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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:

stephens lake park sledding

Sledding is not just for kids. Throw on a bunch of layers, grab a sled, and head to opens in a new windowStephens 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 also ice skate on the lake when the ice is deemed thick enough – there will be signs up and updates from opens in a new windowParks and Recreation when skating is allowed. When you decide it’s time to thaw out, stop by opens in a new windowLakota for your favorite seasonal drink and some hot soup.

food at Gunter Hans in Columbia, MO - pretzel bites, waffle, beer

Mix up your regular ‘dinner and a movie’ date night! Head over to Gunter Hans for Bretzels and Liege Waffles before a movie at opens in a new windowRagtag. Just because you ventured out of the house doesn’t mean you can’t hang out on a couch. Couches = cozy. Check the website for information on current movies.

Magic Tree 2010

No Columbia winter is complete without a visit to the opens in a new windowMagic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. Get some photos and then warm up at opens in a new windowFlat Branch Pub for dinner. Grab a beer (see what’s on tap at Flat Branch), and order your favorite. If you’ve never been, we suggest the Green Chili Chicken Fingers, the Flat Branch Burger, and the Stout Brownie Sundae. Yum. [Once the Magic Tree is gone, opens in a new windowhere are some other stops you can make instead.]

bowling

Two words: opens in a new windowLazer Lanes. They have bowling, laser tag, an arcade, BUMPER CARS, food, a bar… what more could you want? Make a contest out of it – whoever loses Lazer tag buys the winner fried Oreos (speaking of food, we want everything on the opens in a new windowmenu). If the onsite cafe is closed, go next door to Jose Jalapenos for cheese dip and tacos. Check out their drink specials online.

Les Bourgeois A-frame Restaurant

If you’re looking for a quick getaway, Rocheport is the place. Full of small-town charm, there are plenty of antique and gift shops and of course, the winery. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at the Les Bourgeois opens in a new windowBlufftop Bistro or pick out a favorite wine to take home with you at the opens in a new windowTasting Room.

Have we talked you into a date night? Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO to let us know or to give us your date night ideas. Enjoy! #ShowMeCoMo

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Valentine’s Day is Saturday – are you ready? We’ve put together some ideas on what to eat, what to do, and what to give for your special day in CoMo.

What to eat

opens in a new windowGlenn’s Cafe

  • $79 Valentine’s Day package
  • Enjoy choice of one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert, two glasses of champagne OR any wine by the glass
  • Full menu offered all night

opens in a new windowEleven11

  • Couple’s Dinner ($75) – 3 course dinner with wine or cocktail; regular menu also available with daily special
  • Special Chef’s Table ($250/person) – 6 course dinner with wine pairings with Executive Chef Jeff Guinn and Chef d’Cuisine Ben Randolph – inquire in advance for the chef’s table

opens in a new windowRoom 38

  • 7 course dinner and champagne pairing – 4 PM ($49/person), 6 PM and 8 PM ($59/person)
  • See the menu

opens in a new windowWine Cellar

  • Aphrodisiac menu available Friday-Sunday for Valentine’s Day (this will be the only menu available on Saturday while full dinner menu will be available on Friday and Sunday)

opens in a new windowBleu

  • Feature menu available Friday and Saturday – “Dinner for Two” with dessert of truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, nutella tart, and house-made fortune cookies
  • See the full menu and dessert menu

opens in a new windowHoss’s Market

  • Feel like a nice dinner at home? Pick up Hoss’s Steak and Lobster dinner for two ($79.95) along with some chocolate covered strawberries – all you have to do is call and reserve your pick-up time

What to do

opens in a new windowThe Canvas

  • Looking for a family-friendly Valentine activity? The Canvas offers paintings at 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday (the 2 PM painting is pictured here)

opens in a new windowDeja Vu Comedy Club

  • Valentine’s Couple’s Package – $25 for 2 comedy tickets to any show Friday or Saturday to see “The Office’s” Mike E. Winfield, preferred VIP seating, two free drink tickets, free champagne toast after the show, and a free comedy pass to a future show
  • Shows at 8 and 10 PM, Friday and Saturday

opens in a new windowSid the Science Kid, live!

  • A great choice if you’d like to include the young ones in your Valentine’s Day plans – take the kiddos to see Sid the Science Kid at Missouri Theatre on Saturday (2 PM).

Check out our What’s Going On opens in a new windownewsletter to see what else is going on this weekend.

What to give

opens in a new windowPoppy

(necklace by Stephanie Thompson for Sailor Pie Studio)

opens in a new windowTiger Garden

  • Support MU’s own Tiger Garden and pick out a teddy bear, candy, and roses (or orchids!) for your sweetheart.

opens in a new windowMustard Seed

  • Find all kinds of unique gifts for Valentine’s Day at Mustard Seed Fair Trade – scarves, jewelry, chocolate, and more.

opens in a new windowAlpine Shop

  • It’s a little chilly now but why not offer to take your loved one on a camping trip when it warms up? The Alpine shop has everything you need from tents and sleeping bags to cooking supplies and games.

opens in a new windowFlat Branch Pub

  • Maybe Valentine’s Day and romantic gifts aren’t your thing… that’s perfectly fine, you can always go for a growler or 2 from Flat Branch!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Show us your local gifts and dinner by tagging photos with #ColumbiaMO.

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