Date Nights in Jackson

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means…time to plan a date night! Luckily, you don’t have to travel far for a unique date night that beats the average “dinner and a movie” plan. These ideas can be grouped into one exciting night out, or pick one and save another for a rainy day.

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When thinking of the alternative to your average date night, games and activities are the way to go. JAX 60 provides a fun atmosphere for bowling and arcade games, if you’re looking for something a bit more laid back that just about anyone can do. Axe Play is a perfect spot to learn a new skill and try something a bit more edgy. Both options also have great on-site bars, so you can get warmed up for your game with a cocktail or two. Activities like bowling and axe throwing are perfect for group dates as well, if you’re looking to double date, or do a Galentine’s celebration with your girl gang.

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If it’s date night, you may want to get dinner at a spot that’s a bit more intimate. Bella Notte Ristorante is the perfect spot some authentic Italian cuisine, tucked right at the heart of downtown Jackson. After dinner’s wrapped up and you feel like staying out, feel free to hop on over to Tilted Arcade Bar or the Dirty Bird for a night cap.

Ice cream dates never go out of style. That’s why The Parlour is a fun spot to travel back in time and pretend you’re in a John Hughes romantic comedy. There’s no romantic gesture more timeless than splitting a milkshake.

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If you’re hoping to plan a fun date night for Valentine’s Day, or any other day of the week, but are being cautious, consider ordering takeout from one of the great local hotspots and enjoy a night-in. Finally get around to setting aside some time to watch that movie that’s been on your list or get out a couple of your favorite board games while enjoying some sushi from AKA Sushi, burgers from the Hunt Club, or Mexican from Chilango’s.

Go classic with your Valentine’s plans by picking up some chocolate from Gilbert Chocolates or AG Chocolates. Nothing screams Valentine’s Day more than chocolate and red wine.


Maybe you like to idea of going to a restaurant on date night but were hoping for bit more of something special. Veritas has just the thing: Drinks & Deceptions. Drinks & Deceptions is a one-of-a-kind, immersive magic experience located in a secret venue within Veritas. Enjoy some drinks while being blown away by the Magic of Daniel Martin.

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If you like the idea of winding down with a drink but were hoping for something a bit more relaxed. Jackson has plenty of beautiful vineyards and wineries that have on-site tasting rooms. Sandhill Crane offers outdoor patio views and charcuterie boards of all kinds of customizations. Cherry Creek Cellars is complete with wine, cider, and a café. Plus, if you’re looking for something a bit more private, reserve your own igloo to get an indoor/outdoor space all to yourself!

Don’t want date night to end? Extend your evening by booking a staycation in one of our fabulous hotels! Find intimate rooms with private jacuzzi tubs in your very own room at the Holiday Inn Express or look to the Courtyard by Marriot for a modern atmosphere. You can find these hotels and more at to find the perfect feel for your extended date night.

Written by Olivia Pageau, Marketing Specialist

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