9 Romantic Date Night Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is only a few days away, so if you want to do something memorable for someone special, you'd better get to planning. A central part of those romantic plans should include dinner for two at JB Hook's. Dining at your favorite lake view restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is always a guaranteed hit and it still leaves plenty of time to surprise your sweetheart with more romance throughout the evening.

Just in case you need a little help coming up with something to do in addition to making a dinner reservation at JB Hook's, we've got a list of 9 terrific ideas you might enjoy.

Plan a Surprise
In this case, you just let your date know a time you will pick them up and what to wear. You can make it more exciting by "kidnapping" them from work early. Just let the boss or coworkers know what's up so that it's not a problem.

A scavenger hunt is another fun idea to lead your sweetheart to the surprise date. Leave a few clues lying around about the night's plans, possibly with a small treat at each stop like a piece of candy or a single rose. The suspense of getting to the final clue makes this idea very entertaining.   

Offer a Date Menu
If your significant other isn't terribly fond of surprises, come up with a few different date night ideas that you know they would enjoy. Include a couple of things that you know they love, even if you don't. Set it in "courses" and ask them to pick an item in each category. This way they get to help plan the evening so there are no big surprises, but they don't have to put much thought into it. You already did that for them.

Recreate Your 1st Date
Nostalgia is romantic, so recreating aspects from your first date or the first time that the two of you met can be a wonderful Valentine's Day idea. If you met in town, visit the same places or if you met someplace else, visit similar places available near you. Create a playlist of songs from the time period. You could even go as far as meeting there instead of going together to make it even more like the first time.

Have a Staycation
You don't need a big, extravagant getaway to add some romance to your holiday. The Lake of the Ozarks is a popular vacation destination already, so reserve a room for the night at a fancy hotel or resort and have a "staycation" right in your own town. You could book some spa services, simply lay around the indoor pool, and use the hotel's shuttle to bring you to JB Hook's for dinner and pick you up when you're done. Relax and enjoy!

Renew Your Vows
For the married couples, Bridal Cave offers free wedding vow renewals every year around Valentine's Day. Not only do you get to repeat all of the promises that you made to each other on your wedding day, but they always give away lots of fun, free goodies to everyone that participates including lifetime passes for the cave tour.

This year it is happening on Sunday, February 10, 2019, from 9 am-4 pm. Start your Valentine's "week" with that, then do something special for each other every day until your dinner at JB Hook's on Valentine's Day Thursday!

Create Something Together
If you are a crafty couple, plan a date where you can make something together. You might be able to find a cooking class to attend or a wine and paint night where you end up with art to display in your home afterward. If you are having trouble finding a class to fit your schedule, use YouTube to look up a tutorial and get crafty together at home.

Try Something New
Plan a night out where you try something both of you has never done before. It could be as simple as trying a new cocktail or type of wine with your dinner or maybe start the meal with dessert before the main course. You could get a bit more adventurous and sing karaoke together, take a tour of a winery or distillery you haven't been to yet, or sign up for a dance class. A new adventure can be very romantic.   

Play Games
For the couple that likes a little healthy competition, go out before or after dinner and play some pool, darts, or foosball or look for a place with classic arcade games. You could also break out the playing cards or a few board games back at home. 

Plan a Romantic Future
We aren't talking about a proposal in this case (although we have seen some incredibly romantic proposals happen right here at JB Hook's over the years!) Gift your date with a calendar of future date nights and a few ideas of fun ways to spend each one. This will show that you are willing to keep the romance going throughout the year, not just on Valentine's Day!

All of the date night ideas above can easily be planned to coincide with a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at JB Hook's. Special evenings like this holiday book up quickly, so the earlier you make your reservation, the better chance you have of getting the time you prefer. You can make a reservation online through our website or call the restaurant at 573-365-3255.

Especially for Valentine's Day, we are offering an incredibly delicious dinner for two. This includes:

  • Steak & Lobster Dinner for 2
  • A rose for the lady
  • A Chocolate-Covered Strawberry for each guest to complete the dining experience

Be sure to snap a photo of your romantic evening at our fine dining restaurant at the Lake of the Ozark while you are here. That can be entered into our February Facebook contest for a $100 JB Hook's gift card. Share the photo on our Facebook page with the hashtag #JBHooksRomance and you are automatically entered. If you're the winner, you can have another romantic evening at JB Hook's, this time on us!

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  1. try some thing new i such a nice idea for me thanks for such a awesome blog i always try to impress to my guy but i failed i hope next year i succeed on it because he always makes me happy and i want to make him happy also

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