Brighton, Michigan has a dating destination for every couple and every budget. Hungry? Downtown Brighton is home to restaurants, coffee shops and a farmer's market. Love music? Check out free summer concerts on Mill Pond. Love the outdoors? Grab your bike or hiking shoes and explore Brighton and the nearby towns of Howell and Pinckney where parks, lakes and trails offer fresh-air adventure.
Mill Pond is the place to bring a date any weekend evening. Dine in one of the many restaurants in Downtown Brighton and after dinner, stroll the boardwalk of Mill Pond and feed the ducks. In summer, wander to the Mill Pond Gazebo where different bands offer free concerts starting at 7 p.m. Other evenings, Mill Pond becomes an open-air art gallery featuring works by local artists. Nearby Howell offers free concerts on the courthouse lawn during the summer.
If your date enjoys nature, Brighton, Michigan and Livingston County feature miles of open space, beach and bike trails to explore. Island Lake Recreation Area in Brighton has two beaches, 14 miles of bike trails and 18 miles of hiking trails amid a natural setting of forest and brush. Or visit nearby Kensington Metropark, which has 4,486 acres centered around Kent Lake.
Looking for something more out of the ordinary? In winter, venture to Mt. Brighton, where 130 acres of snow await. The ski resort rents skis and snowboards and offers private lessons for $45 per hour (rates as of 2010-11). When you need to warm up, visit the resort's Bauery Restaurant for a cup of hot cocoa or a meal from its full-service menu. In the summer months, view Brighton from above in a hot air balloon rented from Westwind Balloon Co. This may be for the serious couple in particular: the price tag is about $700 for two for a one-hour flight.
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