Why Date Your Mate?
“Date nights improve marriages, according to common sense and a comprehensive, quantitative study conducted by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. The study showed improvements for married couples who go on frequent dates across categories such as happiness, commitment, communication, parenthood stability, and community integration. The evidence also showed that married couples who devote time together at least once a week not only have lower divorce rates, but also increase the perceived quality of their marriage. That is enough evidence to start dating your spouse more!” (Gerald Zingraf, Why Dating is Important in Marriage)
Date Night Ideas
Have a meal together
We asked you to share your favorite date night restaurant… RESULTS ARE IN!
Top 10 Favorite Date Night Restuarant
1. Annie Gunn’s
“We got a private booth room with door for just the 2 of us. I felt special.”
2. Cooper’s Hawk
“The food is delicious. I’ve never had a bad meal. Their menu and wine list are regularly updated, so we are able to find fun new things to try. The customer service is phenomenal which is why we keep going back. Every person on the wait staff, the hosts/ hostesses, chefs, wine bar staff members – ALL of them carry themselves in such a genuinely happy way. They make you feel like they really are pleased to help you pick out a wine or answer a question. It’s as if they are enjoying the evening as much as you are, and it makes such a difference in the overall experience. I highly recommend them!”
3. The Tavern
“The food and beverages are awesome!”
“Good lighting. Good wine list by the glass. Good food.”
4. Capital Grille
“Great food as well as atmosphere.”
6. Tony’s on Main Street St. Charles
“Amazing food, great service, consistent.”
7. I Fratellini
“Amazing service and food; very intimate setting”
“It is a quaint family owned restaurant that offers healthy, amazing food. The menu changes weekly. Food and service consistently outstanding.”
10. Paul Manno’s
Bonus Pick: Prasino’s
Take A Walk
Get outside! There are trails EVERYWHERE. A quick google search will give you a plethora of ideas. Don’t want to try a hiking trail or a park? Take a walk at the Botanical Gardens or in the art museum.
Go To A Coffee House
When is the last time you sat across the table from your spouse, no distractions, and just talked? Sit down, take a deep breath, and look your mate in the eyes. Intentionally connecting with your spouse is important.
Need to jump start the conversation? 40 Date Night Questions For Your Spouse
Not sure where to go? Check out Riverfront Time’s
Or Trip Advisor’s The 10 Best Cafes in St. Charles
Go To An Arcade / PLAY
It’s not just for kids! Believe it or not, there are arcades in the area that cater to adults. Places like Westport Social (classic bar and gaming lounge) is a great place for a date (maybe even a double date).
Games aren’t your thing? Go to the City Museum. They are open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays which gives you plenty of play time!
Volunteer Somewhere Together
Sometimes you just need to experience something different together. Find something you’re both passionate about, and let it lead you to a great volunteer opportunity.
Take A Class -Pottery, Dance, Poetry, Cooking, Horticulture…
The possibilities are limitless! Choose a class that fits your availability. Classes vary from a day commitment to once a week over a period of time. Community colleges, Gyms, Dance Studios, even places like Dierbergs -you’ll be surprised by the options all around you!
Use your imagination. Create your own opportunities. Be intentional. Make some smile memories.
Still not convinced? Needing even more reasons to date your mate? Being in a loving relationship makes you younger!
Want a special glow before you go, schedule a facial? Need to know what to do at home to keep your beautiful glow? Tricks To Keep Your Skin Looking Its Best
-Stacy is a mom, Family Educator, Life Coach, and the Office Manager at Elemental Esthetics in St Louis, MO
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