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Three Dates, One Zip Code

Explore Mason and Deerfield with ideas for your next date from a local expert.

Need a little inspiration for your next date? Abby Allen shares three date ideas, all in the Mason and Deerfield area. 

1. Treat Yourself
Start your evening early and order a beautiful bouquet from Baysore’s Flower Shop to surprise your date. 

Need last-minute flowers? “Just stop in, and we’ll make it happen,” shares owner Cathy Harbison.

Next, head to S.W. Clyborne Co. Provision and Spirits. Locals love this upscale gastropub with gluten-free options for diners and an extensive cocktail menu.

“My go-to dish is the Chile-Rubbed NY Strip and a glass of red wine,” shares Janet Nelson, co-owner of the Manor House Event Center. 

"We always split the Clyborne Greens, and opt for the Goat Cheese Ravioli with charred tomatoes," remarks Tracy Carson, public information officer for Mason City Schools.

End the evening with a signature ice cream sandwich from Cincy Sammy’s. They’re open until 9 p.m. most nights, making it a perfect last stop.  

2. Casual Day Date
Start at Adesso, specializing in locally sourced, artisanal coffee. Share a breakfast pastry or other light breakfast bites to start your day and sit inside or outside.

Once caffeinated, stroll to Luigi’s Olde World Market and order delectable sandwiches and sides to go. They have a great lunch deal for under $10 that includes a sandwich, side, chips and a drink.

“We love Luigi’s in downtown Mason. A delicious restaurant and market owned by the nicest people,” enthuses Mark and Jen Winter, owners of Solutions Plus Pest Control and creators of Angel Alley.

Take your Luigi’s lunch for a picnic at Pine Hill Lakes Park while enjoying the sunshine and nature trails.

3. Weekday Date Night
Open Monday through Friday, 4 to 9 p.m., Wildflower Cafe has been a Mason favorite since it opened 15 years ago. This farmhouse cafe and wine bar packs a culinary punch with seasonal and locally sourced dishes. The truffled mushroom fonduta and grass-fed beef burger are not to be missed. Plan ahead and make a reservation online.

Once your savory cravings have been satisfied, head to Milk Jar at Deerfield Towne Center for rolled ice cream or bubble tea as a unique dessert to end the evening. 

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Learn More: Follow along as Abby eats, drinks, and explores Cincinnati and the suburbs on her Instagram pages @Deliciously_Cinful and @Mason_Moves_. Get inspired to try new restaurants, quench your thirst with brewery and bar recommendations and find fun things to do around town. A Mason resident and Cincinnati native, Abby loves to share her favorites in food, beer and atmosphere.