New Year, New You – Do More Date Nights

Posted : January 10, 2022

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The new year is upon us, and we at York Durham Headwaters challenge you to make 2022 the best year ever! Make some New Year’s resolutions that are going to stick. How, you ask? Well that one’s easy: make them fun. And what could be more fun than resolving to make Date Night a regular thing in your life all throughout the year?

Date Night—it’s one of those activities we aspire to routinely enjoy. Unfortunately, life creeps up on us, and often we find that we haven’t taken the opportunity to prioritize spending time with our special someone. But time with a loved one is so important in any relationship. It assists with communication, increases a sense of intimacy, and decreases the chance of taking each other for granted… to name just a few benefits. So this year, enjoy your special someone more often, and let them know how much you appreciate them by ensuring that you make Date Night a priority all year long.

To get you started, here are some great ideas for a cozy date night for two here in YDH.

A Winter Dinner Beneath the Stars: Snow Globes at Hockley Valley Resort

Hockley Globes

They’re back! Until March 27th, Hockley Valley Resort is once again offering its immensely popular snow globes experience. This intimate dinner package seats up to six people, so you can Date Night with other couples if you wish… though if it’s just for two, it’s a wonderfully intimate experience. These insulated globes allow you to embrace winter while keeping warm in the outdoors with faux fur throws and heaters. Your own music and twinkle lights enhance the starlit ambience while you enjoy the kind of exquisite farm-to-table, five-course meal that Hockley is famous for. And, if you’re a wine lover, you’ll be thrilled to learn that special pairings have been selected by Hockley’s knowledgeable staff to accompany and enhance each course. Romance has never been so exhilarating.

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Fine Dining at Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant

Mrs. Mitchells

We invite you to fall in love with fine dining while you fall in love with your special someone all over again. A delicious meal in a casually upscale atmosphere is what’s on the menu at Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant in Mulmur. It’s perfect for those times when life gets a little too hectic and you need to slow down. Enjoy the company of your loved one while you enjoy a superior dining experience which includes the freshest ingredients that have been prepared with simplicity and elegance. If you love colonial charm, you’ll love the history of Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant even more. The building was erected in 1889 as a schoolhouse, and operated as such for nearly a hundred years. The restaurant is named after the school’s longest-serving teacher, in honour of her dedication to the community and her students. Is there anything more romantic than a cozy historic setting and delicious fine food?

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Get Intimate at Casa Verde Italian Restaurant

Casa Verde

If there is one universal accolade that can be ascribed to the Italians, it’s that they know how to do romance right. Italian food, Italian wine, even the Italian language are hands-down romantic. In the heart of Historic Pickering Village, you can get romantic with your significant other at Casa Verde Italian Restaurant. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a gorgeous, relaxed atmosphere, authentic Italian cuisine and a diverse vintage wine list as you reconnect with your loved one. Just you two. This isn’t a get-you-in-and-out dining experience like some ubiquitous chains, it is an experience like no other—the restaurant is actually in a historic house that has been a Pickering Village landmark for over a century (it has been both a hospital and a rum runner’s hideout!). Today it is your getaway for romance, and Chef Roberto Scagliotti and his wife Joanne welcome you to their little slice of Italian paradise.

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Make It a Fairytale Dinner Date at Nestleton Waters Inn

Nestleton Waters Inn

Looking for a unique and utterly romantic dinner experience for your date night? Nestleton Waters Inn in Nestleton [or Scugog] has done all the work for you with their lively and hugely popular Dinner Date series. Throughout the year, the inn hosts intimate themed dining experiences with romance in mind. From their Holiday Highlights, to their Notable New Year to their Valiant Valentine and beyond, you will have lots of choices to escape the hamster wheel that is daily life, and do something truly magical in this gorgeous country inn. The menu for each experience is specially curated and showcases food in a brilliant way. But don’t wait, these dinner experiences fill up fast, so make sure you book well in advance to find out why couples love this experience so much.

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Il Postino Delivers Modern Italian Romance

Il Postino

Speaking of romance, if you haven’t been to Historic Main Street Unionville, then you need to visit this charming village for a romantic dinner at Il Postino. This is one of Markham’s most beloved restaurants, and offers a modern take on Italian classics. You and your loved one will be treated to warm hospitality and unparalleled service as you enjoy soulful cuisine and the lively spirit of Italy. Il Postino showcases seasonal flavours and the finest ingredients from local farms, markets and artisanal producers. Whether you’ve been together for a week, a year, or a decade, get to know your loved one over a romantic Italian dinner, and spend that quality time that is sure to set you up for the next week, year or decade you are sure to spend together.

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Make Romance Fun at Touro Brazilian Steakhouse and Bar

Touro Brazilian Steakhouse and Bar
Touro Brazilian Steakhouse and Bar

Make your date night lively with a Brazilian flare. If you’ve never been to a Brazilian steakhouse before, then you’re in for a treat. This unique style of dining offers guests various cuts of grilled meats on skewers, which are brought right to your table and sliced directly onto your plate by Gauchos. Flip your serving card to the green side to indicate you’d like some more fare, and flip to red to indicate you’d like a few minutes to enjoy what you already have. With locations in Vaughan and Richmond Hill, you and your loved one will be thrilled with the lively Brazilian atmosphere and entertainment, and the absolutely delectable barbecued meats of all kind that are enjoyed in this South American culture. This is how you make memories for a lifetime!

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Story by Katherine Ryalen

Don’t miss the other posts in our New Year, New You series. For more inspiration on how to make 2022 the best it’s ever been, check out these articles:

New Year, New You – Discover a Hobby

New Year, New You – Get Outside More

New Year, New You – Try Something New

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