When life gets hectic, it’s easy to fall into a routine — especially when it comes to planning a date with that special someone. But, we want to help you make quality time more exciting! There are many unconventional date ideas that you and your partner will love right here in Mercer County.
Schedule a Ski Lesson
Schedule a ski lesson at the top place to learn how to ski and snowboard — Winterplace Ski Resort. Just a short drive from Mercer County, Winterplace offers 27 slopes, 10 lifts and the largest snow tubing park in West Virginia. The Learn-to-Ski & Snowboard package is the perfect environment for a couple to share an afternoon experiencing something new!
Rent an ATV for a Spring Trip
Find adventure in Mercer County by exploring the extensive network of all-terrain ATV trails. Turn this date into a weekend getaway with convenient lodging options and delicious restaurants located along the trail.
Take a Class at Hammer & Stain or Paint Pottery at Artistic Adventures
Get in touch with your artistic side. Sign up for a class at Hammer & Stain, a do-it-yourself wood-crafting workshop. Or paint your own pottery at Artistic Adventures. Be creative and take home a special piece that you made together.
Explore a Waterfall in the Winter
Brave the cold weather to experience spectacular winter views with someone special. Visit Camp Creek State Park and hike the White Oak Trail to Campbell Falls to get a new perspective of waters. Venture to Brush Creek Falls for photographers’ favorite winter waterfall at the beginning of the trailhead.
Rent a Cabin at Brushcreek Falls RV Resort
Enjoy a cozy stay in the mountains at Brushcreek Falls RV Resort, just off I-77 near Princeton. Rent a cabin for the whole family and take advantage of all the great amenities available at the resort, including a dirt go-kart track, gem mine and swimming pool. Brushcreek Falls is also conveniently located close to the Hatfield McCoy Trails and other outdoor adventures.
Share a Milkshake at the Corner Shop (Bonus! + A Walking Tour of Bramwell)
Voted the “Best Place to get a Milkshake in West Virginia” by USA Today and named one of the top 101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia, the Bramwell Soda Fountain and Corner Shop is a notable date spot. Keep things romantic by sharing a milkshake made with homemade ice cream or splitting a sundae! After your sweet treat, enjoy a guided walking tour through Bramwell and learn about the historic “Town of Millionaires.”
Get a Babysitter for a Night Out at Sophisticated Hound
Call a babysitter and enjoy a night out with someone special at the Sophisticated Hound Brewing Company. Located in the Grassroots District, this microbrewery and tap room features a selection of craft beer and signature food items. You might even be able to catch some live music!
Browse and Buy Art at the RiffRaff Gift Gallery
From live music to art walks, the RiffRaff Arts Collective does it all. Head to downtown Princeton and take in beautiful creations made by local artisans. Stop by the gift gallery to buy a piece of art that will remind you of your visit.
Play Hooky and Browse Antique Shops
Take a break from work and browse Mercer County’s many antique shops. Spend an afternoon exploring three floors of treasures at Landmark Antique Mall, or search for rare collectibles at The Ugly Duckling. Looking for a little bit of everything? Check out Four Seasons Antiques and Appraisals. They have items that range from Roseville Pottery to vintage tools and furniture.
Catch a Show at the Chuck Mathena Center
Make a date to enjoy the arts at the Chuck Mathena Center. This state-of-the-art facility offers all types of entertaining performances. Spend the evening at a concert or opt for a play by 4 Pals Productions.
Complete an Out of the Box Room Escape
Want to put your communication skills with your significant other to the test? Try an Out of the Box Room Escape date! The concept is simple: your group is “locked” in a themed room and must use teamwork to solve puzzles and understand clues to help you get out within the allotted time. Rely on each other and see how you handle pressure as partners.
Plan a Progressive Dinner
One of the hardest parts about planning a date is deciding where to eat. Here in Mercer County, we don’t want you to have that problem! Create your own progressive dinner from different restaurants in the area. Choose a delicious appetizer, a hearty dinner and a decadent dessert. Check out our list of suggestions here.
This post was last updated on February 7, 2020