A Variety of Date Night Ideas for Time With Your Sweetheart
● By Kimberly Boney
Grown Up Time OutMay 2015
By Kimberly Boney
A date: that once-in-a-blue-moon, wish-it-couldhappen-more-often, joyful moment in time when you don’t have to be a parent, an employee, a caregiver, or anything but a person in love with your significant other. It’s a quintessential bonding ritual that is all too often overshadowed by the responsibilities of life. But it’s equally important to keep the core of the family – your relationship with your love – healthy, happy and thriving. Here are some ways to bond with your special someone.
FOR A LITTLE PAMPERING: Life is tough sometimes. Take the edge off with a couples’ massage. Not only will your tired muscles thank you, but you and your partner can bond over mutual, blissful relaxation. But don’t stop there. Take in some of the other refreshingly wonderful services (side-by-side pedicures, anyone?) offered at your favorite day spa. You’ll want to want to put this date on repeat.
FOR THE ROMANTICS AT HEART: Nothing says romance like a gondola floating down the Canal Grande in Venice. But you don’t need a passport or a plane to take your own romantic drift down the river. Check out River Romance Tours of Redding (riverromancecruises.com) and book a fl oat for two. You’ll enjoy scenic views, fresh air and dinner prepared right on the vessel. Bring your own beverages and create a lasting memory.
FOR A TASTE OF SOMETHING DELICIOUS: The art of enjoying food is more than just about flavor itself. It’s about the experience. At Kahuna’s Mongolian Barbecue (kahunasmongolianbbq.com) in Redding, food and fun are on full blast. The unique dining experience allows you to customize your own masterpiece. Pick a recipe on the wall and make it “as is” or modify it to suit your tastes. Hint: There is no such thing as “too much sauce.”
FOR A TASTE OF THE OUTDOORS: We’re not at a loss for options where outdoor beauty is concerned here in the North State. From a visit to Brandy Creek to the breathtaking sight of Burney Falls in any season, all you need is a picnic basket with all of your favorite goodies, a blanket, your camera and your honey.
FOR BREW LOVERS: Takea tour of the world famous Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (sierranevada.com) in Chico and see how the North State’s favorite beer is made. Round out this fun-filled experience with a meal at the restaurant and a visit to the gift shop. Be sure to pick up a bag of Chocolate Pale Ale Brittle Crunch, made exclusively for Sierra Nevada by Joy Lyn’s Candies (joylynscandies.com) in Paradise. In fact, pick up a few bags. It’s that good.
FOR COFFEE-DRINKING LOVERS: Take a scenic drive west on Highway 299 to The Strawhouse (strawhouseresort.com) in Big Flat. From delicious coffee to stellar pastries, breakfast and lunch options, you’ve got your pick of things to nosh on while you absorb the natural beauty surrounding you there. Wood-fired pizzas are a Friday night specialty that is worth the drive. Perched on the edge of the Trinity River, The Strawhouse is an ideal place for bird watching and offers some stunning backdrops for selfies - or should we say “us-ies”- with your love.
FOR MUSIC LOVERS: What date night couldn’t be made even better with some good tunes? Talented local musicians can create the perfect date night soundtrack for you two lovebirds. On any given weekend, check out Vintage Wine Bar (vintageredding.com) or Th e Post Office Saloon and Grill (530-246-2190) in Redding, or Woodside Grill at the Gaia Hotel (gaiahotelspa.com) in Anderson for a rockin’ good time on your special night.
FOR A TOUCH OF HISTORY AND GOOD WINE: Head south east to New Clairvaux Vineyard (newclairvauxvineyard.com) in Vina. You’ll experience the delicious culmination of the work of Trappist Monks and a local fifth-generation California wine maker – extraordinary reds, whites and rosés that bring a touch of Europe to the North State. Th e wine tasting room is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm (excluding Holy Days). Visit the monastery to pair a bit of history with your vino.
FOR A HEALTHY DOSE OF LAUGHTER: On the third Saturday of every month, join the Redding Improv at Old City Hall (1313 Market St.) for a night of live, off -the-cuff entertainment. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Arrive early. Th is unique experience is often an every-seat-taken kind of event. Laugh your way through the night for only $5 while supporting a talented, passionate bunch of local performers.
FOR AN EXTENDED GETAWAY: Need more than just a few hours away with your love? Consider a cabin or houseboat rental at Silverthorn Resort (silverthornresort.com) at Lake Shasta. Relax among the trees, take a boat out on the water, watch the sun sink peacefully into the horizon and treasure every moment shared with your loved one. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.