Imagine cruising at sunset on the Parkway in the back of a vintage ‘65 Lincoln Continental Convertible, sipping Prosecco with your honey while someone else does the driving. Then you pull up curbside to one of Asheville’s best restaurants where drinks and a three course dinner awaits. And there are beautiful fresh flowers, too.
This exciting concept came to fruition when Lara Vernon of Rare Exotic Vehicles met with Jenn Gordon of Asheville Date Night Guide, and Gary Jackson, a date science expert. They all agreed that Lara's fine selection of classic cars could up the game for an awesome pre-planned date night experience which would showcase authentic Asheville. In January 2019, Date Night Ride was born, hatched from the idea that romance shouldn't be stressful or hard to coordinate and should feel special. Partnering with local restaurants and entertainment businesses, the goal is to provide a unique all-inclusive experience that will bring folks together in an exciting new way.
“When it comes to relationships, new and old alike, finding the time to plan and enjoy a truly special romantic outing can be tedious and overwhelming,” says Vernon. “We wanted to bring couples and friends together for an adventure they'll never forget so they can take a mini-vacation from their daily grind and find time for each other! We offer a wide array of unique activities through connections with local businesses and artists that we have developed in order to make Date Night Ride a truly magical experience.”
The only romantic date night adventure concierge in the USA that utilizes classic cars for transportation, Date Night Ride is a thoughtfully curated, unique romantic experience. For one all-inclusive price, guests can enjoy the magic of riding in a vintage car from the 50's or 60's with their own private chauffeur, dine at some of Asheville's best restaurants, and bring home a hand-selected bouquet of seasonal, local flowers from Blooms on Tap. Pick-up and drop-off service is included within a 30 mile radius of downtown Asheville where you can choose from going directly from point A to point B, or opt for a more scenic route while taking in the landscapes.
Whether you want to go out with a group of friends, a double-date, or relish in a romantic evening with just you and your love, Date Night Ride is sure to be a memorable adventure. From door-to-door they handle everything, including logistics, costs, atmosphere, and vendors. Guests will never have to pull out their credit cards or worry about things like reservations or (gasp) finding a parking spot downtown. Everything is included in their "one magical price." This one-of-a-kind service focuses on partnering exclusively with local businesses. Their vintage cars are registered as limousines; therefore, this allows guests to consume beer or wine within the vehicles. Feel free to bring some drinks along for the ride!
“The network of support in Asheville's local business community is outstanding!” Vernon states. “Business owners here are always so happy to collaborate, assist, and elevate one another's projects. There are so many opportunities for networking events and shared group activities. Additionally, there is an incredible focus here on locally sourced products and services; more than I've seen in any other city. We are just so honored to be a part of it!”
When asked about Date Night Ride’s plans for the future, Vernon mentioned that they were looking forward to arranging a tiny concert this fall up in the mountains that showcases the change in foliage. The event will be catered by one of their partner restaurants, and tickets will be sold individually. Capacity will be limited to 8 guests per event. Stay tuned to Dig Local as we get closer to fall for new information, and keep an eye out for an official announcement!
Date Night Ride offers a 10% discount to Asheville locals. They can also plan special events such as proposals, surprise birthdays, and more. There are some really neat add-on packages such as a Sunset Musical Serenade up on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a local musician, a photographer to capture the occasion, or a Staycation at one of their beautiful local accommodation partners to cap-off your magical evening. Learn more about Date Night Ride and how you can plan your special evening today by checking out their Dig Local profile.