Marriage Mondays | Dallas Date Night Musts

New to Dallas? Old to Dallas? I have a feeling this post is just for you! Hilary and Xavier are sharing some creative date night ideas for your next night out or day with your babe. I personally cannot WAIT to take these suggestions for future dates in Dallas! Hilary and Xavier Cinque are the owners of Shay and Olive Photography and the Lumen Room, a natural light studio. I've followed their Instagram and insta stories long enough to know that they are in the know. I've always loved seeing the new places they're exploring and creative foods they're trying. I'm honored that they are sharing some of their brilliant ideas with us all today, and I hope to see some of you all out on White Rock soon! 

I cannot wait to kayak over to the Arboretum to listen to a concert one Thursday night--so brilliant! 

Dating and marriage! 2 mutually exclusive things...or so it may seem. Going out as a married couple is quite possibly the second most important course of action to maintain a healthy relationship, right behind open and active communication. We believe this because dating is the reason you fell in love with your spouse and it's how you continually fall in love over and over again. We're approaching 3 years of marriage in October, but we've been dating since December of 2006. Yes, we are a cliche high school sweethearts story that's a bit trite, so we'll leave out the flowery details of our 11 year relationship and get right to the point: KEEP DATING! 

We are Dallasites wholeheartedly, born and raised here. We've traveled all over but nothing is ever quite like home. Our city is full of wonderful activities and restaurants, so narrowing our list of best date ideas in Dallas was exceptionally difficult. We hope that you give these a try or that they inspire you and your spouse to keep the flame hot by going out and taking full advantage of what our city has to offer.

1) Kayak/SUP at White Rock Lake:
White Rock Paddle Co rents out paddle boards and kayaks by the hour on White Rock Lake! This is one of our go-to dates in the summer, especially on Thursday nights when you can paddle over to the Arboretum and listen to their lawn concerts from your kayak/board! 

2) Take a cheese class at Scardello:

Scardello's cheese class makes for a perfect date! Every week Scardello hosts a variety of classes at their Oak Lawn location.  You can choose classes that focus on particular regions, types of cheese, etc. or you can start with their Cheese 101 class! Each class comes with a spread of cheeses to taste along with a wine pairing for the class. 

3) Snuggle up for a movie at Landmark Inwood Theater.

This theater has been around since the 40's and it has so much character! Be sure to see a movie that is playing in the "screening lounge" where they've removed all of the theater seats and replaced them with oversized couches and beanbags. Get there early to snag a good couch! After the movie go for a nightcap at the Inwood Lounge upstairs.

4) Bowl a game at Bowlounge:

A game at Bowlounge in the Design District isn't your basic bowling experience! Bowlounge is such a fun spot complete with surprisingly great food, vintage decor, retro video games, weird music videos, and more.

5) Map out a "food crawl" at Trinity Groves.

Trinity Groves has SO many great restaurants in one strip so why pick one?! We like to hop from restaurant to restaurant and share a bite to eat at each place. An order of croquettes at Casa Rubia is a must in our book!

6) Splurge on a staycation at The Joule.

If you're looking for a romantic "getaway" The Joule has it all. The restaurants (CBD Provisions, Mirador, and Americano) are all fantastic! The spa is also wonderful-- If you book a couple's massage be sure to arrive early so you can enjoy the vitality pool and the eucalyptus steam rooms. Make time to visit the rooftop pool, flip through art books at The Taschen Library, and grab a late-night drink at Midnight Rambler, and stop for morning coffee and a rosemary loaf at Weekend.

7) Bike White Rock Lake and enjoy pizza at Cane Rosso

Riding around the lake is the perfect activity to enjoy the warm weather with scenic views. A leisurely ride around the lake is a little less than an hour if you don't count the time spent looking at gorgeous homes or the lake itself.  After a lap, ride down Garland Road for 1/4 mile and pull right into Cane Rosso to enjoy one of Dallas' best pizza spots. The restaurant boasts one of Lakewood's best patios as well.