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Inverness Date Night Top Five
By Brian Mullany
The downtown restaurants are one of the best things Inverness has to offer. There is something that fits everyone’s budget from the McLeod House Bistro, to the Motor City Pasta Company and everything in between. The night does not have to end with dinner; the Fox Den Winery and the Pine Street Pub are nearby so you can extend your night all the way into the wee hours of the morning. The city of Inverness also offers a classic car show, “Friday Night Thunder”, on the third Friday of every Month. Some of my favorite restaurants in town include; McLeod House Bistro, Stumpknockers, Motor city Pasta Company, and Coaches pub and eatery.
Did you know that the McLeod House Bistro has had more proposals made in it than any other restaurant in town?
Perhaps you are looking for a bit more of an intimate setting. The Cooter Pond Boardwalk allows for just the romantic stroll you are looking for. Once the stroll is over there are covered pavilions, which provide shade from the sun and still give you a romantic back drop .The park does close at dusk, so when the sun goes down you will have to find another place to continue the night.
What would a date night article be if it didn’t include a movie night? Even with the onset of the Netflix and chill generation, we still find the need to get out and see a movie the old fashioned way. The beautifully restored Valerie Theater sits on the downtown square directly across from the historic courthouse. It hosts several live performances as well as classic movies. Remember to buy your tickets well in advance as most shows sell out fast.
The second theater option is the Regal Cinema, which is located in the Bealls shopping center. The Regal Cinemas offers 6 screens that play the newest films of the day. In the lobby you’ll find a concession stand for your movie night snacks and an arcade, which can be used to pass the time until your movie starts.
Pick a park, any park, Inverness has several parks to choose from, all of which are perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon picnic. My personal favorite is Liberty Park, located north of downtown off of Apopka Avenue. Liberty Park has a wide open field and sits on the banks of Lake Henderson. This park also offers picnic tables and grills, just in case you want to make your picnic a little more elaborate. However, all you need is a blanket and a picnic basket to enjoy the amazing scenery in any of the city or state parks in the area.
Here is a list of some of the parks in the area. For a complete list of the parks in Inverness go to www.Inverness-fl.gov
Let’s face it guys this one is truly for us, so I wouldn’t recommend this if you are in a new relationship. However, if you are fortunate to be with someone that is as big of a race fan as you, then you are in luck, because Inverness is home to the Citrus County Speedway. Located next to the citrus county Fairgrounds, this track has just been rebuilt and remodeled. Starting in July 2016 it will play host to live racing every Saturday night. Did you know that the city of Inverness hosts a Go-Kart race around its historic courthouse and downtown square Every Year? The “Inverness Grand Prix” is the only street race in Florida and takes place every November. Go-kart speeds reach up to 40 mph as they race around the courthouse. That’s twice the posted speed limit.