DATE NIGHT: BEYOND JUST DINNER AND A MOVIE

You need to schedule a date night every week. It keeps you connected.

“We have a great date night on board the Island Princess. Every Thursday night in July and August we do a Steak BBQ Dinner Dance Cruise. The sunset is always spectacular – very romantic! We also have a live band,” says Cate Dore, Manager, First Mate, Chef of Orillia Boat Cruises in Orillia.

If date night on the water isn’t enough to tantalize your romantic side, perhaps flying high above the lake will.

“The notion of flying under an immense colourful balloon, standing in an open wicker basket a couple thousand feet above the ground, can be a tad unsettling.  However, once you get over the uniqueness of lighter-than-air flight, a calm relaxed view of the world sweeps your apprehension away,” enlightens Ken Rolland, Chief Pilot of Air Display Hot Air Balloon Team in Barrie.

Maybe keeping your feet planted on the ground sounds more appealing. Enjoy a patio dinner.

“Studabakers is a fantastic spot for entertainment and dining. We’re a go-to spot for couples on date night. From our exciting menu features and large variety of cocktails, Studabakers is always a popular choice. Couples either sit on the patio and enjoy the view of the sunset, or stick around to enjoy the live entertainment,” says Joe Winacott, Owner of Studabakers Beachside in Orillia.


A view of Kempenfelt Bay while sipping a glass of wine and savouring an Italian meal is a divine choice.

“We have all sorts of date nights happening here all the time: from a first date, blind date, engagement, first anniversary, 60th anniversary, a night out without the children – everything!  We’re comfortable, accommodating, romantic, with delicious food, great wine, and a beautiful view of the lake from the lakeview patio,” says Sue Varga, Owner of Il Buco Ristorante in Barrie.

Take a stroll around the lake after choosing from 36 different toppings to create a frozen yogurt or gelato bowl at Swirleez, or indulge in a luxurious dessert at Chillz Lounge.

“Our intimate dining experience is like no other with a large selection of over 40 decadent desserts, hors d’oeuvres, homemade sweet crepes, and waffles – paired with one of our amazing craft cocktails, or a glass of wine,” entices Ryan Megson, General Manager of Chillz Lounge and Swirleez in Barrie.

For something really different, The MacLaren Art Centre makes a great date night.
“There are guaranteed topics of conversation built right into the experience. Couples can have fun exploring exhibitions of contemporary art together, learn something new, and have engaging discussions about the work they are seeing,” says Christine Gillespie, Communications Coordinator for MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie.

And to top off date night choices, cuddle-up on a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. “Warm summer nights with a terrific film is a perfect romantic gesture! We have a terrific list of films scheduled for this year’s outdoor screening season,” says Claudine Benoit, Director for the Barrie Film Festival in Barrie.

LOCAL LINKS

Orillia Boat Cruises
obcruise.com

Studabakers Beachside
studabakersbeachside.com

Il Buco
ilbucoristorante.com

Air Display Hot Air Balloon Team
airdisplay.ca

Chillz and Swirleez
chillzlounge.com  &  swirleez.com

MacLaren Art Centre
maclarenart.com

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