Yes, you’re juggling a lot these days: jobs, bills, kids, Netflix addiction. Today’s pace of life can be frenetic, and one-on-one time between couples can get lost in the chaos. But studies suggest date nights between partners are essential to the success of long-term relationships. For the longest time, Forsyth County residents assumed a nice date night required traveling to Atlanta, or at least Alpharetta or Roswell. But there are plenty of ways to spend some special time with your special someone right here. Check out these five idea.
All-in-one movie and dinner
There’s no more classic date night than going out to have dinner and see a movie. But the new CMX CineBistro at Halcyon lets you do it all in one location! The 38,000-square-foot theater features nine screens and comfortable, reclining love seats. Pick your movie and your seat and then order a meal from the chef-driven American Bistro menu.
Get there a little early and enjoy the CMX Stone Sports Bar, which has a wide selection of premium beer and wine as well as signature cocktails surrounded by multiple TV screens to watch various sporting events.
More info: cmxcinemas.com
You may think you have to go elsewhere to see live music. Well, you’d be wrong! There are plenty of local music venues in Forsyth County, starting with Rosati’s and Wild Wing Cafe. Rosati’s hosts local bands on Fridays and Saturdays, while Wild Wing Cafe offers live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. But they’re not alone. Halcyon has live music every Saturday afternoon. Good ol’ Days Bar and Grill always has a steady stream of live music as well as regular open mics. Ponce de Leon Music Center frequently hosts open mics and the occasional event.
Chuck an ax
Let’s say things are a little tense around the house these days between kids, bills and jobs. Get some of that tension out by throwing axes! Big Bear Axe Throwing, part of the Xtreme Indoors complex at Country Folks Superstore at 2730 Spot Road, is North Georgia’s first ax-throwing facility.
There are four throwing lanes, and each is monitored by an “ax master” for your safety. Lanes are $25 per person per hour, or book their “Big Bear Date Night” rate: $49 for two people, which includes $20 towards Dickey’s Barbecue Pit next door.
More info: bigbearaxe.com
Geaux for a bike ride
Couples that bike together stay together! Seriously, one of the best ways for couples to improve their relationship is to be active together, and Forsyth County is THE healthiest county in the country with services like Geaux Bikes, a local pay-per-use bikeshare company. Bikes can be rented for $5 an hour, and all arrangements can be made from a smartphone app called BLOOM, which also provides a map, current speed and other information once the ride starts. The bikes even come with mounts for phones on the handlebars. The first location is at Fowler Park by the main trailhead entrance to the Big Creek Greenway. A second location is planned for Halcyon, which will eventually connect with the Greenway.
More info: geauxbikeshare.com
If you need to get a new perspective on things, get a look at North Georgia like you’ve never seen before. Balloons Over Georgia is the largest hot air balloon ride company in the state and based in Forsyth County, but there’s no telling exactly what amazing views you’ll get to see: Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, the Atlanta skyline or the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountain ranges.
This article appears in the December issue of 400 Life.