10 Cozy Dates for Chilly Autumn Days

As the days cool off, there’s no better moment than now to heat your life up with some one-on-one time in front of the fire with your partner. Wrap your fingers around a steaming mug of hot cocoa, and commiserate about future plans as we say farewell to summer. Memories of long days will recede, replaced by nippy air and blazing displays of dying leaves.

Take a deep breath and enjoy the smell of turned earth and cider and read on—we’ve gathered up our top ten list of best dates to do in the autumn. Some are simple, some are complex. But all are tied directly to one of the best seasons of all time.

  1. Watch a movie outside, in your backyard. Contingent on having a backyard, of course, but a deck works just as easy—prop up a tablet or a laptop and same deal—movie outside in the fall temps. For a full backyard, try a projector and a bed sheet draped from a clothesline. Add in loads of cozy blankets, lawn furniture, and a clear, cool night, and you’ve got yourself a romantic party for two.

  2. Take a drive to see the leaves. This one is nearly eponymous with autumn—a classic pastime during these months, dating all the way back to medieval rituals of yore when lords took their car out for a drive through the countryside. Joking, of course, but that just illustrates how much it’s in our blood. Grab a PSL or a hot cider and enjoy the view with your date.

  3. Head to a local pumpkin patch. Not just for tykes anymore, pumpkin patches are a sensory experience in all the things we associate with this time of year—fall colors, fragrances, and the crackling of leaves and dying vines underfoot. Take a leisurely stroll, hand in hand, and soak up the vibe before it’s all gone.

  4. Go all out with a candlelit dinner at home. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant, throw an elegant tablecloth down, get the candles burning, and make lovey eyes at each other across the table. This is your chance to delight in glittering conversation without interruption from eager servers. Just you two, with nowhere else to go, cozy. Warm. Hopefully the weather cooperates and there’s a storm outside, taking this date all the way to 11.

  5. Tour a local autumn festival. Though many outdoor events have been canceled, that will depend entirely on your specific state and location—rural or in the city. Some areas are moving forward with their local traditions. If you can make it extra special with apple cider donuts or hot apple cider, don’t hesitate! Those are the little touches that will make this date extra special.

  6. Get creative in the kitchen making soup together. A trusted recipe or a new one, either way, make this a team effort. Sip a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy the time together, making something delicious. Light candles and share some beautiful moments in the kitchen, with fantastic results—hot soup, fresh bread, and tangible atmosphere.

  7. Backyard fire time. Get your blaze on nestled around a cozy backyard fire, snuggled up in blankets with the flames kissing marshmallows as you roast them together for the main reason anyone lights a fire these days—s’mores and/or romance.

  8. Make autumn-style beverage together. The potential for greatness with various ciders is unrivaled. Literally, almost anything is possible. Find a recipe that speaks to your fancy, but make sure it’s got autumnal flavors like apple, cinnamon, cranberries, or a swirl of caramel. Brew it up and sip together while enjoying the season.

  9. Get lost or scared in a corn maze. Some are haunted, some are innocent—you pick. But the fun here is in appreciating all that autumn has to offer, outdoors, holding hands with your partner on a walk through the maize (pun intended).

  10. Nurse a hot drink on the porch (patio or deck), bundled up and all cozy. The contrast of colder temperatures with blankets and a hot beverage is part of the fun. Make your drink together—mulling it or whatever your choice requires—then have some quiet fun cradling the mug in your hands as the evening passes. However you do it, remember: it’s autumn. Time to slow down and appreciate the passage of time with your loved one.

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