F eel that? The refreshing, clean-slate sensation that comes along between semesters and at the start of the new year? It's invigorating, enlivening, and inspiring -- so much so, that new relationships, or old ones that survived the holidays take a new turn and get a little deeper.

This season of renewal and your lady's enthusiasm for New Year's resolutions may also make your tired date-night suggestions -- tequila shots, lavish dinners, or coffee and cookie eating binges -- fall flat. Want to make an impression this week? Consider something that'll play into the new-year-new-you mentality.

Instead of an afternoon walk, lace up with your lady and join the Boulder Road Runners for the group's weekly Sunday social run this weekend. Your date will appreciate the casual, low-pressure vibe of the loosely organized group outing that traces the Cottonwood trails on Boulder's east side -- and the Great Harvest Bread Company snacks provided post-run. It'll likely be unfamiliar trail territory for you both, so be ready to snap some Facebook-worthy pics as you pace each other. (Meet at 9 a.m.; 3033 Iris Ave.; boulderroadrunners.org)

Maybe one of your resolutions is to try something new? If so, there's no better way to get up close and personal than with some sexy Latin dancing.


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If you're intimidated by the big group lessons preceding the open dancing at local Salsa nights (Thursday at the Avalon Ballroom, Friday at Trattoria on Pearl, Saturday at Millennium Harvest House, and Sunday at the D-Note in Arvada), consider going in on a series of lessons like the semi-private beginner instruction starting this Sunday with Danceophile Studios. The four-week series starts Sunday (5:30 p.m.; $95 per couple; danceophile.com) and you'll come away from it with hip-swinging swagger that'll give you and your lady confidence on the dance floor.

Maybe you want something a little more... educational, cultural, sophisticated, or tasty? Friday is the first of local wine producers BookCliff Vineyards' 2013 wine and cheese pairing nights (5:30 p.m.; $70; 1501 Lee Hill Dr.; bookcliffvineyards.com). The swanky night of hands-on conversation with BookCliff's vintners and cheese makers from local Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy. Could wining and dining get any better than this educational, intimate night that'll absolutely up your romantic cred? I don't think so.

If the culturally sophisticated angle appeals, but the budget-busting price tag doesn't, consider a night at the Dairy Center's Boedecker Theater ($10; 2590 Walnut St.; thedairy.org). Its weekend schedule is packed with showings of three art-house films that are more cerebral than the offerings at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall. My pick: "Wild Horse Wild Ride," a feel-good story of horse enthusiasts taming wild horses in 100-day mustang makeovers (Sat. 8:30 p.m.). For something moodier, check out "Searching for Sugar Man," a documentary-style look at the life of '70s "rock star that never was," Detroit's Rodriguez (Fri. 6:30 p.m.; Sat. 4 p.m.).

Kristy Holland writes about dating once a week for the Colorado Daily. Tell her about your date-night ideas at boulderdatenight@gmail.com.