Romantic Things to Do for Date Night in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Area

7 ways to celebrate love in the Triangle

Inventive Date Nights in Raleigh

If Cupid caught up with you this year, the pressure is on to plan the perfect date with that special someone. And when you're visiting an area like the Triangle, why choose just one activity? Go beyond supermarket candy hearts and celebrate your love with these unique, local date night options.


Romantic Things To Do: Staying In

The opening of several boutique hotels in Durham, such the Durham Hotel and 21c Durham, makes it easy to plan a memorable getaway to the Bull City. Cary and Raleigh also offer romantic options. Built in 1888, The Mayton Inn in Cary features an old-time elegance set to enthrall any couple spending a night. Each room is meticulously decorated in a unique Georgian style, giving the hotel a timeless feel.

If more modern accommodations strike your fancy for a night or two away, the StateView Hotel overlooking North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh boasts a sleek, contemporary style juxtaposed against the backdrop of a quiet, tree-lined waterfront. Discover other romantic getaways in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area

Built in 1888, The Mayton Inn features an old-time elegance
Built in 1888, The Mayton Inn features an old-time elegance. (Courtesy The Mayton Inn)


In Love, Outdoors

The Triangle has a lot to offer nature lovers, even in the chill of winter. Picturesque Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, open year-round, features a variety of gardens that offer couples 55 acres of scenic flowers and plant life. For a more intimate setting, The Raleigh Rose Garden is tucked away just outside of Raleigh’s downtown area and blooms with 60 different rose beds of a variety of hybrid teas, floribundas and antique roses.

For an equally serene experience on the other side of the Triangle, Hillsborough’s Riverwalk runs alongside the beautiful, babbling Eno River. Whether you’re taking an intimate stroll with your partner or on your way to one of Hillsborough’s acclaimed eateries, this romantic journey will start your date night off on the right foot. Be sure to pack a romantic picnic to take along with you to any of these locations. (Alcohol is not prohibited.)

Duke Gardens features 55 acres of flourishing scenery.
Duke Gardens features 55 acres of flourishing scenery. (©Ying/Shutterstock)


Wine and Dine

Fearrington House Restaurant in Pittsboro has captivated star crossed lovers with farm-to-table cuisine for nearly 40 years. The restaurant's intimate ambience and exquisite wine list sets a romantic mood, and the hot chocolate souffle will complete your dining experience as a night to remember.

Dinner out is a perfect option for date night in Raleigh. There’s no short supply of amour at Saint Jacques, a Raleigh destination for French fare since 2004. Dishes like duck confit with mushroom porcini sauce and beef tenderloin served with a slice of foie gras will have you booking the next Air France flight for more.

Discover more romantic restaurants across the region.

Enjoy a romantic French dining experience at Saint Jacques in Raleigh.
Enjoy a romantic French dining experience at Saint Jacques in Raleigh. (Courtesy Stacy Sprenz)


Cook Up Fun

Whether this is your first or 50th date, learning something new together is a romantic thing to do on date night. Whisk, located in Cary, teaches cooking classes where learning and eating go hand in hand. Think crepes, lobster bisque and chocolate dipped alfajores.

On the iconic street neighboring Duke University, Ninth Street Dance host workshops and provides dance lessons that get couples close and working together. Salsa, anyone?

Enjoy a romantic evening of cooking together at Whisk in Cary.
Enjoy a romantic evening of cooking together at Whisk in Cary. (Courtesy Whisk)


The Arts, Darling

While the Triangle features impressive performing arts venues that attract major productions like "Les Miserablesand "Wizard of Oz," the region also offers a stock of smaller, more intimate theaters, like Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre, designed to bring you and your love right into the performance. Get close to your date as the performers get close to you, evoking every emotion during performances of  "Romeo and Juliet" or the Pink Floyd-inspired "Darkside."

In the heart of the Bull City, Durham Fruit & Produce Company has transformed a former warehouse facility and turned it into a space that accommodates enchanting performances. The company's eclectic performances range from experimental plays combining dance and video projection to singers covering classic tunes.

Snuggle up next to your date during an intimate theater performance at Burning Coal Theatre in Ralelgh.
Snuggle up next to your date during an intimate theater performance at Burning Coal Theatre in Ralelgh. (Courtesy Burning Coal Theatre)


Movie Magic

Catching a flick might seem like an unimaginative date night, but the Triangle plays host to movie theaters that range from amenities-filled modern cinemas to quant vintage theaters. The Cinemark Raleigh Grande provides you and your special someone an opportunity to unwind while watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Enjoy adult beverages while relaxing in recliners.

The history and charm of Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theater on Franklin Street provides a romantic backdrop to the array of independent and foreign films screened there.


Sweets for Your Sweetie

The Triangle offers a charming supply of fine chocolatiers to tantalize your darling's sweet tooth, including Videri in the Raleigh Warehouse District. From chocolate bars to sipping chocolate to seasonal truffles, local chocolatiers provide the ​perfect ending to a romantic adventure in the Triangle.

Stop by Raleigh’s Lafayette Village and make your way to a sweet tooth’s haven, The Chocolate Boutique, where you can participate in a chocolate-making class or party. Pick up a few peanut clusters while you’re there.

Creativity is the name of the game at Matthew’s Chocolates in Hillsborough, which features an impressive selection of artisan truffles, chocolate barks and hot chocolate to sip while you and your loved one stroll the quaint downtown streets.

Chocolate is made daily at Videri, a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in downtown Raleigh that also sells chocolate bars, bon bons, hot chocolate and has a full coffee counter.
Chocolate is made daily at Videri, a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in downtown Raleigh that also sells chocolate bars, bon bons, hot chocolate and has a full coffee counter. (Courtesy eatRaleigh Blog)