Keeping your relationship strong and healthy is more important than ever. With restaurants indoor dining closed and no concerts/theater performances, you need to get creative to make sure your relationship is getting the time it needs to flourish…even in a pandemic.
1. Weightless Float Center
My husband and I recently discovered the Weightless Float Center in Louisville and have now been on 2 dates together there. The first was in a sauna for 45 minutes and the second was in a 2 person float tank for 90 minutes. In the sauna we chatted and laughed at the difference in sweat (he’s an athlete and produced buckets of sweat in the first 5 minutes and I am less of an athlete and took 13 minutes in 135 degrees to produce 1 drop of sweat). The float was a sexier experience. You can wear your swimsuit or your birthday suit. You are put in a room alone for 90+ minutes; you shower before and after your float, and in between you just relax and float in 1,000 lbs. of epsom salt water. The first 20-30 minutes you are trying to shut off your brain and get comfortable, but then you zone out. We were silent almost the whole time and my husband thinks he fell asleep for a bit.
cost: we spent $65 for the double sauna & $120 for the double float
address: 600 Distillery Commons, Ste. 150. Louisville, KY, 40206
hours of operation: Wed-Monday: OPEN 8:30AM-10pm (last float at 8:15pm) Tuesday: CLOSED
phone: (502) 567-4111
Check out their website for more information and to book a time. They currently have a HOLIDAY2020 Promo Code for 15% off all packages https://www.weightlessky.com/
2. Festive Light Display
There are a few different pandemic-friendly holiday light displays going on in the month of December. These would make a romantic and festive date night.
Winter Illuminations – 1 mile loop at Beckley Creek Park https://winterilluminationsky.com/ $17.99 per person
Gardens A Glimmer – 30 min walk at Waterfront Botanical Gardens https://waterfrontgardens.org/event/gardens-aglimmer/ $7 per person
Lights Under Louisville – 30 min drive through the Louisville Mega Cavern https://lightsunderlouisville.com/ $29.99 per vehicle
Winter Woods Spectacular – in Iroquois Park benefiting the Louisville Parks Foundation https://www.winterwoodsspectacular.org/ $35 per vehicle
3. Hike & Picnic
Louisville is home to several Olmstead Parks and is a day trip away from Red River Gorge, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Bernheim Forest, and many more opportunities to get on a hiking trail. Dress in layers and fill up your water bottle. Hit a trail and get your nature on.
My husband and I find that hikes are the best time to have in-depth conversations and/or to make big decisions. #foresttherapy Our favorite is to hike through Cherokee Park and then get food delivered to a picnic table at Willow Park. We often just get Chipotle (Postmates will deliver to a park!), but if you want a major upgrade check out Bluegrass Super Club for a gourmet picnic by acclaimed local chefs Damaris Philips & Coby Ming. Trust me, the food is amazing and they will even set you up with a picnic basket, blanket, and pillows (hint hint: someone hire them for a proposal).
4. Heated Patio Cocktails
With restrictions on indoor dining, restaurants are getting creative. 8Up started the trend on their rooftop last year and driving around town I have seen the following restaurants with small “dining bubbles” outside to give diners a unique and protected experience during the pandemic:
There are likely more around town that I haven’t come across!
5. Virtual Performance & Take Out
Make an intentional date to support local arts and restaurants by streaming the Louisville Ballet Nutcracker and ordering take out. You can get take out from any of your favorites, but here is a short list of mine:
Wiltshire Pantry, Bar Vetti, The Fat Lamb, Volare, El Taco Luchador, Chik ‘n and Mi
6. Virtual Cooking Class
Have you ever wanted to learn to cook like a Top Chef? Kentucky’s own Chef Sara Bradley has virtual cooking classes where you can learn her secrets to perfect biscuits, fried chicken, and more. https://www.sarabradley.com/ $35-$70 per class
7. Outside Holiday Movie
Naive is one of my favorite restaurants because I’m always trying to heal myself through food for one alignment or another. My husband and I can both agree on Naive since they have health/allergy conscious items that still taste awesome. They have a very large back yard with heaters and have been projecting holiday favorites on Saturday nights. Bundle up and order some boozy hot cocoa! There is no cost for the movie besides your meal!