Let’s be honest, there’s nothing sexier than an evening spent by the fire, sipping wine. Lucky for us all, nostalgic drive-ins are making a comeback across the country. Plan a sophisticated date at a swanky jazz club, get all dressed up, and sip fancy cocktails. Small bites that you can feed each other will only add to the romantic evening. Or head to The Shelter Pet to sign up for opportunities to regularly walk dogs. Guys can feel intimidated by a day at the spa, but trust us, once you get them there, they will thank you (probably multiple times). Sure, it’s a bit of a cliché date, but it has that reputation for a reason, you can’t go wrong. Download The Night Sky app so you know what you are looking at, place a blanket on the ground, and look at the Big Dipper together, before abandoning the pretense and just making out.
There is a reason the drive-in date has gone down in history as one of the sexiest dates of all time. Plan a dinner feast on the floor using cozy throws and soft pillows. Visit your local animal shelter to hang out with puppies for day, to get that much-needed cute fix. Sometimes a little bit of a fun is just what the doctor ordered to get the romance started. When his hand is on red and your leg is on green, the sparks are sure to fly. Because seriously, what is sexier than feeding each other grapes while hanging out, outside. Don’t give too much away to keep your special someone excited and guessing. Look up recipes for scents online, or take a class together. What could be more romantic than spending the day together on the water?
Wander the aisles of your favorite neighborhood bookstore, pick up books that seem interesting, grab a spot in a corner on the floor, and unwind together reading and chatting. Head to the travel section and start talking about your dream trips. So head to a state fair or an amusement park, stat. So whether you are near the Top of the Space Needle in Seattle or the Eiffel Tower in Paris, share a drink together while taking the scenery in. Have lunch at that cool bistro you’ve been meaning to try, visit that museum you never got around to visiting, and take your picture together next to a local landmark. Order takeout, watch movies, and just enjoy each other’s company.
Whether it’s the fancy Opera outing from “Pretty Woman” or spaghetti scene from”Lady and the Tramp” (a little cliché, but whatever works), try taking cues from movies you love. Don’t have a fireplace in your home to cozy up next to? Lean back, cuddle up, and enjoy the movie (and whatever else.) 9. Research has found that adrenaline-spiked activities mirror the feeling of falling in love, which might explain why this will have such a big impact. There is a reason romantic scenes in movies often happen landmarks—it is downright romantic. Spend a day in your hometown exploring like you’re tourists. Sure, you’re supposed to be at the office, but doing something unexpected and calling in sick to spend the entire day with that special someone is a little bit naughty and very fun. Volunteering as a couple will make it even more special. Sign up for a couples treatment like a massage or a mud wrap and look for spas with amenities like a dry sauna or a whirlpool to stretch the date into a whole day. Go for a classic (our go-to is “Casablanca”), snuggle up on the couch next to each other, and get in the mood for romance.
Even if you are just in your backyard, plan a picnic complete with a blanket and snacks, and spend the afternoon relaxing. Present your significant other with a sealed enveloped filled with hints about your upcoming date like movie tickets, a confirmation of a hotel getaway, or a recipe for a meal. Don’t just stick to one bar on your night out, sample one specialty drink from a wine bar, one from a pub, and another from a Russian vodka room, to keep the excitement going, and the conversation flowing. Do a twist on the room service experience, and plan a gourmet meal from the comfort of bed. Pitch a tent (you can even do this indoors), get a lot of pillows and throws, and pretend you’re far away from home. So why not create your own perfume or cologne together? Head to your local lake or river and rent a paddle boat or canoe. Who doesn’t love room service in bed when visiting a hotel? Glam camping—aka “glamping”— is all the rage, but it also makes for one romantic date. Scientists have said for some time that scent plays a huge role in whether you fall in love with someone. Frolic on the sand together, put sunscreen on each other’s backs, take a dip in the water.