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5 Winter Date Ideas in Chehalis

by Feb 8, 2022Uncategorized

Between the snow and rainfall, Washington winters provide plenty of cozy nights in with your honey, but what to do when the cabin fever sets in? No matter the season, there are always things to do in Chehalis. Whether you’re out with friends, partners, or solo — here are five winter date ideas to get you started.


Blacklight Mini Golf + Dinner Downtown

Ready for fun? “Putt” your game faces on and head to Shankz 3D Miniature Blacklight Golf to start your night with some PG action. Prepare to immerse yourselves in upbeat, friendly competition because Shankz also has an escape room and classic arcade games. You’ll be hungry after your great escape, so re-fuel with dinner downtown before you head home. And if you’re too wound up to settle on a restaurant, we can help with this convenient list of restaurants in Chehalis.

P.S. Check this page for upcoming events if you want to plan a Valentine’s date in advance!


Afternoon Art Class + Brews and Bites

Seeking connection on an artistic level? Take an afternoon art class in downtown Chehalis together, then stroll up the street to see what’s on tap. You can sign up for drawing, oil, watercolor, or alcohol ink classes with a local artist at Book ‘n’ Brush, Tuesdays through Fridays.* Or, follow local businesses to hear about pop-up classes throughout the month, like this fun Sip & Paint event at Flood Valley Taphouse on February 17! Chehalis has 6+ bars and taverns to choose from with distinct atmospheres for your post-paint drinks, all of which feature local beers and wines.

*Scroll the Book ‘n’ Brush Facebook page to see what’s happening next week, or contact the store to find out how you can sign up for an artist’s class (360) 748-6221.


Wild Gift Exchange + Local Lunch

If tradition isn’t your style, this idea is sure to shake things up: Meet your sweetheart downtown, establish a dollar amount, and set your timers for an hour. Then, split up and race each other for the perfect gift. The catch? No peeking! So, if you find yourselves in the same place – find an aisle to hide in! Scale up the challenge to your liking – compete for the funniest gag gift, most thoughtful keepsake, wackiest piece of clothing (bonus points if you wear it to lunch afterward), best thrift find, and so on… When you’re done, pick a place for lunch to exchange your gifts. Don’t forget your Great Gifting Challenge hack: this Chehalis Shopping Guide from Experience Chehalis.


Breakfast + Antiquing

This one’s for you antique lovers and DIY’ers: get an early start with a great local breakfast, then hit the shops! Did you know Chehalis has 10+ thrift and antique shops? Our neighboring city, Centralia, is also a known hotspot for vintage finds. There’s no telling what treasures you may find in these historic storefronts. If stepping into the past tickles your fancy, you and your shopping companion might enjoy following Chehalis’s Historic Walking Tour while you’re out. Pick up a guide at the kiosk near Book ‘n’ Brush downtown and bundle up if you’re questing on foot.


Good Coffee + Good Books = Great Conversation

The coffee date is a tried-and-true PNW classic. There are drive-thru stands aplenty for your out-of-town dates, but don’t overlook our locally loved cafés. Here’s an insider tip: meet at Shakespeare & Co.’s cozy locale to peruse their unique used book selection and other neat finds. (Trust me, it’s an experience!) When you’ve picked or exchanged your new-to-you reads, meander over to Market Street Bakery for a warm beverage and comfortable seating. If you hit an awkward pause, distractions abound – talk about your latest reads, try the freshly-baked local treats or people-watch from one of the large windows overlooking downtown.

Chehalis is a small town by most accounts but that’s the appeal for many. It has a bounty of experiences to offer for all folks and occasions, and it’s sure to charm you and your date the next time you venture out!

Written by Chelsea Barr