Bowling Green: Closer Than You'd Think
For those readers in downstate Michigan, Bowling Green really isn't very far. If you're not planning to go to the GLI or Notre Dame around the holidays, this may be your easiest opportunity to see the Huskies this season. Detroit to Bowling Green is only an hour and a half while Grand Rapids to Bowling Green is just 200 miles. While the town itself doesn't have a reputation as a true hockey town, the students going to games there have been increasing with the team's success in recent years.
There are a handful of hotels within walking distance to campus and an excellent surrounding restaurant scene, but be prepared to drive around Bowling Green for some peripheral activities. For the hockey games, Bowling Green sells General Admission tickets for $13 online or at the box office up until 5:00pm Friday, then the ticket prices increase to $15, so come prepared!
So you're traveling with: friends
There is an MTU Alumni Association event on Saturday night at Grumpy Dave's Pub. Make sure to RSVP for their pasty dinner, there are only ten tickets left and it will sell out. Grumpy Dave's will be more for the non-student crowd, but they have live music and karaoke on Saturday following the game at 10:00pm. If that's your speed, head back over there and get your Journey on.
If you're not into karaoke, The Stone's Throw is an Irish Pub with standard Irish pub fare, Cornish pasties, a wide selection of beers and live music on Saturday from 8-11. They even have a plug about the pasty and it's connection to the UP. BG Beer Works is a nanobrewery in town, but they do have a seasonal beer on tap currently called "Naked Santa" that someone should try and report back to us on (please!). Reverend's Bar and Grill is a little classier than your typical college haunt and has a great selection of craft beers. The tap list constantly updates online for you to check.
If you have too many at the Stone's Throw or Reverend's Bar and Grill, grab a hangover cure in the morning at Kermit's Family Restaurant. Otherwise there is a Bob Evans and a Big Boy in town, but we always recommend dining locally.
So you're traveling with: family
If you're looking for some family activities, head over to the Wood County History Museum, located in an old asylum building. The museum is decorated for the holidays and has additional seasonal activities such trains to watch, kids holiday crafts and a holiday gift shop. The museum is open from 1-4 on Saturday. If classic cars are more your family's speed, Snook's Dream Cars is a must see. Snook's is open 8-5 M-F and weekends by "appointment or chance," so be sure to get in contact with them if you're interested. If your family is fine with jumping in the car for a little hike, Toledo is only a half hour away. Go to the Imagination Station Toledo, which is a hands-on science and children's museum.
When you're between family activities, head over to Campus Pollyeyes for some pizza. Word has it their stuffed bread sticks are BGSU legend. Pollyeyes is on the opposite side of campus from the hockey arena, so this may be a good stop Friday night or Saturday if you aren't going to the MTU Alumni Event. If you are, be sure and RSVP soon!
So you're traveling with: fellow Tech students
Ok, so Bowling Green is a trek from Houghton. The drive from Houghton to Bowling Green is roughly 10 hours. I lied to you, and I'm sorry for that. Make sure you have a couple of drivers if you plan to make the whole trip straight through. When you get into town, stay at the Falcon Plaza Best Western; it's a walk to campus and the arena, and is listing as $104 a night. Bonus points for avoiding the $5 parking fee at the arena if you can walk there from your hotel. Bowling Green has over 14,000 undergrads, so there are plenty of places to go out and meet up with them. There is hockey history in photos on the walls of the college haunt Brathaus, and they have drinks on the cheap. The steak sandwiches and "tires" (waffle fries) at Mr. Spots are known to draw BGSU graduates back when they return to Bowling Green. Yelp user Nick K. wrote "“Bowling Green has plenty of restaurants that I miss from my college days, but Spots is the place I absolutely must visit each time I return to BG."
Grab some authentic Mexican food at El Zarape, where "Every day is a Fiesta!" Like many of the restaurants listed above, El Zarape is within walking distance to the arena and many hotels. Other big gathering spots before hockey games are Frickers and Buffalo Wild Wings. Make sure to attend the MTU Alumni Event for some free swag and to meet up with others wearing black and gold.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip to Bowling Green and, as always, "Go Huskies!"
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Special thanks to Bleacher Creatures, Drew Evans from BGSUHockey.com, and many others for their input on this article.
Cover photo courtesy Wikipedia user Tma169.