Breakfast: Regardless of the weather outside, inside The Bread Gal you’ll discover an intimate neighborhood bakery with artisan breads and comforting pastries. Or, step into Red Eye Coffee + Tea in Old Town for a cup of drip coffee, French Toast Latte, or Golden Milk with a warming blend of dates, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger.

Have yourself a shopping & sampling extravaganza at SVRC Marketplace, an indoor, European-style market with a smattering of assorted eateries and retail shops. Taste Iron Dragon Pastries to Krav'n Cookies, shop Purple Sage Bead Store to The Little Yarn Shoppe, and enjoy exploring each one-of-a-kind vendor.

Next, see inside Saginaw’s antiquing scene for vintage finds & one-of-a-kinds at Adomaitis Antiques and Court Street Antiques. (These shops are within earshot of one another, enjoy!)

Peruse more than 20,000 square feet inside the Antique Warehouse, discover over 90 booths inside the Freeland Antique Mall, and travel back in time at Pride & Country Village through six unique shops, each housed in a historic farm building.

Looking to add more to your antiquing adventure? Check out Thrifty Treasures Antiques & More, Around the Farm Antiques, and The Iron Gate Emporium in nearby Birch Run. All are close to Birch Run Premium Outlets, a shopping mecca of 100-plus name-brand stores that's also home to antique havens including Vintage Annex and Sister's Vin-Tiques!

Lunch: Nevermind the weather — it’s always comfortable inside Fralia's, where fresh deli sandwiches and homemade soups are always on the menu. Enjoy made-to-order Asian cuisine inside Pasong's Cafe, known for their irresistible Pho and the best spring rolls in town, or let Mexican dishes and a menu of sandwiches keep your mind off Mother Nature at Valerie’s Downtown.

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Mid-Afternoon: Spend your afternoon immersed in art & history inside the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, built in 1897 in the style of a French chateau; Saginaw Art Museum which houses more than 2,000 objects inside a 1904 Georgian-Revival mansion; or Gingerblue Gallery for local and international works inside the historic Graebner building.

Learn ancient customs and sip ceremonial tea while touring the Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House & Gardens of Saginaw, or discover more than 200 sculpted works of art at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.

Enjoy the casual-upscale ambiance, award-winning wine selection, and decadent dishes at Jake’s Old City Grill, or melt into the artful decor inside Artisan Urban Bistro to taste seasonally inspired plates and wines made on-site, served from an open kitchen.

Evening: Take in a live concert or comedy show at The Dow Event Center or The Temple Theatre and check for performances at Pit & Balcony Theatre, one of the oldest playhouses in the nation!

Attend a Board & Brush Creative Studio Pick Your Project Workshop and leave with a hand-stained and -painted piece of decor for your home — or your front porch!

Have a nightcap at The Taproom at Stardust, and maybe bowl, brave an escape room, and try axe-throwing while you’re there! Or, prepare for an evening of immersive experiences at 906 Lapeer — with a haunted house, four escape rooms, axe-throwing, and indoor GellyBall.

Belly up inside Old Town Saginaw’s neighborhood pubs to bring unique flavors to your night. Look to Oracle Brewing Co. for inventive craft beer in a laid-back space (and order the C-Beans chocolate coffee stout). Old Town Distillery serves up craft cocktails with vodka, rum, whiskey, and Moonshine, all distilled on-site — and Woody's Draught House is your place to be for 100+ rotating beers on tap.

Just a touch outside of town, find yourself sipping specialty brews, wines, and even hard seltzers, possibly while playing Euchre, at Loggers Brewing Company. Or, make your way to The Maple Grille Restaurant & Microbrewery to taste wood-fired craft beer selections from a Smoked Porter to a Peanut Butter Stout.

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