After a summer of catering to the kids, rekindling that romance on your night or day off is easy in Connecticut. Take a walk on the wild side, spoil yourselves, do something traditional or try it all. When it’s just the two of you, it’s time to embrace the lack of limits and have a blast together.
Jonathan Edwards Winery
74 Chester Maine Road
North Stonington, CT 06359
Price: free tour at noon
A fun excursion for people who prefer wine or those who are just curious, Jonathan Edwards’ tours are just plain fun. The Jonathan Edwards Winery is located on 48 acres of scenic vineyards with a renovated New England dairy barn as the center of its universe. Showcasing wines from both the east and west coasts, the choices are as plentiful as the ambience. Take a complimentary tour at high noon and spend the rest of the day in the tasting room, eating a picnic lunch, dining a la carte or visiting the gift shop. Take advantage of regularly scheduled evening concerts and other events to round out your visit.
New Haven Culinary Walking Tour
155 Temple St.
New Haven, CT
Price: $59 per person, reservations required
Food is one of the most basic connections people can make. Taking a walking tour of must-taste spots in New Haven is an opportunity to sample some fabulous fare, enjoy time together, and get some fresh air and exercise in the process. Visit the famous, the little known, and the newest establishments around. With a total of nine stops over a three-hour period and a goodie bag for all, you’ll be happy you wore your comfortable clothes. Dates are limited, so reservations are a must.
68 Main St.
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More than just another date night at the movies and better than taking the kids to a weekend matinee, an event at The Warner Theater may feel like it was created with you in mind. Offering an endless variety of concerts, plays and other entertainment catering to every interest from opera to rock, country to oldies, classics to cutting edge, The Warner Theater is not only diverse but full of newly renovated historic atmosphere. Make any night special with a live performance the two of you will surely love.
In Touch Massage & Spa LLC
350 S. Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
Price: from $160 for couples packages
Some men do, some men don’t. If your man is not against a little pampering, there is nothing as intimate as couple’s time at the spa. Enjoy a massage, deep tissue massage and so much more. Couples massages are given side by side in the same room, each with your own masseuse in a relaxed setting sure to melt all your stress away. Leave feeling renewed and ready to face whatever the world has in store for you.
A Yankee Balloon LLC
120 Flax Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Price: from $275 per person
If you want to take yourselves and your romance to new heights, consider a ride in a hot air balloon. Spend an hour at sunrise soaring out of reach of your daily grind. Enjoy the view like you have never seen it before as you launch from any number of locations throughout the Litchfield Hills, Central Connecticut, or the Housatonic and Naugatuck River valleys. Celebrate your journey with a post-flight champagne toast and light fare, and receive mementos to document your special time together.
Twisted Vine Restaurant
285 Main St.
Derby, CT 06418
No matter what else you can do in the name of romance, sitting down to an intimate dinner can’t be beat. At The Twisted Vine Restaurant, the setting is as appealing as the food. Brick walls, balconies, stained glass windows and chandeliers are sure to impress. American and Continental dishes with Italian and Asian selections for good measure are sure to please. Top off your meal with a dessert or two to share. Make a reservation in the Main Dining Room and enjoy a live show at no extra charge.
Theodora DeBarbieri is an animal advocate, columnist and local TV show host residing in Connecticut. She is owned by a number of dogs, cats and birds. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.