Fall is arguably one of the most beautiful and romantic seasons of the year. The mornings and nights are cool, but not too cold, the afternoons are pleasantly warm, and the air always feels a bit fresher than it did during the summer. As the leaves change color and the country becomes infused with “Pumpkin Spice” flavored everything, you may find yourself in a more romantic mood than usual. Here are 5 great romantic date ideas for the fall from the matchmakers at Kelleher International that will keep you “falling” in love all winter long.
#1 Spend More Time Outdoors Together
Autumn dates that involve hiking, bike riding, horseback riding, or walking together in the great outdoors may be just the thing to cure your cabin fever after a long work week and bring you closer together. The crisp cool autumn air is just perfect for taking in the scenery without breaking a sweat. Perhaps you could invite your sweetheart on a camping trip where just the two of you can roast marshmallows under the stars and just get away from it all. A romantic getaway is also perfect for growing closer together and strengthening your bond. If you don’t have the time for an overnight adventure, an afternoon picnic is a great idea for a date. Pack something tasty and a bottle or two of the finest wine, grab a large blanket, and enjoy a meal al fresco!
#2 Find Fall Festivities
There are endless fall-themed activities that are perfect for couples at any stage of their relationship. Walk hand-in-hand down the midway of a county fair, or take turns bobbing for apples at a local harvest festival. Attend a masquerade ball in costume and spend the night flirting with each other as if you are total strangers. You can pick apples in a local orchard and bring them home to bake pies and make cider together, or pick out the perfect pumpkins to carve into jack o’ lanterns just in time for Halloween. If you just want to spend some time cuddling and enjoying the sights of fall, a hayride or scenic trip on a train may be just the ticket!
#3 Indulge in the Flavors of Fall
It’s no secret that fall is absolutely the best time for foodies. Not only does the harvest season reap bounties of vegetables and fruit that we missed during the summer, but it also announces the return of other food and drink that we associate with the changing season. If you are looking to sample pumpkin, you’re in luck! Pumpkin pies, lattes, cookies, cakes and cocktails are very much in season. Recently ripened apples quickly become pies, tarts or ciders, and the chilling breeze in the air makes hot beverages all the more enticing! In addition to your standard fall fare, October in particular is perfect for craft beer lovers and sausage connoisseurs. Attend a local Oktoberfest and get into the spirit of the season together while enjoying bratwurst and brews together, or if you prefer wines over beer, many vineyards host their most popular tastings during the fall season. The quality of your date night dinners is sure to improve as we inch ever closer to the holiday season!
#4 Soak in Some Sports
Even if you are not an avid sports fan, a date to a sporting event can be incredibly fun, especially if you plan to tailgate. While professional Football and Baseball events are fun, they can also be pretty crowded. For a more intimate and nostalgic experience, attend a local high school or college game, and pick a team to cheer for while sipping hot cocoa and cuddling up! Afterwards, you can stop for refreshments at a local pub or lounge and reminisce together.
#5 Share a Scare
October has more than its fair share of scary movies, haunted houses, and spooky events. Studies have shown that fear can be a powerful boost for couples on a date. Thrilling experiences induce the brain to release dopamine, one of the hormones most closely linked to pleasure. Scientists now believe that dopamine plays a major role in the feelings that accompany the early stages of love. Don’t be afraid to see a scary movie together or visit a haunted house on a date – it turns out that this is a great way to get closer to one another!
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