The Drive-in Date
Southwest Missouri is home to three drive-in movie theaters: Sunset Drive-In Theatre (1601 E. Church St., Aurora, 417-678-6609, sunsetdriveinaurora.com), Phoenix Drive-In (1665 Co Rd B, Houston, 417-967-3010, phoenixdrivein.com) and 66 Drive-In Theater (17231 Old 66 Blvd, Carthage, 417-359-5959, 66drivein.com). Find out which is playing a flick most appropriate for you and your sweetie, and hit the road. If you have a truck, drive it (so you can sit extra close). Or pack a blanket and a battery-operated radio and snuggle as you watch from under the stars. If you’re more into your date than the movie, that’s fine, too; just park in the very last row! We suggest hitting your favorite local candy store on the way out of town to load up on Raisinettes, Junior Mints, Whoppers and other sharable sweets to munch on. Keep in mind that the drive-ins operate seasonally, so in those winter months you’ll have to settle for an indoor movie experience.
The Couple's Massage Date
We’ve all tried to give our significant other a massage. Yes, it’s a sweet gesture, but let’s face it: It just isn’t the same. We suggest ditching that old bottle of massage oil and calling Zen 3 Spa and Bodyworks (619 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, 417-866-9363, zen3massage.com) to schedule the Cabana Night Dinner Package. For $325, you and yours each get a 60-minute full-body massage, which can take place in the spa’s tropical couples’ room or under a private outdoor cabana (weather permitting). The package also includes a romantic dinner for two and complimentary mimosas. Or, bring in your favorite bottle of wine or beer to enjoy.
The B&B Date
Sometimes spending a night away from home can make all the difference. There’s the excitement of packing, the enjoyment of having no real time constraints and the satisfaction of not having to make your bed in the morning. You and yours can have two of these luxurious nights away from home with the Honeymoon Package at Bear Creek Bed and Breakfast (1320 Keithley Rd., Walnut Shade, 417-443-0036, bearcreekbedandbreakfast.com). This special date package comes with a miniature wedding cake (so it really is perfect for any anniversary), a bottle of wine, two champagne flutes, a two-night stay in a two-person cabin or suite of your choice and home-cooked breakfasts both mornings for $429. Bear Creek Bed and Breakfast’s entertainment options include massage therapy, horseback riding and a fishing guide, and all cabins and suites have private hot tubs. Go find your suitcase.
Or visit a historical bed and breakfast in Lebanon, The Manor House Inn (505 E Elm St., Lebanon, 417-718-6200, manorhouselebanon.com). The owners of the bed and breakfast recently finished their extensive remodel to the Inn while maintaining all of the historic quaintness. The 14 room home originally built in 1903 is described as a “Route 66 Retreat.” Each of the six guest rooms has their own theme and decoration scheme. Decked with a game room, a library and a porch with a scenic view, you and your honey need not even leave the house for the weekend.