By Marie Havenga
Northwest Ottawa County has a full date card of opportunities for romance and togetherness this holiday season.
You can spend a night at a local bed and breakfast, stroll the beach bundled up or relax with a romantic novel in front of the fire at the Spring Lake District Library.
Here are some ideas to get your hearts beating as one:
*Take a moonlight cross-country ski trip at Pigeon Creek Park. Trails range from beginner to advanced. Snowshoe and ski rentals are available. Sip hot chocolate together in front of the fire after your excursion.
*Catch the spirit at Grand Haven’s Light Night, scheduled for Nov. 15. If the free horse-drawn carriage is running this year, you can snuggle up with your honey and go for a spin around downtown. The annual event celebrates the powering up of the downtown holiday display and includes free hot cocoa and cookies. The action centers on Washington Avenue.
*Book a stay at one of the seven local bed and breakfasts as a surprise for your significant other. Visit the Chamber of Commerce web site or stop in at 1 South Harbor Drive for more information on local establishments.
*Serenade your sweetheart at Ferrysburg’s bonfire carol sing. This year’s event tunes up at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at William Ferry Park. You can enjoy hot chocolate and doughnuts while you await the arrival of Santa Claus.
*Get a taste of the season at a local tasting room. You can sip with your sweetie at VanderMill (14921 Cleveland St., Spring Lake Township), Old Boys’ Brewhouse (971 W. Savidge St., Spring Lake) or the Lemon Creek Tasting Room (327 Beacon Blvd. in Grand Haven.)
*Take your significant other to an intimate Pin Drop Concert at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake. The original brick walls of this former Masonic Temple provide incredible acoustics for a unique live listening experience. Visit www.pindropconcerts.com for the upcoming schedule and ticket information.