January 31, 2022 | davertown
2022 Valentine's Date Night Ideas
Valentine’s day is fast approaching! Whether you plan to head out or stay in, we’ve got you covered with a few date night ideas with things to do in Loveland, Fort Collins, and Greeley to make planning easy. We have also provided a few home-based dates as well! Alternatively, perhaps it will inspire possibilities for your own unique plans!
Also, check out our ‘Tips for Making the Most of Date Night’ below!
Art Deco Cinema & Speakeasy
Head to the movies to enjoy a unique theatre experience at The Kress Cinema & Lounge. This independent theater boasts a fun art deco theme, and you can enjoy cocktails and bites served in this lounge/viewing room. Some rumors of a speakeasy in these parts! Dress up to the 1920’s period to make it a historical night!
'Escape Room' from Home
Work together to complete an ‘Escape Room’ with just each other and from the comfort of your own home! Work against the clock in either of these highly-rated games that you can purchase online or at a local store ‘EXIT: The Game‘ or ‘Escape Room: The Game.’
Overnight in Loveland
Enjoy so much in one spot at the Foundry and Downtown Loveland! Walk 4th street to explore Loveland boutiques, antique stores, and small businesses. Wonder over to Axe to Grind to try out your throwing skills. Grab dinner at one of the fabulous downtown restaurants, and head into the Movies at the MetroLux theater. Call it a day and stay at the TownPlace Suites by Marriot. In the morning, enjoy coffee and breakfast at the Colorado Coffee Company!
A Chocolate Tour
For the love of chocolate, visit three chocolate shops, picking a few pieces from each place and ensuring you try something new and different! Some options for your stops include Nuance Chocolate, Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream, and See’s Candies. Head home to finish the night off with a sweet film such as Chocolat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Dessert Recipe Standoff
Recreate a favorite dessert in your kitchen together! Find several recipes for the same dessert if you wish to compare the results and determine the winning recipe! Be sure to pick up ingredients in advance if needed. Get messy in the kitchen baking with one another!
Pinball Arcade & Dinner
Play like a couple of kids at a local pinball arcade! The Flipside in Downtown Loveland, Pinball Jones in Downtown Fort Collins, and Stella’s Pinball Arcade & Lounge in Downtown Greeley. Because each arcade is located downtown, you’ll have to grab dinner at a nearby spot that catches your eye while you are out!
Tips for Making the Most of Date Night:
Snap a photo during each date night so that you can reminisce over your time together later on! After this, put both your phones away to give your full attention to one another.
It’s often best to plan dates in advance to not feel sprung on someone who had other plans. If your ‘dating’ from home, being open that this is a ‘date’ lets them know you desire to enjoy this special time together with minimal distractions.
Do not place expectations on how the night should go or on your spouse/date. Doing so can lead to disappointment when things don’t go “as planned.” Instead, just relax, enjoy each other, and whatever the night may bring.
Do you struggle to make conversation? Give conversation starter cards designed for couples a try, such as those from ‘Love Lingual.’ You can even take a few cards with you on your date night, just in case!
Leading up to the date, let your spouse/date know that you are looking forward to this time with them, whether it’s a text during the day, a note, a hug, or other physical touches. Doing so lets them know that you treasure their company and builds intimacy before your date.