(Published on - 2/12/2019 11:17:23 AM)
Date Ideas in Madison
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the time to plan a fabulous outing is now. Madison dining opportunities abound, but why not add something special to the day like a walk in nature, a soothing massage, a fun class, or an entertaining show?
Keep reading for some excellent Valentine’s Day date ideas in Madison.
Sol Escape Healing Arts Salt Cave
Visit the salt cave at Sol Escape, located on Atwood Avenue, for a memorable and relaxing experience. The Himalayan salt used by the therapists is said to be naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Many believe that the salt caves promote both mental and physical relaxation as well as offer relief from things like asthma and eczema.
Pamper Yourselves at a Local Salon
Valentine’s day is the perfect occasion to splurge for a couple’s massage, skin treatment, or even just a day of full on pampering. Couples massages are said to promote intimacy, relaxation, and general well-being and happiness.
Taeko Aesthetics down in Stoughton on West Main Street offers a couple’s massage complete with foot-soak, beverages, strawberries, and chocolates. And Rockabetty's Salon and Spa, one of the best nail salons in town, offers some of a variety of skin, nail, tanning, and waxing treatments that are sure to make your special someone feel their very best.
Experience the Outdoors Together
Although it may still be cold outside, the Olbrich’s indoor tropical garden remains open all year. Take your significant other there for a quiet walk and pretend you’re both on an island out in the Pacific.
For something a bit more energetic, head to Lake Mendota or Monona for fat biking or ice skating. Just make sure the ice is at least three inches thick before venturing out.
Date night offerings at Lake Kegonsa State Park in nearby Stoughton include a Candlelight Ski with bonfire on February 9th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Bring your cross country skis and enjoy an evening together under the stars.
Splurge on a Wonderful Dinner
After the massage, biking, nature appreciation or salt cave session, a good meal with good company is an amazing way to top off the day.
Located on South Pinckney Street, L’Etoile Restaurant has a Valentine’s menu consisting of five courses with optional wine pairings. Main course choices include NY strip and braised chuck, lamb, and scallops.
Lucille, situated on three stories in an historic building, serves up locally sourced wood fired pizzas and other Pan-Latin cuisine. Select rums, cocktails, and craft beers are available. Deep within the First Settlement District on King Street, Lucille’s prides themselves on their hospitality and entertainment.
Osteria Papavero on East Wilson Street doesn’t normally take reservations, except on Valentine’s Day. Osteria serves authentic Italian cuisine complemented by their extensive wine list. They run specials every day and promise to have some extra ones on Valentine’s Day.
See a Show and/or Go Dancing
Nothing says date night quite like an evening of live music and dancing. Madison provides many opportunities for just that.
The High Noon Saloon, located on East Washington Avenue, presents their annual Les Cougars Valentine’s Day Burlesque and Cabaret show on February 14th. Bring your partner or your friends and enjoy a night of entertainment like no other. Doors open at 6:00 pm, show begins at 7:00 pm.
For the 60s music lover in everyone, the Fab Four Beatles tribute band performs on Valentine’s Day at the Barrymore Theatre on Atwood Avenue. Show begins at 7:30 pm.
Visit a National Landmark
For a wonderfully unique Valentine’s Day date near Madison, head out to Cave of the Mounds. Their Valentine event, appropriately named “Love on the Rocks”, takes place on February 9th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A harpist and guitarist provide live music in the cave. Couples enjoy an after-hours at-their-own-pace cave exploration. The event includes a champagne toast, red rose, souvenir photo, hors d’oeuvres, and truffles.
No matter what your Valentine’s date style may be, Madison has you covered. Spend some time with your loved one while enjoying some of the varied and eclectic offerings of this wonderful city.
Courtesy of Lexi Carr