Like Etch a Sketch, but in Real Life

POINT REYES

By Nicole Honchariw

What: Crafting classes.
Where: Ink.Paper.Plate (Point Reyes Station).
When: Perfect alternative to the expected boozy weekend brunch.
Extra points for: Not being afraid to show your date your genuine creative side.
Cash factor: Trends moderate to high (luckily, post-craft drinks at nearby Old Western Saloon are cheap).

For that new person you’re particularly excited about (maybe it’s your third or fourth time going out, and you’re eager to see how your chemistry sustains itself outside of a bar or restaurant), commit to spending the day creating something together. Enjoy the scenic drive west and head to Ink.Paper.Plate in Point Reyes. The cozy studio offers several types of crafting classes, which you can book as private sessions or smaller group lessons. Screen-print your own tee-shirt designs. Turn your witty banter into clever stationary. Learn how to letterpress (how have either of you survived without knowing how to letterpress?) While the studio doesn’t plan the classes as drinking affairs, they won’t mind you bringing in a bottle of wine; you know, if you need help getting those artistic juices flowing. Old Western Saloon is also nearby, should you really want to run with the struggling artist theme. For this date, just remember, showing a little creativity can go a long way: don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines.








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