Morgan County lies just south of Indianapolis and is just waiting to be explored if you want to venture outside of city limits looking for new adventures. There’s plenty there for the whole family, but with a growing community of restaurants and businesses, as well as natural beauty, Morgan County might make the perfect date day or night for you and your sweetheart! Here are our top ideas for dates in Morgan County.
Willowfield Lavender Farm
6176 E Smokey View Rd Mooresville, Indiana
Enjoy the loveliest summer date at Willowfield Lavender Farm! From May through September, this beautiful property is blooming with 1000 organic lavender plants. Stroll through the purple blooms, enjoy u-pick or buy bouquets pre-picked, and sip a lavender lemonade available for purchase. Leashed pets are welcome if you’d rather just have a date with your dog. You can also pick up plants to bring home to start your own lavender garden.
21 North Eatery and Cellar
21 N Jefferson St, Martinsville, IN 46151
Located right on the town square in Martinsville, 21 North Eatery and Cellar is perfect for a romantic dinner out. The restaurant sources many of its ingredients from local farmers and offers award-winning beers from local breweries. The wine list is extensive as well! Looking for a really special experience? Book a spot at a Chef’s Table event, where you can experience delicious multi-course meals and tasting menus in an intimate setting with a maximum of 12 other guests. These special seatings are offered regularly, but do book up! Get your reservation early.
Morgan-Monroe State Forest
6220 Forest Road Martinsville, IN 46151
Experience the rolling hills of southern Indiana in Morgan County. Take a hike in the state forest, which covers 24,000 acres and connects via trails to Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County. Make it an overnight experience by camping in the non-electric campground, or reserve one of two cabins. You can also try your luck at gold panning! Just be sure to get your free permit from the Forest Office before you begin.
Foxcliff Golf Club
1970 E. Mapleturn Rd. Martinsville, IN 46151
Whether you and your date are experienced golfers who want to play a full 18 holes or you just want to practice your swing at the driving range, Foxcliff Golf Club provides an excellent setting for a date. Beautiful, tree-lined fairways invite visitors to relax while enjoying the outdoors together. Rates are affordable, starting at just $20 on weekdays. Hungry after your golf game or time at the driving range? Grab barbeque from Hoosier Que, located on-site. The bourbon room has 400 bourbons and whiskeys!
Art Beyond Crayons
59 South Marion Street, Morgantown, IN 46160
Join Mrs. Judy Wells, an art educator who now runs her own art studio and classes, for a canvas painting session at Art Beyond Crayons. Students describe Mrs. Wells as extremely patient and encouraging, so beginners have nothing to worry about! She’ll guide you step-by-step through the creative process. Watch Art Beyond Crayons’ Facebook page for information on upcoming events. Most focus on creating canvas paintings for participants to take home, but some delve into other media, like basket weaving or wine bottle painting.
6657 East Laural Court North, Moorseville, IN, 46158
Another option for art lovers, Bliss Glass offers glass-fusing events on a regular basis. You can also schedule private classes for yourself or a group that range in length from 3-5 hours. Learn the basics of stained glass or glass fusing, or book a Cooler Party for 4-10 adults. In these 3 hour sessions, guests are welcome to bring their own coolers full of beverages to sip while creating two fused glass pieces each to take home. Choose from keychains, necklaces, or fridge magnets.
369 East Greencastle Road, Mooresville, IN 46158
Of course, a visit to the orchard is a great way to spend a fall day with your kids, but why not make a date of it? For a seasonal, outdoor day with your sweetheart, plan a visit to Anderson Orchard. Beginning in early August, visitors can pick their own apples and red raspberries. In late September, pumpkins become available, and later in the season, the farm even has chestnuts. Visit the concession stand for fall favorites like caramel apples and fried apple pies, then catch the hayride through the 100-acre property for some of the most beautiful views of Morgan County.
Nosh Dessert Parlour
20 South Indiana Street, Mooresville, IN 46158
There’s nothing quite like the allure of a gorgeous bakery case full of expertly crafted treats and pastries. Indulge your sweet tooth on a date to Nosh Dessert Parlour in Mooresville. Choose from rotating flavors of cupcakes, mousses, cookies, bars, tarts, and macarons. Options are posted weekly on social media. Please note that the shop’s hours are extremely limited. Currently, they are only open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but this is subject to change, as they have been open on other days in the past. If you can plan a stop at Nosh into your schedule, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful setting for enjoying your dessert!
A1 Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
330 Southbridge St, Mooresville, IN 46158
Even if you don’t love sushi, you’ll find something you love on the menu at A1 Japanese Steakhouse. Hibachi is an experience in itself! Whether you’re searching for classic nigiri or sashimi, artistically formed maki rolls, or slightly less fishy hibachi or tempura, A1 offers delicious Japanese food, perfect for date night. The restaurant obviously puts a high emphasis on beautiful presentation. Enjoy an elevated dining experience on your next night out.
Shopping Day in Martinsville
Martinsville Town Square
Spend a morning or afternoon exploring the shops and restaurants in downtown Martinsville. Start with a cup of coffee at The Local Grind on Morgan Street, or with lunch at Gather Around BBQ, before strolling through the town square and stopping in the local businesses. Berries and Ivy is full of adorable farmhouse decor, while comic book fans will love Krypton Comics. Stop by Fables and Fairytales to pick up a toy or gift for your children. Fuel your shopping with a treat from Martinsville Candy Kitchen!
For more things to do in Morgan County, visit our Co-Alliance Seriously Local Guide to Morgan County.