Valentine’s Day gets all the attention when it comes to romance, but Fall might just be the most romantic season of all. The changing weather begs us to sit by crackling fires, light candles and cozy up with loved ones. The scenery’s not so bad, either, as leaves change color and float down to the ground.
With all of this in mind, it’s no wonder fall is a great backdrop for dates. And, because the season creates so much natural wonder on its own, you don’t have to shell out big bucks to impress. The following five date ideas prove it. See how well they play up that cozy fall vibe without breaking your budget.
Talk a Walk in the Park
Unless you live in a city that gets year-round sunshine and great weather, there’s somewhere nearby where you can walk around and enjoy the fall scenery. A quick Google search will help you find the best places nearby to see fall leaves, and you might be lucky enough to live close enough to some of the nation’s best places for seeing the changing foliage.
Grab coffees or hot cocoas to-go and walk around, taking in the sights. If the weather’s unseasonably warm, make a day of it by packing a picnic lunch and sitting among the trees as they wave in the wind.
Sign up for a Brewery Tour
A Brewery Tour is a fun alternative to the run-of-the-mill date over drinks. Instead, you and your date will take part in a brewery tour, which you likely can customize based on your taste in beer. For example, you can visit a series of craft breweries to try your city’s best specialty brews.
And, as the libations flow, so will the conversation between you and your date. It’s a great way to break the ice and stoke your chat if things get a little too silent. Ask them how they like a particular pour, share your opinions and voila — you’re back on a talkative track.
Try Your Luck in a Corn Maze
As farmers pluck the last of their summer harvests, they try and make one last dollar off of their fields by turning them into mazes. You can see just how well you and your date work together by entering into a confusing corn maze.
You’ll only have each other to pass the time, so you can chat and get to know each other while strategizing yourselves out of the maze. Once you do, you’ll have a fun memory that bonds you.
There’s perhaps no activity more quintessentially “fall” than carving Pumpkins. And, even better, you can pick up a pair of pumpkins and a carving kit for a decent price, too.
There are so many fun possibilities for a pumpkin-carving date. You can work together to outline and carve an intricate pattern. You can make it a competition to see who’s more adept at carving. You can even design your own pumpkins and marvel at each other’s creative creations. Oh, and if that’s too messy, don’t worry — you can still decorate pumpkins with paint.
Bake a Fall Dessert Together
Whether you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie, you and your date can spend an evening whipping up a quintessential fall dessert (or two). You already have all the tools in your kitchen, and you probably have some of the basic ingredients, too. So, choose a few fall baking recipes together and work your magic. Then, enjoy the fruits of your labor.
What will you do with your date this fall?
If one of the above doesn’t interest you, there are seemingly countless ideas for fall dates that are equal parts seasonal and romantic. Take one and run with it!
Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington