With so much to experience in my own backyard here in the Greater Merrimack Valley, I've made a deal with myself that each weekend my boyfriend and I unplug from technology and try something new. We've been able to see, learn and try things that we may never have otherwise had the opportunity to as well as connect with eachother after a long week of work. Here's my top 5 date night ideas, and a few insider tips!
For the foodie couple..
Feng Shui Hibachi Sushi Lounge
285 Chelmsford St, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Going to dinner just got a lot more exciting! Feng Shui Hibachi Sushi Lounge offers its diners bar seating, sit-down table service or seating at a hibachi grill. If you've never experienced hibachi style cooking, I highly recommend it! Each hibachi entrée is served with miso soup, salad, hibachi shrimp and vegetables, white rice and your choice of poultry, seafood or tofu. Your chef prepares your dishes in front of you, while entertaining the guests with "volcano" onions, expert egg juggling and some jokes. The flames, fresh food and fun make for a great night out. With each hibachi grill seating 18 guests, this makes for a fun group date night or birthday party idea. Looking for an appetizer suggestion while waiting for your hibachi? My personal favorite is the Red Sox Roll...if you're a sushi fan you have to try it out! For reservations call 978-250-8888.
For the movie lovers couple..
Showcase Cinema De Lux
32 Reiss Ave, Lowell, MA 01851
The newly renovated Showcase Cinema De Lux in Lowell offers guests plush, reclining seats, a full bar to order a cocktail pre-show and take to your seat, as well as a full concession stand. Committed to providing the ultimate entertainment experience, each theater offers state of the art sound, assistance devices for the hearing and sight impaired, full handicapped accessibility and great programs for the whole family. With the ability to purchase tickets and select your seats all online, going to see a move just got a whole lot easier (and comfy!). My insider tip if your a frequent flyer to the movies? Join Star Pass and earn points for every dollar spent, free popcorn on your birthday and avoid paying service charges when buying tickets online!
For the kids at heart couple...
Dave & Buster's
271 Mishawum Road, Woburn, MA 01801
What could be better than state of the art gaming area, a bar and restaurant all in one? Let your inner-child come out at Dave & Buster's! The true one stop shop for those gamers out there, you can watch the game or catch up over a cocktail, or enjoy a little friendly competition while playing air-hockey or skee ball. Visit after work on Monday-Friday from 4:30pm-7:00pm or Late Night Sunday-Thursday from 9:00pm-Midnight for "Appy Hour" where you'll score $5.00 select appetizers.
For the art-loving couple...
Glass Blowing Class at Western Ave Studios
122 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA
Western Avenue Studios is home to the largest artists community on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. The 5 acre complex contains 3 brick mill buildings hosting 250 work only studios, 50 live/work lofts, a strong artists association, many teaching artists, The Loading Dock Gallery – a cooperative artist run gallery, and The Onyx Room Performance Space. The first Saturday of each month WAS hosts Open Studios where you can meet the artists, purchase their art and learn about their inspiration. For a fun date night activity head to Mill City Glass Works for your own, personal glass blowing class (advance registration is required, visit website for class dates). Here you will learn the art of glass blowing from Aron Leaman while sculpting your own glass masterpiece. Dress in layers, in can get a bit warm! For reservations call 978-317-4756.
For the couple in need of some TLC...
The Stonehedge Hotel and Spa
160 Pawtucket Blvd, Tyngsboro, MA 01879
Work have you stressed? Kids have you running around like crazy? Need to spend some QT with your loved one? Call a babysitter and head to the Stonehedge Hotel and Spa for a much-needed and deserved mini-getaway. The Spa at Stonehedge features its own facility complete with an indoor/outdoor heated pool, steam room, sauna and a full array of spa treatments. Your Spa Getaway includes a one night stay with breakfast for two (try the chicken and waffles- trust me!), dinner for two in NoLo Bistro & Bar and your choice of two 50 minute private spa treatments (one per person) including a classic massage, classic facial, skinFit for him facial, seasonal body scrub, luxury back treatment, or a vino hand & foot massage. To make your reservations now for the Spa Indulgence package, click here or call 978 649-4400.
Until our next adventure,