28 Summer Dates in the Lingering Times of Coronavirus

Summer love in Charlotte will forever feel different. Painful wounds now exist. Our hearts are broken.

But now that the spring rains have slowed, it’s time to start healing in this summer solstice.

Love is powerful. It’s sometimes the only thing we can control. New or old — the date will be different. But we must remember that true love, the kind that might get lost in the madness, still remains.

Scoop’s list for those feel-the-love-again kinda dates is here. Go for it. We insist.

Brought to You by Our Sponsor, Shelton Vineyards 🙂

Shelton Vineyards had Charlotte at hello. Sitting on Cabernet Lane, in Dobson, NC, the exquisite vineyards stretch as far as the eyes can see. Enjoy Harvest Grill for upscale comfort food blended with these chairs — for the mood. Stay nearby perhaps?

Feeling lucky? Walk the walk in Greenwood, SC for some topiary grandness through July 12th. Inspiration? Perhaps.

If suns out buns out, these are the buns to be seen. Grab these gorgeous pastries at Sugar on the way to Anne Springs Greenway for a picnic for two.

SUP. Sunset tour? Paddle boarding lessons? Book at Paddle Charlotte on Lake Norman for the date that’s bound to get wet. Let’s learn together.

An appointment for some berry picking at The Ivy Place is the adorable level we could use. Sweetness always wins. Strawberry Shortcake knew what she was doing.

Emergency concoction required? Dotdotdot knows the drill. Pick up all you need to smooth things over with one of their limited edition cocktail kits. The remedy.

Taking care of each other is the best kind of love. Share in that and support rare pediatric cancer research at the upcoming Joedance’s Virtual Film Festival August 6th-8th, 2020. Tickets for a cause. Do good, together.

Romance always knows the right direction. Hikes were invented for the date. They must have been. All the best places here — maybe double up?

via UNCC

Feeling a little Rachel to his Ross? Yeah… well, take them here and see if it translates to 2020. UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden tour for the nerdy vibe. Gardens open!

Shake things up and turn all things ice-cream into a beloved beverage. The Local Scoop has all the creamy inspiration we need. Bring milkshakes to the (front)yard. All the ice-cream spots keep us cool.

No hiding in plain sight here. Take our mural tour. And make love in the street.

Saunter around the fruit at one of Charlotte’s many open-air farmer’s markets. Get fresh at Simpson’s Produce on King’s. Make good choices and bring it all home.

The Blue Ridge Parkway opened back up June 13th, bringing back the ultimate oldie-but-goodie date. Drive away with every good intention of coming back. The views never get old. Picnic lunch is mandatory, we’re pretty sure.

Looking for a rental property or second home during these prime times? At Eagles Nest the amenities look like this. How Jurassic Park of them. Rentals here.

Newness is the most exciting. Feel it all again on June 19th when Southpark gets her first rooftop bar. She’s had to wait — but she finally gets her Cordial cherry on top. Going up?

Be wild and venture west for the new Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk. Make your heart race.

Resourcefulness is sexy. Be a glamping queen outside of the city. Book this cutie right here, pack that gingham dress and a cooler of Cherry Coke. Escape together.

Wishing and hoping? We’ve got the perfect spot for you to do just that: Pillars of Dreams leaves us inspired to look in the right direction. Date night stroll it is.

Deconstructed feelings? No. Deconstructed lobster rolls? Yes. Pick up all the goodness at Carolina Meat and Fish Company for a date worth building, together.

Two glasses of wine, your backyard patio and some Charlotte Symphony @CSOathome content. Score.

Three words: Deep. Water. Solo. The National White Water Center practically taunts us with its coolness. Date for the challenge of it. Fall in.

Charm them for a change. Wine flights sitting on the cutest city curb beats fancy any day. Or night. Rosie’s comes in clutch.

Need to wear that resort collection? Pack your overnighter and head to Lake Wylie’s Long Cove Resort. Everything is better on a beach. Lake views Charlotte calls home.

There is never a better time to learn something new. Make the most of your time together with some riding lessons. Palisades Equestrian Center is open by appointment. Get Derby ready and only bet on each other.

Late night activities your thing? Take a walking pub tour and see who scares the easiest. Ghosts on the side. Hold tight.

Weekly boat rental? Now that’s one way to lock the whole thing down. Lake Norman Marina will make it happen. Promote them to captain. At least for a week.

Art is emotion. Let it develop with a virtual tour of The Mint. At home date with snacks and drinks? Now that’s romance.

In love, waterfalls = romance. Pull those hiking boots on and head to Bryson City for Tom Branch Falls. Chasing waterfalls is always a good idea. Let us know how it goes?

We bet they have you coming back to Charlotte even more in love.

After all, love — in Charlotte, always finds a way.

Located in the Yadkin Valley and just a short drive from Charlotte, Shelton Vineyards shares a similar climate and growing season to that of some of the best growing regions in Europe. The vineyard is one of the largest on the East Coast, and has a hotel and restaurant on site. Shelton Vineyards also offers an extensive collection of their wines online for purchase at www.sheltonvineyards.com/wines.



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Angela Williamshttp://www.angelaerinwilliams.com
A writer in Charlotte trying to shop and eat at all the places.