8 Date-Night ideas for couples (V-Day or any day)

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My husband always will be quick to tell you “I hate Valentine’s Day,” and yo, I don’t care much about it either. But I do love little excuses to celebrate, especially now that our lives are run by a pint-size dictator (#toddlerlife).

For us, this may mean dinner out (but not on actual Valentine’s Day), but more likely dinner in (I’m in charge) and a nice bottle of wine, like something from Va La or one of our Très Bonne Année buys.

I’m thinking I may grab some lamb shanks from RG Hummer’s and some yummy root veggies from Radish & Rye for a nice, warm dinner that isn’t too high-maintenance.

If I can recommend an easy-but-impressive dessert, sometimes I make this chocolate torte.

Here are some other ideas for how you can spend some QT with someone you love, whether Valentine’s Day or any day.

Hannah Cline Photography

Kick-start your garden

Head to Ashcombe, Highland Gardens, or your other favorite local nurse and start your home garden. I’m planning on creating a mini herb garden for my dining room wall (not enough light in my kitchen) and starting some seeds for my real garden.

Not into veggies? Houseplants are the THING right now, and there are many options at various care levels. If you’re new to houseplants, start with something forgiving like a pothos or snake plant before you dive into a Fiddle Leaf Fig or other higher maintenance plant. 

Bonus: Ashcombe offers a variety of classes you can check out here.

Build a fancy meat + cheese board

Head over to the Broad Street Market and visit RG Hummer Meats + Cheese and craft the ultimate cheese board for a relaxing night in.

Hummer’s staff can help you select the best picks for your palate — and if you’re lucky, you may find custom, house-made wooden boards to plate your creation.  

Revittle, also in the Broad Street Market, also offers a variety of high-end cheeses and meats. Pro Tip: Look for the Revittle logo and grab some of their fresh, locally made cheese — like my favorite, the award-winning Shepherd’s Delight — to add to your board.

Casino Night

What could make a better date night than a step back in time to the Golden Age of Las Vegas?

Visit Open Stage on Saturday, Feb. 29 for a special one-night-only event as the theatre is transformed into a Vegas-style casino!

Dress the part if you like (channel that Mad Men/Rat Pack vibe), and enjoy an evening of retro cocktails, live music, and — of course — your ticket includes some “funny money” so you can “play” blackjack, roulette, poker, and more.

Details + tickets here.

Pro tip: VIP tickets include an open bar reception and a preview of Open Stage’s 35th season!

Shy Bear pretzels

Take a mini road trip

If you and your partner love checking out new-to-you spots like breweries or wineries, consider an easy trip towards State College and stop into Shy Bear Brewing in Lewistown. It’s a great space with delicious beers, food, and coffee!

Or, when was the last time you visited Gettysburg? Plan a visit and be sure to include a stop at Ploughman Cider or Tattered Flag — both have new (as of last year) taprooms downtown! 

Amazon Prime + Chill

Catch the regional Emmy-nominated, award-winning, and locally produced craft beer documentary, Poured in Pennsylvania, on Amazon Prime Video.

Stock up on some cans of your favorite local brews first — it’ll make ya thirsty! Can we recommend something from Boneshire Brew Works or Appalachian Brewing Co.? Both are featured in the film!

Get some new-to-you threads

Update your style with a trip to Stash Vintage x The Midtown Dandy in SoMa Harrisburg.

This cute little shop is chock full of amazing finds — they’ve done the curating for you! Whether it’s old school band tees or amazing vintage dresses, there’s sure to be something to elevate your 2020 look. Don’t sleep on the jewelry or housewares either!

BONUS: Plan a visit around sip @ soma and follow-up your shopping with some great local brews. 

Take in local theatre

You have to check out Open Stage in their newly remodeled space! Vibrant and beautiful, they have incredible programming scheduled for this winter/spring.

Their Court Street series also is a can’t-miss (and there’s something for everyone). Check out their Cabaret series, running weekends through the end of February. Or maybe, since it’s the love season, you wanna check out their EFF LIVE (Erotic Fan Fiction), which runs every Saturday night!

Stop in an hour before any show to grab a cocktail on-site!

Buy tickets to a charity event

Put a “save the date” on your calendar to do something fun for good. We suggest any #HBGBeerWeek event in April, all of which benefits Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services. 

Or, check out the all-new Greystone Derby Day, scheduled for May 2 at Greystone Brew House!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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