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Monday, November 24, 2014

Top 10 New England Winter Date Night Ideas

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Old Man Winter knocking at our door, it's the perfect time for hearty New Englanders to start thinking about romantic ways to keep warm long after the snowflakes fly. 


If you live here in the Northeast, or anywhere that "does winter" you understand that cabin fever can be overwhelming. But with a little creativity, a little activity, and a daily dose of vitamin D, winter can be bearable...and even enjoyable.

If you live in Massachusetts, this list is for you. 

But, even if you don't, use this list as a springboard for your own winter fun. 

1. Ice skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond. Lace up, hold hands and skate for the gold in the heart of Boston Common. Afterwards, cuddle up with a hot chocolate or a cognac. 




2. Feeling adventurous? Try dog sledding! Based out of Central Mass, New England Outfitters will give you and your partner-in-crime the experience of a lifetime, mushing behind a team of dogs that run for the pure joy of it. Or if dog sledding sounds too intense, how about a romantic sleigh ride?  




3. Channel your inner Julia Child and Jacques P├ępin. Culinary Underground, on Route 9 in Southborough, offers special Couples Classes, like American Steakhouse, Cocktail Party and Feast of the Seven Fishes, designed to help you and your honey cook up some romance in the kitchen and out. Your local Sur La Table also offers date night cooking classes. 

4. Cursed Blessed with wanderlust? Learn a new language at the Boston Language Institute, where you can pick up that high school French again and plan a romantic Parisian getaway. Or brush up on your Italian . . .Tuscany awaits. If Boston is too far of a commute, check out free online language learning options


5. Get close and dance the night away. The Salsa Loft offers classes in salsa, bachata, merengue and cha cha, as well as monthly socials and weekly Latin nights at some of the hottest venues in central Mass, like Bocado's Tapas Bar.



6. Run away. At least for a while. Check out New England's hottest hotels and bed and breakfasts and plan a romantic weekend getaway for twoOr see if you can score a deal on an online bidding site, like Priceline.

Thank you, Boston Park Plaza!



7. Get outside and play. If you haven't gone snow tubing, you're in for a treat. At places like Ski Nashoba, you will be pulled up a giant hill by a rope tow and fly down the slopes with a giant inner tube. This brings out the kid in us all. 

And if you're skiers, New England has plenty of resorts to ski and stay.



8. Pancakes . . .what's not to love? And if you're from New England, only the real maple syrup will do. When brunch calls, check out Parker's Maple Barn for the most amazing pancakes on the planet. There is always a pancake of the month and if you or your love is more of a meat and potatoes kind of eater, they even have maple glazed ribs. 




9. Planning a warm tropical escape? Want to swim with the fishes? Just kidding. Nothing says romance like buddy breathing. Learn to scuba dive. Do your pool work locally and then do your check-out dives in the Caribbean. Central Mass Scuba does it all . . .certification and check-out dives both locally and in the tropics. 


10. Stay in and do whatever your hearts desire. Create the perfect staycation night at your own casa de amor. Build a romantic playlist, assemble a charcuterie like this one below, make a homemade pizza, open a bottle of wine. Relax...enjoy...love.



What are some of your favorite winter date night ideas?

26 comments:

  1. Wow! What a wonderful selection and great activities for everyone, whether you want to stay indoors or get outside. That sleigh ride or snow tubing sounds like great fun!

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    1. So much fun, Christine. I have done both. If you're dressed well for the weather and conditions, anything can be fun. Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week!

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  2. Oh my gosh I totally need to go snow tubing...that looks like so much fun!! Great roundup!!

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    1. So much fun, Lynn. If you're dressed well for the weather and conditions, anything can be fun. Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week!

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  3. My husband and I have always wanted to do a New England vacation in the fall, but this has me thinking winter would be a good time to come as well! :)

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    1. New England is fabulous in every season. Sometimes, it's more of a challenge to do outside things in the winter, but it can be fun nonetheless. If you're dressed well for the weather and conditions, anything can be fun. Thank you for stopping by, Mandee. Have a great week!

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  4. Great list Kelly! I'm sharing with some of my Boston friends.

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  5. My husband and I don't do well with cold (which makes living where we do a problem) so indoor activities like bowling, movie nights and dinner out are indoor date night ideas.

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    1. Because many people don't enjoy winter, many places create great getaway deals, even locally. And because it's less of a travel peak, except in ski resort areas, there tends to be better pricing to bring people in. It could work out better in the end.

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  6. These are all such great ideas, Kelly!

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  7. This is a great list! I forget how much there's still to do in Winter besides hibernating. Haha!

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    1. There's a lot to do. Sometimes, it's more of a challenge to do outside things in the winter, but it can be fun nonetheless. If you're dressed well for the weather and conditions, anything can be fun. Thanks for stopping by, Jessica. Have a great week!

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  8. Dog sledding would be so much fun! The snow tubing is so worth it.

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    1. That's my picture. I did the dogsledding...SO fun! And the tubing is a blast. Makes me feel like I'm 5 again.

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  9. Couples' cooking classes are awesome! My husband and I have taken them in Cambridge. And dog sledding?! That sounds amazing.

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    1. That's my picture. I did the dogsledding...SO fun! And the cooking class is fun too. Have a great rest of your week.

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  10. Wow so many fun things to do. I really the idea of sledding. I know where I need to go for christmas with my SO. Thank you for sharing Kelly. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jazmine. Sledding is so much fun. I wear bib-style snow pants and everything. I feel like a 5 year old, but I have so much fun. And you will too. :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. My husband and I met at Williams College in Williamstown, MA in the Berkshires. There is a high percentage of Williams - Williams marriages---possibly attributable to those long, cold winter nights.

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    1. Love Williams College! I stayed there for a conference one summer...SO beautiful! Thank you for stopping by, Suzanne. Have a great rest of your week.

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    1. There's a lot to do. Sometimes, it's more of a challenge to do outside things in the winter, but it can be fun nonetheless. If you're dressed well for the weather and conditions, anything can be fun. Thanks for stopping by, Vanessa. Have a great week!

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  13. What a great collection of fun activities. Love all those ideas. Cathy

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Cathy. Happy holidays!

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