How many times have you been watching a romantic movie and caught yourself wishing you were the one on screen? Well, there’s no reason you can’t be. We’ve pulled together some ideas from our favorite romantic films to help you create your own movie-inspired dates in the Boston area. Cue the sappy music! Next
Activity: You might not be able to get a piano player to serenade you and your sweetheart with “As Time Goes By,” like Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) in the 1942 classic film “Casablanca.” But you can recreate your own piano lounge setting at Howl at the Moon , where two piano players take to the stage and duel.
Food and drink: No need to travel all the way to North Africa to enjoy a delicious Moroccan meal. Just head to Tangierino in Charlestown , named “Best Romantic Restaurant” by Boston Magazine in 2007, and choose from a mix of traditional and modern North African dishes. Or, head downstairs to Koullshi Lounge for some hookah and belly dancing. Next
Activity: It’s almost impossible to hear the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” without imagining “Baby” (Jennifer Gray) being lifted by Johnny (Patrick Swayze) at the end of the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing.” So for this date, hit the dance floor with your special someone at the Boston Center for Adult Education. The BCAE offers a variety of dance classes to choose from, including samba, tango, ballroom dancing, swing, and more. Prices range from $28-$138. Some classes require several sessions.
Food and drink: Remember the scene where “Baby” is carrying a huge watermelon to the staff party? After an evening of dancing, savor a refreshing watermelon-inspired cocktail at Cambridge’s Cuchi-Cuchi , made with citrus vodka, orange liqueur, and fresh watermelon juice. Next
Activity: It’s hard to choose just one scene to recreate from the 2003 film “Love Actually” since there are so many “aww” moments packed into it. But what’s more romantic than discovering Jaime (Colin Firth) is learning Portuguese so that he can profess his love to Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz), who doesn’t understand English very well? No need to go at it alone, though. For this date, sign up for a variety of beginner language classes at Brookline Community Education Center, and you and your honey can express your love for each other via one of the most popular romance languages. Basic language classes begin at $126 for 8 sessions.
Food and drink: We’re not suggesting you propose to that special someone during this date (unless you really want to) as Jaime does in this classic romantic comedy, but since the couple met in France while Jaime was working on his novel, you can still enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many French restaurants the city has to offer. Next
Activity: Let’s be honest: Noah (Ryan Gosling) knows how to woo a girl. And the 2004 movie “The Notebook” provides one romantic scene after another sure to make any lady swoon. So, we took a page out of Noah’s book and created a day out that’s sure to earn you big points. We can’t guarantee a flock of swans will surround your boat, but you can attempt to recreate the romance Noah and Allie (Rachel McAdams) rekindled as they rowed along the lake by visiting Boating in Boston, which offers row boat rentals beginning at $30 per hour. So grab those oars and enjoy the view along the scenic Charles River.
Food and drink: As Noah’s dad explains, you can eat pancakes any time of the day. So after you’re done working up a sweat while rowing, head to The Friendly Toast In Cambridge for a stack pancakes – served all day long. Pancake variations include traditional, coconut, pumpkin, or the super indulgent Kings Cakes. Next
Activity: Dress up in your finest attire and head to the opera like Edward (Richard Gere) and Vivian (Julia Roberts) in the 1990 romantic comedy “Pretty Woman.” The Boston Lyric Opera features four productions each season, so if you can’t make it to one, there are always a variety of theater or dance productions around the city you can see with that special someone.
Food and drink: Rather than recreate the fancy restaurant scene where Vivian accidently shoots her escargot across the room, exclaiming, “Oops … slippery little suckers,” enjoy a more laid back meal by treating your sweetie to some brunch fare. There are a bunch of fun and quirky brunch options around Boston you can choose from, but we suggest you wear a little more than the bathrobe Vivian dons for her breakfast with Richard in his hotel room. Next
Activity: Hit the ice like Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) in the 2001 movie “Serendipity” by visiting one of Boston’s outdoor ice skating rinks . Whether you’re on a first date (like John and Sara), or have been together for years, grab that special someone’s hand and perhaps you’ll both create your “favorite Boston moment.”
Food and drink: One of the best ways to end a day or evening out ice skating is by grabbing a hot mug of cocoa. Even if you’re not in the mood for a frozen version like Jonathan and Sara, there are a slew of unique hot chocolate options in the Boston area, like Max Brenner’s version , served in a fun hug mug. Next
‘Sleepless in Seattle’
Activity: Who can forget the iconic scene in the 1993 movie “Sleepless in Seattle” when Sam (Tom Hanks) finally meets Annie (Meg Ryan) at the Empire State Building observation deck? Recreate this moment for yourself by visiting the Prudential Center’s Skywalk Observatory for a bird’s eye view of the picturesque Boston skyline. Here, you can learn about the city’s historic and cultural hot spots with the help of an Acoustiguide audio tour, or do your own observing as you cozy up beside that special someone.
Food and drink: Fans of this classic romantic comedy flock to the now-famous Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar to catch a glimpse of the place Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner chatted at the counter. No need to hop on a plane for Seattle to do the same, though. Enjoy the tastes of the sea at one of the city’s many seafood restaurants. Here are six great spots you might want to consider. Next
‘10 Things I Hate About You’
Activity: One of the messiest, and fun, scenes in the 1999 romantic comedy “10 Things I Hate About You” is when Kat (Julia Stiles) and Patrick (Heath Ledger) go paintballing. If you’d like to partake in your own paintball battle with your special someone, Boston Paintball offers several locations outside of Boston for you to do just that. Even if the weather is less than ideal on date day, a few locations offer both indoor and outdoor fields.
Food & drink: When Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tells Patrick some of Kat’s favorite things, he mentions that she likes “Thai food, feminist prose, and angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion.” No need to partake in the “angry girl” music or feminism literature on your date, but you can enjoy a Thai meal. If you don’t already have a favorite spot, consider Thai North in Brighton, which was named “Best Thai Restaurant” by Boston Magazine in 2013. Next
‘When Harry Met Sally’
Activity: There are a slew of classic lines in the 1989 romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally” – including Harry (Billy Crystal) telling Sally (Meg Ryan) that he would “be proud to partake of your Pecan Pie” while at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. So for this date, head to the Museum of Fine Arts to dabble in your artsy side. Every last Wednesday of the month, the museum hosts Winesday at the MFA, where you and your sweetie, with the help of an expert, can learn about and taste a special selection from a featured winery.
Food and drink: No need to recreate the infamous scene where Sally thoroughly enjoys her meal at a local diner. But you can indulge in your favorite diner fare at Mike’s City Diner in Boston while enjoying the company of your special someone. Note: The diner is only open until 3 p.m., so you’ll want to grab a bite to eat before you head to the MFA. Back to the beginning
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