The sights and sounds of the season are on display at Carillon Historical Park's A Carillon Christmas. The event runs through Dec. 30. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: Your picks for the BEST places to take a date in Dayton

A memorable, successful date requires a certain amount of spontaneity. However, a little planning ahead of time goes a long way. 

Dayton is a wonderful, affordable place for a blossoming romance. There’s something for the outdoorsy pair, the chic couple and of course the foodie love birds.  

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These Best of Dayton 2018 winners in the Best Place to Take a Date category serve as a great jumping off point when planning a romantic day for your love interest. 

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🥇WINNER: The Oregon District 

Photo: Lily's Bistro

No surprise here, the Oregon District is an all-encompassing destination for date night. The strip of local eateries has something for every budget for people who want to enjoy a candlelit meal with their honey. Even if you or your date decide to pass on food, you could spend hours walking through the District, window shopping, gabbing, checking out street art and fun cozy shops. 

🥈SECOND PLACE: The Greene Towne Center 

There are endless date night options when it comes to The Greene Towne Center in Beavercreek. A great thing about the shopping and restaurant destination is that you and your date can see where the night takes you and decide when you get there. Cinemark at The Greene 14 is one of the most raved about theaters in our area, so couples can cap the night with a show and grab drinks afterward. 

The Greene Town Center is home to a new Cincinnati-based hat and apparel shop. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer
Photo: Staff Writer

4452 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek | WebsiteFacebook 

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🥉THIRD PLACE: Carillon Historical Park 

No matter the season, Carillon is a gorgeous date destination for multiple reasons. Of course, in the winter, a Carillon Christmas will dazzle you and your date as you stroll hand in hand through holiday lights. During the regular season, Carillon is a museum, park, brewery and more, all in one. You could even keep it simple by packing a picnic and enjoying it beneath the Deeds Carillon — the beautiful Dayton bell tower. 

Hundreds of people attended the Easter Sunrise Service at Carillon Park on a chillly but gorgeous Easter Sunday morning, March 27. MARK FISHER/STAFF (Mark Fisher)

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🏆BEST OF DAYTON 2017 WINNERS: Best place to take a date

WINNER: Watermark

2nd Place: D20: A Bar With Characters

3rd Place: Coldwater Cafe

🏆BEST OF DAYTON 2016 WINNERS: Best place to take a date

WINNER: The Greene

2nd Place: Fifth Street Brewpub

3rd Place: Thai 9

🏆BEST OF DAYTON 2015 WINNERS: Best place to take a date

WINNER: Lily’s Bistro

2nd Place: The Greene

3rd Place: Pinot’s Palette