Deer Widows Weekend

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While the hunters are away...the "dears" will play!

Deer hunting in Michigan is big business with hunters spending more time afield than in any other state or Canadian province. Last year 1.6 million hunting licenses were sold for both bow hunting and firearms.

On November 15 it deer hunters will take to the road again in their camouflage attire as Michigan's firearm deer hunting season opens and runs through November 30.

Since hunters spend more that $500 million every season for gear, food, lodging and other items, it makes an excellent case for hunting widowers to make tracks to indulge in their own weekend. From soothing spas, winery tours, power retreats to scrapbook sessions, Michigan offers up many ways non-hunting spouses can have their own shot at a great weekend.

1. Shopping

" Prime Outlets in Birch Run will offer the 15th Annual Deer Widows Weekend running from November 12-14. Shoppers can take aim at plenty of bargains and fun activities. On Saturday, doors open two hours early at 8:00 AM, and on Sunday doors open two hours early at 9:00 AM. Shoppers can take a side trip to Frankenmuth to visit Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland and enjoy a Bavarian or family style chicken dinner at the Bavarian Inn or Zehnder's on Main Street.

" Pampering is the focus of the Ladies' Weekend Expo at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, November 12-14. More than 200 vendors will be there with products and services including beauty, health, home décor, dance classes, massages, self defense, wineries, travel, food sampling and more. Gets some holiday shopping in early At the end of the day watch a performance by the Von Trapp Children. Be there from 10 AM to 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday form 11 AM to 5 PM.

2. Wine

" The Left Foot Charley Winery in Traverse City will host "Dear Camp" on November 13 and 17. Look for wine and cider discounts, food demonstrations and tastings. Make a reservation early.

" And just for gals only, Chateau Chantal offers a Women's Wine Weekend or Cooking Class Weekend. You can also choose between a rejuvenating massage or a gift certificate to shop in downtown Traverse City. Traverse City also continues to offer its Fab Fall Package with participating hotels, attractions and retailers.

3. Scrapbooking getaways
There are many B&B's that offer scrapbooking retreats, from spending a day to making a memorable weekend, there are even a few B&B's that are created especially for the scrapbooker.
" Lasting Impressions Bed & Breakfast is designed for the scrapbooker. The inn features room for eight friends to scrapbook together surrounded by the charm and luxury of a bed and breakfast. The Queen Anne Victorian home, from 1880 is located in Grand Rapids in Historic Heritage Hill
433 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
" Or if you'd like more of a getaway, head to Cropping Daze Retreat in Historic Chesaning. Again, this space was designed for scrapbookers, and features a cropping area that is 1200 square feet and can accommodate up to 12 and prides itself on the home cooked meals the guests are served.

206 South Canal Street
Chesaning, MI 48616
989 845-4700

4. Pampering

" Gather your girlfriends for the Just the Girls Spa package at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville. Enjoy cozy guestrooms, chocolate covered strawberries, wine and a choice of a 50 minute spa treatment, fitness classes, outdoor hot tub and more. The 18,000 square foot spa is the recipient of many awards including of the top 50 spas by Spas of America last year.

" The Hexagon House B & B in Pentwater, 10 miles south of Ludington, offers up more than their much talked about gourmet breakfasts. Make a reservation to include the Poker Divas night or the Tear-Jerker Movie Marathon, just two of many fun packages for a great weekend getaway in any season.

" Round up your gal pals for the November 18-19 Whitetail Widow's Weekend at the Palmer House B & B in Albion. The package includes a light breakfast, body massage, shopping in Historic Marshall nearby and dinner at Michigan's famous Schuler's Restaurant & Pub.

Courtesy: Kirsten Borgstrom, Travel Michigan

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