If you live in Central Pennsylvania and are looking to craft an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for your loved one, it’s not too late to get started! There are tons of unique, fun and romantic dates that can be planned last minute. Here are five Valentine’s date ideas for Central Pennsylvania.
Go ice skating on one of the area’s frozen lakes
If you’re looking for a romantic yet fun Valentine’s date idea, take your Valentine ice skating on one of the area’s frozen lakes. The Outlet Pond in Eagles Mere, PA is a location in Central Pennsylvania that freezes thick enough in the winter where it’s safe to skate. Weather permitting, you can skate during the day or at night. Ice skating on a frozen lake offers a unique way for you and your date to warm up to each other and break the ice – not literally – if it’s one of your first dates by letting your silly side show as you earn your ice-skating wings. Not to mention, any first date nerves will be forgotten as soon as one of you falls. Which is bound to happen for first timers!
Ski through the Endless Mountains
Similar to ice-skating dates, skiing is a great way to get active with your date and try something new. Whether you’re an expert skier or a novice, there are trails for all levels in Central Pennsylvania. The Crystal Lake Ski Center located in Hughesville, PA offers over 960 acres of land for cross-country skiing for beginners to expert skiers, and rentals for anyone who may not own their own skis. If you and your date consider yourselves expert skiers, the Eagles Mere Conservancy Trails and the Eagles Mere Lake offer ideal trails for your skill level. If you and your date consider yourselves adventurous skiers, try the Wyoming State Forest.
A recent snowfall may create a romantic backdrop while you both try something new. Not to mention, après-ski is a great time to sit down with your partner, enjoy a hot cocoa and spend some quality time with one another.
Plan a romantic dinner at one of the area’s fine dining options
Central Pennsylvania has plenty of hidden gems to plan a delicious and romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day. While reservations may be filling quickly since Valentine’s Day does fall on a Friday, you may want to consider enjoying light bites, appetizers and/or drinks at a bar where seating is first-come first serve. Here’s a list of a number of fantastic options in Central Pennsylvania to consider for your Valentine’s Day dinner.
Visit the Winterland Winery
If you’re looking to test your sommelier skills, The Winterland Winery is a unique spot to visit for Valentine’s Day. As one of the area’s only wineries, a romantic taste testing evening could be planned here on Valentine’s Day for you and your partner.
Plan a mini vacation at one of the area’s historic inns
Lastly, if you are looking for something totally unique to do with a partner for Valentine’s Day, consider a stay at a historic inn. The Eagles Mere Inn has 17 uniquely themed, cozy rooms designed to mirror the country life that surrounds them. It’s a perfect and cozy place to spend Valentine’s Day near all the exciting date night options listed above. For more information, visit eaglesmereinn.com.