One of the best parts about being in a long-term, committed relationship is that you can have the most low-key, inexpensive date and it will still feel as special as the fancy ones (or even more so). I love simple dates because they are intimate, but can be so fun at the same time! I've never been a high-maintenance kinda girl, and I'm super sentimental, so simple dates are just right for me, personally. If you can relate, here are some dates (I'll post more sometime) that we really love, that maybe you and your special person will love, too. :)
Cooking a new recipe at home. Even when Adam and I lived in our separate places back in our bachelor/bachelorette days, cooking dinner together was always so special. Buying ingredients at the store is way cheaper than going out to eat of course, so this is a low-budget, yet intimate date that is great for a mellow night (also if you want to escape nasty weather). Cooking together will reveal some things about you, like if you are OCD about a certain way to do something, or maybe one of you likes a certain seasoning more than the other. It allows you to get to know each other on a more personal, real level, and act in a certain way that perhaps you wouldn't be able to in a restaurant. Some of my favorite memories from our early dating days are of Adam and I bonding over a good, homemade meal. We savored every bit of it even more because it was our joint team effort, which made it special. (Don't worry, even if it doesn't turn out as well as you intended, it still makes for some good laughs!) Add some candles, a vase of flowers, and soothing music (classical music and bossa nova, a fusion of samba and Brazilian jazz, are our favorites) and you've got a romantic meal for two.
Adam and I are suckers for carbs, and pasta and homemade pizza are quick and easy to make, but we also love seafood. For an especially romantic meal, we like a salmon dinner and wine - try this delicious lemon rosemary salmon recipe paired with Pinot Noir!
Taking a wine-tasting tour. Need I say more? It's a great opportunity to let loose a little! You can have fun trying out new brands/flavors while not going overboard and still feel pretty good n' classy. Adam and I get so mushy and cheesy after a couple glasses, but we have fun being silly haha. Speaking of cheesy - you get to eat cheese. I mean, how much better can it possibly get?! ;)
As far as FL wineries go, Adam and I like Keel & Curley. The wine there is good, fairly priced, the staff are great, and they're pretty generous too. ;) Just make sure you are safe, know your limits, and order an Uber home.
Hitting up an arcade. There isn't much better in life than reliving your childhood days, and arcades are the prime place to do just that. There are so many games to keep you entertained, and you can play most of the games together. Adam and I have a blast bonding over team-playing games (like shooting zombies) as much as we do over the competitive ones (air hockey or racing games). Call it silly or childish, but blowing off a lil' competitive steam never hurt anyone. ;)
We go to PK's Play Zone in Tampa, which is big and has a bar. Every once in a while we'll hit up Celebration Station in Clearwater for its super cheap go-karting and mini-golf, but primarily for its lazer tag!! (which PK's has as well. We're big LT fans.) If you're in Orlando, you should make a stop at Dave & Buster's, which is known to be a huge arcade with a pretty nice restaurant/bar. There's something charming about little arcades, though.
Partaking in a picnic. Call me cheesy (again), but there's just something so charming and romantic about a simple picnic on a nice, shady spot under a tree. This is a perfect date in the fall, when it's not too hot out, and there are so many pretty colors to see on the trees. I recommend taking some objects to serve as weights for your picnic blanket in case there's a breeze. I love our waterproof, hardy blanket from Target; the design is cute (love stripes!) but the biggest plus is that it has straps and velcro so it can easily be rolled up and toted around. Check out these similar ones here and here.
Adam and I love picnics at Philippe Park and John Chesnut Park. There are also grills there free for anyone to use (but if you are planning on using a particular grill/are counting on one, I would recommend calling the park offices to check if there is a reservation for a pavilion near the grill you want).
Exploring a new area. In my opinion, there's nothing more fun and exciting than going on an adventure - and exploring a new area is just the way to do it! Whether it's while traveling abroad or simply walking around a town you haven't fully discovered yet, the simple acts of talking, people watching and just enjoying the day and seeing sights together is a sure way to have a fun, yet intimate, bonding time together. You can also do it while getting in touch with nature and getting some exercise in by kayaking or going on a long bike ride. There's so much good I could say about this, but I believe you can only understand if you go out and experience it for yourselves, together. :) Adam and I like to spend our Sunday afternoons exploring new parts of town and going on long drives through scenic routes.
There are so many other dates we enjoy, but for now, this shorter post will do. ;) If you haven't tried one of these, I encourage you to, because you might just love them too!
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