12 Ways to Share some #LocalLove this February

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Plan a special date night in Waterloo Region, enjoy a romantic dinner out together, or spoil your sweetie with a one of a kind, local gift. With so many romantic options available here in Waterloo Region, get ready to share the local love! Here are a few ideas….

Unique Gifts with a Local Flair:

Good-bye flowers and chocolates: hello unique gifts with a local flair!

1) Give an art piece, without breaking the bank
The Gallery Shop at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery features one of a kind pieces by Canadian artists. Choose from hand crafted jewelry, decorative glass and ceramic creations or functional pieces that are also works of art – you not only get the gift, you get the story behind the piece from the artist who created it! Shop online or go in person and take in the latest exhibit with free admission!


2) Get a spa treatment – with a twist
How about pampering your special someone with a spa day? Uptown Beauty Lounge in Waterloo is a new generation of beauty salon treatments and experiences. Not only do they offer high-end services like microblading and lash artistry, Uptown Beauty Lounge is Waterloo’s only licensed beauty bar! Enjoy an Uptini, wine or craft beer before or after your appointment.


3) Give the gift of relaxation
For a different spa experience, the Rock Spa in Kitchener offers services that not only help you feel good, they are also good for you. Book a session for your sweetheart in their Salt Room and he/she can experience its therapeutic effects for everything from colds to dry skin. They also offer Floatation Therapy as well as light, sound and heat therapies. Gift cards for all services can be purchased online.


4) For the fashion-forward, trendsetter
Uptown Woods in Waterloo features clothes that are designed right here in Canada, by Canadian designers, making their fashions one-of-a-kind pieces worthy of wrapping up and giving to someone special! Show your Canadian pride – shop Canadian, support Canadian designers – there’s a whole lotta Canadian love to share at Uptown Woods!


Get Outside the “House” Dinner Dates:

Dinner out is a time for the two of you to re-connect and catch up. When you’re spending special time together, make sure the food and atmosphere is equally as special!

5) Enjoy Bibimbap and Italian pizza in one place
If you and your honey love a variety of different cuisines, you’ll want to head over to Bruce Craft House in Cambridge. Their stone fire oven pizza and pastas are typical Italian cuisine, but the menu also features a lot of Asian cuisine, such as dumplings, Korean fish tacos, and bibimbap. With menus to suit every taste, Bruce Craft House also features local, fresh and seasonal ingredients with a number of craft beers on tap.


6) Enjoy the ‘homiest’ restaurant in town
Cuddling up together for dinner at home sounds romantic, but it means someone has to do the work. Get that ‘at home’ feeling and let someone else take care of the cooking at Red House in Waterloo. The small but cozy dining room makes it feel like you’re at home, while Chef Dan McCowen’s menu will ignite your tastebuds with an eclectic mix of Asian and European influenced dishes that emphasize local and seasonal ingredients.


7) Check out this small town, hidden gem that packs big flavour
The town of New Hamburg is home to the beautiful Puddicombe House Restaurant, where Executive Chef Lance Edwards has created a menu with a wide range of culinary choices; everything from his signature burgers, to baked trout served with pomegranate essence (a favourite with regular diners). If your date happens to be a Scotch aficionado, make sure you check out Puddicombe’s Scotch Library for an extensive selection of superior whiskys (smoking jacket optional)!


Date Night with a Difference:

There are so many things to do in Waterloo Region, often the problem is narrowing down the options! Here are some different date night ideas to consider….

8) Get tropical without leaving the city
A trip down south to warmer climates may not be in the cards for the two of you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a mid-winter escape with your special someone! At the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory the temperatures are tropical (between 24 and 28 degrees!) and the vegetation is lush all year round. Relax amid waterfalls, streams, reflecting pools, and tropical finches, as thousands of butterflies float around you. Make it extra special with their Valentine’s Day Dinner & Stroll – a gourmet 5 course meal and stroll through the gardens that will have your heart fluttering!


9) Catch an indie flick at a local cinema
Date night often includes a movie, but if you’re in the mood to take in something a little bit different, Princess Cinemas is where you want to be. Their eclectic mix of films include festival hits, documentaries, mini-festivals, Hollywood classics, cult films, as well as new releases (which can often run for weeks, even months, after main stream cinemas have released them). Make it extra special with Princess Café’s Dinner & Movie combo!


10) Combine craft beer with creative entertainment
Are you trivia buffs? Fans of live music? Then check out one of the weekly events at Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. in Kitchener such as TV Trivia Tuesdays, Rock Band Wednesdays, Music Bingo Thursdays, and Local Live Friday, to name a few. Plus, try Descendants’ line up of craft beers or chose from a selection of craft ciders, craft spirits, craft sodas, or one of the featured guest taps from other Ontario craft breweries. If you get hungry, the Bierhalle’s Share-zies food boards are perfect for two.


11) Watch one of the most romantic movies of all time performed live on stage
If live theatre is your passion, Drayton Entertainment is ready to kick off its 2018 season, which includes a play based on one of the most romantic movie of all time, Ghost: The Musical – a perfect date night performance! Hairspray, West Side Story, The Rainmaker and Holiday Inn are also hitting the stage. Impress your date with tickets to one of their world class productions from any of their 7 stage locations and be sure to ask the box office about their Dinner & Theatre packages.


12) Play 18-holes of golf regardless of the weather
Golf is always in season thanks to Golfplay, an indoor simulated golf experience. Using top of the line technology, you get video playback and instant analysis on your swing (which is much better coming from a video than your date!). Play an entire 18 hole game in about an hour, leaving lots of time to enjoy the Ironwood Bistro and its wide range of food options including plates that are perfect for sharing, signature stone oven pizzas, and a great selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails.


Need more? Check out these Unique Ideas for Date Night.


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