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Date Day- Cincy Style

Date Day in the ‘Nati is what we specialize in……it’s what we do! The options are endless!

  1. Start your search on Groupon and Half Price Cincy! GREAT resources for great deal to explore!
  2. If your partner is a beer lover—–Google Cincinnati Breweries! There are countless, amazing breweries in the area…..won’t disappoint! And not just beer. Most breweries offer alternatives
  3. Jungle Jims!! Best exploration ever!!!! Browse, walk around, taste, have a drink. They have something for EVERYONE. I suggest visiting both the East Gate and Fairfield locations.
  4. Local parks- especially Sharon Woods. For a small fee, you can rent boats by the hour. Drift around the lake and enjoy the view.
  5. Local wineries- Cincinnati has amazing wineries!! If you love sweet wines I suggest Meiers Winery in Silverton. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner with a beautiful view, I suggest Vinoklet. One of my all time places is Valley Vineyards in Morrow- coolest family ever.
  6. Downtown. Keep in low key. Have a drink at Rock Bottom. Sit by the fountain and chat and end the night by enjoying the view atop Crew Tower.
  7. Get competive! There are so many ‘escape’ rooms around town and there are also scavenger hunt events through downtown. Again, for both I would highly suggest Groupon. offers a great city wide scavenger hunt every spring!!

We’d love to hear your Cincinnati date day ideas!!!

Date Day=Groupon

As I’ve said, Hubby and I have had a monthly date day since 2013. That’s A LOT of date days!
Finding the time is hard; planning a day and not letting business, anger, etc, get in the way…….it’s hard…so hard!
We don’t set “rules” but I’d love to give some guidelines!!!!

  1. You CAN and you WILL find 2 hours a month!!
    There are many times that hubby and I have to sit down with a calendar to plan a date day.     Yea, it sucks when you’re so busy you plan out 2 hours.  Do it.  DO IT.
  2. NO PRESSURE!  Not every date day is an expensive restaurant.  In fact…..just don’t.
  3. Soooo many ideas!!!
  4. Be open! #compromise   If he loves beer, find a new brewery in town and be his DD……….in turn maybe find a new winery you love and he can be the DD.
  5. Set a money limit.  It actually makes the adventure more fun!
  6. Commit! Do NOT skip a month.  You can do this.  And it is important.  Make this a high priority
  7. Keep a journal!  I keep a small box with index cards.  I have a card for every single date day we’ve done; some with notes! I know every date day from the first; this not only helps as a reference but as a memory bank
  8. Again, NO PRESSURE!!  Some date days are better than others….some are over whelming……some under whelming.  Deep breathes.
  9. Be open!!!  Maybe you’ve never tried red wine. Maybe you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie.  Maybe you’ve never heard of an olive oil bar.  Be. open.
  10. Dates are not dinner and a movie…….brunch; drinks and a appetizer



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I heart date days

I’ve done a lot of blogging about date days. Me and Hubby started monthly date days in September, 2013.  That’s 64 monthly dates we have down in the books.
64 unique date days.
With 14 years of marriage, not every date day is easy.  Not every date day starts out without tension.  Some dates have been much needed, some have been forced.  Most we’ve looked forward to.  All have been fun!

What goes in to planing a date day?  I have some suggestions:

  • Set a budget.  Sometimes you’ll come in under budget; most of the time you won’t.  But give yourselves’ a round about figure of what each date day looks like.  We’re not talking hundreds of dollars each month.
  • Compromise!  You love white wine but he’s a beer guy? There are plenty of local wineries & breweries that serve both.
  • There is no such thing as “we don’t have time.”  Some where, some how, you have 2 hours to force.
  • This isn’t ‘couples night.’  You’re on a date.  One on one.  You’re forced to interact…..with each other.  Don’t invite other friends along.
  • This is a great opportunity to try something new.  Google some out of the way spots that neither of you have been to.
  • Groupon is an excellent source for picking creative ideas for date days……while saving money!!
  • I also suggest using Yelp for local ideas.  Not only can you get great ideas on this site but you’ll get excellent, local reviews as well.
  • Be willing to go outside your comfort zone.  You can sit at home and watch a movie together any time.


Have some great date day ideas??  Share em’ with me!!