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Finding those much needed date night escapes in Waterloo Region

Finding those much needed date night escapes in Waterloo RegionFinding those much needed date night escapes in Waterloo Region
by Alex Kinsella| August 2021

Lockdowns and physical distancing have helped keep us safe during the pandemic — but they’ve wreaked havoc on our social lives. The damage is especially bad for those much-needed date nights. Whether you’ve been secluding yourself in your apartment or sharing a makeshift home office with your significant other, finding ways to spark a little romance in our lives has been a challenge. 

 Now that Ontario is well into step three of its reopening plan, we’re here with some fantastic date night ideas across Waterloo Region. 

 Kitchener 

Whether you’re staying for one night or an entire weekend, Downtown Kitchener is the place to be for live music, comedy, and fabulous restaurants. 

 Stay – Located in the heart of Downtown Kitchener, The Walper Hotel offers a boutique experience with spacious, modern rooms. The hotel originally opened in 1893 and has been the centre of gravity for events and visitors to Kitchener ever since. The Walper joined the JdV by Hyatt family in 2021 and offers guests rewards and benefits through the World of Hyatt loyalty program. In addition to its recently renovated 8,000 square foot fitness centre, the Walper also offers pet-friendly rooms with house-made treats and a pet bed and bowl. 

 Drink – Kitchener might not have an ocean view, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience tropical beach vibes. Take a quick walk down Hall’s Lane behind the Walper to Ontario Street, and you’ll find the Grand Surf Lounge. You can’t go wrong with one of their delicious (and strong) creations, from their mouth-watering Mai Tais to their soon-to-be-famous Blue Hawaiian. If rum isn’t your thing, take a quick walk across the street to their sister restaurant, the Grand Trunk Saloon. Warm yourself on their hidden patio with a Coffee and Cigarettes, a whiskey cocktail with hints of — you guessed it — coffee and cigarettes. It’s a drink that makes you a lifelong fan after one sip. 

 

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 Dine – After drinks, take a short walk up to King Street to the Underground Flavour Group’s Pop Up Lounge at 305 King. The pop-up-style restaurant features a rotating selection of food from passionate chefs. From tacos to baos to Lao cuisine and everything in between, owner and chef Arnold Yescas works to bring new tastes each week to Downtown Kitchener. The restaurant also features a great curated selection of goods from plants to clothing to home goods from local makers.  

 See – Downtown Kitchener has something to see every season. Catch a live comedy show at The Crazy Canuck or spend an intimate afternoon at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery at 101 Queen St. North to explore new exhibitions and pieces from their extensive permanent collection of Canadian and international artists. For an outdoor stroll, download your copy of the DTK Art Walk guide and explore the city as you take in the work of world-class artists in unique spaces.  

Cambridge 

Cambridge’s three downtown cores of Preston, Galt, and Hespeler offer dining, theatre, and great nightlife. But for that true “I’m getting away from it all” date night experience, there’s no better place than Langdon Hall. 

the majestic entrance view of Langdon Hall in Cambridge with its red brick two story exterior and tall white pillars at the front entrance Stay – There’s always a moment of awe when you drive up to Langdon Hall — and not just because the historic venue was featured on the cover of Drake’s 2016 VIEWS album. Langdon Hall is one of 14 properties in Canada recognized by Relais & Châteaux for a standard of excellence and is known for its incredible Five-Diamond dining experiences, exquisite accommodations, and storybook architecture. Starting this September, Langdon Hall is offering luxurious fall escapes, including two night’s accommodation in a deluxe guest room, a three-course dinner each evening, and breakfast both mornings.   

  Pamper – When you’re staying at Langdon Hall, there’s more than beautiful views and amazing food — there’s The Spa at Langdon Hall. The Spa has everything you need to wash away 18 months of working at your kitchen table, featuring massages, baths, wraps, and more.  

 Explore – Langdon Hall offers complimentary bicycles to explore their 12km of forest trails. You’re also steps away from the rare Charitable Reserve. The one-of-a-kind reserve covers over 1,000 protected acres of pristine Canadian nature and offers multiple trails to explore. 

 Waterloo 

Uptown Waterloo is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with its recently updated streetscapes, new bike paths, and exciting restaurants. 

 Stay – Make your date night base of operation the Delta Waterloo. Located just a short walk from Waterloo Park and Waterloo Town Square, the Delta is a recent addition to the uptown scene with a 24/7 fitness centre and is home to Proof Kitchen & Lounge on the ground floor. 

 Pamper – Get yourselves ready for a day of exploring Waterloo with a couple’s romantic retreat at The Waters Spa in Waterloo Town Square. Their couples package includes a 60-minute esthetic relaxation massage followed by a couple’s soak in an oversized soaker tub with chocolates and strawberries to share.  

 Dine – Head out of the Delta for a quick walk down Caroline Street to one of Waterloo’s best-kept secrets — Red House. Owner and Chef Dan McCowan delivers fresh, original cuisine in a beautifully restored century home with unmatched hospitality. Our recommendation: grilled calamari and a Red House Curry Bowl. The curry sauce is so popular that you can find jars of it in local markets such as nearby Vincenzo’s. 

 

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 Drink – While you’re staying at the Delta, explore great local hops and suds with their Local Craft Brews Experience Package. The Delta staff have teamed up with Abe Erb Brewing Company for a well-crafted in-room tasting experience featuring virtual local craft beer paired with snacks prepared by the Delta’s head chef.  

 There’s so much more to explore 

These are just a few ideas to get your date planning started. Check out the rest of our site for more ideas on where to stay, dine, and play across Waterloo Region! 

The outdoor fire tables lit up on the patio at Prohibition Warehouse in Waterloo

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Alex Kinsella is a freelance writer and marketer based in Waterloo Region. He’s the guy behind TL;WR – Waterloo Region’s weekly events newsletter. He’s worked with some of Canada’s most well-known tech companies in roles including customer success, development, product management, PR, social media and marketing.

Alex has contributed to publications including BetaKit, Grand Magazine, Community Edition and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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