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Hopeless romantic, or just hopeless? Have a stress-free V-Day with these simple date ideas

Staff Writer

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 01:02

This Friday the holiday of love will bring to women visions of happiness, red roses and chocolate. But for men, there’s the possibility of a loved one angered at the lack of preparation for the big day. Fear not. Here are a few easily-assembled, fun date ideas for around the Durham area. 


Portsmouth dinner

Although February is a chilly month, downtown Portsmouth is still a romantic area to walk around. Friday’s weather forecast predicts around 37 degrees with light snowfall (as stated by The Weather Channel), creating a very intimate atmosphere. The local Starbucks, located in the center of the downtown area, is a great place to bring a girl for a hot drink to warm her up. 


To take it a step further, Portsmouth has four-star restaurants such as the Black Trumpet, Library Restaurant, Rudi’s Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Brewery. A sit-down, fancy dinner guarantees plenty of time to talk and to get to know a date. 


Portsmouth Music Hall


This Friday the Portsmouth Music Hall is having a Valentine’s Day special featuring La Dolce Vita. Tickets are priced at $38.25 and include dinner, dessert and a night featuring the Gaudy Baubles and their chanteuse Renee. This is a retro cabaret band that provides entertainment starting at 8 p.m. in the music hall loft. 


Surprise Room Picnic


This could be a money-saver but still a very romantic idea for your crush. Surprise him/her in your room with some lit candles (or battery-powered options for those in dorms), a blanket across the floor and grab some take-out or cook food from the Durham Market Place. For extra brownie points, scattering chocolates or rose petals around the picnic adds a loving feel. 


Flag Hill Winery in Lee

For all the 21-year-olds on campus, a trip to Flag Hill Winery involves a wine tasting at the largest vineyard in New Hampshire. As it says on their website, “Make Flag Hill a destination to learn how our vodka is made first-hand, taste from a variety of New Hampshire-made wines, stroll through the vineyard, picnic on the grounds, make reservations for a dinner event or browse through our gift shop.” With many different things to do at this winery, sipping wine is not only romantic but also very sophisticated. 


With these date-night ideas, Valentine’s Day will hopefully be a little less stressful and filled with a lot more love. 

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