January 31, 2019 | Story by: Amelia Ritter
Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s the perfect time to travel to the Brighton-Howell Area for a date! Whether you consider yourself a foodie, a thrillseeker, or an outdoorsman, there are tons of exciting attractions that make for a date to remember. Consider these options as you and your sweetie plan your next rendezvous!
Brighton-Howell Area restaurants are great year round, not just for Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re enjoying a summer night playing cornhole at Aberrant Ales or warming up with a hearty dinner cooked right in front of your eyes at Black Rock Bar & Grill, your taste buds will not be disappointed. If you’re looking for a gourmet option, Buon Gusto features a fresh seasonal menu. For something more novel, try Wooly Bully’s, the “Rock-n-Diner,” for pizza and an atmosphere full of Americana memorabilia.
Looking to be entertained? Enjoy dinner and a show at The Dio, Pinckney’s dinner theater. For a more relaxed atmosphere, visit the new Brighton Coffeehouse & Theater, where you can sip a variety of specialty coffee roasts while listening to local musicians. The coffeehouse also hosts monthly open mic nights, if you want to serenade your date. For red carpet glamour in Livingston County, Emagine Entertainment recently opened in Hartland. Kick back in your heated recliner and order a handcrafted pizza or cocktail to your seat. In the warmer months, you can take a trip to the Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk, enjoying a romantic walk along the wooded trails as you take in work from talented Michigan artists.
Calling all adventurers! Kensington Metropark is your go-to spot for outdoor activities all year long. Choose between boat rides, snowshoeing, a day at the beach, ice fishing, and more at this sprawling Brighton-Howell Area park. You can also find thrills at Mt. Brighton, spending time on the slopes or watching a mountain biking race before enjoying a meal at Ore Creek Mountain Grill. In the fall, apple picking and a visit to the winery at Spicer’s makes for a perfect date. You can also try something new with a horseback riding lesson at Heavenly Horse Stables.
For something more hands-on, try the Destruction Depot Rage Room. Nothing breaks the ice on a first date like smashing things with a sledgehammer! For something on the tamer side, head to The Arcade in Brighton and go head-to-head in some classic video games. You can show off your inner Picasso at Paint and Pour, with locations in both Brighton and Hell. There’s also a lot to be said for a date in Hell, where you can find a mini-golf course and novelty shopping. Winner buys ice cream cones at Screams Souvenirs!
No matter what you’ve got in store for date night, Livingston County has options to fit every personality! But before you make your plan for Valentine’s Day, be sure to visit our Packages & Deals page. You can find exclusive offers from businesses mentioned in this blog post like Mt. Brighton, Screams Souvenirs in Hell, Aberrant Ales, The Destruction Depot, and Emagine Hartland. Be sure to tag photos from your adventures around the Brighton-Howell Area with #LoveLivCo.
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Black Rock Bar & Grill, 10100 West Highland Road, Hartland, MI, USAHighlight On Map
THE DIO - DINING & ENTERTAINMENT, 177 East Main Street, Pinckney, MI, 48169 USAHighlight On Map
Brighton Coffeehouse & Theater, 306 West Main, Brighton, MI, 48116 USAHighlight On Map
Oaken Transformations Sculpture & Poetry Walk, 6893 Grand River Avenue, Brighton, MI, USAHighlight On Map