67 Great Dates
Are you trying to make a great first impression? Rekindling the flame with your betrothed? Help has arrived, as Matt Amis has done the work for you.
By Matt Amis Published April 12, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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Romance in Dewey Beach needn’t involve watered-down beer and sweaty dancing. Ponos Hawaiian Fine Dining (1306 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-3119) offers high-end island cuisine (such as the signature seared opakapaka) and unmatched ambience, which re-creates the starry sky of a Hawaiian rainforest.
What is more romantic than Pre-Raphaelite art (and the saucy stories behind it)? Spend a day lost inside the Delaware Art Museum (2301 Kentmere Pky., Wilmington, 571-9590), where escaping into the past or a Howard Pyle adventure scene can transport you both to a different world. Once back to reality, shop for prints and gifts at the museum store, one of the best of its kind in the area.
Swoon over Schoonover at the Biggs Museum of American Art (406 Federal St., Dover, 674-2111). The museum, in the heart of Legislative Mall, has intimate galleries that afford a closeness to the displays that you can’t get anywhere else. Same goes for the museum’s prized collections of Delaware Valley furniture and silver.
Forward-thinking, community-minded Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, 656-6466) has exhibits that challenge the mind and inspire the heart. Look for works by an exciting cross-section of artists at DCCA’s Members’ Juried Exhibition this summer.
Take part in the 22-year tradition known as Art on the Town (576-2100), the free, self-guided tour of art galleries, studios, museums and alternative art houses around Wilmington. More than 30 destinations, ranging from jewelry studios to interactive exhibits, make up the expansive loop. Hit up five venues and get a free drink at the after-party. This month’s loop—always held on the first Friday of the month—is scheduled for May 7.
Consider art as a destination with Mosaic (www.mosaicrehoboth.com), a collective of diverse Rehoboth Beach galleries that together host receptions on the second Saturday of every month. Revered galleries like Heidi Lowe Jewelry Studio and the Philip Morton Gallery are tied into the loop.
Blue Ball Barn (1914 W. Park Dr., Wilmington, 577-1164) is a vibrant yet historic former dairy barn that’s been transformed into a showcase for outstanding Delaware folk art, from sculpture to tapestry to outsider art. When you’ve had your fill, stroll among wildflowers on the Northern Delaware Greenway paths that dip into beautiful Alapocas Woods, where you can sneak a kiss in seclusion.
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