Dating outside of large metropolitan areas can get repetitive really quickly. How do you come up with new date ideas, keep the romance alive and avoid spots your ex frequents?
Worry not. The Tri-City Herald has compiled three date itinerary guides for Saturday, May 27 at varying price points.
Tri-Cities date for $50
▪ Dinner and music at The Hub - 6481 W. Skagit Ave.
The food truck mecca on Skagit Ave. is home to more than two dozen food trucks and ample seating. A rotation of local artists performs on weekends, with singer-songwriter Kaylie Dawes scheduled for May 27. Dawes is a local teenager and the youngest act scheduled to perform at the upcoming Uptown Get Down music festival.
Choose from a variety of food trucks with affordable options. You and your date can get food at different trucks and still eat together if you have different tastes.
Dawes is scheduled to perform on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Check available tap options if you’d like to sip while you listen.
▪ Disco Night at 3 Eyed Fish Bar and Grille - 1970 Keene Road
Once you’ve eaten and enjoyed some live music, get ready to dance at 3 Eyed Fish Bar and Grille for Disco Night. Host Z-Luck will provide groovy disco music on the patio from 6 p.m. on Saturday. There is no cover charge for Disco Night.
3 Eyed Fish has eight rotating taps, bottle and can options and featured frozen cocktails. Items on the cocktail menu range between $11 and $22, with mocktail versions available for $8.
Tri-Cities date for $100
▪ Wagon ride through Red Mountain Trails - 27314 Ambassador Private Road NE
Experience breathtaking vineyard views by booking a wagon ride through Red Mountain Trails for $20 a person. You can add a wine flight, with five Red Mountain wines, for another $20. Available time slots are listed when you reserve online.
▪ Live music
Saturday nights are ripe with live music in Tri-Cities. Based on the music you and your date want to hear, stop by one of these options:
Gabriel Knutzen at Hamilton Cellars - 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Mennon and Lacartney Beatles tribute band at The Emerald of Siam - 5 to 8 p.m. - Free admission
Dan and Steve at Gordon Estate - 6 to 9 p.m.
Mad Ruby at The Underground Taphouse - 7 p.m.
Knutzen Brothers at At Michele’s - 7 to 10 p.m.
Chris Loid and Green Light Polly at West Richland Chicken Shack - 7 to 10 p.m.
FALLOUT at D’s Wicked Cider - 7 to 10 p.m.
Tupelo Joe at The Taproom at Hansen Park - 7 to 10 p.m. - Free admission
Cello and jazz piano trio classical suites at the Princess Theatre - 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. - $10 for students, $20 for adults - Note: This option would max out the $100 limit.
Frog Hollow Band at Badger Canyon Dugout - 8 to 11 p.m.
Joel Gibson Jr. at The Branding Iron - 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. - $5 cover
Baby Eazy E at The Emerald of Siam - 9 p.m. - Tickets are $20 - Note: This option would max out the $100 limit.
▪ High or low energy ending
Depending on you and your date’s energy levels after live music, you might want to keep the party going. Or, you might want to start winding down. Either way, there’s an affordable option.
For a high energy option, head to Flight Tap and Table. The second floor gets packed on Saturdays and may be one of the closest experiences to big-city clubbing you can find around Tri-Cities. There’s no cover charge and drinks are affordable, if you didn’t max out your limit buying tickets.
Or for something more low-key, stroll through The Parkway in Richland. End the date with sweets, drinks, snacks or all of the above by visiting the many local businesses operating in the strip. Or if you’re both hungry again, try checking one of these cheap eat options.
Tri-Cities date for $175
▪ Pasco Farmers Market
Stop by the Pasco Farmers Market, open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of S. 4th Ave. and W. Columbia Street. The pavilion offers coverage from any weather complications and there are usually live performers. Browse the large variety of fresh produce and handmade products. You might even find the perfect bouquet of flowers for your date.
▪ Cookies and Wine or Brunch
What’s better than brunch? Wine and cookies. Stop by Powers Winery at any time over Memorial Day Weekend for a course of wines paired with cookies from Our Cookie House. Powers Winery, at 1106 N. Jurupa Street, opens at noon every day and closes at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Pairing participation is $20 for club members, $25 for non-club members.
Or, if you two are hungry, consider instead stopping by one of these scenic eateries in Tri-Cities.
▪ Axe Throwing
Head on over to 8425 Chapel Hill Blvd to try your hand at axe throwing at Axe KPR. Sessions start at $20 per person and include axes, hatchets and ninja stars, plus a coach to help you get the hang of it.
Axe KPR is open from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.
▪ Paint and Sip
The event is 21+ as Medusa serves drinks, but non-alcoholic options are also available. No food is served but you can bring your own if you’d like.