Get Off the Couch: CoupMe’s Fall Dating Guide

Now doesn’t this Apple Pie Martini look delightful?

In the summer, planning the perfect date is quite simple. Throw on a sundress or a T-shirt, slip on some flops, hit the beach, grab a few cocktails and the night is pretty much golden. However, now that the weather is cooler, it’s a whole lot more tempting to just stay in snuggled up on the couch for yet another  “movie night.” And quite frankly, it’s getting a little boring. There are only so many reruns of Jersey Shore and terrible chick flicks you can take. Well, don’t sweat it! CoupMe’s here to help you jazz up this fall’s dating scene with a little more pizazz!

New England Fall Festivals: During the fall, there are endless festivals going on all over New England. Why not take your date on a weekend “surprise trip” to one of the upcoming fests near you? This coming weekend be sure to check out the 2010 RI Horror Film Festival, Portland, Maine’s “premier food and wine experience”: Harvest on the Harbor, and the Wachusett Mountain AppleFest that includes crafts, exhibitors, farmers market booths and family fun. If you live around Boston, you won’t want to miss the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival on the 30th and 31st of October, with free admission, parking and sampling!

Beer Touring: Now that fall is in the air, a Carona and Lime just isn’t fun anymore. ‘Tis the season for Apple Pie martinis and pumpkin beer. Go out and enjoy some seasonal brews with your date! Dress up nice and cozy then tour the city’s most fabulous bars, comparing the best beers at each. Dates are so much more fun when you hop around, instead of sticking to just one place.

Haunted Houses/Hayrides: Haunted activities are so not just for little kids anymore! It’s the perfect activity to do on a first (or 500th) date. Make sure you dress warm, then take off to a haunted happening near you. Take a visit to Spooky World in Litchfield, NH or Six Flags Fright Fest in Springfield, RI for more interactional fun, or give your feet a rest with the Witch’s Woods haunted hayride in Westford, MA, just minutes from Boston. These activities are so much more fun (and spooky) than sitting on the couch watching a horror film!

Horse Racing: No you won’t be the one doing the racing, but it’s still a lot of fun to watch! Kristen from CoupMe recommends this more unique date, as it was one of her first dates with her now-husband. Her (boyfriend at the time) took her to the Suffolk Downs tracks to watch horse racing. Kristen loved the fact that it was unlike any date she’s been on before, yet it was not expensive at all–you can make bets of a few bucks at a time! “It’s a good activity but there is lots of downtime to chat and get to know each other, and they sell beer,” Kristen says. Check it out while the grounds still aren’t white; they have live racing now until November 13th.

Get Lost in the City: One of my favorite dates wasn’t planned out at all, and I absolutely loved the spontaneity of it. We grabbed drinks at an off-the-beaten-path bar, explored China Town and indulged in a delicious dinner (picking off each other’s plates) and then ended up listening to some live music at a local pub. We did so much walking and chatting that it took away all the “first date nerves,” and we really got a chance to get to know each other (and the city of Boston). I highly recommend an un-planned date like this if you’re the spontaneous type like me. (Take a CoupMe with you if you need a little more direction)

What are your personal fall dating tips? What’s the best date you’ve ever been on in the chilly weather? CoupMe would love to hear from you!

~Rachel, CoupMe


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