You might already know the perfect path to fall fun with kids in Grand Rapids… but what to do with just the two of you? Ship off the kids, don your favorite date night outfit, and get ready to put these tips to use, because we’ve got your Grand Rapids guide to some seriously romantic, fun, and fresh fall date night ideas:
Keep things fresh & local this fall.
Date night doesn’t have to mean putting on your best dress or dress shirt and sitting down to a fancy dining experience. Think fresh, local fun when you take advantage of one of our many West Michigan farmers markets during fall produce primetime. Choose a new recipe you haven’t tried before, pick up a basketful of some of the best seasonal, locally-sourced produce around, then take it home to prep and cook together.
(Hint: we recommend hitting up the Fulton St. Farmers Market for some fresh finds, then heading to nearby favorite Martha’s Vineyard to snag a bottle of wine and a small, shareable dessert for later!)
Cozy up for an unforgettable fall dining experience.
Sure, there are plenty of amazing restaurants to enjoy throughout West Michigan, whether you’re looking to sit down to a juicy steak, a wood-fired pizza and craft brew, or a plate of hand-rolled sushi. But, get ready to kick the romance (…and the ambiance… ok, the entire experience…) up a notch when you try a totally new twist on fall date night dining with a farm-to-table dinner at Siestma Orchards in Ada or Wildwood Family Farms in Alto. Both offer farm-to-table dining experiences for small groups throughout the season, with ever-changing menu options and only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients.
Find new ways to explore your fall passions.
If you live, work, or play here in West Michigan, chances are, you’ve probably been to the Downtown Market — picking up fresh catch from Fish Lads, irresistible pies by Sweetie-licious, or finger-lickin’, slow-smoked goodness from Slo’s Bar B Q. But did you know you can explore your culinary passion (or just your love for food!) even further with a hands-on, interactive (not to mention, romantic as all-get-out) cooking class? Try your hand at a classic like “Cooking For Two“, or wait to see which other themes pop up on DMGR’s fall lineup of cooking classes & events.
End the night with a sip.
There’s no better way to cap off date night during autumn than with a taste of some of our signature Beer City USA brews, ciders, and craft cocktails. Warm yourselves inside & out while you enjoy a seasonal fall brew on Founders’ front patio (complete with warming lamps and roaring fires!), sip on every hard cider from subtly sweet to daringly dry inside Vander Mill Grand Rapids’ tasting room, or keep sampling ’til you find the components of the perfect craft cocktail on the West Side at Long Road Distillers. Still thirsty for more? Be sure to take advantage of special Grand Rapids’ fall events like Restaurant Week GR (August 9-20, 2017), Cocktail Week GR (November 8-19, 2017) and the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, & Food Festival (November 15-17, 2017).