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If you’ve been here a little while, you know that I love date night. It’s my favorite night of the week! Tom and I both lead very busy lives. It can be so easy to fall into a rut of working all day, cooking or simply heating up dinner at home, binge watching Hulu, and going to bed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am happy with a good Hulu binge session, snuggles on the couch, especially now that the weather is getting cooler, and calling it a night. But, I also want to make a point to get out of the house, and enjoy this great season with some special fall date nights. I’m lucky to have a great weekend partner in crime!
Without further ado, this is what will be on our fall date night calendar this year and I hope a few, or all, make it onto yours as well!
This is one of my favorite things to do in fall! The air is crisp, the pumpkin spice latte you picked up on the way is hot, and there are pumpkins to be picked! I’ve been to a lot of pumpkin patches in my day, and they are not all created equal. My favorite are on real farms, where you know, they actually grow the pumpkins. These farms have by far the most unique pumpkins, since the ones not perfectly round haven’t been discarded before being set up in a parking lot. And, it makes the hunt for the perfect pumpkin even better!
Bonus: Pumpkin Carving
After you’ve spent your time picking out the perfect pumpkin, a perfect bonus fall date night is to carve it! Last year, we tried our hands at some more interesting pumpkin designs, with shading as well as carving. And, I’m thinking this year I want to bust out the Dremel tool to do some seriously intricate pumpkin carving. Bust out the Halloween tunes on Pandora, sip on a pumpkin ale and make it a night!
Apple picking is one on my must do list this year! Last year, the apples were ripe really late in the year so we never got around to it. And, the year before, Tom was deployed. So, this year, we are going apple picking by golly! This is such an iconic fall date night, pack up a snuggly blanket, and some hot cider to create the perfect moment.
Go For a Drive
To find changing leaves! In many parts of the country, this would be, go for a drive to see the changing leaves because they are everywhere and so beautiful. Last year, we had the opportunity to be in upstate New York and Vermont for leaf season, and it is an experience I won’t forget. Add it to your bucket list! Here in the PNW, the majority of our trees are evergreens, so it’s more of a scouting mission to go out and find the best changing red and yellow leaves you can find! Either way, it’s quality time.
Full of cozy blankets, warm cider (with a splash of something strong!), and star gazing. fall is one of my favorite times of the year to camp! It’s brisk but not cold, and it’s the last time to really enjoy the outdoors before winter. This is a perfect, and economical, way to reset and reconnect with nature for a weekend.
It can be tricky finding a good corn maze, that is still fun as an adult. Sometimes, they are a little too geared towards little kids. But, even if you have to drive to find a good one, it’s well worth it! Get lost with your hunk, and reward yourself with a fall treat when you find your way out!
Tailgating optional, but really, you should tailgate! Football season, is the best season after all, so why not spend a fall date night at a football game? From high school to collegiate to professional, there is a price point for everyone, and it’s just as much fun rooting on the local HS as it is your local professional team!
If you would rather spend some time indoors, making up a fancy fall dessert can be a fun way to spend an evening together! While, date night out is my favorite night of the week, date night in follows close behind. Tom and I love cooking together, even just in the middle of the week. But, for date night in, we will make it something special, out of the ordinary and/or challenging to make. There are so many fun fall desserts I’m dying to make like this hazelnut fig cake or pumpkin cream cheese bread, that are both on my list!
Snuggle up under a blanket and take a hayride! Perfect opportunity to chat, laugh and do something that brings you back to being a kid again!
Building a warm bonfire together to snuggle next to on a cool evening is a perfect fall date night. Not only is it a fun activity building it together, but it’s also a fun way to cook dinner. There are so many great campfire recipes out there. Or simply make some s’mores, they aren’t just a summer dessert! You can put a fall spin on them by using artisan pumpkin marshmallows or using ginger snap cookies!
What’s better than spending a day at a Bavarian themed festival, surrounded by other beer enthusiasts, drinking, eating, and dancing the day away? Nothing, that’s what. I love taking advantage of these types of fall festivals. Activities planned for you, just show up and enjoy yourself! You may even be like me, and win a cool shirt for your skills at hammerschlagen! Full disclosure, while hammerschlagen is absolutely, one of the funnest Oktoberfest activities I have ever participated in, I was terrible. Someone may, or may not have taken pity on me and given me a winners shirt.
While on the topic of beer, one of my favorite things to do together for date night is to go beer or wine tasting. There are actually lots of local beer or wine tasting festivals here that we love attending. It gets us out of our comfort zone, trying new things that we normally wouldn’t, and is a fun activity to do as a double, triple or quadruple date!
For the adventurous bunch, go check out a haunted house! Being scared, isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but a haunted house can be a totally creepy, spooky and fun fall date night.
Take advantage before the weather gets really bad to get outside and enjoy the crisp, cool air!
The fall is such a beautiful time of year to get back out into nature. While, admittedly, I’m a summer girl through and through, I love hiking in the fall. Instead of sweating up a storm like you do in the summer months, hiking in the all is a truly pleasant experience. The crisp, cool air keeps you invigorated, and seeing the changing scenery is beautiful!
Visit a Ghost Town
There may even be one closer than you think! The Washington Trail Association put together a list of ghost town hikes that I can’t wait to check out! While some ghost towns are actual attractions, sometimes, you have to go hike out to them to find the old ruins. I’m really looking forward to this fall date!
Rent a Cabin
I love that stereotypical fall day, brisk outside, curled up by the fire, while sipping something warm and doing puzzles while being totally unplugged. An even better addition to that postcard moment is doing so, while at a cabin in the woods for the weekend, while in cozy socks of course. Last fall we went to a cabin with Tom’s family for a weekend, one of my favorite of our trips together!
Make Caramel Apples
Caramel apples have come a long way since we were kids! There are endless ideas online for fancy, gourmet caramel apples and I know, I can’t wait to make some of these fun apple concoctions like caramel apple nachos or these delectable caramel apple slices!
Watch a Scary Movie
I’m not a fan of downright scary movies, much to Tom’s dismay I don’t plan on going to see IT with him, but Stranger Things, now that’s a different story. Spooky or creepy is right up my alley. But, if you’re fans of scary movies, this is the perfect time of year to get your fix.
I love volunteering with Tom! It’s such a rewarding experience. Every few months, we give our time to a local soup kitchen that actually caters sit down, serviced meals to those in need in our community. Tom grew up in the restaurant industry so he loves giving back in this way. The thing about volunteering is you can give back in a way that is meaningful to you! There are so many great things to do with your time, you can find one that not only benefits your community but also is fun for you!
What are some of your favorite fall date night ideas?