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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:

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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.

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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.]

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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.

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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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Are you still trying to figure out what to do for Valentine’s Day? We have 14 ideas that aren’t your regular dinner and a movie.

On Stage

a chorus lineA Chorus Line | 2 PM at Columbia Entertainment Company
opens in a new windowA Chorus Line examines with both hilarity and heartbreak the grueling life of  ordinary performers always auditioning for an opportunity to be members of a faceless chorus line.”

Black Pearl Sings! | 2 PM at opens in a new windowTalking Horse Theatre
“The story of Alberta “Pearl” Johnson, a black woman in a Texas prison in the 1930s, who meets Susannah Mullally, an employee of the Library of Congress. Susannah is searching out and recording songs of “the people.” In Pearl, she discovers a vast wealth of music that has been passed down from one generation to the next, and an unlikely friendship is forged.”

Museums and Galleries

Love in the Museum Public Tour | 2 PM at the opens in a new windowMuseum of Art and Archaeology

Through Weather and Time |  opens in a new windowMontminy Art Gallery open noon-4:30 PM
Paintings and drawings by Jane Mudd that couples two themes; the homeless and Missouri’s Champion Trees, which have more in common than one might think.


furstenauNina Furstenau, “Sensuous Flavors: Food, Love, Culture” |2 PM at Orr Street Studios
Whether you bring your beloved or go stag, don’t miss opens in a new windowNina Furstenau, acclaimed author of “Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland,” discuss how food and love are connected across cultures in this special Valentine’s Day Speaking of Culture. As always, attendance is free and complimentary coffee and treats will be served.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour | 2-5 PM at Windsor Auditorium, Stephens College
Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure opens in a new windowfilm festivals, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

Get Active

Lazer Lanes | Open noon-10 PM
Get some exercise at opens in a new windowLazer Lanes by bowling or playing lazer tag, and check out the arcade and bumper cars.

Roller Skating | Public session 1:30-3:30 PM
Throw it back to your middle school days and head to opens in a new windowEmpire Roller Rink with your sweetheart

A few other ideas…

Mizzou Women’s Basketball vs. Arkansas | 2 PM at Mizzou Arena

Pints and Punchlines | 7 PM at opens in a new windowRose Music Hall
Showcasing 10 spectacular, hilarious comedians all piled on top of funk house-band Marbin, Valentine’s Drink Specials, and scrumptious Pepe’s Mexican food!

The Floozies: The Granola Jones Tour | 8 PM at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note
“Born in funk and bred in the digital age, live electronic duo The Floozies have burst onto the scene at a time when the industry needed them the most.”

The Canvas on Broadway | 2 sessions available: 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Grab a drink and a paintbrush and embrace your creative side! Valentine’s Day events include opens in a new windowFall in the Forest at 2:30 PM or opens in a new windowBirds at Sunset at 6:30 PM. These can each be painted as painting or as a pair on 2 canvases.

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Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro | Open on Valentine’s Day from 11 AM – 8 PM
Take in the spectacular views while sipping wine and perusing the opens in a new windowmenu.

Home-cooked meal with local ingredients
Okay so this one is kind of dinner and a movie but it’s going to be cold, and this way you really don’t have to get out of the house to have a ‘date.’ Find a recipe and stock up on local ingredients the day before at the opens in a new windowColumbia Farmers Market or opens in a new windowRoot Cellar. While you’re out getting ingredients, you might as well grab a movie from opens in a new windowRedbox, too.

Do you plan to use any of these ideas? Let us know opens in a new window@ColumbiaMOCVB.

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We know there’s enough to do in Columbia to last you for your entire trip, but mid-Missouri has lots to offer when you head outside the city limits. Today we’ll explore opens in a new windowRocheport, a beautiful town just 15 minutes west of Columbia set on the Missouri River.

Start your day with a walk, run or ride on the statewide opens in a new windowKaty Trail. The area around Rocheport is home to one of the most picturesque spans of the trail as it winds its way along the Missouri River under giant bluffs. If biking is your thing, stop by the opens in a new windowTrailside Café and Bike Shop at the Rocheport trailhead. Open April through October, the Trailside can outfit you with a full range of bikes and get you on your way fast!

One of these bikes is waiting for you!

Once you’ve taken a spin on the trail, you’ll have worked up your appetite. Head into Rocheport and check out opens in a new windowAbigail’s. Opened in 1996, Abigail’s is housed in a historic building and the menu rotates every single day. Take your seat and your server will present you with a board featuring that day’s options. You’ll never go wrong with their variety of delicious dishes made with fresh ingredients.

After lunch, take time to explore the rest of downtown Rocheport. Filled with historic buildings, delightful bed and breakfasts and unique shops. Check out the Rocheport General Store, small antique shops, art galleries and enjoy all the charm Rocheport has to offer.

Explore the Rocheport General Store!

Next, head back up the road to opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois Winery and Bistro. Take part in a wine tasting to take in all the flavors of this award winning Missouri wine. Take in the sunset over the Missouri River with a glass of wine at their outdoor opens in a new windowA-Frame and then devour an incredible dinner at their opens in a new windowblufftop bistro, where the chefs create spectacular seasonal menus for every taste.

The Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro over the Missouri River

So while you’re in Columbia, make the short drive to check out Rocheport. It’s combination of old-fashioned charm, beautiful scenery and delicious dining make it a worthy stop on any trip.

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