Don’t default to dinner and a movie all summer long. Northeast Ohio is full of great summertime date night options. If you get a night away from the kids, are exploring a new relationship, or maybe double dating with friends, think about these fun ways to spend a summer evening.
One of my favorite things to do (year round, really) is to do a tournament date with my hubby. We pick 3-5 games and, to raise the stakes, place our bets. (Loser washes the winner’s car, winner gets a foot massage, etc. you name it, and agree upon the terms). In the summer I like to find a bocce court and corn hole boards! If you’re a competitive couple this is a fun way to keep it interesting from start to finish. And this is something you can do at home, a friend’s house, or out at a bar or restaurant.
Movie in the park
When the weather is nice, I hate to waste the evening inside a movie theater. Movie buffs love a little fresh air now and again, right? There are all kinds of opportunities for movies in the park. Our local recreational department has a series of them this season. Pack some snacks, a nice bottle of wine, and a cozy blanket. The soft grass and crisp night air provides the perfect opportunity to snuggle. And most of the time these are free events! Here’s a great list of them.
How about a sophisticated night under the stars? Enjoy the stellar Cleveland Orchestra in a summer setting: the lawn of Blossom Music Center. The world-renown Cleveland Orchestra has a fantastic series all summer long where you can set up your lawn chairs and enjoy beautiful music alongside your sweetie. Upcoming shows include a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes, and Movie Night featuring “E.T.” Find more here!
Progressive dinner at a festival
I’m a sucker for some carnival food! But it’s hard for me to commit to just one deep-fried delight. So we like to seek out a church or community festival and hop from food stand to food stand, sharing a corn dog, bowl of church lady cavatelli, Philly cheese steak and elephant ears. There’s usually a band on hand or a casino tent at these things for a little entertainment, too. People watching will also provide plenty of entertainment as well!
Head east, west or south for a day trip out to one or more of our region’s dynamic wineries. Take a leisurely walk around the grounds toting a bottle and a couple of glasses, sit on a patio enjoying some acoustic music, bring a crew for a group date, or tour the property and facility for a little learning experience. Trying different flights, grapes and varieties is always fun and several places offer great nibbles or full sized entrees. It’ll feel like a getaway on just a tank of gas.
I’m always up for a new date night or day date idea to keep it fresh. What are you doing this summer with your significant other?