Dating can be so much fun, especially when you find a great new place to explore. Since Vermont is a giant playground for outdoor enthusiasts, typical winter activities are easy to come by, but sometimes you want to deviate from your typical Friday night in search of something new.
Luckily, Vermont has you covered when it comes to fun date ideas. If you’re looking to forgo an evening by the fireplace for a day or night on the town, here are 14 ideas to enjoy time with that special someone. Whether you like to sample Vermont goods, take on an adventure, or you simply love to laugh, try some of these date ideas to embrace these cold winter months and do something a bit different.
1. The Art of Humor Gallery - Not A Road, Wilmington
This is a gallery of the work of an internationally known artist-cartoonist. Two floors of illustrations and artwork to see. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, and maybe a chuckle or two...or three! The fact that it's located on "Not A Road" Road should be the first of many laughs.
2. Enjoy a day at the spa!
Get a massage or simply soak in the hot tub, spa days are always a great way to unwind. Pictured is the lovely Spa at the Equinox.
3. Oldcastle Theatre Company - 331 Main Street, Bennington
You'll be blown away with the terrific acting, the facility and the value. This is an incredibly intimate theatre-in-the-round. Rarely are you able to experience the close-up sensation of practically being on the stage with actors, and it's made even better by the outstanding performances.
4. Mount Snow Snowmobile Tours - Dover
Get your adrenaline racing on one of these snowmobiles in Dover. If there isn't a ton of powder, fear not - Snowmobile Vermont has a permit allowing them to take folks out for a one-hour tour on the ski slopes in the evening, after the skiers are done for the day.
5. Stargaze during the day.
If you're in the NEK, the planetarium at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium is a great activity. The show is about 30 minutes and the staff is always helpful and happy to answer any questions you have when it's over.
6. Take a romantic sleigh ride.
Take an authentic "one horse open sleigh" ride at Gentle Giants Sleigh and Carriage Rides. Located in Stowe, the setting is charming with lots of things to do in town both before and after this treat.
7. Make your own chocolate treat at Laughing Moon in Stowe.
Laughing Moon Chocolates makes and sells chocolate and confections, and offers daily chocolate dipping demonstrations and sample tastings. Hands-on workshops allow participants create their own chocolates. Yum!
8. Sample craft beer at the Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville.
Whether you're a seasoned craft beer aficionado or a novice to the taste, this tour and sample stop never disappoints. Even if you've tried the beer in bottles, you must try them off the tap while watching the brewing taking place.
9. Zip line at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures in Jefforsonville.
Zip lining isn't just a summer sport! The experienced instructors will show you the ropes (literally) and be prepared to glide through the trees with the snow covered ground and a stream running underneath. Great views and great fun. Not only do you zip, but you get to rappel off two of the platforms, all while learning about the trees and animals in the area.
10. Taste some wine at Lincoln Peak Vineyard in Middlebury.
This gem is great to enjoy any time of the year. The wines are delicious, the staff personable and knowledgeable, and who would have thought to get a growler of wine? They're not just for beer anymore!
11. Take in some jazz at Brandon Music in Brandon.
This little place is a music lover's dream. This is a tea room, a jazz club, a museum and a gift shop. The room's acoustics are exceptional for live jazz and the setting is unique and extremely comfortable. Their food menu is impressive and the quality of the is service absolutely first-rate. A perfect place to take that special someone.
12. Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Mountaineering School in Burlington.
You have a choice to climb inside or out at Petra Cliffs. Beginners and experts alike will have fun here and you will surprise yourself at what you never thought you could do! Carpe diem!
13. Check out a concert at Higher Ground in South Burlington.
Small venue and standing only doesn't stop some incredible bands from performing at this local's favorite venue.
14. Take a stroll around Woodstock.
Step back in time and visit this quaint Vermont town. Stop first at the Woodstock Town Crier - a chalkboard in the middle of town where people can write local and current happenings. You never know what you'll find!
What are some of your favorite ways to spend time with that special someone this winter?