So, you found that special girl and you want to take her to a nice quiet spot to get to know her better. A candlelight dinner at a fancy restaurant sounds like a good idea, but, your wallet will not allow it. Is there a great place to take a young lady out without breaking the bank?
Love doesn't have to cost a lot
The classic picnic for two is a dating idea that never goes out of style. After being indoors at work or in school all day, a little fresh air in the cool of the evening can be a welcome change of pace on its own. Add the view from a mountain overlook, a quiet pond, or the beach at sunset and things tend to get interesting. Distract her from the stress of the day as the surrounding plants, birds; other creatures become ice breaker topics, as less stress means more opportunities for friendlier conversation.
Finding a quiet spot
The blanket in the shade of a tree is the subject of many great paintings. But, suppose the guest of honor has a fear of insects? No problem, many parks have unsheltered picnic areas with tables and stationary grills (a plus if you want to show off your culinary skills or make s'mores for dessert). If a shelter hasn't been rented, take a table there, especially if there is the threat of rain. Park benches are often placed in scenic areas and are just large enough for two people and a picnic basket.
Impress her with a picnic with a river view
What to pack? Thanks to personal sized coolers and ice packs, the possibilities are almost endless. Ask her what she likes ahead of time and stop at the grocery store deli. A non-alcoholic sparkling beverage adds a bit of sophistication, but her favorite juice or soda also works. If you are short on prep time, if available, make use of the park's restaurant or food vendors.
Check out the park events calendar for entertainment options including concerts, plays, and festivals. Ranger guided programs may also be available as an interesting and fun addition to your date. A stroll along a trail or paddle on the water is a classic addition to the picnic for two.
She will enjoy the date not so much for the amount of money spent, but by putting thought into the location, atmosphere, and meal, your date will adore a day well spent. If all goes well, the park may be the place where you two will visit frequently as your special place.
Love a Virginia State Park today!
Directions to York River State Park: From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.
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