There's nothing better than taking a break from whatever is on your to-do list and hitting the town with the one you love! It doesn't always have to be expensive, but it should be fun. Here are 45 Upper Valley date ideas to get you started! Reliable Classics. -Dinner and a movie. Find Upper Valley restaurant recommendations
HERE and HERE. -Visit the Nugget Theater & stop in next door for gelato from Morano Gelato in Hanover, NH. -Attend a play at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT. -Head to Claremont, NH for some bowling at Maple Lanes. -Attend one of the many sporting events at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. -Go mini-golfing at Golf Fore-U and grab some ice cream at Ice Cream Fore-U in West Lebanon, NH. -Catch at concert, movie or play at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, NH. -Watch a movie under the stars at the Fairlee Drive-in in Fairlee, VT. Get Creative. -Create a masterpiece at Tip Top Pottery in White River Junction, VT. -Stroll through one of the art galleries in Woodstock, VT. -Take a cooking class at King Arthur Flour (Norwich, VT) or the Coop's Culinary Learning Center (Hanover, NH). -Catch some live music at one of the bars or restaurants in the area. Check here for local places. -Attend a Contra Dance at Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT. -Attend a performance at the Brigg's Opera House in White River Junction, VT. Explore the Outdoors. -Head to Sunapee Harbor for a picnic lunch and a cruise on M.V. Mount Sunapee in Sunapee, NH. -Hike one of the excellent trails in the area. Several ideas are listed HERE. -Canoe or Kayak along the White River or the Connecticut River. There are many rental companies in the UV, Ledyard Canoe Club is one option. -Go tubing down the White River near South Royalton, VT. You rent tubes at the Corner Stop Mini-Mart right outside of South Royalton. -Go ice skating on Occom Pond in the winter. Take a stroll around the pond anytime of year. -Go for a drive in the mountains to take in the fall foliage. The Kancamagus Highway is a local favorite. -Spend a day in quintessential Stowe, VT. -Try geocaching. There are places all around VT and NH. -Ski/snowboard a local hill. The Quechee Ski Hill offers great couple discounts on Fridays. -Cross-country ski at the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center in Hanover, NH. -Take a dip in your favorite swimming hole. Try the Sculptured Rocks Natural Area at the Cockermouth River in Groton, NH. -Window shop around Hanover, NH and grab some dessert at My Brigadeiro. -Go apple picking. My favorite spot is Riverview Farm in Plainfield, NH. -Admire the sculptures and grounds of the Saint-Gardens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH. -Stroll through the Norwich Farmer's Market (Norwich, VT) and pick out some delicious treats to enjoy together. -Visit the Path of Life Sculpture Garden in Windsor, VT and stop in at Harpoon Brewery on your way home. -Ice skate on the longest ice skating trail in the U.S. in the winter, or go boating in the summer at Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT. Upper Valley Outings. -Go on a covered bridge scavenger hunt around the Upper Valley. Start with the longest double-span covered bridge in the world, the Cornish-Windsor Bridge. -Visit a sugar house. Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock, VT has a maple tour through the woods that is accessible year-round. They offer cheese and maple samples, along with beautiful views. Buy your lunch inside the Farm House and then enjoy it at the picnic tables outside. -Grab breakfast at Lou's Bakery in Hanover, NH. You can also pick up some pastries at the counter and stroll through Hanover if you're looking for a more active date. -Go antiquing. The Vermont Antique Mall in Quechee, VT has a large assortment of antiques or you can head down to Prospect Hill Antiques in Georges Mills, NH. -Learn to rock climb at Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Quechee, VT. -Explore the exhibits and rare collections at the Dartmouth College Library in Hanover, NH. -Go on a scavenger hunt in Dan & Whit's in Norwich, VT. -Visit the Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT for one of their Montshire Unleashed events. -Throw it back to your younger years and go roller blading at Great View Roller Skating in Enfield, NH. -Tour a local brewery. River Roost Brewery just opened in White River Junction, VT. -Grab a drink and browse the books at the Dartmouth Bookstore in Hanover, NH. -Volunteer together at one of our great non-profits in the Upper Valley. Find a list of local places to serve HERE. Stay in and get cozy. -Set up a movie indoors & makes S'mores by an indoor fireplace or in the oven. -Rent a movie, order take-out and stay in. What's your favorite thing to do on an Upper Valley date? Sign up HERE for updates on Upper Valley events and activities.