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Breakfast: If the weather outside has you down, let Uptown Grill brighten your day with Banana Bread French Toast or a Lobster & Brie Omelette, or head into Mandy's Diner for classic, downhome favorites. Enjoy coffee and pastries (maybe mimosas?) at Harless + Hugh and warm up by their wood-burning fireplace if you’re escaping the cold. Stop inside Populace Coffee and Live Oak Coffeehouse for locally roasted specialty coffee and handcrafted beverages, and experience Beatles & Beans Coffee Emporium where you can’t begin to “Imagine” all the Beatles-themed memorabilia!

Mid-Morning: With more than 400 booths in 60,000 square feet, spend as much time inside as you’d like at Michigan's largest antique shop, Bay City Antiques Center / Bay Antique Center! Be sure to discover Americana Company Antique Mall for an eclectic mix of antiquities, and nearby Retro Attics Studio, too, open Saturdays only for mid-century modern finds.

Lunch:
Leave bad weather & stormy moods outside, and eat where anything but “low and slow” is considered “barbecue blasphemy” at M2 Barbecue, or catch a casual lunch at BarqueBC and taste their specialty smoked meat tacos. Let Chef Craig Fiebke roll your favorite sushi at Fusion 1 Cafe, the only sushi bar in Bay City, or try a fresh, deconstructed take on the dish with a custom Poke bowl at Sushi Remix. And, if a beer-forward restaurant with 54 taps sounds like the bad-weather antidote you’re looking for, Tavern 101 is your place to be!

OMONI Boutique | @omoniboutique

Mid-Afternoon: Try your hand at "paint your own" pottery studio, Painterly Pottery, and create a unique souvenir at the Craft Bar before strolling through the gallery at Studio 23/The Arts Center.

Or, add a little retail therapy to your unexpected day indoors with uplifting gifts and home decor from Half Mile Handmade, My Secret Garden, Violets Blue, Little House, and G.T. Homestead. Add new clothing to your suitcase, too, at Ferne Boutique, OMONI Boutique, and The RAC, an athleisure boutique.

Treat yourself to everything good — including small-batch cheeses, gourmet jellies, dried fruits, cured meats, craft beer, wine, and an Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar — inside Artigiano Artisan Cheese Shoppe! Walk beneath the red-and-white-striped awning and into St. Laurent Brothers for ice cream, assorted nuts, and vintage candy, and discover hand-dipped specialty chocolates inside Village Chocolatier.

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Dinner: Experience MI Table, a farm-to-table restaurant that highlights Michigan's produce, fish, and game through a seasonal menu (and serves an unforgettable Michigan Fudge Charcuterie Board for dessert). Dine casual-upscale at Old City Hall and enjoy jambalaya, petite filet, or the mainstay OCH Burger.

Savor fresh-catch seafood and waterfront views at Real Seafood Company on the Saginaw River, or venture into Costela Brazilian Steak House, an authentic Brazilian churrascaria where you’ll find an array of meats carved and served tableside, a gourmet Brazilian market table, fine wines, and a full bar.

Evening:
No need to let bad weather dampen your night! Take in a movie or live musical show inside the historic State Theatre of Bay City, or witness a theatrical performance at Michigan's oldest continuously operating community theatre, Bay City Players.

Go a little wild inside Crazy Quarters Arcade, throw for fun at Underground Axe Club, or toss ‘em back inside Tri-City Brewing Company, Lumber Barons Brewery, or The Public House, to name a few.

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