Great Dates in Rutherford County
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you’re probably frantically making plans to sweep your significant other off his or her feet or impress a new object of your affection. Out of ideas? We’ve got a few that will work for any date night, not just at Valentine’s, some more traditional than others.
A Cooking Class
Mother-daughter duo Helena and Rachel Spensatelli have been keeping Murfreesboro residents fed since 2014 when they opened the Curious Kitchen cooking school and café in West Northfield. The chefs have been cooking together since Rachel was a child, but after finishing her journalism degree in California, she decided she wanted to follow her mother out to Murfreesboro and start her own food enterprise. The result is an intimate, light-filled kitchen that hosts up to 15 cooking classes a month, in addition to summer cooking camps for kids and weekday lunches for hungry patrons. The Curious Kitchen offers everything from Thai-themed evenings to Dim Sum, Italian to sushi-rolling. The cooking portion of the class typically runs two hours, then students sit down together to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
A Spa Day
One of Murfreesboro’s original day spas, the Nurture Nook occupies a charming turn-of-the-century home just a few blocks off the downtown square. Open Monday through Saturday by appointment, the spa provides a bevy of services ranging from heat hydrotherapy to rose mud body wraps in its handful of treatment rooms. For those who want the ultimate bonding experience, the spa offers a Couples Supreme package, which includes same-room massages, foot scrub, back smoothie and refreshments. Don’t have time to make an appointment before a special occasion? The Nurture Nook sells gift certificates as well as numerous wellness products out of its well-stocked gift shop. In warmer months, be sure to take advantage of the well-manicured “Insparation Garden” out back.
A Dance Workshop
Is there anything more romantic than a partner who can two-step with the best of them? Dance Murfreesboro plays host to group classes and private lessons of all styles, so whether you’re looking to learn the cha-cha, fine-tune your tango or brush up on your line-dancing skills, this studio has an option for you and your partner to practice together in a casual, fun atmosphere.
An Afternoon of Volunteering
For the philanthropist at heart, there’s no more fulfilling moment than helping others. Rife in volunteer opportunities, Nourish Food Bank provides food to more than 400 low-income families across Rutherford County each month while Second Harvest Food Bank is always looking for assistance evaluating, sorting, and packing food donations; helping out on family nights; or working on partner farms. For more ideas of ways to give back, check out Volunteer Rutherford, which also has a current needs page outlining causes with time-sensitive volunteer needs.
A Fancy Dinner for Two
If you’re more of a classic romantic when it comes to date night, you’re likely looking for a fine-dining experience that’s bound to woo your partner. Newcomer Dallas & Jane is one of Murfreesboro’s most elevated restaurants, and it’s in an unassuming, unexpected spot, too: Don’t let the strip mall location fool you; Dallas & Jane means business with its artfully plated dishes that highlight fresh, local ingredients and perfectly executed cocktails. The menu changes seasonally, so be prepared to tuck in for a culinary adventure—and arrive hungry, too. On the flip side, Five Senses is one of the city’s more seasoned dining icons, having been a Rutherford County staple since opening 15 years ago. With a focus on fresh seafood, meat and produce from nearby farms and seasonal cocktails, Five Senses is packed most nights of the week, but in particular every Monday evening for date night when pairs of diners can order an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert for the bargain price of $60. Don’t feel like settling in for a full meal? Five Senses has a roomy bar that’s first-come, first-served.