Fall Dates
by Dave & Kat

Couple Taking a Walk on their Date in the Fall!
You can feel it. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder and it's time to trade your flip flops and bathing suits for a sweater and your favorite scarf. But don't worry. Even though the summer is over, you and your partner can still find plenty of things to do. Emotions run deep as we prepare for the cold months ahead and although some of us may feel a sense of foreboding or even melancholy, the fall can also be a time of mystery and - if you play your cards right - a chance to get closer to that special someone in your life.

And with a new season comes a whole batch of new dates!

Leaf-Peeping

Leaf-peeping? Yeah, we know: it's kind of a silly name, but it's an easy way to say "wake up and smell the foliage!" Or look at the foliage, rather, which is an excellent way to spend a fall afternoon with your date. Enjoy the scenery with a relaxing drive, riding bikes, hiking, picnicking, a walk, or even off-roading - anything that gets you outside to appreciate the beautiful colors of autumn before winter sets in.

Apple picking

'Tis the season to harvest apples, and if you're lucky enough to have an orchard nearby then head out for an afternoon of apple-picking (and munching)! You'll find that freshly-picked apples have a better flavor than the store-bought variety and picking them together is a lot of fun. Most farms also offer a number of seasonal, locally-prepared goodies for sale like apple butter, cider or even fried apples dusted with powdered sugar. If you'd rather do it yourself, you can head home with your freshly picked produce and bake your very own apple pie. Mmmm!

Find the Best Pumpkin Latte

This time of year, nearly every coffee shop on the planet starts to roll out their fall drinks specials. From Starbucks to Dunkin' Donuts you've got pumpkin coffee, pumpkin spice lattes drizzled with caramel, pumpkin muffins and even pumpkin donuts. Why not try them all? Not all at once of course, but plan for a multi-stage date and rank your favorite fall-flavored beverages.

Festivals and Fairs

Fall arrives with all kinds of harvest festivals for autumn crops like pumpkins and apples, along with Oktoberfest, craft fairs, and other seasonal celebrations. Grab the local paper or search online for events in your area, then head off with your sweetie for an afternoon of seasonal treats and people watching.

Football

Football season is here so why not get in the spirit and call up some friends for a game of co-ed touch football? Afterward invite everyone back to your place for a slice of pie (we recommend apple or pumpkin) and a mug of hot cider. If you're not so keen on actually playing football, then pack a thermos and support your home team at a local high school, college, or pro game.

Rake Leaves

Clearing your parents' yard of fallen leaves may have seemed like a chore when you were a kid but don't forget: with leaf raking comes leaf jumping! Offer to help your date rake his or her lawn, or invite them to rake the lawn of an elderly neighbor with you. You'll be cultivating good karma and getting a good cardio work out while you're at it, and you never know: that elderly neighbor just may invite you in for fresh baked apple pie to say "thank you!"

Photograph the Season

Fall foliage provides a beautiful backdrop for photos and just think: the rosy cheeks you end up with after all that time spent searching for the perfect shot will only make you look that much better! Sounds like a good time for a photo shoot to us.

Games by the Fire

Brighten up a cold, blustery day with a crackling fire, a pot of hot soup, and an afternoon of your favorite board games! Or, stick with a simpler card game and invite another couple to make it a double date.

Halloween

Since Halloween is the big holiday of the season, we've written up a whole page of Halloween date ideas for your viewing pleasure.

A Stormy Walk on the Beach

Bundle up on a windy day and head down to the beach for a walk along the shore. You'll have the sand all to yourself and you'll get to enjoy the dark clouds and stormy seas that mean change is coming. Find a pier and dare your date to join you as you walk all the way to the edge to watch the waves crash below you. Don't forget a thermos of hot drinks and a dry change of socks if you get too close to the water's edge.

Homemade Fall Foods

Fall is the time for warm, satisfying comfort foods like hot soups or stews, apple or pumpkin pie, apple crisp, hot apple cider, apple cinnamon muffins, and pumpkin bread with butter. Turn on your favorite play list and get cozy in the kitchen as you try your hands at some new autumn recipes from scratch!

The Last Bonfire

Snuggle up next to a fire at the beach, a campground, or your favorite outdoor spot. Enjoy; it's the last time you'll be able to do this until next year! Don't forget to pack marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers to make s'mores.

Hiking

Hiking is not only a great way to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage but also to get outside and really stretch your legs one last time before the bad weather sets in. If you're going for a longer trek, be sure to wear layers and avoid cotton (it retains moisture and will get colder as you sweat). Pack your camera and bring the dogs!

Walk and Talk

Take a simple walk through the city, a local park, or anywhere else you've been dying to explore with a hot cup of hot cocoa or coffee. The mug will keep your hands warm and once you've finished your drink, you can slip your chilly fingers into your date's pocket for added protection from the frosty air.

Camping

If you just can't get enough of the fall foliage, make an entire weekend of it by booking a campsite at your local state park or campground. September and October are amongst the greatest months for camping as they're cooler than July and August but not so cold as to be unbearable. Bring a gas stove so you can make pancakes in the morning or pack a cooler full of hot dogs to roast over the fire for a quick evening meal. And of course, be prepared for plenty of snuggling once you hit the tent!

Corn Maze

If you've never been to a corn maze before, you're missing out. Sure, they're a bit hokey but visiting a local farm that's turned it's crop into a mysterious collection of secret passageways and dead ends makes for a great excuse to squeeze your partner's hand as you venture out into the great unknown together. Once you've found your way to the finish line, celebrate with a mug of steaming apple cider.

Other Ideas

  • Light a fire, make some hot cocoa and settle in for a Halloween or Thanksgiving movie marathon. Or, if you've been dying to get caught up on your favorite TV series, now's the time.
  • Pull on your raincoat and head outside for some puddle-jumping! Once you've dried off, treat your sweetheart to cup of tea.
  • Work those biceps with an afternoon of climbing trees or head to your local playground after hours for some grown up time on the monkey bars. Why should kids get to have all the fun?


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