Just like Great Falls Montana, a good date is chock full of personality. These four date night itineraries are designed with variety and personal touches in mind. Switch up your usual routine, swap the dinner and a movie combo for something more adventurous. Have fun, make it personal, and plan to leave your significant other speechless, a date night out in Great Falls can have that effect with the right plan.
The Cutie Pie Package
Begin the day with a scenic drive through the alluring rugged terrain surrounding Great Falls. Choose a destination like Gibson Dam, the Sluice Boxes, or Sun Canyon. Before you hit the road call in a ready-made picnic from Electric City Coffee and Bistro. Bring a blanket and some weather worthy clothing. If you really want to impress, compile your “Cutie Pie,” road trip playlist before taking the wheel. On the road, keep an eye out for scenic pull outs or hiking trails to get out of the car and enjoy the fresh air with your love interest, area maps are available at the Great Falls Forest Service. Add a competitive twist! Craft a photography challenge for you and your partner to compete through while you are exploring. Use categories like:
Best Creative Landscape, Best Animal Photo, Most Unique Nature Discovery, Most Intriguing Tree, Capture Each Other’s Spirit. (Consider making a wager at the beginning, use social media to collect votes and choose a winner!)
Wrap up your day on the road with some dancing at the Elks Lodge. After a day of only having eyes for one another it will be that much easier to dance like no one is watching.
The All-In Date
Learning a new skill is a great way to spark creativity into a date. Begin this date bouldering at the Hi-Line Climbing Center. Hi-Line offers a Date Night package every Friday night from 6-10pm. Instead of a restaurant dinner, book a private cooking class at Bella Cucina. Keep the creativity rolling and create custom works of art at Brush Crazy. Brush Crazy offers guided art classes, materials included, so no matter your ability level you can both explore your inner artist. (Tip: Prep supplies and a location at home to hang up or display your new art creations. This pays dividends as a future reminder of your creative day together.) These destinations are all located in downtown Great Falls. Ditch the car and walk or bike instead to get the full all-in experience.
The Saturday Rise and Shine
Shake up typical date time frames and switch to a morning date. Convince your partner to get out of bed in time to catch a famous Great Falls sunset. Great viewing locations can be found at the top of airport hill or the parking lot trailhead for the River’s Edge Trail near Morony Dam. Next, head to Mind Body Yoga for a morning yoga class and a heart opener stretch. Pick up a “Downtown History Walking Tour Guide,” from the Great Falls Montana Tourism office before the weekend starts. After yoga, explore downtown Great Falls with new eyes. Grab breakfast and coffee from Cory Block Bakery, located in the historic Cory Block building. Spend some time shopping in downtown Great Falls, try on some new outfits together at the Blue Rose, a women’s and men’s boutique on Central Avenue. Continue your walking tour to the River’s Edge Trail. Use the River’s Edge Trail’s online interactive map to find trail highlights, including the 24-piece Outdoor Urban Art Display! If there is snow on the ground, consider snowshoeing or cross country skiing the trail. If it is warm out, bring a paddle board and get out on the Missouri River at Broadwater Bay. If you need equipment, rentals are available downtown. Treat yourself to a brew and pizza at Mighty Mo Brewing Co. to round out your day of authentic Great Falls exploration.
The Platinum Treatment
Pamper is the name of the game with this date; a true finer things experience begins with some Great Falls spa treatment at the Living Room Spa or Studio Montage. Next, book a wine tasting and dinner at 5th and Wine. Purchase tickets to a Great Falls symphony performance or a traveling Broadway show. Dirty Dancing, hits the stage at the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts on Valentine’s Day 2018. Spill out from the theater onto the beautifully lit streets of downtown Great Falls and go enjoy a night cap at Enbar, Great Falls’ newest craft cocktail lounge, give your night an urban and responsible vibe and take an Uber or taxi home.
With new inspiration in hand start planning your next date in Great Falls. Feel free to take our date ideas and put your own personal spin on them. Enjoy the dating adventures to be had in Montana’s Basecamp for Art and Adventure. Keep an eye out for upcoming date blogs to keep the creative dates rolling.