As the temperatures begin to drop, you might find yourself wanting to snuggle up with that special someone in your life. Lucky for you, Whitewater is the perfect place to jumpstart a little winter romance. Whether you are just starting out or have been with your sweetheart for years, here are five great Whitewater date ideas guaranteed to get the sparks flying, even when the temperature is below zero.  

1. Bike Ride in Kettle Moraine State Park

Kettle Moraine State Park is practically in the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast’s backyard. Encompassing 22,000 stunning acres of rolling hills and glacial lakes, the park is a popular destination for cyclists from all across the region. The excellent John Muir Trail system features a wide variety of well-maintained biking trails colored coded based on length and level of difficulty. If you don’t want to wait until the snow melts to hit Kettle Moraine’s world-class cycling trails, don’t fear. Bicycling in the snow is possible thanks to fat bikes: bikes with chubby tires that help you easily navigate through icy winter conditions. Cycling through the park’s beautiful, snow-covered landscapes is an experience you and your date aren’t likely to forget any time soon. If biking isn’t your cup of tea, the park is also an excellent place for hiking, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing.  

2. See Some Live Music

There’s nothing like a little music to get you in the mood for romance. Though we are a small town, there are many excellent places to see live music in the Whitewater area. Our favorite is probably Cafe Carpe, a family-friendly cafe, bar, and music venue located in a century-old brick building in the nearby town of Fort Atkinson. A local institution since 1985, long-time owner Bill Camplin, a singer-songwriter, runs the joint with his partner, Kitty Welch. Before the show, enjoy a nice dinner and a meal on their screened porch overlooking the lovely Rock River. We recommend their Jambalaya. See a full schedule of performances on their website. Remember that there are also many excellent places in town to see live music for free, including Second Salem Brewing and for classical or orchestral music, the UW-Whitewater Greenhill Center.  

3. Taste Wisconsin Wines

Wine is the ultimate romantic beverage. You might be surprised to learn that the state of Wisconsin produces an excellent class of wines made with hearty cold-weather grapes that thrive in extreme weather conditions and rugged landscapes. Wine tasting in Wisconsin is a unique and delicious experience. We recommend the The Staller Estate Winery, located just a short 10-minute drive from the inn. They serves excellent Wisconsin wines, from oak aged reds to tangy whites, in a tranquil, rustic setting. Your visit to the winery comes with a complimentary tasting, but you can also choose from several premium wine flights in their tasting room. They also serve excellent Wisconsin cheese, sausage, and chocolate platters. They also host several farm-to-table dinners throughout the year, another great way to take date night to the next level. Learn more about other Wisconsin wineries.  

4.  Catch a Show

If you like to keep it classic, try dinner and a show at The Fireside Dinner Theater in Fort Atkinson. The theater has been putting on excellent theatrical performances for over 50 years, making it a beloved local institution and a popular date spot for the region’s more culturally inclined couples. You’ll start your evening with an elegant dinner in their dining room and then see a live professional show in their theater-in-the-round. Fireside does everything, including classics like Grease, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, and more. Afterwards, you and your date will love discussing the show over a glass of wine.  

5. Dinner and Drinks at The Black Sheep

A romantic dinner may seem like an obvious date choice, but the Black Sheep promises to deliver a unique and unforgettable dining experience. Black Sheep is located just a few short blocks from the inn and boasts lovely views of the lakefront park. The restaurant is called Black Sheep because it considers itself different from other restaurants in town. With its art-filled brick walls and dim romantic lightening, the Black Sheep provides the perfect backdrop for great conversation and mouth-watering cuisine. Black Sheep sources its ingredients from local farmers and designs its menu based on seasonality. Their meals are unique, sustainable, and of course, delicious. Black Sheep also boasts the best wine selection in Whitewater and whips up a mean martini to boot. And remember, a stay at the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast is the perfect romantic getaway for you and your partner. Our beautiful and spacious rooms, many with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and candles, are simply designed for romance. If you are a couple looking to relax, reconnect, and fall in love all over again, consider staying at the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast. Planning a winter escape to Whitewater, Wisconsin? Book a stay at the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast, located just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park!