Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Detroit!
If you and your gals want to be fancy, a classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. For one of the most accoladed restaurants in Detroit, you’ll want to head to Selden Standard, a New American restaurant serving seasonal and local craft cocktails and small plates. The restaurant was named restaurant of the year in 2015 by the Detroit Free Press and in 2016 by Hour Detroit, and this past year, one of their chefs was nominated for the Rising Star Chef of the Year James Beard Award.
If you’re looking for a more low-key spot to celebrate with your friends, go on a group coffee date to Astro Coffee. This coffee shop was even “highly recommended” by Hillary Clinton when she was campaigning in Detroit! Their flagship location in historic Corktown is currently hibernating, but you can visit their Roastery at 4884 Grand River Avenue, under the big blue staircase.
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals. Just bring a waterproof tarp for under your picnic blanket, some cozy blankets to snuggle in, and a thermos of hot cocoa! For the best location, have your gal pals meet you at Belle Isle. This 984-acre island park in the Detroit River is a lovely spot to relax. After you eat, you can take a stroll around the coast to view the Detroit and Windsor skylines, or along the interior nature trails to do some birdwatching.
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. How about ice skating at Campus Martius in the heart of downtown? If you like to celebrate Galentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck, because they’ll be extending their hours by an hour to 10 pm. Please note that you’ll need to make a reservation ahead of time to skate, and masks are required in the rink. Admission is $11 per adult and skate rentals are available for an additional $5.
If you want something unique to do to celebrate, take advantage of the outdoor side of social distancing, and spend an evening walking through The Belt. This cool redefined alley in downtown Detroit is full of Insta-worthy wall art, a couple of bars, and a dance space. As part of the city’s revitalization, what used to be an abandoned urban alley is now a thriving pedestrian scene!
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