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Elite singles need elite date venues, and that holds true as much in Houston as it does in Paris, London or New York. The question is, where in Houston should you take a well-educated, sophisticated professional date? Your local bar or Tex-Mex restaurant won’t do, and a Rockets match is out of the question.
No, when you sign up to meet Houston singles with us, you’ll need Houston date ideas that are more distinguished and exceptional. With that in mind, here are some romantic things to do in Houston that will really impress your date and get things off to a flying start.
1. Book a Box at the Opera
It might not be as famous as the Texans, but Houston actually hosts one of America’s finest opera companies. Based at the Wortham Theater Center in the Downtown district, the Houston Grand Opera has a constantly shifting schedule of works covering composers as diverse as Wagner, Verdi and Adams. Nothing communicates sensitivity and class like an evening at the opera, so burnish your cuff links and press your tuxedo, and make a date with the city’s virtuous performers. You can add to the experience by penciling in a dinner date at an up-market eatery nearby. Brenner’s on the Bayou has al fresco rooftop dining and serves some of Houston’s finest steaks.
2. Take a Wine Tasting Session at La Fuente
Wine is something elite singles can really bond over. If you have an intimate knowledge of the world’s finest vintages and want to show what a keen nose you have for wine, La Fuente is the best place to go. You and your date can either join group tasting sessions or arrange private bookings, where you can taste the winery’s own Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay, all grown in Chile and exclusively available to Houston’s connoisseurs. Their Carmenere is exceptional (having won silver award at the 2008 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition). If nothing else, a tasting is a classy way to enjoy a few glasses of wine and discover your new favorite vintage.
3. Watch a Performance by the Alley Theatre
Houston is a great place for lovers of the dramatic arts, which is also good news for professionals who want an impressive date venue. If you want to show off your love of drama, the Alley Theatre is the best place to go. The company has received a prestigious Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and takes its productions on the global drama circuit. However, most of the time, their most talented players are treading the boards in Downtown Houston, performing time honored works by Shakespeare and cutting edge contemporary shows. Book a single show or purchase a couple of season passes, allowing you and your date to repeat the experience whenever a new play opens.
4. Take a Cocktail Cruise on Lake Conroe
Isn’t there something indescribably romantic about clinking cocktail glasses and allowing your eyes to meet on the deck of an old-time steamboat, with the lights of the city glimmering away in the distance? It might sound like something that would happen in New Orleans, but riverboat cruises on Lake Conroe are one of the most romantic things to do in Houston. Every Saturday evening, the Southern Empress weighs anchor and hits the open water of the lake, with cocktail waiters and chefs catering for passengers’ every need and live music making it a truly magical experience. Just book a ticket and head down to Sunset Harbor half an hour before sailing.
5. See the View Across Downtown Houston from the Spindletop Restaurant
Few experiences are as romantic as sharing a sublime view, and the finest views across Houston are to be had from the Spindletop Restaurant. Located at the top of the Hyatt Hotel, the Spindletop gently revolves as you dine, providing a 360 degree vista of the city. The food is almost as enjoyable as the view, with a reputation for gourmet seafood and a commitment to sourcing high-quality local produce. Just check with your date whether they suffer from vertigo as, at 34 floors, the restaurant can be overwhelming for anyone who is sensitive to heights.
6. Wander Outdoors at Houston Arboretum
If you can’t think of romantic things to do in Houston, remember: nature is quintessentially romantic, and always will be! Houston might not be strewn with tulips like Amsterdam or experience a spring bloom as vivid as Savannah, but it does have some wonderful green spaces and gardens to explore. If you agree that reconnecting with nature is a great date idea, suggest you meet your date at the Houston Arboretum on Woodway Drive – you can easily find a secluded spot among the tree-lined trails.
7. Visit Some of Houston’s Florists
Gardens are one romantic possibility, but you can’t go around picking the blooms in Memorial Park. Thankfully, Houston hosts a huge array of florists and flower arrangers, who can supply your date with a gorgeous bouquet to round off an idyllic date. You could head down to Central Market to see the regional blooms cultivated by Cuts of Color or visit Breen’s, consistently rated the number one florist in town. When you see the vivid colors of their carnations and roses, you’ll instantly see why.
8. Tour the Museum of Fine Arts
Flowers, river cruises, theater – they’re all excellent Houston date ideas, but nothing really beats an afternoon contemplating masterpieces from around the world. The Museum of Fine Arts is the perfect place to take a discerning date. You could share the experience of seeing Islamic fine art, pottery from China and Japan, street photography from the 1920s and touring collections from globally renowned French impressionists like Degas. Every week, there is something exceptional for art lovers to savor. If you are stuck for Houston date ideas and can’t think of the ideal venue, always keep the gallery up your sleeve.
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