This post was originally published in October 2020. It has been revised and republished with an updated list of the best fall dates.
Fall dates are the best dates, if you ask me.
The second that the temperatures drop, you can find me and my husband outdoors as much as humanly possible. If we’re not physically outside, we at least try to keep our windows open to bring a little bit of the outdoors in. It’s our favorite time of year to enjoy going on dates, and we have a bunch that can be easily enjoyed without spending an arm and a leg!
Keep in mind that some of the activities might look a little different because of COVID-19. Be prepared to bring masks, maintain distance between you and those around you, and stay aware of any rules and regulations no matter where you go. To be safe rather than sorry, check ahead before you hit up an event or new location!
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men’s black pants | men’s green henley | taupe cardigan | taupe tee | blue skinny jeans | cognac ankle boots | striped blanket | mini hibachi grill | marshmallow roasting sticks | vodka mule c/o Devil’s Backbone | orange smash c/o Devil’s Backbone
Fantastic Fall Dates That You Will Both Enjoy
S’MORES – We’re pretty big fans of s’mores around here. So much so that we actually had a s’mores bar at our wedding! We recently got a small marshmallow roasting set so that we can easily create s’mores at home. One of our favorite things to do is try different chocolate and cookie combinations. (Ex: smoosh marshmallows between Chips Ahoy with Reeses)! Supreme s’mores!
PUMPKIN PICKING – This is a two-in-one, because going to the farm or patch and picking out a pumpkin is a great activity all on its own, but you can also bring the goods home and carve them too! It’s been a long time since we’ve carved pumpkins rather than leaving them whole, but this year we might switch things up! It’s such a fun thing to do with your significant other.
WINERY TOURS – We love winery hopping so much! We try to take trips to Charlottesville a few times each autumn to do tastings at our favorite spot. You might not see this as a budget activity, but you’d be surprised at how affordable it can be. Share tastings (cheaper and safer), bring your own snacks, and only purchase a glass to sit and sip if you really love the wine. We might go to 2-3 wineries in a day and only spend $30-45 total. It’s such a wonderful experience to share together.
PICNICS – Pack up sandwiches, or cheese and crackers, grab a bottle of bubbly, and hit up a local park. Press play on your favorite jazz or lo-fi playlist and just sit together. Bring a card game and enjoy a romantic picnic during golden hour. It’s such a relaxing way to spend an autumn evening.
WEEKEND ROAD TRIPS – Find somewhere to safely travel for the weekend together. Pick out an audiobook to listen to and you’ll find the hours on the road passing much more quickly. You’ll also have a plethora of conversation topics when you stop for gas or snacks. This is the “priciest” option on this list, but you can still find budget AirBnbs or lesser-known locations to visit. Discover somewhere you’ve never been before and create new memories in the cool and beautiful weather. I recommend the mountains!
BINGE SESSIONS – Some couples might reach for scary movies during the fall, but because I’m a total wimp, we tend to watch cheesy/kids movies or action shows instead! Our recent binges? Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, Naruto, and Loki! It’s so fun to laugh at the cheesiness, bond over sweet moments, and end up with inside-jokes.
BREWERIES – We’re lucky to live in such a brewery-friendly state. Richmond is full of great local pubs and we’re also close to some more popular names like Devil’s Backbone (peep their yummy canned cocktails in our photos), Ballast Point, and Three Notch’d! Make a day to just brewery-hop and maybe find a new favorite beer!
SPOOKY TOURS – Okay, I just got done telling you how I’m a total weenie, but sometimes these spooky tours aren’t really all that spooky – they’re just historic. You might come across some eerie facts, for sure, but you can usually choose your level of scare, depending on which tour you pick. Have fun getting “spooked” together!
RECIPE TESTING – Cooking, baking, cocktail-making, or even attempting a new cozy beverage to go with those s’mores.. these are all much more enjoyable to do with your loved one! We have “fancy dates” where we make a nice meal together at-home and dress up to eat it. Put on some Frank Sinatra and dance around the kitchen while you concoct something yummy together!
DRIVE-IN MOVIES – This is one of our favorites no matter which season it is, but there’s something extra relaxing about going to a drive-in during the autumn. It’s cool and crisp and you aren’t sweating while watching the film. Find out if there’s a throwback movie playing near you, and go enjoy a romantic date night together under the stars.