Date Night: Eight Ideas for Your Next Night Out

Tired of dinner and a movie? Break the Date Night mold with these eight unique date night ideas that are sure to blow (both) your socks off. Whether you’re venturing out on a first date, or want to treat your long-time partner to an absolutely unforgettable night out, you’re sure to find an activity on our list that will ignite a spark in your relationship.

The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep in Whitewater is sure to put a fresh and inspired spin on your next dinner date! Chef Tyler’s experimental style and adventurous dishes will leave your tastebuds begging for more. The Black Sheep’s farm-to-table menu is constantly changing with the seasons and each dish is made from scratch to order.  July’s menu features handmade pasta dishes, strawberry pepper jelly chicken, and summer salmon and grits. Be sure to sip on a signature cocktail or the OFOTM (Old Fashioned of the Month) to quench your thirst.  Do date night a bit differently at The Black Sheep.

Lake Geneva Balloon Company

Surprise your date with a sunrise hot air balloon ride with the Lake Geneva Balloon Company. Glide over the Geneva Lakes area and take in the stunning sights from a bird’s eye view. Not a morning person? No worries, they also have flights 2.5 hours before sunset. Each one-hour flight ends with a delightful champagne toast making this an adventurous, yet romantic, date idea.

Wine Tasting and Weekend Getaway

Maybe you want to extend your date night into a weekend getaway? Relax lakeside in the peace and luxury of the French Country Inn. Arrive Thursday evening and indulge in a sunset wine tasting with sommelier Joshua Sutter.  Book your stay today at

Movies Under the Stars

Pack your picnic blankets and must have movie snacks, and enjoy a movie date at Movies Under the Stars on Fontana Beach. Catch a free movie Friday July 24th or Friday August 7th on the shores of beautiful Fontana on Lake Geneva.  Snuggle up with your sweetie under the stars and enjoy the show.

Ghost Walks

If you and your sweetheart are interested in the supernatural, consider a Lake Geneva Ghost Walk for your next date night. Learn about colorful characters, haunted mansions, vengeful spirits, monsters, and more! Discover the bone chilling haunted history of Lake Geneva with a walking tour of Downtown and a few of the famed mansions along the lakeshore.  Space is limited, so reserve your tour today by visiting their website.

Dinner on the Rails

Enjoy dinner on the rails as you embark on an East Troy Electric Railroad signature Dinner Train. Enjoy a delicious dinner on a historic train as it makes a leisurely trip to Phantom Lake, pauses on the shoreline, and then heads to Indianhead Park. Savor a sweet dessert and after dinner drinks on the return trip. Seating on Dinner Trains is limited and reservations are required. This unconventional restaurant  will certainly be a date night to remember. Get your ticket to ride by visiting

Tristan Crist Magic Theatre

Add a little magic to your date night with tickets to Tristan Crist Magic Theatre. Illusionist Tristan Crist promises to deliver an incredible evening of laughs, jaw-dropping illusions and gut-wrenching escapes! There is no doubt that this magical evening will leave you and your date mystified by the performance and wanting to come back for more! See why it was voted #1 Lake Geneva Attraction by Trip Advisor.  Get your tickets before they disappear:

Sunset Lake Cruise

Whether you’ve lived in the area for years or are just visiting for date night, admire the beauty of Delavan Lake (and your date of course) aboard the Lake Lawn Queen Sunset Tour.  Savor a rich sunset and take in the views of Delavan Lake’s shoreline from the best seat in the house aboard our 76-foot, two-level Lake Lawn Queen. This two-hour, narrated sunset cruise is the perfect beginning to a special night and includes two drinks.  Bon voyage!


Let us know where your next date night will be in the comments below.  As always, for more ideas and information visit  Once you take your first peek, you’ll be ready to plan your next adventure to Walworth County.  

Date Night In: Coupled and Cooped In

This one is for all you lovebirds out there.  Just because we’re staying at home and practicing our social distancing doesn’t mean date night has to be cancelled.   With so many changes to our economic and social landscape, it may be a challenge to focus on one another in this difficult time.  But with these simple ideas, you too can take a break from the world and enjoy a romantic evening together.

Candlelit Dinner For Two: IMG_1442-2258363913-O1.jpgNeed a few recommendations for a romantic dinner? We suggest picking up a delicious meal from Chef Tyler at The Black Sheep in Whitewater or The Baker House in Lake Geneva.  And wait what about the candlelight? No date would be complete without the romantic ambiance we all love.  Set the mood for your special night in by ordering custom candles from the Candle Mercantile.

Just ME-N-U Cooking: Nothing brings two people together than whipping something up in the kitchen.  If you’re stumped on what recipe to choose, check out some of our favorite dishes perfect for humble beginners and pro-chefs alike here.

Sunset Spirits: download.jpgAfter a long day of working and learning from home, decompress with  There is a nice drink and your sweetheart while watching the sun go down.  Pick up a bottle of wine or a craft spirit from The Bottle Shop.  If you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and test your mixology skills and shake up the aptly named “Quarantini”.

Paint and Sip: Nothing says love like getting creative with an at home paint and sip party.  Pick up both your wine and your painting supplies from Studio Winery.  Choose from a variety of paint-by-numbers designs or put a Walworth County twist on the night by filling in a Delavan Walldog Mural coloring sheet.  Don’t forget to swing by Staller Estate Winery to pick up a charcuterie tray to snack on!

Lights, Camera, Walworth County: netflix-movies-expiring-jan-2014-800x533.jpgPop some popcorn and snuggle in while enjoying a move that was filmed right here in out backyard! Enjoy flicks featuring Walworth County including:

  • The Last Great Ride (2001) – Amazon Prime
  • Chain Reaction (1996) – Amazon Prime
  • Damien: Omen II (1978) – Hulu
  • Beast of Bray Road (2005) – Amazon Prime
  • Uncle Buck (1989) – Hulu and Amazon Prime

Plan the Ultimate Vacay: Dreaming of your next big vacation? Escape reality and take some time to plan out your ultimate dream vacation.   Be it an international excursion or a weekend getaway, get excited about what you might do when this all passes.

Date night in doesn’t have to be blah and boring.  With these suggestions, you can spice up the romance and enjoy a night in with your special someone


Ice Skating in Walworth County

ice-skating-3002574_1920Ice has created many magical experiences for the Lake Geneva area this winter. In January, we were fortunate enough to welcome Ice Castles to the Riveria Beach in Lake Geneva. This magical outdoor experience, no doubt, has given guests a new appreciation of the beauty and wonderment of ice.

However, nothing beats the classic winter tradition of lacing up a pair of skates and taking to the ice. Whether it’s skating arm-in-arm with a loved one or teaching your kids to skate for the first time, nothing compares to the wintry magical feeling of gliding across the ice.

Bring your own skates to any of these Walworth County rinks. Rentals are available where noted:


Lake Lawn Resort | 2400 E. Geneva Street
Rentals available at front desk; $5 per hour

East Troy

Adjacent to the East Troy Public Library | 3094 Graydon Avenue


Courthouse Square (Veterans Park) | 100 W. Walworth Avenue


The Abbey Resort | 269 Fontana Boulevard
Rentals available at front desk; $2/pair

Reid Park | Lake Street

Lake Geneva

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | 7036 Grand Geneva Way
Rentals available at the ski shop; $10/pair

Flat Iron Park | 201 Wrigley Drive
Rentals available through Clear Water Outdoor;  Free for used, $5 for new

The Ridge Hotel | W4240 Hwy. 50
Rentals available at front desk; $8/pair


Rotary Park | Casey Lane



For more winter activities check out our “Winter Fun” section in Things to Do at