Try Something New Together
Now don't worry. We're not suggesting you take up bungee jumping or sky diving (although if your date's keen, then by all means - go for it). Instead, think about something you've always wanted to do, and ask you partner if there's anything they've been itching to try as well. The results may surprise you. Here's a list of five great ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
Get PhysicalGoing to the gym together can be great for your relationship (and your abs) but if you'd like to take your his-and-her workout to the next level, why not give couples yoga a try? Many yoga studios offer beginner classes; some are drop in, meaning you just show up and pay the class fee whenever you feel like it, while others require pre-registration for a series of classes designed to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to yoga practice. What we recommend, however, is that you do a little more research and find a studio that offers couples yoga.
Couples yoga is exactly what it sounds like: you and your partner will be led through a traditional yoga practice but instead of being left to your own devices, you'll focus on supporting and receiving support from one another. Yoga can be intense, both spiritually and physically if you're doing it correctly, so if it's your first time practicing, you'll feel better knowing your partner is right there with you (and a little added flexibility never hurts in the bedroom.)
Get CulturedSushi is in high demand these days. If you and your partner just can't get enough of your California rolls, head back to Groupon or Living Social and consider registering for a sushi class. In most workshops (which range from a few hours to two all-day sessions), you'll be provided with supplies, instructions and your very own handmade rolls to take home with you. The fees can be a bit off putting but remember: you're learning a skill. And you'll never have to go out for sushi again!
But why stop there? Treat your date to a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. And don't worry: we promise you won't have to surround yourself with teddy bears, play dress up or drink with your pinky finger politely extended in mid air. In fact, if your significant other is even vaguely interested in martial arts, they'll thank you for bringing them one step closer to their favorite samurai film. To find a Japanese tea ceremony near you, contact your local art museum or cultural center. If you live in a large enough city there's a good chance you may even have a Japanese tea house in your own backyard.
Take the LeadTap into your inner Fred Astaire with a series of ballroom dance classes. Many nightclubs offer complimentary lessons early on in the evening but if you'd like to get serious, check out your local ballroom studio. Most offer packages for new customers that provide two to four lessons at a discounted price. In addition, these beginner packages usually include an open invitation to the studio's Friday or Saturday night party where you'll be able to mingle with other students and show off your new skills.
You'll want to avoid wearing jeans and sneakers. Instead, aim for a dress shoe with a smooth bottom if possible but don't worry about investing in expensive ballroom shoes while you're just starting out. If there's a wedding in your future (either your own of someone else's), ask for swing or foxtrot. If nightclubs are more your speed, try merengue or salsa. Finally, for elegant challenge, stick with either the waltz or the tango—they're both extremely romantic and remember gentleman: the dance floor is the one place you can call the shots and get away with it.
Geek OutIf you enjoyed Risk or Monopoly as a kid, plan a game night with your partner. Most gaming stores have open board game nights where you can either BYOBG (bring your own board game) or select a game from the store's library to play for free. Because many gaming stores are losing business to online retailers, their owners are eager to engage with potential customers by teaching new games and encouraging a friendly playing atmosphere.
To get started, call up your local game store and ask when they'll be holding their next open game night. If you're new to gaming, we recommend starting with Settlers of Catan, Dominion or Ticket to Ride. And for all the Games of Thrones fans out there, keep in mind that the popular HBO series also comes in board game format. But beware: it's a wee bit complicated, so start with something simple and work your way up.
Get Your Drink OnHave you ever picked a bottle of wine simply because you liked the label? Or accidentally paired a chardonnay with a red meat just because you didn't know any better? Well, now's your chance to get it right. Wine tastings are a great way to start, and oftentimes you can book a tour of several local vineyards that includes transportation so you can drink to your heart's content with jeopardizing yourself or your loved one.
If, however, you'd like to take your connoisseurship to the next level, check out a wine tasting class. Yes: you can enroll in a class that teaches you how to taste wine. You'll learn the lingo, the pairings, and the proper way to hold your glass. And depending on the event, you'll probably end up with a free bottle or two as well. Check out Groupon or Living Social to find a wine tasting class near you and keep an eye out for funky wine/date combos, such as wine and kayaking or wine and chocolate (believe it or not, such things do exist).
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