I just returned from Europe and enjoyed my 4 nights in Bruges very much!
Here are some of my recommendations:
Rick's excellent City Walk early in the morning! Beautiful walk over little bridges and past canals. Be sure to go in the Basilica of the Holy Blood. At the end of the walk, I loved going through the gate into the "peaceful protected area of the Beguines women." We were lucky enough to hear the Benedictine nuns sing vespers in the church.
Visit and buy delicious chocolates from Madame Dumon. We bought one small box for 7€ and wished be had bought several more boxes as gifts. Charming and family owned.
In the evening, buy home made ice cream from Gelateria Da Vinci and eat it in the Markt (Market Square) surrounded by old gabled buildings and an amazing bell tower. Beautiful at night!
We didn't have a chance to do the De Halve Maan Brewery tour (which people seem to love), but we did enjoy a light lunch and Belgium beer in their pretty courtyard.
Make sure you make dinner reservations even at the recommended Cambrinus http://www.cambrinus.eu/biercuisine.htm. We also had a delicious dinner outside at Bistro en Amand http://www.denamand.be/bistro/restaurant-bistro-brugge but do note that there is only one waiter, so be ready to order!
Bike ride to Damme. Rented bikes and peddled along the moat and past windmills to the nearby town of Damme. Early lunch in Damme. Rick's guidebook explains how to do this, but be sure you get some clear biking directions.
Day trip to Ghent! Follow Rick's Ghent City Walk for an easy and satisfying day trip!
Enjoy Bruges! We loved it!