“Date Night” in Bloomington-Normal

written by Enjoy Illinois on April 11, 2013 in Places to Stay and Romantic Getaways and Travel Tips with no comments

Looking for ideas for date night? We’ve got you covered with some suggestions for a romantic night in Bloomington-Normal. Spending a night away from home can help you to unwind with your special someone and keep the romance alive.

Start the night off at Station Two Twenty for dinner, where you will find an exciting menu that is not only socially conscious, but very delicious! The farm-to-table restaurant prepares its mouthwatering dishes with ingredients from local McLean County farms. If you can’t decide what succulent dish to order, enjoy a sampling of the kitchen’s best with the Menu Tour or Farm Tour. The four course Menu Tour and eight course Farm Tour will take you on a culinary exploration of Central Illinois’ hearty flavors.

The deliciously earthy “Beet Sliders” accented by amazing flavors of kimchi and spicy harissa mayonnaise

The deliciously earthy “Beet Sliders” accented by amazing flavors of kimchi and spicy harissa mayonnaise

After dinner, impress your date with a screening at the Normal Theater. This classic theater, which just celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, is furnished with breathtaking restored art-deco décor from the 1930s. Offering a wide array of classic, independent and student films, the Normal Theater has something for everyone.

The classic Normal Theater’s marquee lit at night for movie goers (Photo thanks to the town of Normal)

The classic Normal Theater’s marquee lit at night for movie goers (Photo thanks to the town of Normal)

End your night on a sweet note.  Just around the corner, head to Cherry Berry Yogurt Bar for a late night snack. Providing scrumptious soft serve yogurt, you’ll find it hard to believe that so many options are fat-free. Take plenty of time to enjoy the ambience and savor the flavor since this specialty yogurt bar is open until 11 p.m. on weekends.

Come taste all of the delicious flavors and topping at Cherry Berry

Come taste all of the delicious flavors and topping at Cherry Berry

Ready to call it a night? Stay at the gorgeous Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast. This historical estate is tucked inside Bloomington’s charming Dimmit’s Grove neighborhood. Discover the rich history of the mansion and relax in one of the beautiful antique rooms. The picturesque Vrooman Mansion is ideal for a truly quaint weekend.

The gorgeous exterior of Illinois’ classic Vrooman Mansion

The gorgeous exterior of Illinois’ classic Vrooman Mansion

So, what are you waiting for? Check out these great spots, or comment with a few suggestions of your own!

–The Illinois Office of Tourism