Top 10 Places ... for a first date

May 18. 2018 12:34PM
Hot Glass Art Center/Glassblowing (Facebook: Hot Glass Art Center)

TAKE A HOT GLASS CLASS IN MOULTONBOROUGH
Visit the Hot Glass Art Center, a state-of-the-art glassblowing studio and education center and learn a thing or two about the art of glassblowing. There is something about this kind of art that can bring you closer together. Like clay, glassblowing can be a sensual experience - with the smell of the fire in the furnace, the hands-on experience when the glassblower turns and forms his work, the constant motion of the glass, and the colors and patterns that are added, the delicate handling of something beautiful. Create a bowl or vase, a drinking glass, a paperweight or an ornament.

GO CANVAS CRAZY AT MUSE PAINTBAR IN MANCHESTER
Get in on the canvas craze! This one is not exclusive to NH, but it's really gained popularity in recent years. Visit the paintbar on couple's night or take a peek at their schedule and pick a painting you like. The evening will set you back about $40 without food and drink, but on couples' night you can paint together if you want to get cozy. You might find that true love is all in the technique.

MAKE YOUR OWN BEER OR WINE AT INCREDIBREW IN NASHUA
Make your own booze with ingredients from around the world. IncrediBREW in Nashua has been helping folks make beer in Nashua since 1995, making it the oldest do-it-yourself brewery in The U.S. They have added some interesting options to their original menu of experiences like wine and soda. The only problem with this choice is that you have to come back a second time, so make sure your date has potential.

GO ROLLER SKATING AT GREAT VIEW ROLLER SKATING IN ENFIELD
Roller skating isn’t just a good workout, it provides a chance to go back to your teen years and dress in spandex too. If you can’t laugh at yourself, well, this may not be the date for you, because falling on your behind is half the fun. Besides, there is nothing more romantic than being offered a hand to hold on your “trip” around the rink.

GET COOKING WITH A COUPLES CLASS AT THE CULINARY PLAYGROUND IN DERRY
Couples Night Out classes are designed for fun, hands-on cooking and you might learn a thing or two while you’re there. You'll need a few hours for this one, but it's worth every delectable bite! Expert instructors offer you tips and a chance to try some new foods, techniques and tools in a relaxing atmosphere where students actually make their own meal from start to finish. Then it's time to dine!
Fisher Cats' starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley against Binghampton at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

TAKE IN A NH FISHER CATS GAME AT NORTHEAST DELTA DENTAL STADIUM IN MANCHESTER
If you are a sports fan, a baseball game is a good choice. The team plays in the Eastern League and is the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays major league team. The Fisher Cats not only play good baseball, but at each game there is always something special happening, with giveaways, on-field activities, and theme nights. Fireworks are held on certain nights throughout the summer too. You can’t go wrong with America’s pastime.

Moonlight Meadery (Coutesy: Moonlight Meadery/Facebook)

“TOUR AND POUR” AT MOONLIGHT MEADERY IN LONDONDERRY
With a tagline like "Romance By the Glass," we felt this one was worth a trip, and that tagline? It's the truth. Mead, in case you are unfamiliar with it, is a fermented beverage that is made with honey and water. It's the drink of Shakespeare, who practically invented romance. At Moonlight Meadery you'll find varying flavor experiences from and an extensive awardwinning menu. The creative names of the meads definitely sound like they came out of a thesaurus of love.

HORSEBACK RIDING AT THE CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS IN MOULTONBOROUGH
This beautiful mountaintop estate is the perfect backdrop for a romantic first date. The trail ride itself will take you through the castle’s historic wooded acres, by Shannon Pond, through fields with spectacular views of scenic Lake Winnipesaukee, and some small waterfalls at Shannon Brook. Trail rides take about an hour and are a peaceful and unique way to see the beauty of the Lakes Region. Follow your ride with lunch or dinner at the castle’s Carriage House restaurant.

GO BARNSTORMING
You read that right! Take a flight over Lake Winnipesaukee in a biplane and see the lake like never before. Sure, this one is on the higher end of the budget, but it also ranks as one of the most exciting experiences you can enjoy in the area. You’ll take flight from Laconia Regional Airport in Gilford and your pilot Phil DiVirgilio of Lakes Bi-plane will make take you on a tour in his open air WACO Classic YMF-5 Super biplane built in 1991 to 1930’s specifications. Yes, you’ll be riding in an open air cockpit with the wind blowing in your hair. The scenery is (literally) breathtaking and Phil’s aerobatic moves in the sky might make your stomach flutter, if you don’t already have butterflies from cozying up with your date.
The Gundalow company in 2011 built the Piscataqua using traditional methods and materials. 

GUNDALOW RIDE ALONG THE PISCATAQUA RIVER IN PORTSMOUTH
The Gundalow Company has a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottom gundalow barges that were once common along the Piscataqua River and other nearby waterways. They offer a number of opportunities, Discovery Sail educational cruises and more intimate Sunset Sails. You can even bring a picnic on board. Check out their calendar at www. Gundalow.org and pick the perfect sail for you and your date.


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