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Great dates for fledgling (or seasoned) couples

Caramie Schnell
Matt IndenLuis and Bea Lugo from Erie, Colorado have some fun on the ice skating rink at Beaver Creek.
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Step it up a notch, people: there are options available in the valley for those fed up with the same old dinner-and-a-movie date. Plus, what better way to learn early about something that might be a deal-breaker, like your new friends proclivity for gutter balls or double-dipping.

Thank goodness for eat!drink! in Edwards. Their Cheap Date Night (every Tuesday) and new addition, Fondue Night (Saturdays), are making dating in the valley a little easier. Though owners Pollyanna Forster and Chris Irving only started fondue night three weeks ago, be forewarned: the evening has already developed quite a following so it might be best to make a reservation. Twenty-five bucks will get you cheese fondue made with different cheeses (when we visited it was a combination of Comte and Vacherin Fribourgeois) and a side plate filled with ciabatta bread, cornichons (small pickles), pears and bresola (thin slices of air-cured beef) to dip in the rich concoction. The word fondue is derived from the French word fondre, which means melt. If your date isnt melting your heart, theres a good chance the cheese will.

What better way to break the ice than by say, breaking your butt on it? Two words: ice skating. Beaver Creek has a rink. Eagle even has an ice rink now. Vail has two places you can strut your Ice-Capade-worthy moves: at Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead or at Adventure Ridge at the top of the gondola (free at night).Speaking of Adventure Ridge, why not take a date and see if you can haze them into that trampoline contraption that all the 8-year-olds are begging mom and dad to let them try? Or hold hands as you shoot down the tubing hill.

Money can be tight when you live in paradise, so it can be hard to stomach the idea of dropping mad dough on a first date. There are some options for those that are trying to be thrifty. The Back Bowl in Eagle has a deal on Tuesdays called B, B & B (a nod to a Vail tradition that has passed on). From 5 8 p.m. a mere $6.99 will get you a burger with fries, a domestic beer and a game of bowling. Added bonus: long ago you decided you could never marry someone who couldnt hack it at the bowling alley better to know up front, right?If you are one of the lucky ones that can escape work at a decent hour in the evening, Terra Bistro offers their Appy Hour from 5 6 p.m. every night at the bar. For $5 a pop you can sample appytizers like thai beef rolls and smoked tomato and rock shrimp grilled pizza. Drink specials that range from $4 – $6 are sure to help loosen nervous tongues and lubricate conversation.


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