Great Dates: Urban Walking Date
Valentine’s Day is here and you need ideas for sweet things to do with the loved one in your life tonight or this weekend. Take tips from this urban walking date, which showcases some of the city’s finest with playful and romantic twists. And enter a contest to win City Dining Cards while you’re at it!
1. Visit Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile
2. Walk up Elmwood
3. Take Bird Avenue to Lincoln Parkway
4. Picnic lunch and walk at Hoyt Lake
5. Exterior visit at Albright-Knox Art Gallery
6. Dessert at Zillycakes — Note: Zillycakes is closing on Saturday, March 9. Make a point to stop there beforehand, especially if you’ve never enjoyed their sweet treats!
7. Select romantic trappings at Lotions & Potions
8. Shop for your home at Reimagine
9. Drink at Blue Monk
10. Mother Nature Plant Emporium
Picnic blanket in hand, begin at Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, where you’ll grab a loaf of Elm Street Bakery bread, a wedge of Ubriacone (red wine-soaked raw cow’s milk cheese from Italy), a half pound of prosciutto, and some olives. Head up Elmwood Avenue until you reach Bird Avenue, and turn right. At Bird and Soldier’s Circle, you’ll see the William R. Heath House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Make your way up Lincoln Parkway to stroll past picturesque gardens and striking architecture until you reach Hoyt Lake. Scope out a cozy spot near the water, throw your blanket on the grass, and savor eating and chatting awhile.
After lunch, follow the path along the water, pause at the Rose Garden, and explore the art outside the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Circle the gallery’s grounds, pausing to ponder each outdoor sculpture, before making your way back to Elmwood. Stop at Zillycakes to enjoy a cupcake—encourage your spouse to depart from the classic chocolate or vanilla and try one of the month’s seasonal flavors. Window-shopping as you continue, pop into Lotions & Potions. Inhale the aromatherapy bar’s lush fragrances before checking out the nook of unmentionables, stocked with beautiful, lacy lingerie and romance-enticing treats. Why not choose a souvenir or two?
Next, slip into Reimagine to explore home furnishings. A vintage furniture boutique, the store specializes in midcentury modern and retro goods, and if you are home-design-challenged, consider inquirying about interior design services. You’ve likely worked up quite a thirst from all that walking, so grab a stool and a cool beverage at Blue Monk. Their beer selection features thirty-two taps of Belgian beers and European and American craft brews, as well as an impressive list of bottled beers. Before you head home, visit Mother Nature Plant Emporium to select a fresh cut flower bouquet to take home as a fragrant reminder of the day.
We’re giving away more decks of City Dining Cards! To enter, simply leave a comment on this article regarding your Valentine’s Day plans and you will be entered to win a special Valentine’s Day giveaway: one dining edition and one cocktail edition deck. You may also retweet any tweet about the contest from @buffalofoodie via Twitter. Contest ends on Friday, Feb. 15, at 9:00 a.m. You will be contacted following the drawing to claim your prize. Winners will be drawn via a randomizer on random.org. Note that those outside of WNY are eligible to play if they wish, but the prize must be shipped to a WNY address.