Wednesday, 23 January 2013 12:44

The Love Issue: Grand Rapids Dates

Written by  Lindsay Patton Carson
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Young Again Date

We all remember the carefree feeling from time spent on a trampoline. Sky Zone (3640 29th St., Kentwood) takes that feeling and multiplies it by at least a billion. This indoor trampoline park is your childhood on speed with seemingly endless trampolines on the floor and even the walls so you can literally bounce off the walls. Prices range $9-$20 for 30-120 minutes of jump time. Better yet? You can reserve your time and buy tickets online at So get in the mood to rediscover that young-love feeling with a little childhood throwback.

Rock Date

If your current dates are becoming a little uninspired, consider taking your sweetheart to see The Pink Floyd Experience at The Orbit Room (2525 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids) for a heady dose of creativity. While nothing compares to the real deal, still expect to be dazzled with the same theatrical, visual and musical combination the gods of psychedelic rock themselves began nearly 50 (Really? 50!?) years ago. Before you stimulate your senses, stop by Vertigo Music (129 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids) and sift through the seemingly endless crates of vinyl.

History Buff Date

Turn into two of cinema's greatest lovers when you visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (Feb. 9-July 7). Promise your Jack that you'll "never let go" while you browse more than 150 artifacts and room recreations from the tragic 1912 ship. After, head over to Cottage Bar, Grand Rapids' oldest operating bar and restaurant. Flippin' burgers since 1927, this restaurant got attention in 2010 when its Cottage Burger made USA Today's top burgers list. Finish your date with a pint at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Opened in 1893, GRBC served up its famous Silver Foam until Prohibition shut down the brewery. It reopened on 28th Street in 1993, closed in 2011 and opened back up again in 2012 under new owner Barfly Ventures, along with a new location, menu and beer recipes, including a new twist on Silver Foam.

Mushy Date

You're in love and you want everyone to know it. While your affections may be annoying, they certainly are not a crime. Go forth with your lovey-dovey selves and create an experience only you two mush-heads would enjoy. Treat your relationship like a Channing Tatum movie and splurge on the Romance Plus Package at Amway Grand Hotel. The package offers overnight accommodations, a bottle of wine, a $50 food voucher, truffles, use of the Plaza fitness center (to work on those Tatum pecs), valet and a 1 p.m. checkout so you can spend your morning doing, you know, romance movie things. Rates start at $209.

Classy Date

Take a break from the plebian lifestyle and add some class to your life, if only for one night. On Feb. 22 and 23, get gussied up for Grand Rapids Symphony Presents An American in Paris at DeVos Performance Hall (303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids). This classical series gives attendees a worldly experience with pieces such as Gershwin's "An American in Paris," Respighi's "Fountains of Rome," John Adams' "City Noir" and more. Tickets start at $18 for the 8 p.m. show. Afterwards, step next door to Reserve (201 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids) and choose from dozens of wine by the glass or bottle to sip on.

Anti-Mush Date

Love is how you describe your feelings for pizza, not another person. And when it comes to dates, the simpler and sloppier the better. Glitz, glamour and mush is too much work, so take that person you often hang out with to Yesterdog (1505 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids) and get messy. Making a good impression is overrated and Yesterdog knows this. Dig into a Killerdog and don't worry about the onions that fall onto your shirt or the chili dripping down your chin. From there, head to The Meanwhile (1005 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids) where you can sit in a dark corner and down some Michigan beer or get competitive with pinball.

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