Back in my single days, I feel like I always came up with these great date ideas. I’m obsessed with the fall — and for just about every possible activity, I’d think, “wow, this would be a great date idea if I had a boyfriend.” Well kids, I kept those in my back pocket over the years and now I’m bombarding Brian with all sorts of cute dates that I’ve always wanted to do. If you’re lost on date ideas, I can certainly help! Here are 5 cute fall date ideas that you’ll want to do over and over. What you won’t see here? Your basic apple picking and pumpkin-patch frolicking. Have Brian and I done those? Certainly. But, I’m thinking outside the box a bit with activities you both will enjoy (not that he doesn’t love snapping your apple picking picture year after year…).
1. Hit the Trails
Brian and I love to do things outside, so there are really endless options here. If you’re an active couple too, try going for a morning hike together. You can pack some snacks and a canteen full of spiked hot cocoa and road trip (with a great playlist, of course) to your nearest hiking site. We recently rented bikes while up at Lake Winona for the day and had a blast. We looked up the trails and biked in the woods for an hour or so. It was a great workout and a really fun way to spend time together. Definitely one of my favorite dates ever! Find trails near you here.
2. Take a Class
I always love shared learning experiences because they seem to bring you closer together as a couple. Whether you take a ballroom dancing or yoga class or even sign up for a cooking class, it’s always fun to learn (and laugh) together. Brian has gone to yoga with me before, which I loved since it was incorporating him into one of my frequent activities. The one thing I’ve been dying to do though, is take a cooking class. Cooking is something we already really enjoy doing together, so I want to mix it up with a class where we can learn how to make something entirely different from scratch!
3. Explore Your City
Even if you don’t live in a huge metro area like Chicago, there are always places in a mid-size city to explore. I always feel like I’ve seen everything there is to see in Fort Wayne, but just a few weeks ago Brian and I discovered Fox Island Park, which has trails, a lake and just beautiful scenery. Take a Saturday and decide to go somewhere new — whether it’s mixing up your brunch spot, taking him to that coffee shop you just discovered or picking a new place to bike, run, hike, etc. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even find a new favorite spot.
4. Tour a Brewery or Cider Mill
I am not a beer drinker (although I do love a good cider), but I toured a brewery a few years back with a friend and had a ton of fun! Depending on the brewery, many of these tours are actually free (or the cost of a drink as you walk around). I went to the New Glarus Brewery — you know, Spotted Cow and stuff — in Wisconsin and it was pretty neat. Brian is a craft beer fanatic, so I’m excited for him to totally nerd out over one. Even for non-beer drinkers, it was interesting and a cool experience. If beer isn’t your jam, there are also cider mills, which I’m dying to go to next! Not sure where to go? This handy website will help you find a brewery near you.
5. Host an At-Home Tailgate
Although any of these ideas could easily be turned into a double-date, if you have couple friends you’ve been meaning to meet up with, this is a great way to do so. By taking the tailgate from the parking lot to your living room, you and your s/o get to play host together before your friends even arrive. You can plan a menu, make appetizers and raid Target for some new fall decs. Then, kick back and relax with your friends while cozied up on the couch (and stuffed full of buffalo chicken dip).
We have a pretty busy fall ahead of us, so I’m not sure if we’ll get all 5 dates in this year (but that won’t stop me from trying)! What are your favorite date ideas for the fall? Let’s swap ideas below in the comments!
Until next time —