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This page was created as an index of great places to go on a date. Mainly, this page is serving as an index for Sam Odio. He currently lives in Charlottesville, VA and so most of these places will be within a few hours of Central VA.

The view from the top of the humpback rock trail.


These are dates that aren't specific to one area.

Picking Fruit

  • Description: There are several orchards and berry farms in the area that let you pick your own fruit, and what could be more romantic than feeding your date strawberries fresh off the… vine?
  • Price: Often free
  • Location: Visit http://www.pickyourown.org/statelist.htm#statelist to find an orchard near you.

Swimming Hole


VA is my homestate - so I'm most familiar with it, and most of the places I upload will be here or in Wash, DC --Sam Odio 19:02, 18 July 2006 (EDT)



Hiking on Humpback Rock

  • Description: Humpback rock is a great hike in the Shenandoah. It's a pretty easy hike, about 1 mile, with one of the best views in Virginia at the top. Great place for a romantic picnic. Check out pictures of the hike on flickr.
  • Price: Free
  • Location: On the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 5 miles SOUTH of the intersection w/ 64. Follow the signs.
  • More info: http://www.charlottesvilletourism.org/php-bin/resource.php?id=332

Hiking & a Picnic at Great Falls park

  • Description: An OK place to go hiking. The girlfriend liked it - so that's good for me.
  • Price: Free
  • Location: In Great Falls, VA.
  • More info: http://www.nps.gov/grfa/

Unguided Horseback Trail Rides

  • Description: Greenway stables is one of the last places in Northern VA that offers unguided trail rides. Explore anywhere on their 50+ acre farm. Call ahead first, be prepared to give them information about both of your experience levels, and desired saddle (probably western, if you're a beginner).
  • Price: ~30/hr per horse
  • Location: 24397 Racefield Rd, Aldie, VA 20105-2459.
  • Phone: 703-327-6117

James River Tubing

  • Description: Tubing on the james river is a great relaxing activity. If you can, invite your friends (party's of 6+ are a blast). You basically spend 4 hours on an inner tube, just chilling as you travel down the James River. Although they don't allow it, if you want to try sneaking alcohol onto the tubes - I would recommend it ;)
  • Price: ~$17 / person
  • Location: 20 minutes from Charlottesville on the James River in Scottsville, VA. Directions and James River Runner directions
  • Phone: Reeling and Rafting: 434-286-4FUN and James River Runners: (434) 286-2338
  • More info: http://www.reelingandrafting.com/tubing.htm or http://www.jamesriver.com/

South Fork Rivanna River Reservoir

  • Description: The only place you can go Kayaking / Canoeing in Charlottesville. It's a pretty big lake, very scenic.
  • Price: Free, bring your own kayak / boat
  • Location: Too hard to explain, near the Ivy Creek Natural Area. I'll give better directions later.

Ivy Creek Natural Area

  • Description: Some of the best walking trails in Charlottesville. The area borders the only large lake in town. Great for a Picnic. Trailmap here. It's about a 15 min drive from downtown Charlottesville. Unfortunately, no pets, bikes or jogging allowed.
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Get directions here.
  • More info: http://ivycreekfoundation.org/ICNA.html

Kings Dominion / Six Flags

  • Description: Not exactly "off the beaten path," but fun nonetheless. Has more rollercoasters and a larger water park than Busch Gardens.
  • Price: ~$30 per person (I was able to get a season pass at Six Flags for $15 after buying a ticket)
  • Location: It's near Richmond, VA - 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047. Directions here. (Six flags is actually in Maryland - but within driving distance from VA)
  • More info: http://www2.paramountparks.com/kingsdominion/ or http://www.sixflags.com/national/index.aspx
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White Water Rafting on the James River

  • Description: Ok, this is definitely a group thing - don't try this . But it would be great for ~3 couples that are good friends and love taking risks. You start out on the lower james river (class 1-4 rapids) and end up in downtown Richmond. A great finish: grab dinner at a nice outdoor restaurant.
  • Price: ~$50 per person
  • 'Location: In richmond, specific location depends on your trip. Contact them for details. http://www.riversideoutfitters.net/

Wine Tasting at Prince Michel

  • Description: Wine tasting is always fun, and its free (though you usually end up buying wine). This particular place is supposed to have free wifi.
  • Price: Free, plus cost of any wine you buy
  • Location: On Rt. 29, about 50 mins north of Charlottesville. Directions here.
  • More info: http://www.princemichel.com/

Other Wine Events in Virginia

Gravelly Point

Blue Hole near Charlottesville, VA

  • Description: A nice watering hole outside of Crozet. I'm not sure what I think about this as a date, it's fun but the water's a little murky. I'm adding this here because there isn't a lot of information about where the place is. Flickr photos / Youtube video.
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Near Sugar Hollow Reservoir. You'll want to follow to the reservoir and to a parking spot shortly past the reservoir and near the end of the road. You'll need to walk through a river and up an embankment to get to the trail. Follow the trail about 20-30 minutes, Blue Hole is on the right. You know you're getting there when you forge a second river and pass an old chimney on the left. Google maps from cville

Washington, DC

Jack's Boat House.

Kayaking on the Potomac

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  • Description: Jack's boat house is probably one of the "best kept secrets" of Washington, DC. The place is a little shack on the bank of the Potomac river, right under the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown. They've been renting out Kayaks since 1945. If you (or your date) likes the outdoors, DEFINITELY take them here. And if you're not the outdoorsy type, their website claims that they have free wifi.
  • Price: For a two person Kayak; $15 for 1 hr, $25 for 2, $35 for for all day.
  • Location: 3500 K St. NW, Washington, DC (Directly beneath the Key Bridge).
  • Phone: 202-337-9642
  • More info: http://www.jacksboathouse.com/

Touring Wash, DC on a Segway

  • Description: If you're going to take one of those typical city tours, at least do it on a Segway. What is a Segway tour? click here.
  • Price: $70 for a 4 hour tour. They offer one in the morning and one at night
  • Location: All tours meet in the upper courtyard of Willard Hotel at 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Phone: 202-349-4060
  • More info: http://www.citysegwaytours.com/washington/segway-tour/index.shtml

Inline road skating

  • Description: Kind of dorky, but hey it might be fun. Free lessons every Saturday at Noon. If you already know how to skate, take the friday night beginner skate around the DC monuments @ 7 PM.
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Rock Creek Park, Beach Drive, parking lot 6. Details directions for the lessons at the bottom of this page. The Friday night beginner skate meets in front of the white house.
  • Phone: 202-249-2228 or email them at SkateWithUs@gmail.com.
  • More info: http://www.skatedc.org/index.html


A visitor during breakfast on Nepenthe's patio

Mushroom Dome Cabin

Nightlife from California Acadamey of Sciences


  • Description: Close to Big Sur. You eat outside on a patio... fantastic views of the California coast.
  • Price: About $15 for breakfast.
  • Location: South from SanFran on Route 1
  • Phone: (831) 667-2345
  • More info: http://www.nepenthebigsur.com/

Random camping spot

  • Description: I need a photo of this.
  • Price: Free
  • Location: About 2 hrs south of Mountain View on Route 1 on the right.
  • Phone: N/A
  • More info: N/A
View from the Carnelian Room

Brunch at the Carnelian Room (San Francisco)

Now closed.

  • Description: One of the discovered gems of the city. The Carnelian room is normally a bankers club, but opens up to the public on Sundays for brunch. It was the most memorable meal I've had... ever. $59 per person isn't cheap, but it's a bargain for the best view in the city. The place is a little stuffy - the dress code is strictly enforced. Men: Wear a jacket. Forget about shorts.
  • Price: $59 per person.
  • Location: 52nd floor of the Bank of America Tower
  • Phone: (415) 433-7500
  • More info: http://carnelianroom.com/

Drinks at The View

  • Description: This is located on the top of the Marriott on 4th street. The view is almost as good as the Carnelian Room. Great if you can get here for Sunset. Also good for dates from out of town.
  • Price: $30
  • Location: 4th & Mission, SF
  • Phone:
  • More info: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-view-san-francisco-2

BBQ on the Beach (San Francisco)

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Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco)

  • Description: Blech...pretty stereotypical.
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Learn to sail @ Shoreline (Mountain View)

  • Description: Take two $195 2-day lessons, and you'll become a "certified" small-boat sailor. After you've taken your first lesson, you can rent a boat for a much more affordable $20 / hour. You can take your non-certified girlfriend (and up to 2 others) with you when you rent. Usually, 3 hours on the lake is enough for a date.
  • Price: Rentals are $20 / hr or $50 for a 1/2 day. You get a free extra hour if you've recently taken a lesson there.
  • Location: Shoreline Lake, in Mountain View
  • Phone: 1.650.965.7474
  • More info: http://www.shorelinelake.com/aquatic/aquatic.htm

Art Opening (San Francisco)

Drinks and Ice Skating (Palo Alto)

  • Description: Start on University Ave for dinner or a drink at 6:30PM on a Wednesday night. Then head over to the Winter Lodge at 8PM for their weekly adult open session (8-10PM, Wednesdays)
  • Location: Palo Alto
  • More info: http://winterlodge.com/


  • The Mark (great view, ok food)
  • Twin Peaks, Treasure Island, and other great views of the city
  • Picnic & wine tasting in NAPA (probably a third date)
  • A couple days at my cabin in Tahoe (probably a third date)
  • Ferrari test drive.
  • Intro to flying course
  • Intro to bartending class (scheduled for 2/19)
  • Oyster shuking at Tamales bay.
  • LasterTag (silly, platonic, low pressure)
  • Yosemite

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