Last Friday, while Bean was at a friends house for an evening play date, Avon and I decided to have date of our own. We found a deal on Groupon for escape room game for two at MindFull Escapes in Matthews. If you don’t know, an escape room is a physical adventure game where players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objective(s) and unveil the secret plot hidden within the room, all within a set time limit. I had never done an escape room, and ordinarily wouldn’t be interested in that kind of game, but I was excited to try a new activity at the edge of my comfort zone. I figured at best, we would have something to brag about and at worst, we would break up due to irreconcilable problem solving skills.
At Mindfull Escapes, we were greeted by a friendly employee, who briefed us on the game room we selected (Hard Ards Shed), shared general instructions from the facility and answered our questions before ushering us into the game room. The game room wasn’t as scary or intimidating as I imagined it would be (though, by the looks of some of the props, they tried). Inside the room, she pointed to a small camera and let us know that she could see and hear us. If we needed anything, from a hint to serious help, we were to shout at any time. Once the game started, we could leave the room at any time, but re-entry was not permitted. Thankfully, we had already used the bathroom.
We weren’t allowed to photograph or record the game room and to preserve the experience for future players, I won’t even attempt to describe it. But I will say that in spite of being fairly smart people and working well as a team, we were unable to escape the room in under an hour. We were able to solve quite a bit of the puzzles and riddles on our own, but needed hints to help us a long. When the hour was over and the answers were revealed, we realized that we did a lot of unnecessary over-analyzing and missed clues hiding in plain sight. We had a good laugh at ourselves, especially when the Mindfull Escapes employee shared her experience of us through the camera. I wish I could have seen a recording of us.
Overall, we had a great time and plan to visit Mindfull Escapes for another game in the near future.
We had some time before we were due to pick Bean up and decided to grab dinner. Mi Pueblo had been highly recommended by a friend. After eating there, I understand why.
The restaurant was surprisingly empty for a Friday night, but I was grateful for the uninterrupted views of the Spanish style decor and the prompt and attentive service. Though, based on my experience of the staff, I suspect that we would have received the same level of service whether there were 100 other patrons dining alongside us that night.
I ordered the Shrimp Chimichanga and Avon had the Pollo Fundido. The portions were generous and even though I was starving, I knew I would have to take some food home.
When the bill arrived, we were astonished. After some quick calculations, we realized that our date night cost under $60! A fun activity and a delicious meal on the cheap in two hours? This date night gets two thumbs up from me!
Have you been to Mindfull Escapes or Mi Pueblo before or are you planning to go? Where are your favorite places to go on a date in Charlotte? Let me know below!