Wilmette, Romantically: Interesting Local Date Ideas
We've got the Patch picks for some of the most interesting dates in town.
Romance is where you find it. Think back to those crazy high school and college days. Chances are, you didn't have much money then, but some of those romances felt like the biggest events in your life.
Those days may be long over, but there are still plenty of little ways to relive them. A great date is where you find it, and Wilmette has plenty of places romance can be found, as long as you know how to look.
We've put together this round up of some of Wilmette's most interesting spots to rediscover those old butterflies.
The 'make your own pottery' craze is still going strong, and though this is a popular choice for parties and kids, it can still make for a pretty awesome date. Watching your special someone create a work of pottery before your eyes can be a pretty stimulating experience: a piece of art that didn't exist in the world before now exists because of something you did - whoa. At the very least, you can come in, take off your shirt and play Unchained Melody on your phone and time how long it takes the staff to call the cops. The studio fee is $8 plus the cost of the pottery.
Few things are sexier than a partner who can cook. Spend some time wandering the aisles of Convito to find out what each of you knows about cooking. Once you've made your purchases, be sure to go home and cook them up together: it may sound mundane, but there are few things more intimate than two people standing side by side in a kitchen preparing a meal together.
Speaking of cooking, before you buy all that food, perhaps it's a good idea to know what to do with it. There are lots of classes that a couple can take together, but few are more practical than a cooking class. Classes change seasonally, so you two can wait until St. Patrick's Day to learn to make that perfect Irish breakfast, or jump in there immediately and get the inside line on Christmas cookies.
With all this learning and doing and shopping and taking classes, you might want to take the time to just sit back and relax. You can do just that at Homer's Homemade. Not only does this ice cream shop serve up some pretty interesting flavors - Cappuccino Chip with Kona Hawaiian coffee and soft mocha flakes - it also has the benefit of making you look pretty savvy. The ice cream here was voted one of the top ten in the country by Bon Apetit.
It's a little bit cold and windy there right now, but Gillson Park is beautiful anytime of year. Without the green that summer, spring and fall bring Gillson Park in the winter is sparse, but still romantic and just a little melancholy. Walking through the parks almost endless 59.2 acres is a great, quiet little way to get away from it all in the heart of Wilmette. There's something undeniably alien about the lake in winter that makes a cold weather walk here a draw.
So, we've shopped, we've learned, we've walked, we've created - we've done it all. All that's left to do is to have things done to us. The Senses Gift Gallery does exactly that, through their therapeutic massage. Don't be shy, there's nothing weird or untoward going on here: Senses is filled with licensed, dedicated professionals who are trained in advanced techniques to create custom, relaxing massages for you and your partner. A one hour massage is $75.