- Things to Do
- Eat + Drink
- Places to Stay
- Plan Your Trip
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. Or, visit Crepes et Amis to try their Good Morning Paris crepe, crafted with smoked ham and a touch of brown sugar.
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 hot tea lattes, alongside muffins, scones, and cinnamon rolls!
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 mobile app for a guide to featured tours that highlight neighborhoods and structures, with photos and information about the architects who designed them.
Lunch: Stop inside Proper Taco for Carnitas tacos and “proper” sides like Cactus Dip, or dine on St. Louis-style barbecue, smoked low & slow, at Molasses Smokehouse + Bar. Or, taste sashimi, nigiri, and signature rolls 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. Peruse the gallery inside Creative 360 and see if an inspirational class is available during your day indoors, or visit the Creative 360 Galleries on Ashman.
Book the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio tour to immerse yourself into an oasis of mid-century modern architecture (and catch views from the Floating Conference Room, tucked into an encompassing pond).
Late-Afternoon: Head into Downtown Midland for afternoon shopping at spots like Serendipity Road, a makers' market for unique home decor, stationery, jewelry, and more. Discover delicious scents inside 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 Tomato Basil 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 flight-themed 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 taste prime meats, top-catch seafood, and classic pastas. Order any of the imaginative entrees at ONe Eighteen for American comfort foods and a modern, mid-century-inspired ambiance.
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 Three Bridges Distillery & Taproom — a distillery, brewery, and winery in one — and try the frothy Blue Jasmine Fizz or a Smoked Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned! Or, settle in at Oxygen Lounge for an upscale, comfortable setting and the ultimate place to unwind, no matter the weather.
Looking to linger indoors a little longer? Step into Brinstar, open late-night, and experience a "beercade" — part arcade, part bar & grill! Play classics from Pac-Man to Galaga and bite into delicious burgers and fresh-cut fries, alongside your choice from 12 brews on tap.
By: Jen W. O'Deay | Updates: Go Great Lakes Bay | Jen is a Saginaw native and owner of Feel These Words, an independent copywriting studio & home to the free "5 Day Website MiniBoost". Jen specializes in writing that connects, delivered through website copy, branded content articles, and WingWoman writing services. You'll find Jen camping with her family, laughing, and at feelthesewords.com