I can’t remember when this happened, but at some point early on in our relationship, Joe and I came up with a ‘date night’. Typically, we would have a ‘date night’ once every month or so.
My dad didn’t understand the difference between a ‘date night’ and just going out on a date. In case you’re confused to, a ‘date night’ is when you and your significant other dress a little bit nicer and go out. You can do anything you want – be it something new or just going to your favorite restaurant – but you splurge a little bit more. Maybe you get that glass of wine, split an appetizer that you’ve been dying to try, or get two boxes of candy. The point of the night is focusing on the person you’re with and having a good time… while being fancy, of course.
With that said, I’ve decided to share some fun date ideas with you all. All can be done on Valentine’s day or saved for a future date.
Most major cities have at least one food tour, and these are always a fun way to sample some of the local eats. There’s a whole of eating involved, but there’s also some walking so you won’t feel too gluttonous. Another fun detail is that the tour guides share little tidbits about the areas you’re exploring. Joe and I have gone on the Flavors of Philly food tour and I’ve been on the NoLIta: Eat a Bite of Ethnic New York tour as part of an office retreat (both are from City Food Tours, which I would highly recommend).
Last Summer, Joe and I got to visit Richmond (VA), Washington DC, and Portsmouth (NH). Sure, two of those trips were for our friends’ weddings but we made sure to take advantage of our free time and do some exploring. It was a lot of fun exploring these new cities.
If one of your or your significant other’s favorite band is going to be in town, I would suggest grabbing some tickets. A live show is always a good time and it feels extra special because it’s not something you’re likely to do every day. Don’t forget about musicals and plays because those are great, too.
Not looking to spend a ton of money on your ‘date night’? That’s okay! Why not pick up some ingredients for a dinner you two can make dinner (I recommend pizza), rent a movie (fun detail: check out your local library to see if they carry DVDs you can rent – for free!), and turn off your phones? It’s the perfect way to spend time together without worrying about money.
I don’t really need to explain this, do I?
So let’s hear it – do you and your special someone have ‘date nights’ or something similar? Maybe a weekly tradition? Anyone else in the mood for brunch??