Head out on the adventure:
Mike Green, the owner of Cleveland-based matchmaking service Lunch Date, recommends longtime lovers spend their date nights going out on a limb and trying new things to keep the spark alive.
“A couple that’s been together already has a comfort level, but even in an established relationship you have to keep the fire burning, so you want to try new things, like taking a glass-blowing class, a cooking class or cross-country skiing. There’s always something new to try,” he said.
But this date centers around the calm countryside and historic architecture of Stark County. Though the county isn’t known for its Amish community like the ones surrounding, it still has plenty of pastoral landscape to explore with your significant other, and on the way, you’ll find some charming historic buildings to admire. Getting in a car and going somewhere new or somewhere you wouldn’t normally go gives you the opportunity to reconnect with your partner while disconnecting from the stressers of real life. This relaxing, take-your-time date allows you plenty of time to talk and muse with your significant other.
Start your route in downtown Canton. Make your way to Massillon taking route 172 West until you hit downtown Massillon. Traverse through Massillon’s Fourth Street Historic District, which consists of several brick-paved blocks between Cherry Road and Federal Avenue NE, to find an impressive row of stately homes and churches with old-time charm.
Next, head south on Route 62 and travel through Navarre’s town center. If you have time, stop at the adorable Mathews House Museum (123 High St. in Navarre) to tour the childhood home of artists Alfred and William Mathews. Keep heading south on Route 62 until you reach Brewster. This town, considered “the gateway to Amish country,” offers plenty of opportunity for stop-ins (Tattered & Worn Antiques at 217 Wabash Ave. or R & R Junction General Store at 333 Wabash Ave.) on the way to the Amish heartland.
The small town of Wilmot is a straight shot south from Brewster on Route 62, and after this leisurely drive, you should be ready for dinner and drinks. Gateway Place Wine (17875 U.S. route 62 in Wilmot) is a wonderful place to stop for a pre-dinner wine-tasting. The cute-as-can-be Victorian-style house boasts a wine store with the largest selection of wines from Ohio wineries in the U.S., many of which are available to sample in the shop’s cozy bar or outside in the wine garden.
Venture back home:
On the way back, stop again through Massillon for dinner. Top of the Viaduct (607 Lincoln Way W in Massillon) is a great place to visit for a home-cooked meal in a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant’s inviting, casual environment and affordable, lengthy menu provide the perfect end to this day of exploring.