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By Lauren Brancato
It’s good to think outside the dating box by getting physical in a whole different way.
Good, old-fashioned competition is a great way to keep the fun alive, and fun is what you’re sure to have at High Rollers, Foxwoods’ brand-new bowling complex. It’s not just any bowling alley—it oozes a retro Vegas vibe, with glamorous black-and-white photos lining the walls, elegant chandeliers and plush banquettes. Each of the 20 PBA-approved regulation-size lanes (six of which are VIP) include an oversized screen showcasing music videos and sporting events. After finding out which of you is the better bowler, why not go head-to-head in a game of billiards or shuffleboard, also available here. And, of course, whoever loses has to buy dinner at the café, which includes an array of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads, as well as a selection of easy-to-share dishes. Top it off with a martini, signature drink, beer or glass of wine from the bar. 860/312-BOWL; highrollersfoxwoods.com.
The White Stuff
For the couple that loves the white stuff, skiing and snowboarding are great ways to bond. The 1,600-foot Mohawk Mountain, located in quiet Cornwall, is the perfect spot for this. Located amid the beauty of the southern Berkshires, it features 24 trail of varying difficulties on on 350 scenic acres of state forest. If you’re beginners, sign up for a ski or snowboard package before hitting the slopes, both of which include a lift ticket and a one-and-a-half-hour lesson. Be sure to stop in at the Pine Lodge Restaurant, a ski-in, ski-out full-service restaurant located partway up the mountain on the Pine Trail. Sip a warm drink and eat hearty, delicious fare in the cozy atmosphere. 800/895-5222; mohawkmtn.com.
If you’re both adventure lovers but it’s just a little too cold outside, you can still find your thrill indoors at Prime Climb in Wallingford. The state’s premier indoor challenge course offers two rooms (one for beginners, one for more experienced climbers) and 15,000 square feet of rock climbing surfaces, the highest reaching 40 feet. Gear up and climb to the top, and build your trust by guiding each other along the way. 203/265-7880; primeclimb.com.
Enjoy the winter air, the waters of Long Island Sound and some superadorable animals on one of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s Winter Creature Cruises. Bundle up and board the research vessel Oceanic, where guides will point out the harbor seals, gray seals and occasionally even harp seals that journey to the Sound each winter, as well as buffleheads, mergansers, old squaws and other winter waterfowl. Don’t forget your binoculars, as you won’t want to miss a thing on the invigorating two-and-a-half-hour journey. 203/852-0700; maritimeaquarium.org/cruises_winter.html.