Parents know Valentine’s Day is often a nightmare when it comes to booking a sitter. In fact, the online babysitter search service Urban Sitter reports finding a sitter for Valentine’s Day is even harder than scoring one on New Year’s Eve. But that’s no excuse not to make time for your spouse this month. If you can swing it, take the pressure off to celebrate on Feb. 14 and instead plan for a one-night staycation any other night of the month. Here are tried-and-true options in two hot Oklahoma City districts: Film Row and Midtown.
21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a funky, quirky hotel and museum that’s the perfect backdrop for a night away from the kids. Check into your room at this impressive Film Row property then budget some time to browse the incredible array of rotating art on the first level. If you’re the type who’s okay with not venturing out of the hotel for the night, settle into a booth at the hotel’s restaurant, Mary Eddy’s, for refreshing takes on comfort foods. The meal wouldn’t be complete without a generous helping of dessert before retiring to your room for the night.
A terrific way to explore Film Row and areas nearby is by bike. Even if you live in the Oklahoma City metro and know the streets inside and out, a bike tour can help you see the city through new eyes. Ride OKC offers an Art + Architecture Tour, a Bikes + Brews Tour and other seasonal tours. The great part of doing a bike tour with your spouse is learning interesting bits of history and seeing what’s new in town together. Rides start at $45 per person for a two and a half hour tour. If a tour isn’t really your thing, the company also offers bike rentals starting at $10 an hour.
A Spokies rental is another great way to get out on two wheels. Rentals are $3.50 per half hour and bikes can be picked up and dropped off at one of eight stations located throughout the urban core.
Eat & Play
Film Row’s newest destination for dessert is Cafe Disco, a cozy shop in the Main Street Arcade at Main & Lee Avenues. The store specializes in macarons and cappuccinos. They make their macarons in-house in exciting flavors like cherry blossom, honey lavender and pistachio.
Also in Main Street Arcade, Revel Eight Nail Salon & Revel Eight Grooming offer prime opportunities for pampering both you and your spouse. Stop in for a relaxing manicure, pedicure, hot shave or blowout.
Nestled into one of Oklahoma City’s most quaint corners is the Ambassador Hotel and it does not disappoint for a night away from the kids. Cozy guest rooms and modern amenities in a historic setting make for a one-of-a-kind stay. As you settle in for the night, don’t forget that Insomnia Cookies is located just across the street. They deliver fresh-baked cookies until 3 a.m. seven days a week and it’s the ideal sweet note to start your staycation.
Midtown is a prime locale for hopping on the Oklahoma City Streetcar. There are platform stops along N.W. 10th St at Hudson and Harvey Avenues that can easily connect passengers to other districts like Bricktown and Downtown. If you travel downtown, head to the top of the Devon Tower for a drink at Vast. If you choose to stick around Midtown, stop by Fassler Hall to share some duck fat fries and play a game of ping pong on the patio.
Eat & Play
Restaurants abound in Midtown but if you truly want to take advantage of a place you’d probably never take your kids, Ludivine is a popular pick. The candlelight and small plates create the perfect backdrop for a memorable meal out.
Another dependable date stop nearby is Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge. Order a couple milkshakes or cocktails and settle into one of the four quaint bowling lanes with old-fashioned touches like handwritten scorecards and retro furnishings.
For more date ideas, search the date night category on our digital calendar at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/calendar.