A romantic dinner at an upscale restaurant is a date night classic, but sometimes it’s great to think outside of the box. Break tradition by exploring more affordable romantic date nights, that you and your partner can still enjoy. You’ll be able to share meaningful experiences with one another, and can splurge on other indulgences. Because we love the idea of an affordable date night, we thought up some sweet experiences that you and your loved one can enjoy in and around Winston Salem. Whether you start off with just one, or finish all five over a long weekend, these date ideas are fun and affordable.
Find Walking Trails or Hikes
While this might not be a romantic dinner over candlelight, there is nothing more fun than conquering an obstacle or new activity with your loved one. Plus, there are plenty of beautiful hiking and walking trails around Winston Salem that are ideal for beginners. Head over to Skyland Park, or Salem Lake Trail, for perfect views and scenery you just can’t beat. Take a moment to snap some lovely photos, enjoy the fresh air, and share a new experience with your partner. After a late afternoon hike, head over to a favorite cafe or visit a local winery, to enjoy some refreshments after the long day.
Explore a New Place
As much fun as it is to spend time in your local city, there are plenty of great places you can wander around, and see for yourself. Between downtown Winston Salem, Greensboro, and High Point, there are lots to explore within the Piedmont Triad. Getting in the car and picking a spot on the map can be exciting because you never know what each city will hold. Take a stroll downtown and find new, coffee houses, gift shops, or even fun art museums with reasonable admissions.
Looking to slow things down and escape the city life? Take a tour of your local vineyard! Local vineyards, such as RayLen, provide insight on how local wines are made, and gives you the chance to explore the beauty of North Carolina.
Try a New Recipe at Home
What’s more affordable or fun than cooking at home? Dining out is a treat, but sometimes the most romantic moments can be when you craft something by hand with the one you love. Find a recipe that you both enjoy, or combine a fusion of flavors for the meal. Plus, if you don’t cook very often, this is a chance to put your partner’s skills to the test in the kitchen. Take the time to find a few recipes you’d like to sample. Even if it’s just small plates instead of a big meal, it’s a great way to connect with one another over a fun activity.
Once the dish is complete, it’s important to pair the right wine with your dinner. Take a look at RayLen’s selection of wines, and experience plenty of flavors that will balance out nicely with your meal.
Enjoy a Picnic
Nothing is sweeter than packing a picnic and heading over to one of your favorite spots. The Reynolda House Museum and Gardens, or Historic Bethabara Park, are lovely spots to explore in Winston Salem. You can walk around for a bit, spread out a blanket, and enjoy an assortment of cheeses, snacks, and sweets. Selecting your favorite foods takes the stress out of ordering out, and lets you stick to a reasonable budget.
If you love sharing flavors with your significant other nothing is better than sharing a bottle of your favorite wine. Whether you want to bring a picnic to your local vineyard or pack a bottle with you, RayLen’s wine selection has the variety you need to make date night ideal.
Attend a Local Wine Tasting
Going to a local wine tasting is both affordable and fun. Use this time to sample all the wonderful wines your loved one enjoys, and have them try yours! A wine tasting at RayLen varies between $8-$15 dollars, so you can split a wine flight (or two) at affordable prices. Already know what you love? Buy a bottle, sit down, and relax. Enjoy the beauty of Mocksville, and time with the one you love.
Tip: depending on the date, RayLen always has an exciting array of events for you to enjoy! Pop over to our events page to see what we have going in the months to come!