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5 Unusual Local Date Spots In The Pioneer Valley

So you have a hot date with your crush, your boyfriend, or even your best girlfriend? Want to do something fun and creative? Don’t fret, Collegiettes, there are some pretty cool things to do in the area that are totally great date spots!

1. Peace Pagoda – Leverett, MA

What exactly is a Peace Pagoda? Peace Pagodas go back over 2,500 years, and were built as a place of worship enshrining the Lord Buddha. They realize the eternal universal peace on earth, and is meant to bring light into darkness. Anyway, there is a Peace Pagoda nearby in Leverett, and it is absolutely beautiful. It is serene and a great place for a romantic stroll. As spring is approaching, this is a great spot for an outdoor date on a warm day.

2. Tunnel Bar – Northampton, MA

The Tunnel Bar is exactly what it sounds like: a bar in an underground tunnel. If you are a Collegiette of age, this is a totally cool place to grab a swanky martini and chat with your date. It has large comfy chairs and cool jazz music, making you feel like you went back in time to a cool speakeasy bar. This place provides an intimate setting, and if you and your date are looking to escape on a Friday night, the Tunnel Bar is the perfect spot.

3. Smith College Museum of Art – Northampton, MA

 If you are looking for something inexpensive but time-consuming, look no further than the Smith College Museum of Art. It hosts pieces from famous artists from artists around the world. It is free to students and open every day except for Mondays. So explore the galleries and find a piece that you both love.

4. Glow-In-The-Dark Mini Golf – Hampshire Mall, Hadley, MA  

While spring is on its way, there are still chilly days ahead. Head over to the Hampshire Mall with your date and go glow-in-the-dark golfing (indoors)! There are 54 holes, and it is only $9 per person.

5. Whiskey Bar (Amherst Coffee) – Amherst, MA

Ever had the amazing coffee at Amherst Coffee? Well, head over there for a romantic date and a great glass of whiskey or a superb martini. Amherst Coffee transforms itself into a hip bar every day around 3pm, so if you are looking to extend your date, head over to the Amherst Cinema after and see a cool movie with your date. They have a huge selection of rare bourbon and whiskey for your date, and strong but good cocktails for you Collegiettes.

Well, Collegiettes, I hope that these ideas are new and exciting to you and your date!

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Andrea Afrikian

U Mass Amherst

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