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Published on February 1st, 2020 | by The Local Staff


10 of Our Favorite Wiregrass Date Ideas

Struggling to figure out what to do for a date night? Check out this top 10 list for some romantic inspiration!

  1. Instead of going out, stay in with a private cooking class!

Going out for dinner is a tried and true experience, but try shaking things up with a private chef experience. Susan Avello of Lean Bean Chef hosts group classes and private classes in which she can walk you through how to make a healthy, whole food meal that you can enjoy together. Check out Eventbrite for more info on her Valentine’s Date Night French cooking class! Azara is another local private chef who can also teach you how to make tasty food and pair it with the perfect atmosphere too. She already has several date night packages that you can choose from; just check out her Facebook page to see what she’s offering!

  1. Take a lovely stroll through a garden.

A relaxing walk through a scenic garden can make for a romantic and affordable date. A personal favorite of mine is Landmark Park. You do have to pay a small fee to get in but also get access to a boardwalk, an old timey country store and Dothan’s agricultural history. If you plan for the 21st, you can go to astronomy night at Landmark park and enjoy a night walk and learn about the stars. If you are ready for a little more commitment, you can enjoy the gardens at Dothan Nurseries and take a plant home too!

  1. Try not acting your age for once. 

When was the last time you went skating? Bowling? Just jumped around? Being silly together is a great way to get to know each other. Although aimed for a younger crowd, Fun Zone is open to all ages and even has some skate nights for adults. Or you can go bowling at Patricia Lanes or Dothan Lanes and laugh about how bad you are at it. Maybe try out one of our trampoline parks at Axtion Air or Xtreme Air and laugh at how exhausting jumping is now that you’re older.

  1. Give together.

Another great alternative date is doing something good together. Acts of kindness are the best way to show your interests and intentions. You can lead your own park clean up, donate canned food or clothes or care for pets at a local shelter. People and animals in need are always looking forward to your company. Contact the Dothan Rescue Mission, the Ark, 2-1-1, or the Wiregrass Humane Society to see what you can do to start volunteering there for date night. 

  1. Take in the museums.

No matter how many times you visit, there is always something new. WMA currently has two local artist exhibits: “Synchronized Swimmers” by Jenny Fine & “Telling on Myself” by Beverly Leach. The George Washington Carver Museum details the contributions of George Washington Carver, other black scientists and has art exhibits centered around the African-American experience. Visit both for a well-cultured date!

  1. Go for a quick coffee/tea date. 

Coffee shops offer casual, social ambience and making them perfect for a first date. Pick one (or try them all) from our list of local coffee shops: Mural City, Bird & Bean, Dakota Coffee Works or Mr. Coffee Bean. If you are looking for a guided experience through new beverage territory, try Martin Teas or Mildred’s Tea Room. Ms. Birdie can walk you through every tea in her shop and the best way to enjoy them at Martin Teas. If you reserve your date for a Wednesday or Sunday lunch, you can enjoy Mildred’s Tea Room where they serve a southern meat and vegetable lunch with dessert and coffee or tea.    

  1. Have a night out.

There are a few good spots around to go out, drink and dance. If you are looking for something more laid back, try Thirsty Pig, Folklore or K.T.’s. All serve great drinks, local brews and a casual atmosphere to socialize. If you are looking for a little more room to dance, try Chill Lounge, Cowboy’s or Rain.

  1. Enjoy just desserts.

A great way to close a date is with something sweet. If you want something that looks as good as it tastes, try Thai-style rolled ice cream at Sno Dash! Todd’s Syrup Farm is another spot for a local ice cream place that also serves cookies, cupcakes, cakes and pies. If ice cream isn’t your thing, Desserts by Jolando is on Main Street with a wide array of cakes and pies, or try Sam Louisa Harper bakeries. Sam Lousia Harper makes naked cakes and macaroons that you can find at Mr. Coffee Bean. 

  1. Catch a live show!

While there aren’t many plays during February, you can still enjoy local talent! The Civic Center has a few shows throughout February, including a play about Michelle Obama⁠—Forever First Lady, a live music concert called Hits for Heroes, Cool Country Comedy, & Dallas Brass. You can also catch local talent at Southern Social to enjoy live music, light bites and tasty drinks. 

  1. Adventure a little.

You can have a local adventure through Dothan, revisiting all of our murals or trying to find all of our peanuts (there are at least 40)! These make for great pictures as you run around the Circle City to admire these public pieces of art. If you are up for a short drive, check out one of our neighboring cities. Pho Time in Enterprise offers Vietnamese pho and the largest selection for bubble tea I’ve seen in this area. Or check out Seale, AL. It is about an hour and a half drive and has two unique museums—one of which you can drive through. 

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