Now that the holidays are over, we’ve settled into our winter routine at our bed and breakfast. But every now and then, we like to stir things up with our winter date night ideas in Rockland, Maine. Sure, pizza and a movie on Netflix snuggled up on the sofa can be fun. However, we’re talking about something that requires getting up off the couch, maybe dressing up a bit, or going retro.
So where do we go when it’s time to venture forth for a winter date night? Glad you asked. Of course, there are always skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. All good choices. And cocktails and dinner at one of our favorite restaurants or cafes might fit the bill. We could even be convinced that gathering with friends for game night meets the requirements.
However, we’re talking about something that stimulates the senses, opens our eyes to new adventures, or just brings back happy memories whenever our minds drift to lovely nights or even days enjoying each other’s company. So, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to spend quality time with the one you love when visiting us this winter.
Take In a Live Performance at the Strand Theater
With a roster of live performances held throughout the year, a trip to the Strand Theater in downtown Rockland might just be the perfect night on the town. Concerts, comedy, and more enliven the stage periodically. But if a live performance isn’t on the calendar, you can always grab some popcorn and enjoy a movie. The Strand maintains a regular schedule of first-run and independent films.
Go Tobogganing at the Camden Snow Bowl
What could be more thrilling than barreling down an icy toboggan chute across a frozen pond on a wooden toboggan! Break out your inner child and hoot and holler your way down the 400-foot chute at speeds of up to 40 mph at the Camden Snow Bowl. Oh, yes, you need to bundle up for this adventure, but it is so worth it. If you’d rather just enjoy the scene from the sidelines, plan your visit to coincide with the annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships held in February.
Wend Your Way Through Mid-Coast Wine Country
Mid-coast Maine might not be top-of-mind when you think about wine country. But, interestingly enough, 4 well-established wineries are within an easy hour’s drive of our Inn. Fermented from cold-hardy hybrids that weather the challenging Maine climate, several award-winning varietals emerge from these dedicated vintners. Spend the day traveling from vineyard to vineyard for an introduction to Maine’s wine country.
Take a Spin on an Indoor Rink
Whether you’re a novice or an Olympic athlete, lacing up a pair of skates and getting on the ice can easily put some pink on your cheeks. But it doesn’t have to be sub-zero temperatures to take a spin around the rink. Step on the ice indoors at the Mid-Coast Recreation Center for a rollicking hour or two listening to great music and perfecting your camel spins and double axels.
Get Your Ducks in a Row at a Local Bowling Alley
Okay, technically the Oakland Parks Bowling Lanes in nearby Rockport offers candlepin bowling. It’s a bit different from duckpin or ten-pin bowling, but much easier if you are a novice. Smaller balls, without the punishing holes for fingers and thumbs, still roll toward pins standing tall at the end of the alley waiting to be knocked down. It’s fun to watch the competing techniques of bowlers all with the same goal in mind. Plus, it’s an indoor activity that doesn’t require much in the way of gear.
Try any one or all of our winter date night ideas in Rockland, Maine this year. Make it a long-weekend adventure and do it all. Book your favorite room at the Berry Manor Inn and let the winter fun begin.
Updated: January 2022