Without a doubt, fall is arguably the most incredible of the four seasons. With just a tinge of crispness in the air, the changing leaves decking the trees out in their finest hues of red and orange, and the smoky scent of fires setting the mood, there’s no better place to enjoy the cooler months of Virginia than right here in Charlottesville. Of course, the smell of cozy fires isn’t the only thing in the air in the autumn: fall is the best time of year for romantics, making love as ubiquitous as pumpkin-spice everything.
Whether you’re looking to execute a flawless first date, or you’ve been with your special someone for many years already, this time of year is the perfect chance to show your date a good time with these seasonal date ideas. If you’re looking something fun to do this fall here in Charlottesville, then why not give one of these five date suggestions a go?
Go Apple Picking
There are two camps of people when it comes to the enjoyment of apples. Either you’ve kept your doctor at bay for ten years running because of your fastidious apple consumption habit, or you won’t touch the stuff unless it’s in a pie. Regardless, going apple picking is pretty much the quintessential fall activity. Bundle up, throw a scarf around your neck, and hit the nearest orchard. And hey, if you’re not into apples, no worries. Maybe a mug of hot apple cider and an apple cider donut may do the trick to lure you out the door? Carter Mountain Orchards is a local favorite.
Explore a Corn Maze
There’s something about corn mazes that add a little extra excitement and thrill to your date. Perhaps it’s the fact that you can’t just stand on your tippy-toes to get your bearings. Or maybe it’s the added element of getting a little bit lost with your partner. Either way, taking the time to navigate a corn maze will not only get your heart pounding, it’s also a sure way to make you feel closer than ever to your partner.
Liberty Mills Farm boasts largest corn maze east of the Mississippi, here’s a flyover of one of these giant fields!
Hit Up a Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins are pretty much fall’s mascot. Forget team sports: this orange gourd is the emblem of the autumnal season. (Just kidding – go ‘Hoos!) Not only can you spend a crisp fall afternoons strolling through the patch and trying to pick out your favorite one (read: the ugliest one, no doubt!) to take home with you, you can also sneak another afternoon of alone time with your partner by carving it up into a spooky jack-o-lantern. Missed the window for Halloween? No worries; pumpkins also make great centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table, too!
Chiles Family Orchard in Crozet is a quick 30 minute drive where you can get pumpkins, peaches, strawberries, and other fruits that require less carving.
Catch a Game
It felt downright offensive to say that pumpkins were better mascots than the Cav man, so to atone for it, why not see about catching a UVA game? Score some tickets and grab a couple beers (or non-alcoholic drinks of your choice!), and watch the Cavaliers mop the floor with their opponents. If you arrive early, you may be able to get in on some tailgating action beforehand. Nothing can drum up team spirit quite like hanging out with other like-minded fanatics, right?
Roll in the Hay
Snuggling up next to your partner during a hayride is possibly the embodiment of fall leisure. Grab a couple warm drinks, throw a warm fleece blanket across your lap, and let the fragrant scent of fresh-cut hay delight your senses as you get pulled behind on a open wagon behind a tractor. Oh. Oh wait. You thought that meant something totally different? Gosh, you! Get your mind out of the gutter – this is a family blog. Goodness gracious.
If you’ve been stuck in a rut, strapped for ideas for fun things to do now that the weather’s gotten colder, don’t let the changing seasons put you in a funk. Grab your fella (or your lady!), throw on a flannel shirt, and head outdoors. And after a few mugs of apple cider and stolen kisses in a corn maze, you’ll have to agree: fall truly is the best time to fall in love and -- of course, stay in love – here in Charlottesville!
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Photo credit: Godisable Jacob (top right)