By Celia Nissen
With the winter weather setting in, heading out for a date might be the last thing on your to-do list. But this cheap date plan will keep you moving, so you're bound to stay warm -- and if not, is cuddling for warmth really such a bad thing?
Start near Park Street for this downtown date with your sweetie!
The Thinking Cup (165 Tremont St.). This cute little coffee shop is the perfect meeting spot to say hello. The first in Boston to exclusively serve Stumptown Coffee, which has been named "Best Coffee in the World" by a bunch of publications, Thinking Cup also features scrumptious sandwiches, pastries, and hipsters. But it's usually crowded, so grab a latte for the road. Just be careful when ordering hot chocolate, since their version comes in a (very!) small cup that won't keep you warm.
Walk Into History Tour. Let's all admit it: Even those of us who have called Boston our home for several years just haven't had time to explore the Freedom Trail. Go back in history with a 90-minute tour led by -- you guessed it -- one of those people dressed up in traditional Revolutionary Era garb. The tours, which are $9 for students, take place December-March at noon and 1 p.m. and depart from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center and end at Faneuil Hall.
Boston Common Frog Pond. Head over to this skating rink for some twirling and swirling -- and maybe even some falling. If your date is a horrible skater, you'll have a fun time acting as teacher; if not, get ready to show off. Here's a hint: If the Frog Pond is crowded and you have your own skates, head over to the Public Gardens Swan Boat Pond for a more interesting (and intimate) adventure.
Chaba Florists (71 Stuart St.). Get romantic and head to what some claim to be the best florist in Boston. Tell the guy behind the counter how much you want to spend, and he'll create a beautiful bouquet -- probably worth much more than you pay for it. The results will have you returning for all your flower needs.
Vapiano (191 Stuart St.). Finish off your day with dinner at this restaurant -- a perfect spot for the low-budget picky eater. From the high-tech cafeteria ordering style and killer bar to the dark lighting, fun music, and trees in the middle of tables, the atmosphere is unbeatable. With pizza, pasta, sandwich, and salad choices, their menu has something for everyone. Try the Caesar salad and barbecue chicken pizza, my personal favorites.
If you're directionally challenged, use this handy-dandy Google Map to get from destination to destination. Happy dating!
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Photo by Art01852 (Flickr)
About Celia -- Originally from Cow Hampshire, I'm now a city girl. I'm graduating from Emerson in December 2011 and am crossing my fingers for a job in advertising. I like to eat, buy things that are blue, ogle over dogs and children, be in the sun, drink wine and tweet (@celianissen).
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