For the most part, I grew up in Texas. The weather is relatively warm all year-round with some days of cold here and there. There really isn’t time to feel the transition from season to season. When I moved to New York, that’s when I experienced the seasons and fell in love with Fall.
I also met my husband while I was living in New York and we spent our time dating when he was stationed upstate. We had an absolute blast getting to know each other as we were experiencing the cool crisp days that led to bundled up nights.
Then, we PCSed to another area that we can enjoy the Fall days and have been continuing our dating tradition here. Don’t get discouraged if, let’s say you’re still in Texas where it is still hot (I hear it’s 90 degrees in my hometown), most of these Fall date activities are still a wonderful way for you and your honey to rekindle the romance and just have a great time!
Another bonus is that doing all these activities would give you the opportunity to either cross off some duty station bucket list items and gives you the chance to do things you wouldn’t otherwise do somewhere else.
Apple Picking – I’m not even a huge fan of apples, but the apple picking experience is so much fun! This particular activities is only limited at certain areas, so take advantage if you live in ideal locations like New York, Virginia, North Carolina and even check in Washington state.
After you bring home apples, you can pass them along to friends and family or have a special night of apple pie baking or apple sauce or butter making (YUM!).
Pumpkin Patch – While this is also great for the whole family, I encourage you to take a special trip to the pumpkin patch sans little ones. Some pumpkin patches might even have special date night hayrides. With your new pumpkin, you can decorate it at home together or with your family. Right now, it’s just my husband and I, so we take the pumpkins to our patio with an Oktoberfest pint to do some carving.
Witness the Fall Foliage – It’s really starting to turn where I’m at! Last weekend, my husband and I drove to Shenandoah National Park (only two hours or so from Washington DC) to do some hiking to see the foliage change colors. What a spectacular sight! However, right now is the peak time here and if we were to go this weekend, we would definitely be seeing more orange.
Before a date night dinner, you could take the scenic route and drive through some tree lined roads. Also, you could visit a local park for a leisure stroll. We used to do that at Fort Drum all the time at Black River Park.
Attend a Fall Festival – Um, can you say Oktoberfest? Hopefully there are still some exciting Oktoberfest festivals coming up and with November ahead, check your local listings for any other Thanksgiving-type festivals that would be fun to visit.
From the Renaissance to the Halloween variety, bundle up with your special someone, so you can enjoy what each unique festival has in store for you.
Good Ol’ Movie Night In – For the days that you want to just stay inside, arrange a warm and cuddly movie night. This is a tried and true date night idea for all seasons really!
Pull out some great Halloween flicks that would be timely or go back to favorites that you both love. Whatever movie it is, be sure you also plan out the perfect snacks that way you two are comfortable. Another thing to add to movie night is a “nicer than normal” dinner made by both of you.
What Fall date ideas do you and your loved one do when the weather starts cooling down?
About the Author:
Rachel Tringali Marston is an Army spouse and daughter to an Air Force retiree. Rachel’s family settled in Texas and that’s where she calls home. Before getting married, she lived in New York City for almost 10 years and considers that her second home. Rachel enjoys learning and exploring the area around her husband’s duty station and is embracing life in the military. In her spare time, she shares her adventures on her personal blog called The Professional Army Wife.