P.O. Box 470932
Charlotte, NC 28247
Nothing reawakens memories like music, so relive the early days of your romance through song. You may have a special song, or the popular music of a particular year may light your fires. Chubby’s Karaoke, Charlotte’s most enduring sing-it-yourself company, probably includes your favorite tunes on its extensive playlist. If not, you can send an online request. Chubby’s karaoke DJs are in action most nights of the week at clubs throughout the Charlotte region.
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The Wine Palette
130 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
Located at the corner of The Plaza and Central Avenue, this friendly Plaza-Midwood spot hosts great date-night evenings. Bring your own wine, beer and snacks and set up adjacent easels to create your own artwork to take home. Outlines to follow are lightly sketched on the canvas to help your composition and an experienced artist is on hand to help you choose colors and guide your strokes. The Wine Palette’s Date Night projects are two-part paintings, meant to hang together as a memento of the evening. Art supplies, corkscrew and instruction are included.
2935 Providence Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28211
Nothing beats ballroom dancing to rev up a romance. To see if it’s for you and your partner, take advantage of the free introductory lesson offered by most dance studios. Metropolitan, a lovely facility located near the corner of Providence and Sharon Amity roads, is privately owned and operated by award-winning dancers whose main aim is to share the joy of dance. One introductory lesson won’t have you dancing like the stars, but Metropolitan offers a choice of individual and group lesson packages at reasonable prices that will get you on the floor quickly.
McDowell Nature Preserve
15222 York Road
Charlotte, NC 28278
Bundle up and make reservations for this outdoor adventure on the shores of Lake Wylie. Adults-only Hiker’s Palate programs, offered monthly at McDowell, are designed to provide an inexpensive night out in the out-of-doors. The Valentine’s edition features a hike around the park’s prairie region to observe the mating rituals of the American woodcock followed by chocolate fondue by the fire. McDowell also hosts free Full Moon Hikes and many other low-cost activities for the whole family. You can register online here.
Wine Me Down Events
This Charlotte-based company offers wine tours and tastings on a regular schedule as well as private bookings. The tours, which all begin at the Metropolitan in midtown Charlotte, visit area wineries and dairies to sample local vintages and cheeses. Tastings are hosted regularly at Veteran’s Park in Plaza-Midwood. Special Valentine offerings include a wine and chocolate tasting and a tour that visits three wineries following a romantic meal at Vivace.
Zen Massage Dilworth
1021 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Relax and renew your romance with a tension-taming couples massage. Daily cares slip away as you and your partner experience relaxing rubdowns at side-by-side massage tables. The award-winning Zen Massage Center, occupying two bright orange buildings on Dilworth’s East Boulevard, offers some of the most reasonable rates around for couples massages, available in either the signature Zen Swedish or deep tissue versions. Other services include hot stone massage, aromatherapy and Reiki.
With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.