You know the story: you finally get up the nerve to ask that special person out. Elegant words are lost on you, but you manage to stammer out some kind of invitation... but now what? Sometimes, asking isn't the hardest part of date planning. Here are some good Davis-specific date ideas. If something isn't on here that worked for yourself, or you haven't used yet but you just know it is a great idea, then be sure to add it. Love could always use any help it can get.

Summer / Warm weather

Winter / Cold weather

  • Catch a show at the Mondavi Center. Tickets are half off for students!
  • Navigate the annual Woodland Corn Maze (aka maize maze) in Woodland.
  • Get coffee at one of the many Davis coffee houses downtown and walk through the Arboretum. This may lead to snuggling.
  • Splash in mud puddles
  • Sneak out to Winters (15mi W.) for breakfast at the Putah Creek Cafe - served until noon on weekends.
  • Go Ice skating
  • Jump into a hot tub (either at one of your apartment complexes or sneak into one elsewhere).

Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

Roses at Mengali's Florist. Picture taken by MattJojola. Some guys are slow. So slow in fact, that they need saving at the last minute. If you find yourself in this predicament, it might be a good idea to select a couple of ideas from this list. Doing just one of these things might get you by, but two of 'em should give you plenty of breathing room! And remember... it's not necessarily money, but attention to detail that will really impress the one you love.

  • Check to see if the Mondavi Center has any shows that day! Tickets are half off for students.
  • Coffee, croissant, & a rose for breakfast in bed. Real simple.
  • Pick up a bouquet of arranged flowers from Safeway. Don't just grab a bouquet... have baby's breath, etc. added! Make sure you don't cheap out, because your date knows how much carnations cost.
  • Buy her or him a gift certificate for an deeply nourishing divinely relaxing massage ($49 for students) or amazing hot stone massage at Davis Massage Center- 756-6626.
  • Forgot to make dinner reservations? Surprise your loved one with a homemade dinner. Keep it simple but tasteful to ensure success, e.g. steak, bag salad topped with nuts & pomegranate seeds, fresh asparagus lightly zapped in the microwave & topped with butter, champagne, and just two truffles and a rose for dessert. Make sure you clean the apartment and set the table with napkins, etc. End the evening with a romance-comedy DVD or movies.
  • Call/IM your significant other a couple times during the day, just to let her know you're thinking of her.
  • A Victoria's Secret gift certificate makes a great gift for both of you and ensures that you don't accidentally pick up the wrong size or something raunchy that just makes her or him shudder.
  • Shave and dress up for her or him.
  • Write something — anything from a heartfelt letter of love to a personalized poem, the pen is mightier than... well whatever
  • Make several little love notes and hide them just before your sweetie comes home. Hide the notes in places they're sure to be discovered.
  • Hey, it shouldn't only be guys showing how much they care. Ladies, for ideas how to show who much you appreciate your significant other, check out Aggie columnist Michael Giardina's Valentine's Day column.


Let's be close.

  • Catch a show at the Mondavi Center. Tickets are half off for students.
  • Catch a movie at the commercial theatres in Davis: Signature Stadium 5 and Holiday Cinema 6
  • See what's on at the Varsity Theatre.
  • Go to Campus Cinema or Robotmedia or Alternative Film Club — all are free or extremely cheap
  • Drive over to Sacramento and into one of the last remaining Drive-In Theaters.
  • Bowling or playing pool in the MU Games Area is a good idea especially if you are on Campus. This is quite popular among freshmen.
  • Attend the Second Friday ArtAbout (occurs the 2nd Friday of every month)
  • Go to Rocknasium and get all sweaty with your date :)
  • Take your date to Ciocolat for High Tea. Make sure to make a reservation.
  • Walk through the Farmers Market and pick out fresh food to cook (or microwave it, if you're cookingly-challenged). Then go back to your place and cook it. Adding aphrodisiacs is optional. Or check out the Farmers Market on a Wednesday night and catch some live music.
  • Pick a wine together at Cost Plus World Market — they have descriptions of what's in each wine.
  • Go to rummage sales and see who finds the most random object. You can find a list of rummage sales in The Davis Enterprise. If you're really cheap, go Dumpster Diving.
  • Set up a formal dining situation (think white tablecloth, linen napkins, bubbly cider and wine glasses) somewhere where it's out of place... Like In-N-Out.
  • Spend your hard-earned cash at Upscale Restaurants... or just stop somewhere and split a dessert.
  • Play dinner bingo. Have a drink somewhere, have an appetizer somewhere else on the same street and so on.
  • Skate in the rain, in the cold, in the heat... anywhere, anytime. Try the Death Star at night.
  • Great cheap date: On a Tuesday night, eat a $2 bowl of Tortilla Soup at El Mariachi, have a $1 scoop of ice cream and then go to a $5 movie. Later entertainment will surely be free ;)
  • If you both like to read/look at funky magazines, go to Newsbeat downtown. See who can find the most random picture.
  • Go Geocaching
  • Walk through a pet store and watch and discuss the furry, scaly and wet critters. Or buy a collar and leash if you're into that kind of thing.
  • Go Camping
  • Share a Super Giant Burrito at Taqueria Guadalajara.
  • Sneak onto an Amtrak train. Make love in the rest room while they collect tickets and then sit in the dining car and see how far you can go until they kick you off for not paying.
  • Go play racquetball/basketball/anykind of game at the ARC.
  • Run around town with a camera taking pictures for the wiki!
  • if the two of you are spiritually inclined, go to church or meditate.
  • Rationalize sex as being the only necessary part of the date.
  • Give her/him a marriage proposal :-).
  • Take a yoga class together. Ask the front desk person to set the mood lights, burn up incense or even light up some scented candles. Working up a sweat while seeing how flexible your date is... PRICELESS!!!

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