Dinner and a movie is always a solid date night choice, but every now and then it can be fun to shake things up. Skyline is full of romantic spots, from neighborhood parks with sunset overlooks to hiking trails perfect for evening stargazing. When you want to venture out and turn your dates up a notch, consider these unique date ideas close to Santa Clarita.

Turn Up the Heat

Feel like adding some new recipes or techniques to your culinary repertoire? Try a cooking class! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a milk-and-cereal kind of chef, cooking together can be a great way to bond with someone special. The Fraiche Kitchen in nearby Valencia offers small, hands-on cooking classes with guest chefs and instructors.

Get Hoppy at a Local Brewery

The Santa Clarita area is home to some great local breweries. Pocock Brewing Company is a family-run craft brewery in Santa Clarita that crafts "flavorful, surprising and exciting beer." Visit their Facebook page for information on events and upcoming food trucks. Close by, Newhall Refinery is a rustic farm-to-table restaurant that offers 22 artisanal draught beers, over 40 specialty bottle choices and a new handcrafted cocktail menu.

Taste a Cool New Treat

This one’s sure to hit the sweet spot. Ditch your go-to ice cream flavor for something new! La Michoacana Helados Y Paletas in Newhall serves ice cream and homemade paletas (popsicles) in an array of unique flavors like guava, watermelon, bubble gum and Fruity Pebbles™. They’re also known for their other tasty Mexican-style treats, like the popular Mangonada and Flamin’ Hot® Cheetos® with melted cheese.

Let the Good Times Roll

Has it been a while since you’ve laced up your rollerblades? Pull them out of the closet and check out the City of Santa Clarita Skate Park, a top destination for skateboarders, BMX riders, rollerbladers and scooter riders in Southern California. If spectating is more your speed, the Skate Park is also a great place to watch skaters drop in on the half pipe or carved out bowls. Note: Helmets and padding are required for all park users.

Try Ranch Life for a Day

What’s more romantic than riding horseback through the canyons of Santa Clarita? At the family-owned Gilchrist Farm, you can learn how to milk goats, gather eggs, take a horseback riding lesson and so much more. The ranch also offers classes in animal care, soap making and cheese making from March through June, and November through December. Don’t miss the Gilchrist Farm Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch in the month of October – pig races happen every weekend, and admission is free!

After a fun date out on the town, come back and relax in a brand-new home at Skyline. To learn more about everything this new home community in Santa Clarita has to offer, sign up on the Skyline Interest List.

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