When it comes to planning the perfect date, the decision can be daunting. Whether you've been together for longer than you can remember or are nervously planning a first date, Cortland County has the perfect spot for you. Take our quiz to help determine what your heart desires on your next date, and let us plan all the rest.
What place sounds most appealing to you?
1. A quiet cabin in the woods.
2. Sunset on the beach.
3. A bustling farmers market.
4. A rock concert.
If you were a song, what would it be?
1. The Sound of Silence (Simond & Garfunkel)
2. At Last (Etta James)
3. Cake by the Ocean (DNCE)
4. Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)
If you were a scent, which would you be?
1. Candles and library books.
2. Roses and champagne.
3. Fresh baked bread and merlot.
4. Pine needles and night air.
What is your idea of the perfect gift?
1. A gift card for grub hub.
2. Something handmade, just for you.
3. Gourmet chocolates and exotic spices.
4. A kerokie machine.
FOR THE INTROVERTS: If you answered mostly ones, you're most likely an introvert at heart. It's not that you mind company; you're just selective about whose company you keep. You'll forgo the hectic, loud atmosphere of a club for an acoustic set at your favorite coffee shop with a person who really gets you. Well, we get you. Cortland County is full of spots for a quiet date night (even if it means you stay in).
Lime Hollow Nature Center is, well, quiet by nature. Take a long walk, hand in hand, with the one you think is cutest. Explore the beautiful rolling hills, forests, streams and ponds as you wander through 12 miles of trails. Eric Kroot Art Trail and the Tamarack Art Meadow are especially magical, and the sculptures inspire easy conversation.
Crown City Cinemas. Hear me out. Yes, a movie theater can be crowded, but it's also a spot where you're meant to do the opposite of talk. Shhhh. Silence is golden. Theaters are for sharing popcorn, clutching your date during the scary scenes and trying to act cool when you spill the skittles all over the floor. Bonus, the film will give you something to talk about afterward over a drink or ice cream (FYI, Super Cream Dairy Bar is open year-round).
While playing games with your heart is never acceptable, playing a new board game definitely is. Make a trip to the Cortland Corset Building, stop at Area 51 & The Crowes Nest or Heros and Villians, and pick out a new game together. On your way home, drop into Cortland Beer Co. for a growler and grab some tacos from Los Lagos. Bam, everything you need to finish the rest of the night from the comfort of your couch!
FOR THE ROMANIC AT HEART: If you mainly answered twos, you're probably a romantic at heart. You most likely remember the song playing during your first kiss and share silly pet names stemming from ridiculous inside jokes. We're looking at you, pookie bear. Cortland County is just the place to keep your romance spicy, no matter how long you've been holding hands for.
Pottery Works Cortland offers a Dirty Date Night, where you can reimagine your favorite scenes from Ghost. You and your partner will bond while attempting to create something out of clay on a potter’s wheel. (No prior experience is required.) A Pottery Works instructor will assist each of you with basic techniques. You will each get to keep the bowl or cylinder, or weird lump you're calling a vase, that you have created. Much laughter is guaranteed, with the potential for further pet name creation.
Social media has taken over our lives. The boss is calling. The dogs are barking. The kids are screaming. It's time to get out of dodge and reconnect with a couples package at Hope Lake Lodge. Celebrate your love, reconnect, relax, and rediscover what it means to “get away.” Included with your two-night stay: a bottle of champagne in your room, a couples massage at Waterfalls Spa, a $100 Carvers Steakhouse dinner voucher and a few precious days for just the two of you. If you throw your cell phone into the hot tub and pretend you got lost on the way home, we won't tell. The concierge will be glad to extend your stay.
What's more romantic than a victorian drama? Explore the 1890 House Museum and find yourselves enthralled with the enduring love story of the Wickwires. Swoon when your partner gently wipes away your tears upon hearing of untimely demise and lasting heartache. Heartache so great that perhaps Mr. Wickwire's eternal soul never departed? Gasp! Clutch your date when you hear a door creak behind you and promptly declare your undying affection. Victorian pet names are not guaranteed.
FOR THE FOODIE: If you mainly answered threes, you are probably a foodie at heart. It's been said the quickest way to someone's heart is through their stomach. If the first ingredient in each of your recipes is love, then you're in the right place. Cortland County is full of places to feed your soul and your face on your next date.
Carvers Steakhouse is a quintessential destination for the traveling foodie. The Chef de Cuisine turns classic comfort foods into unique gourmet dishes. We recommend the Waygu strip steak. Locally raised by Madison Farms in Cazenovia, NY, you'll find it highly marbled and ridiculously tender. Topped with tarragon-infused, housemade bearnaise sauce and paired with a lobster tail, the two of you will feast on a surf and turf that will have you humming with pleasure. Turn up the romance by requesting a table fireside and ordering the molten lave cookie ala mode.
Over the past decade, beer has evolved from dewy cans served at family BBQs to a craft beverage experience. Now microbrews boast tasting notes, locally sourced ingredients, and limited batches. Grab your date and a pint of Real Freak Naughty, a fruited sour from Homer Hops Brewing and catch a live show. Or, head over to McGraw Box Brewing Co. for a pint of their German Pale Ale, Better Together Kolsch and a few rounds of corn hole. If you're feeling particularly clever, join Cortland Beer Co.'s Trivia Night and sip on a pint of Naked Lap Lager.
It's a long-held belief that oysters are an aphrodisiac. Dasher's Corner Pub is the best place to find them in Cortland County. Their blue points oyster are flown if fresh and have a firm, crisp texture with a sweet aftertaste that sparkles with salinity. Don't forget to stop across the street at Sinfully Sweet Cafe for a box of housemade bonbons or chocolate-covered strawberries for after.
FOR THE WILD AT HEART: If you answered mostly fours, you're most likely wild at heart. You have a deep sense of adventure and find impromptu picnics, spontaneous road trips and public displays of affection wildly romantic. When it comes to dates, an ordinary dinner and movie just won't do. Don't worry; Cortland County is filled with romantic adventures just waiting for you.
Profess your love publicly, from under the theater lights, at Center for the Arts of Homer's open mic night every Tuesday. Woo your sweetheart with interpretive dance, passionate prose or a fabulous freestyle. Willingly enduring the potential for public humiliation will only further prove your affection. Or, at the very least, make for some good inside jokes on your next road trip. I double-dog dare you.
Things get wild in the dark. Especially if you're playing a round of black light golf at Shipwrecked Amusements. Newly redesigned, the pirate-themed indoor put-put golf course is scheduled to open in just a few weeks. You and your date can be among the first to swashbuckle the bad guys and swipe the captain's booty. After you've won the treasure (and maybe played a few rounds of ski ball), make your way to Smash Me 607, a local food truck favorite, for some burgers and fries parked under the stars.
There's nothing like getting down and dirty on a date. Waterfall Spas have elevated mud to a whole new level. Slip into your birthday suit for a muddy party for two! Soften and exfoliate your skin while sipping champagne in Waterfall Spa's beautiful couple’s suite. Rinse off in their luxurious shower and then slip into a bath to soak. This beauty ritual comes with two complimentary glasses of champagne and a special gift. We promise you'll never look at mud the same way again.
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