10 Local Date Night Ideas

Hudson Valley Parents deserve a night out

Local Date Nights for parents

Let’s be honest: Kids make your life busy. When a family expands beyond two, it can be hard to find time for just you and your significant other to connect. And when you do find a night to steal, coming up with an activity that doesn’t have to include highchairs or finger foods can be tough. Below, we’ve rounded up some options to make your next date night just the refresh you need. 

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1. Delicious Food. Gotta start with the obvious one here. There is nothing quite like eating warm food off your own plate that makes eating out without kids simply delightful! Even if it’s a quick bite somewhere near home, a quiet meal without kids in tow can be a real treat. Here are a few favorite date night restaurants in the Hudson Valley:

Brasserie 292, Poughkeepsie
Aroma Osteria, Wappingers
Bottoms Up, Slate Hill
Liberty Street Bistro, Newburgh 

2. Sip and Paint. Have a glass or two of wine or beer to get your creative juices flowing at a sip and paint class. If painting isn’t your (or your partner’s) thing, most studios also offer other sip-and-create classes that might be more up your alley, like wine glass decorating and blanket making. A few local sip and paint venues are Pinot's Palette in Fishkill, Wine and Design in Warwick and Eat-Paint-Love Studio in Beacon. Other local spots offer special craft nights, like Barking Goose Bookstore Bar & Cafe in Newburgh, which regularly hosts wine and sign making, painting, wine glass decorating, and more.

3. A trip back in time. Dating as parents doesn’t have to be 5pm dinner reservations and home before the sun sets. Bring it back to your teenage years of bowling with friends at a local alley with your partner. Many bowling alleys offer cosmic bowling, music and more. One of our top picks is Lucky Strike in West Nyack where after 8pm you must be 21+ to enter. And it isn’t just for bowling enthusiasts, Lucky Strike has a catered lounge, plasma TVs, pool tables, air hockey and a few lanes of roller ball. Other favorite bowling alleys are Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh, Colonial Lanes in Chester, and Spins Bowl in Poughkeepsie, Wappingers, and Carmel.

4. A Movie. Your ‘back to our teen years’ date doesn’t have to end at the bowling alley. If you find yourself at Lucky Strike in West Nyack, head over to the IMAX theater after a few games. Not in the Palisades area? The Paramount Theater in Middletown, Downing Film Center in Newburgh, the Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale, and The Moviehouse in Millerton are all great places to catch the latest releases or a new independent film.

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5. Take a Walk. No matter the season, the Hudson Valley is filled with beautiful landscapes and romantic architecture. Take a stroll through Olana State Historic Site, a historic landmark that was once home to renowned painter, architect, and landscape designer Frederic Edwin Church. The Persian style mansion is filled with magnificent art from around the world and stunning views of the Hudson Valley. On a warm day, visit the homage to Hudson Valley history and beauty at Boscobel House and Gardens, a Neoclassical mansion containing an impressive collection of decorative arts from the Federal period. You could also take in the breathtaking views of the Hudson River with a stroll over the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, or enjoy the extensive gardens at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring.

6. For the more adventurous. There is no shortage of hiking in the Hudson Valley. Whether you and your partner are masters of the mountains or prefer more of a glorified nature walk, find a trail that suits your comfort level and break a sweat together. For a more romantic date, take a trip to Poets Walk in Red Hook where you and your sweetie can snowshoe, walk or hike the rustic meadows and paths. The park winds you through woods filled with footbridges, benches and rustic pavilions- so romantic, it wasn’t dubbed Poet’s Walk for nothing. After your adventure at Poets Walk, stop in for a bite at the famous Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck. The stone fireplaces, dimmed lighting and cozy corners set the tone for a warm, romantic meal.

7. Pamper yourselves. Our guess is you could really use some R&R. A great date night (especially for an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion) would be a trip to the Spa at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper. A wonderful night or romantic weekend away, the Emerson has dining, gorgeous rooms, a spa to die for and America’s Largest Kaleidoscope! Other favorite weekend/ date night spots include the spa and restaurant at Buttermilk Falls; a luxury retreat at Hasbrouck House; or a trip to the Mirbeau Inn & Spa, which just opened a new location in Rhinebeck. 

8. Fire and Ice. Visiting Bear Mountain is a year round adventure. While in the summer you can hike, boat and picnic, the grounds don’t die away with the winter chill. Bear Mountain hosts hundreds of people each year to its beautiful outdoor ice rink. Set among the mountains and snow, spend a romantic night skating hand in hand under twinkling lights. Then head up to the rustic Bear Mountain in for some warmth by the fire and a delicious dinner. If you are further north in the Valley, I suggest spending an evening at the Mohonk Mountain House. Day guests can ice skate, ski, hike, or snowshoe the property. Enjoy time at the spa, and/or get dressed up (that means no spit-up covered clothes or sweats!) and enjoy a romantic dinner alone together.

9. Dance the night away. You can learn to swing for free at the Newburgh Brewing Company on the first Thursday of every month, or take swing classes at Got2Lindy Dance Studios in Kingston, Highland and Newburgh.

10. Music to my ears. The Hudson Valley is filled with great live music. Take in a show at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, or grab a drink and enjoy the music at favorite places like Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, La Puerta Azul in Millbrook, Brothers BBQ in Cornwall, AromaThyme Bistro in Ellenville, Elsie’s Place in Wallkill, the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon, Pamela’s on the Hudson in Newburgh, or Daryl’s House in Pawling.

Did your favorite places make the list? Where are your favorite date night spots?

Updated 2/2020


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