Options For Deer Widow Weekend

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

"We are offering things like a fashion show. The train is nothing but a giant runway," said Terry Bush,

For the women who aren't joining their men in the woods this weekend, there are plenty of things to keep them entertained this weekend. Be it shopping, spending time at the salon, or events geared specifically to "deer widows."

Several stores around the state like Birch Run in Frankenmuth, are advertising shopping sales for hunting widows. Palmer bed and breakfast down in Albion has a hunting widow overnight getaway. But if you're looking for something different, there's the Owosso "Hunters Widow Casino Train Ride."

"We are offering things like a fashion show. The train is nothing but a giant runway," said Terry Bush, events coordinator for the Steam Railroading Institute.

"When he was going to be gone for a week I was happy," said hunting widow Daisy Hoaglin.

It's Hoaglin's first year of being a hunting widow. Her husband was gone all last week for bow season, and she'll likely be taking care of the kids by herself again as rifle season has just started.
She says she's quickly learning to use the separation to her advantage.

"Get a hobby where you can do something and leave him home alone," said Hoaglin.

The train leaves at 10 am Saturday for Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, and doesn't come back until 7 pm.

The casino even has a hunk show planned for Saturday night, and it's sold out.

"This is perfect for them. It incorporates the train ride and the girls can get together and have a good time. It's like a party on wheels," said Bush.

We made calls to several salons, it's expected to be a busy weekend with lots of woman looking to be pampered while the men are out.

"We don't give much time for us. That's why something like this is so popular," said Bush.

There's also a couple female friendly shows going on at the Wharton Center this weekend like "Mamma Mia".

You could also do a winery trip. Mackinaw Trail Winery of Petoskey is having a hunters widows weekend. They are having wine paired with food and pampering Saturday night from 6 pm-9 pm.

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