As it gets colder, you may be tempted to pass on date night so that you don’t have to brave the frigid temps, snow and everything else Missouri winters tend to bring.
We don’t blame you – it can be hard to find the strength to emerge from your warm pile of blankets (we’ve all been there). But just in case you start getting a little stir-crazy, here are some ideas for a winter date night in Columbia.
Sledding– It’s not just for kids. Throw on a bunch of layers, grab a sled, and head to Stephens Lake Park. The hill on the east side of the lake is a popular sledding spot, and there’s typically a bonfire going at Collins Shelter when there is snow on the ground. You can ice skate on the lake when the ice is deemed thick enough – there will be signs up and updates from Parks and Recreation when skating is allowed. When you decide it’s time to thaw out, stop by Lakota Coffee, or one of the many coffee roasters around town, for your favorite seasonal drink.
Cookies and a Movie- Mix up your regular dinner and a movie by having cookies instead. You are allowed to have cookies at any time of day, and don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise. Grab one from Hot Box Cookies before a movie at Ragtag Cinema. Just because you ventured out of the house doesn’t mean you can’t hang out on a couch. Couches = cozy.
Dinner and drinks- You can never go wrong with a Columbia staple, Flat Branch Pub and Brewery and Murray’s are just that. If you’ve never been to Flat Branch, we suggest their famous sweet potato chips (an off menu item) and the Katy Trail Pale Ale or the Honey Wheat. Murray’s menu is a classic masterpiece – locals go for the desserts and stay for the live jazz. Looking for something new and exciting to Columbia? Flyover, Barred Owl Butcher and Table and Park are delicious options for trendy menus, cocktails and atmosphere.
Small Town Getaway- If you’re looking for a little getaway, Rocheport is the place and its right up the road from Columbia. Full of small-town charm, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts to choose from, antique and gift shops, and of course, the winery. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Les Bourgeois Vineyards’ Blufftop Bistro or pick out a favorite wine to take home with you from the tasting room.