Cafe Zinc | @cafezincmidland

Breakfast: No worries about the weather here! Begin your day cozied up at Live Oak Coffeehouse, a “warm & inspiring place of gathering” that serves delicious quiche, locally roasted coffee, and kombucha on tap. Enjoy waffles and irresistible pastries at The Loch Coffee Company, or visit Crepes et Amis to try their Good Morning Paris crepe. Discover Café Zinc inside The H Hotel to taste European-style breads and pastries by the warmth of a roaring fire. Sip sustainably grown, responsibly sourced coffee at Creation Coffee, and don’t leave Grove Tea Lounge without sampling from their inventive menu of cinnamon rolls!

Alden B. Dow Home & Studio | @mugatu519

Mid-Morning: From the comfort of your car and in any kind of weather, experience more than 400 architectural gems on a Mid-Century Modern Midland driving tour! Simply download the free MCMM mobile app and have at your fingertips a guide to featured tours that highlight neighborhoods and structures, with photos and information about the architects who designed them.

Stop inside Proper Taco for Carnitas tacos and “proper” sides like Cactus Dip or the Dessert Nacho, or dine on St. Louis-style barbecue at Molasses Smokehouse + Bar. Enjoy the house tapioca drink at Basil Thai Bistro with your authentic Peanut Curry for lunch, or taste Japanese sashimi, nigiri, and ribeye hibachis inside Maru Sushi & Grill.

Mid-Afternoon: Make art with your own two hands at the Glaze Bar inside Space Studios, a beautiful gallery setting with a wide selection of ready-to-be-glazed, handcrafted pottery available for walk-ins. Peruse the gallery inside Creative 360 and see if an inspirational class is available during your day indoors, or sign up for an art workshop at Parker Lane Art & Design Studios. Or book the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio Tour to immerse yourself into an oasis of Mid-Twentieth Century Modern Architecture (and catch views from its sunken-in Submarine Room).

Serendipity Road | @serendipityroadmi

Head into Downtown Midland for afternoon shopping at spots like Elodie Boutique or Serendipity Road, a makers’ market, for unique home decor, stationery, jewelry, and clothing. Discover family-owned Coyer Candle Co., and find all-things-kitchen and cooking at Peel 'N Pare. Step into Grape Beginnings Winery to sample a full wine menu — and hot plates of crab puffs or Gorgonzola honey bruschetta. Taste deliciousness inside O’Macaron, including their Créme Brûleé macaron with a Dulce de Leche center, and choose from more than 40 recipes inside Aviator Cookie Company.

Dinner: Break free from the forecast over your delicately crafted dinner inside farm-to-table gourmet restaurant Aster, or dine like family on fresh Italian at Gratzi to experience prime meats and top-catch seafood like Parmigiano di Coregone. Order any of the imaginative, approachable entrees at ONe Eighteen for American comfort foods and a modern, mid-century-inspired ambiance.

ONe Eighteen | @oneeighteenmidland

Evening: Find indoor evening fun inside Code Breakers Escape & Puzzle Rooms, or see if catching a performance at Midland Center for the Arts is possible while you’re in town (and grab a drink together at the on-site Pendulum Lounge). Belly up at Midland Brewing Company to sample brews crafted in honor of regional history, including Copper Harbor Ale and Isle Royal Cream Ale. Spend time inside Whichcraft Taproom to experience more than 80 varieties of craft brews, along with wine, cider, and mead, that are all Michigan-made!

Bring in the night at sophisticated Whine, a “wine bar with attitude” that serves “vino to vent by… to relax by, to live by.” Or settle in at Oxygen Lounge for an upscale, comfortable setting and the ultimate place to unwind — no matter the weather.

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