As the summer winds down and we head into fall, there’s no better time to plan the perfect date with your loved one.
Here’s some of our favorite date ideas for when the days start to shorten and the evenings are crisp and best enjoyed by a fire pit and with something warm in your hand.
Date Idea #1 – Movie and a dinner out
Always a classic right? Fortunately, there are many ways to elevate the tried and true Bend dining experience to something totally new.
Has your sweetheart voiced an interest in the ballet? Plan ahead and get tickets to one of the live simulcast performances from Fathom Events. The Met: Live in HD on the big screen will take you away to distant lands evoking all of the wonder inspired by professional theater. Following the film you can take your ticket stubs to Pastini where you will receive a 20 percent discount on your restaurant bill. Be sure to apply the savings towards a great bottle of red and propose a toast to a memorable evening.
Date Idea #2 – Fun run
Grab an espresso at Strictly Organic and then take an evening jog up the Deschutes River Trail. Start from Strictly and head up to the South Canyon Bridge for a 4.5-mile loop trail run. Wind down your evening with a glass of wine on the patio of Va Piano.
Date Idea #3 – Cast the night away
Here’s a fun way to try things out before you take that romance to the river. The Old Mill District Fly Casting Course is one of our unique attractions and the first of its kind in North America. Free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk, you’ll want to begin this date with a visit to the Ticket Mill where you’ll pick up brochure that includes the course map, casting tips and a score card. From there you can visit Confluence Fly Shop together, taking a rod out to give it a go.
Date Idea #4 – Finish your hike with a visit to Radiant Day Spa
Go for a day hike together, ambling alongside the Deschutes River while taking in picture perfect views of the Cascade Mountains. Afterwards you’ll continue a mini-retreat together at Radiant Day Spa where a massage will leave you fully relaxed. After that, continue the exploration to Greg’s Grill where Happy Hour continues through close every night.
Date Idea #5 – Get inspired at Ginger’s Kitchenware
Swing by Ginger’s and draw inspiration for you and your partner’s next great dinner party. Find the right cookware to make delicious crepes. Learn about how to create a smoked cocktail. Or find inspiration with Ginger’s new line of Olivelle olive oil and vinegar. Trust us, you’ll come home with a new kitchen tool you can’t wait to use!
Date Idea #6 – Seek out adventure at REI
REI offers a series of ongoing classes covering a variety of outdoor activities, including GPS navigation, bike maintenance and backpacking. Why not register the two of you for an evening of discovery and learning together? You can put your new skills to good use with a follow up plan to seek out one of the many geocaches nearby in the Old Mill District.
Date Idea #7 – Plan your beach vacation
Yes, vacation planning together is in the advanced dating category. Here’s inspiration for those of you up to the task. It begins with a shared visit to Flip Flip Shops, where you will find an amazing array of styles to choose for yourself and your sweetheart. Help each other find the perfect pair for the destination of your choice. Hawaii might be top of mind, especially if you stroll next door to Kona Mix Plate for delicious stir frys, sandwiches and seafood platters imbued with the spirit of aloha.
Date Idea #8 – Art walk
Stroll through the Old Mill District and seek out the various pieces of public art that dot the landscape. You’ll find four pieces from the Old Mill District’s own Tin Pan Alley collection, Japanese artist Yuya Negishi’s dragon mural and cascading stair project, and Sisters painter/storyteller/musician Dennis McGregor’s acclaimed “You Stole My Name” collection, among others.