The leaves are on the ground, sweaters are fashionable again and your joke-a-day calendar has atrophied, which means: it must be fall. Here are ten romantic autumn date ideas to help you make the most of the season.
Foliage Walk/Drive/Bike Ride
Camus once called fall “a second spring, when every leaf … is a flower.” In keeping with his proclamation, take your date on a foliage tour in the coming weeks. Urban folk should opt for an arm-in-arm walk through the park, while their country-dwelling brethren should retreat to a rural two-lane highway in an automobile. Everyone knows girls love riding in cars with boys, especially when operated at devil-may-care speeds.
This might be a tad regionally specific, but if you are within range of a proper apple orchard, do it. The perfect fall date should incorporate that which is intrinsic to the season: a final chance to celebrate the great outdoors, participating in the harvest and staring at an apple bottom (sorry) from a lower rung of a shared ladder.
Pumpkin patches, like apple orchards, represent a great date destination for their scarcity. Any diversions from stereotypical date suggestions (dinner, drinks, movies) reflect well on the person who proposes them, because most people — believe it or not — enjoy new experiences, especially that kind that can only be accessed for a month or two each year.
Not everyone can conjure a pumpkin patch from thin air. That’s OK — take a trip to the grocery store and select a couple of specimens that look ripe to have a face etched into them. Nothing says romance like pulling fistfuls of pulp out of an oversized gourd.
One might argue that sailing qualifies as the perfect summer date, but I refute that. A fall sailing expedition is the last one you’ll be able to make for many a moon, and the seabreeze whipping through encourages maximal cuddling and blanket-sharing.
Beer-lovers rejoice! Your favorite Holiday is upon us. Share a sausage, drink beer from boots, listen to accordion-music, make innuendo-laced jokes about sharing a sausage … what more could one ask for on a date?
Fall, like Spring, qualifies as a “shoulder season” in many resort towns, which means heavily reduced rates for your next weekend getaway. Escape to the coast one last time before the gales blow in and preclude any chances of a midnight skinnydip. If you’re in a more landlocked situation, find a nearby national park and explore its leafy trails. You’ll find both of these locales exceedingly romantic without the clans of boisterous children running about that can be found there in summer months.
Make Apple Cider
Delicious, hands-on and capable of masking the musky scent of dirty gym clothes that is typical of your apartment, the promise of cider stewing is a great way to lure a girl back to your apartment for the first time. Find a recipe that calls for a dash or two of alcohol if you’re trying to get super crazy.
Scaring your date can make him or her fall in love with you. No, really!
The quickest way to a man’s heart: not through his stomach, as has been purported, but rather by buying him a ticket to a football game. [Ed. note: This applies to women, too -- I have plenty of female friends who are veritable football nuts.] Don’t worry about springing for a luxury box to his [or her] favorite professional team — a Friday night spent under the floodlights of a packed high-school stadium is nostalgic, sweet, and won’t break the bank.
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