four wine pairings) boasts prawns with lemon aoili, smoked duck salad, shrimp linguine with roasted tomatoes, chicken cordon bleu and chocolate-covered strawberries.
VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER & DRINKS FOR TWO | February 14
Treat yourselves to 123 Speakeasy’s intimate setting in downtown Traverse City (complete with 100-year-old crystal chandeliers!), an elegant three-course dinner, a champagne toast and five-star service. Step up the romance by making it a surprise, customize your secret password and take home a photo strip as a memento of your evening.
ARCTUROS DINING SERIES – VALENTINE’S | February 14
Attend an extraordinary dinner at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. This wine-paired culinary experience is inspired by the best local, seasonal ingredients sourced from Northern Michigan’s finest farms. Tickets are limited to 50 guests.
VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE WITH THE KIOGIMAS | February 14
Join The Music House Museum in Williamsburg for a night of music and moves. Mel and Nancy Kiogima, founders of Night Moves Social Dance, are bringing their love of dance to the Music House Museum. While it is fun to come as a couple, no partners are needed as there will be plenty of people to dance with.
THE INSIDERS: A TOM PETTY TRIBUTE BAND | February 14
Close your eyes and you won’t know the difference, open them and you still might be fooled! The Insiders present the premier Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers experience at the Old Art Building in Leland. With six veteran musicians and decades of combined stage and touring experience, The Insiders are genuinely running down the dream.
DUSTIN OLSON, COUNTRY SINGER/SONGWRITER | February 14
Armed with his own style, a cross between Steve Earle and Eric Church, Dustin has played all over, from his hometown in Illinois to a national tour. He has opened for well-known acts like Shooter Jennings, Jo Dee Messina, Lonestar, Jason Michael Carroll and Big Smo. Keep a lookout for Dustin’s next single, Memories We Don’t Make, set to release on March 1 and see him live in the newly relocated Red Sky Stage venue in Bay Harbor.
SINGING VALENTINES FROM THE CHERRY CAPITAL MEN’S CHORUS | February 14
Surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day! Have a barbershop quartet from the Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus deliver your wishes of admiration, love or just fun. The package includes two songs sung by the quartet, a long-stemmed rose, a card with your special message and the opportunity to have someone memorialize the delivery by taking a photo or video.
Steve Iott is a veteran comic who has seen it all and has plenty to say about it. A master of improvisation, Steve takes the audience along as he spins his tales of ridiculous life experiences. No topic is safe and no two shows are ever the same. See him live at West Bay Beach Resort in Traverse City.
LIVE IN THE YURT: OLIVIA MILLERSCHIN | February 15
There’s dinner and a show, and there’s also dinner and a show in a yurt in downtown Traverse City. Mix it up this year with Olivia Millerschin at The Little Fleet’s Live in the Yurt concert series. Playing ukulele, piano and guitar with a killer band, Millerschin headlines national tours and opens for established artists. Olivia’s warm personality makes her audience feel right at home whether performing at a local coffee shop or Radio City Music Hall.
WEEKEND DINNERS AT THE INN AT BLACK STAR FARMS | February 15
Couldn’t find a sitter for Valentine’s Day? Enjoy an intimate, three-course dining experience at the Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, recurring on Saturdays through April 25. The culinary team has created a special prix fixe menu to accompany Black Star’s wines. View the menu here.
WHISKEY & WINE: VALENTINE’S EDITION | February 15
Whiskey and wine, will you be mine? This Valentine’s tour is the best of both barrels: Enjoy an exclusive tasting experience at Traverse City Whiskey Co., Left Foot Charley and Rove Estate. It may be cold outside, but we promise you will stay nice and warm on this Traverse City adventure.
RIVER CABIN DINNER | February 15
Otsego Resort’s historic cabin is the setting for this enchanting winter dinner. The menu includes loaded potato soup, stuffed pork loin, honey bourbon sweet potato mash and New York cheesecake topped with drunken berries.