You don't have to be in Venice to enjoy a gondola cruise. In Las Colinas, the Mandalay Canal offers scenic views of Lake Carolyn and romantic tours for date nights or daytime fun. (©Supreme Dream/Gondola Adventures)
Looking for something different than dinner and a movie? Consider these date ideas, which range from cultural to indulgent to simply breathtaking, and make your day or evening as unique as your significant other.
The Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas is undoubtedly one of the most romantic spots in DFW: It's home to an intimate, Venice-like waterway nestled along the shores of Lake Carolyn. Enjoy picturesque views of waterfalls or a romantic dinner cruise at sunset for two. The only catch? The folks at Gondola Adventures—which operates only in Las Colinas, Las Vegas and Newport Beach, Calif.—encourage couples to kiss under every bridge.
Center Stage Romance
Romance takes center stage in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production “An American in Paris,” which runs through Feb. 12 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
Signature suites at Hotel ZaZa in Uptown are the ideal setting for a Valentine’s Day getaway. Choose from themed suites like “Villa Champagne,” “Shaga-delic” Valentine’s Day packages include champagne upon arrival, dinner at the award-winning Dragonfly restaurant and lounge, and more.
Head in the Clouds
The Dallas skyline is beautiful and iconic—and even more so from above. Sweep your loved one off his or her feet by taking them on a nighttime airplane tour with Starlight Flight, Dallas-Fort Worth's original airplane tour company. You bring the chilled champagne, they bring the Cessna, and you get a nearly 360-degree view of the twinkling lights below.
Love to Spare
Bowling is suddenly trendy, as evidenced by the influx of stylish alleys that double as upscale eateries. Bowl & Barrel, which bills itself as a boutique bowling experience, boasts exposed brick walls, hip light fixtures and eats from its modern American tavern. A classic European-style beer hall supplies the suds. Bowlounge, located in the Design District, Bowlmor in Addison and Pinstack in Plano also provide fun and funky backdrops for a fabulous date.
Fall "In Love with the Cocoa"
Chocolates are a given this time of year, but chances are he or she has never sampled the exotic, intoxicating flavors dreamed up by the chocolatiers at Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Artisan masterpieces like Cocoa Puffs Marshmallows and Laphroaig Truffles are available alongside dangerous-sounding concoctions like the One-Night Stand Potion (a tequila-spiked, dark-chocolate sauce that’s incredible atop sorbets or as a fondue). Stroll the streets of the Bishop Arts District or Lower Greenville Avenue where two Dude, Sweet outposts reside, then pick out a sampler together to take home; or, try a Dallas By Chocolate tour for a diverse sampling of the city's best sweets.
Uncork Some Romance
The DFW wine scene has grown by leaps and bounds, with many top restaurants now serving home-grown vino alongside pricier picks from Napa and France. Sample these lauded wines by hopping on the bus for Grapevine Wine Tours (Dallas wine tours are also offered). Over the course of a few hours, you can visit and tour a handful of local wineries while indulging in tasty nibbles. Nothing impresses more than someone who can sniff, swirl and identify the notes and flavors in a good glass of wine.