Hot spots for couples in winter

Whether you’re looking for an afternoon break or a fancy night out, these hot spots in Calhoun County will keep the romance alive this winter.

Coffee date

Add something special to a coffee date by combining Simply Sensational Berries with Cafe Rica. Both businesses share a space at 80 W. Michigan Ave. The grab-and-go display changes every day. Chocolate-covered strawberries go together well with a cup of coffee, or try a cookie and tea. Keep an eye out for pickles or bacon dipped in chocolate. Cafe Rica will be moving to a new space, 62 E. Michigan, in March 2020.

Follow it up with a trip to The Rink (75 Houston). As any fan of romantic comedies knows, ice skating ranks as one of the top five dating activities. Make sure to check the website for open skate times. 

Movie date

Speaking of romantic comedies, check out new release movies at the Bohm Theater (201 S. Superior St.) in Albion. With plush seats and a balcony, this restored movie palace has retained its old-time charm.

After the movie, head to Malleable Brewing Co. (420 S. Superior St.) for dinner and a craft beer. Share some poutine and pick out a board game from the game shelf.

If you’re in Marshall, the Bogar Theatre (223 E. Michigan Ave.) is another classic business that has outlasted the multiplex for a cozier, more personal movie experience. Order dinner at the BoBar and they’ll bring it to you when your movie starts.

Walk down to the Copper Athletic Club (133 W. Michigan Ave.) for drinks afterward. The atmosphere is warm and the cocktails are classy. Plus, you might be able to fit in a game at the pool table.

Bar date

A little friendly competition can spice up the night, so play a bowling set at Bowlero Lanes Fun Center (775 W. Columbia Ave.) in Battle Creek. Maybe make a bet and the lowest score buys the first round of drinks at Lakeview Lounge (642 Capital Ave. SW). This neighborhood bar is only a few minutes away from the bowling alley. It serves up Michigan-made beer along with the usual suspects.

Double date

A double date with four people is the ideal number to solve the puzzles at Cereal City Escape. There are three escape rooms, including solving a crime, breaking into a pawn shop and graduating from the wizard academy. It’s located inside Lakeview Square Mall, at 5775 Beckley Road in Battle Creek.

Afterward, get a seat at Kume’s hibachi table. Cooks will perform at your table grill, showing off and playing with fire while preparing your meal. The restaurant is across the street from the mall, at 5420 Beckley Road.

Fancy date

Sometimes a special event calls for a special experience. Nibi is the fanciest restaurant in town. You’re guaranteed elegance and style. Try the tasting menu, which is a specially formulated five-course dinner with dessert, planned for the most harmonious dining experience. Nibi is one of the many restaurants at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, so you can book a hotel room for the night, too. There’s a suite that has a fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. FireKeepers is located at 11177 E. Michigan Ave. in Battle Creek.