Looking for a way to refresh your love life this autumn? Don’t “fall” into tired tropes! While apple picking and hay rides have their place, there’s a world of creative — and romantic — fall date ideas out there just waiting to be explored.

If you need some inspiration, here are 13 activities that will bring you and your special someone closer together.

1. Take part in a (virtual) workshop

If the weather’s too chilly to venture outdoors, you can learn a new skill from the comfort of your home by taking a virtual workshop from Alice’s Table. These pre-scheduled events follow the themes of the season; fall offerings, for example, range from making an “autumn sunset” floral arrangement to setting up a charcuterie board with seasonal foods to mixing spooky Halloween cocktails. Before each event, you’ll be mailed a package of supplies to ensure a seamless creative experience as you follow along with your expert host.

fall date ideas with couple cooking together
Photo courtesy of Alice’s Table

2. Enjoy a thrifted night on the town

Set a spending limit and hit up your favorite thrift store together. The goal? Buy each other outfits and accessories for an evening out — the crazier, the better! Once you’ve put on your new threads, go on a date to show them off. Make the evening even more fun by booking reservations at a high-end restaurant and noting how many other diners give your attire the side eye or the thumbs up

3. Experiment with local, seasonal ingredients

If the weather’s still pleasant, make a date out of a trip to the farmers market to buy produce and other ingredients you rarely reach for. Then, use your joint creativity to turn them into a home-cooked dinner.

fall date ideas with couple cooking together

Market not in season? Go online and purchase hard-to-find foods, such as a classic charcuterie collection with delicacies from around the world or an assortment of gourmet goodies with a bottle of cabernet sauvignon. Or, skip the cooking altogether and opt for comforting pre-made meals, such as chicken Wellington or lobster pot pie.

4. Become a sommelier at home

Forget visiting overpriced wineries this fall and create an intimate wine tasting experience at home instead. Many couples use a home tasting as an excuse to try bottles they’d never splurge on otherwise. You can’t go wrong with a rosé or reserve pinot noir, and pairing a bottle of wine with chocolate truffles will surely serve to expedite the romance. For fun, consider opening a variety of wines at different price points for a blind taste test to see if your palate can tell the difference.

5. Take a local food tour

Explore your own city like a tourist and discover the culinary delights it has to offer by booking a local food or beer tour. If you want to involve others, invite some couples along and book a beer trolley. It’s the chilliest (and safest) way to travel!

6. Go dancing (and not at a club)

Find a local event for an evening of dancing. Options abound in the fall for square dancing, swing, ballroom, and more! If you have two left feet, consider committing to a series of classes so you can show off your newfound skills on a future date.

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7. Volunteer at a local animal shelter

If the two of you long to spend time with furry friends, a great idea for a fall date is a volunteer day at an animal shelter. Come with a willingness to get your hands dirty, and you’ll get rewarded with plenty of cuddle time. Further boost your impact by bringing treats or toys for the future adoptees.

8. Roll up some raw fish

Have you always wanted to try your hand at making sushi? Now’s your chance! Before you do, though, make sure you set yourselves up for success by investing in top-tier ingredients for your culinary experimentation, such as wild ahi tunaAtlantic sea scallopsAlaskan halibut, or ikura (wild salmon eggs). Or take a shortcut and get yourself a poke kit. You’ll spend less time preparing the food and more time enjoying each other’s company (wink, wink).

9. Hop on a plane (or bus…or train) going anywhere

If you have a few days to spare, consider packing an overnight bag, heading to the nearest transportation hub, and booking tickets for wherever you feel inspired to go in that moment. Keep things open ended, and you might be amazed at the adventures that await you. This level of spontaneity can be especially fun if you both are Type A planners.

10. Enjoy some low-stakes gambling

Bring the thrill of a night at the casino into your home with some poker and other card games. You can choose the stakes — a week’s worth of the other person’s household duties, for instance — to create some friendly competition between the two of you.

fall date ideas with home spa day

11. Indulge in a home spa day

Give each other the gift of personal pampering with a home spa day. Splurge on luxury products, such as cozy spa robes, candles, and a luxurious spa set, to inspire the indulgence — and the romance.

12. Pull out your childhood photo albums

No matter how long you’ve been together, you are sure to have some childhood stories you haven’t shared. Pour a glass of wine and get out some old family photo albums for a cozy evening of reminiscing about the time before you met. We bet you’ll come across some forgotten tales to bond over.

13. Spend a night away, but make it local

There’s no reason to travel far when you’re just trying to get away from home. Rekindle the spark in your relationship with a romantic stay at a local bed and breakfast or trendy hotel. Give yourselves permission to spend the whole day relaxing and reconnecting, and you’ll come away from the staycation feeling a stronger sense of attraction to each other than ever.

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Lydia Noyes specializes in content creation related to environmental topics, homesteading, organic gardening, health, fitness, and nutrition. Her online writing is featured in hundreds of articles for brands and publications within the health and wellness industry, including the popular gardening website, Rural Sprout.

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