Micro weddings & elopements are trending.
Socially distanced dates are exactly what every couple needs right now. Your weekends of binge watching the same old show and asking each other “but what do you wanna do” are over. I know that right now most of the typical go to date options are not feasible with proper social distance. Which is why I have created a fun, refreshing and playful list of dates that can get you out this weekend!
**All date ideas below have been tried & tested and are guaranteed to be a good time!!**
Bike Trail Adventure: Grab your bikes and your babe and head to a local trail. There are a lot of great biking trails throughout the area. Some are paved, others are gravel, all are fun! A little word of advice, the earlier in the morning you head out the less busy the bike trails will be.
If you’re looking for a little urban exploration and nature combined with your bike ride, head out to the C&O Canal Trail at Point of Rock’s MD and ride towards Brunswick MD. The trail winds along the river and next to the railroad and if your lucky you’ll spot a very cool tunnel built into the mountain.
Take a Hike: This is probably the easiest date idea on the list to accomplish. Loudoun County has some of the most gorgeous places to hike. There are trails everywhere. The Appalachian Trail runs right through the western end of the county. There are also lovely park trails around too. If you are new to hiking or just want to do a sweet stroll start with something simple like this trail If you’re looking for a little more adventure check out this trail. It’s much less popular and works so well with Socially distanced dates and the views are breathtaking. When hiking, above all things, make sure to wear good hiking shoes and take water with you. To find more great trails ALLTRAILS is a great resource.
Go for a scenic drive: Scenic Drives are fun. Hop in the car, rolls the windows down and make sure you have a road trip playlist. Sing along songs are highly recommended. And car dancing is not frowned upon. When it comes to the route you could try the one I listed below or you could create your own. I think planning out your own route adds a little more adventure. Mapping the path out in google maps before you head out is definitely suggested. While mapping it out you can also dictate the amount of miles or time your drive will be, or where you will end.
Here is a popular scenic drives in the area: SNICKERVILLE TURNPIKE: spanning from Rt 50 in Aldie to Rt 7 in Bluemont, Snickersville Turnpike passes through civil war battlefields, historic farms, charming villages and some of the best views around.
BONUS TIPS: End your trip at a brewery or vineyard! On our scenic drive we ended up in Harpers Ferry and decided to check out Harpers Ferry Brewery. This place is amazing. First off, the view, WOW! They have excellent social distancing protocols, lots of outdoor seating spaced apart AND wonderful drinks and pizza!
Explore a cavern: Go underground, take a look around the caverns and learn the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite. Giggle at the very corny jokes the tour guides share with you. Be sure to bring a jacket because its always a cool 50 some degrees down there. There aren’t any caverns here in the area, but they are several with in a short scenic drive away (two dates in one maybe!). You will need to make sure you have your mask with you because you will be required to wear a mask while in the caverns. Here are two great spots you might wanna checkout:
Stay in & bake: This date isn’t going to get you out of the house but it is so sweet, you’re going to wanna add it to your list. Cookie baking shouldn’t just be for the holiday season, cookies baking should be for playful and creative date nights too. Honestly bake anything you want, it’s really just baking up something delicious together in the kitchen. If you or your sweetheart have a special family recipe, use that. Or try something completely new. Just get in the kitchen whip it up, with a little romance.
CREATIVE FLAIR TIP: How to make it really fun is getting creative with the sugar cookie shapes. Turning a tulip shaped cookie into the ghost cookies from Pac-Man. with chocolate chip googlie eyes.
Keep in mind, just because these are great “Socially distanced dates” doesn’t mean that once this crazy pandemic is over these ideas go out the window. No, these dates are fun, adventurous and here to stay!
I would love to hear about your fun date adventures, or if you have any new ideas for dates! Feel free to shoot me your ideas! Stephanie@stephanieleighphotodesign.com