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Hit the Road

Posted: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

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Front Row Seat

For romance with a side dish of nostalgia, spend an evening at the drive-in movie. Just down the road in Shelby at the Sunset Drive-In, snuggle up to your special someone in the front seat and enjoy a new hit. This summer-loving spot is open seasonally on weekends from spring through fall, so check their website for showtimes.

Vine and Dine

Just up I-77 in the Yadkin Valley you and your date will find rolling hills and picturesque vineyards perfect for a Saturday spend hand-in-hand strolling and sipping. Make Shelton Vineyards outside of Mt. Airy your first stop. Its Harvest Grill is a perfect way to sample the local grapes alongside wine-friendly dishes like an artisan cheese board or an herb roasted salmon. From there, begin your return south with a trip to Raffaldini Vineyards, a charming Italian-style winery on hill offering stunning views of the surrounding valley. For a true taste of North Carolina though, make your final stop at Laurel Gray Vineyards where a cozy tasting room off the side of a barn greets you with French blends and local fare.

Take the High Road

Whether you’re looking to see things from a new perspective or just want to create the ultimate romantic moment, hot air balloon rides may be the best way to stir up some mid-air romance. With Balloons Over Charlotte you’ll drift along in a gentle breeze over Lake Norman and the surrounding areas, soaking in the spectacular views in the quiet seclusion of your brightly colored balloon. Opt for the sunset flight (offered in May, June, September, and October) and watch it sink as you rise into the sky. Balloon rides are $185 per person.

Set Sail

If there’s anything more romantic than a moonlight sail under a starry sky, we’re not aware of it. With Lake Norman Charter Boats you can glide across the water in a customized three-hour, after-dark sail on their 41-foot Classic Bristol Caribbean Sloop manned by their expert captain and first mate ($300). Bring along a bottle of wine and the scene for this date sets itself.

Do Look Down

Go above and beyond on your next date with a local helicopter tour over Charlotte hosted by Thrillant Adventure Sports. The rides take off from Waxhaw or Gastonia and flies over uptown, hovering near interesting sites. Prefer a sunset voyage? Hoping to see the skyline after dark? With this company you pick the time to soak in the city. Prices start at $399 for a 30-minute ride for two complete with a champagne toast.

More date ideas? Up next: Get your heart racing!

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