Have you noticed that during the Michigan winter months all you want to do with your date nights is stay in and hibernate? Or if you do venture out, you end up dropping way too much money on all the comfort food and drinks that you lay eyes on? Well we have some ideas to save your pocket book.


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    Credit: Guitarist Magazine / Getty Images Contributor

    Visit The Gibson Guitar Exhibit at Kalamazoo Valley Museum

    Cost: Free

    You may not know that Kalamazoo is the home and origin city of the Gibson Guitar empire. If you have a musically inclined person in your pair, you have to check out the Kalamazoo Gals exhibit at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum that is telling the story of Gibson Guitars and how times were during World War II. Seriously, it is free!


    When: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    Where: Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Downtown Kalamazoo

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    Credit: Frederick Breedon / Stringer - Getty Images

    Sit Under The Tutelage of Kalamazoo's Certified Elixir Fixer

    Cost: $10/Person

    Maybe it is time to step up your class in the drinks that you and your special someone usually sip. Can we introduce you to Kalamazoo's own Traveling Elixir Fixer? Angie Jackson has a degree in how to make you amazing drinks. She once served Oprah and President Obama and even implemented a Mixology Degree Program in Chicago. She has returned home to Michigan to preach the cocktail gospel - lucky us! She periodically teaches classes at local shop, Sticks & Stones, so the public can learn about ( and taste!) some of her amazing drinks. Check out Sticks And Stones or Angie Jackson's Facebook to see when you can catch her next. How fun is that? Learn how to make a handcrafted drinks together and give 'em a try?

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    Credit: Tim Graham / Getty Images Contributor

    Take A Snowy Walk On A Kalamazoo Nature Center Trail

    Cost: $7/Person

    With Kalamazoo Nature Center's over 10 area trails, there is no excuse to miss out on an amazing winter walk! They have each trail labeled to tell you what kind of terrain to expect, you can check out all those details here. If you want to get a little more hardcore you can even take a guided tour or adventure tour on a trail through their adult programs. Picture it now, a Saturday afternoon walk with someone to cuddle up close to. That will keep you warm inside! Plus, you get the chance to wear that adorable winter hat you got over the holidays!

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    Credit: Brian Ach / Stringer - Getty Images

    Check Out Restaurant Week's $10 Menus

    Cost: $10 Menus Available

    The week of January 23 - January 30 is Kalamazoo Restaurant week! Many of the area business, bars and restaurants are offering special $10 or $25 menus to give you the chance to try something new and not give up your hope of a college degree while paying for it. That means you and your plus one could get through dinner for $20, better check it out while it is here!

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    Credit: Neil Mockford / Stringer - Getty Images

    Go Ice Skating On Millennium Park's Outdoor Ice Rink

    Cost: $7 / Person

    How can you beat $7 for a fun night of holding hands, laughing while falling, potential bruises and cute memories? No matter your skill level, you can hit the outdoor ice rink at Millennium Park near Westnedge and Romence Rd in Portage. Open skate is only $4 a person, and you can rent skates for $3! They also offer a special twilight skate night and even a dinner on the ice event if  you want to dig a little deeper to make the night that much more special. You can check out the details on their site!

    When: January Through March on Sundays 12 - 9PM, Thursdays 3 - 9PM,  Fridays 3-10PM and Saturdays 121AM - 10PM

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