Most New Englanders love September and October, thanks to dry, crisp weather and gorgeous foliage.  But even if you live in the Deep South or on the West Coast, there are plenty of fun fall date ideas to help you keep romance alive (or jumpstart a new relationship).

When devising this list of ideas, I tried to find something for everyone, from the hearty outdoorsy couples, to the sports fanatics, to those who prefer something on the quiet side.  So, for better or worse, here is my list of suggestions:

Leaf Peeping:

Whether you take a hike or a bike ride, find a local nature reserve, pack a backpack with a bottle of wine, some good bread and cheeses, and head outdoors.  Nothing stirs the senses more than combining nature’s beauty with exercise.  Wine helps set a mood, too!  Once your blood is pumping, who knows what might happen?

Tailgate:

Football season is upon us.  Instead of watching from the family room with your man (and his messy, loud friends), surprise your guy with a pair of tickets.  Better yet, coordinate with some of your friends and head to a game.  Get there early and set up a tailgate.  I’m not talking about a college tailgate.  I’m thinking upscale.  Steaks and chicken instead of burgers and dogs.  Wine instead of beer.  Let the change of scenery and energy of the crowd rev you up.  If your team wins, go home and celebrate with victory sex.  If it loses, consolation sex.  Either way, your night ends on a high note!

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What inspires snuggling more than sitting beside an outdoor fire on a chilly night?  Whether you buy a fire pit for your backyard, or break out the old camping gear and spend an entire night under a canopy of trees, this outdoor activity is romantic, especially if you are alone (no kids or other couples).  My husband and I camped all over West Virginia and Pennsylvania when we dated.  Some of my fondest memories are from those trips.  Check out ReserveAmerica, a directory and reservation system for campsites across the nation.

A Vineyard Visit:

Maybe you aren’t into the great outdoors, but perhaps you do like a good bottle of wine and a nice meal.  Jump on Google and I’m sure you’ll find a vineyard or winery within an hour of your home.  In fact, here is a directory to help you get started!  Plan a date around a wine tasting event, or just make dinner reservations (some vineyards have restaurants within the facility).  You’ll enjoy time to talk along the way, and probably see some spectacular views once you arrive at the property.  Buy a bottle of your favorite local wine as a memento and open it later in the year to relive the experience.

Fall Fairs:

Like good, old-fashioned fun, like caramel apples, hayrides, and corn mazes?  Check your local paper for the fall fairs in your area, grab a blanket and comfortable shoes, and go remember how it felt to be a kid.  Being young at heart is another way to revive romance.  Give it a try.

Those are my ideas.  Care to share one of your own with us?

xo-Jamie

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