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Date Nights & Weekends in Elk Rapids

As we flip the calendar to February, a month when love fills the air in Elk Rapids, it is time to plan for date nights and weekends in our charming village. Whether you are looking for quaint, quiet, bustling, and active, date nights are always memorable in Elk Rapids.

Outdoor Dates

Outdoor date nights (and days!) are not just for warmer months. Elk Rapids has plenty of options for you and your sweetheart to enjoy outdoors. Pop by the Elk Rapids Ice Rink, located on the edge of downtown at the Elk Rapids Marina and Dam Shop. Take your date for a spin around the ice, then relax and enjoy beverages and food at the Dam Shop!

If you are looking for more outdoor fun after your time at the ice rink, head on for a hike on our beautiful snowy trails. If you like to plan your route ahead of your date, check out this link to our detailed trail map.

Level up your date night and make it a date weekend by spending a day skiing at Shanty Creek Resorts. Enjoy winter fun on the slopes, snowshoe, or cross-country skiing over 25 kilometers of trails. For plenty of adventure and laughs, try out the alpine tubing area. Cap off the day with a trip to the lodge for a comfortable overnight stay.

Indoor Dates

Elk Rapids offers plenty of wonderful options for those looking to cozy up indoors with their loved one. In addition, our village is chock-full of incredible and unique dining and shopping options.

Who doesn't love to explore and experience unique treasures in specialty stores? Elk Rapids is proud to be home to River Street, which was voted in the top 10 of charming, small-town main streets in Northern Michigan. So for the perfect date, stroll and shop your way through the downtown village, then take a load off in one of our restaurants.

Warm up your day or night at one of our wonderful dining establishments in Elk Rapids. Whether you are looking for a casual lunch, a fantastic dinner, time at a local brewery, or even a craft cocktail, count on downtown Elk Rapids to help you curate the perfect dining experience for your Valentine.

Special Events

Elk Rapids boasts plenty of exclusive events for you to enjoy with your special someone.

Treat your date to an Aphrodisiac Beer Dinner at Short's Pull Barn for a Valentine's Day 3-course beer pairing dinner featuring Ames Street Cafe.

Laugh your way through your date with a night of Stand-Up Comedy at Ethanology on February 17th from 7:00-9:00.

The 6th Annual Chili Cook-off event on Saturday, February 18th, is sure to be a day-date delight! From noon until 3:00 PM, sample specialty chilis prepared by our local businesses and vote for your favorite. Then, stroll the village and warm up by the fires lit along the route.

Click here for more special events in Elk Rapids to help you plan your date nights.

There are plenty of options in Elk Rapids to create memorable date nights and weekends to remember with the one you love. So enjoy the romance of the season, and keep an eye on the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce website and Facebook page for more information!



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