The days are getting longer, the breezes warmer and the sun brighter. Make like the weather, and heat up your love life! These five fun date ideas are geared toward getting outside and sparking up the senses. They'll warm you right up.
Take a trip to a port town or provincial park near you, and rent a paddleboat or a canoe. Gliding along the water, exploring all the alcoves of the landscape and feeling the wind in your hair and sun on your face is a fun little adventure. It's also a cheap way to de-stress. Bring a book of poetry to recite lines to each other, and you'll feel very Jane Eyre. Or just banter nonsensical limericks like Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger did in Bridget Jones's Diary.
Ever tried foraging? These seasonal treats are at their prime in early spring and loaded with flavour and nutritional benefits. They grow in Canada, mostly near riverbeds throughout the Maritimes and around the Great Lakes. If you want to know where to pick in your area, ask a fiddlehead dealer at your local farmers market where to find them. Most farmers are eager to help those interested in rummaging the land. Reward your labour with a fresh, home-cooked meal. The curly greens can be sautéed and added to pastas, quiches or stir-fries.
What better way to enjoy a spring evening than by spreading a blanket out on a grassy hill and stargazing? Stock a picnic basket with a baguette, cheese and a bottle of wine, and dine alfresco in the cool night air. Supplement the meal with a fresh, seasonal veggie like asparagus to amp up the sensual appeal. Bring a lantern or tea lights in Mason jars so you're not completely in the dark. Let the sound of the wind in the trees be your soundtrack as you watch for shooting stars.
Get artsy in the sunshine, and make your own mural on the street. This whimsical activity will get you back in touch with your inner child. If you're feeling inspired, play a round of hopscotch. Playing with chalk forces you to live in the moment. It requires you to use your whole body and to be conscious of your entire environment. It's transient, though, so don't forget to photo-document your creations. Finish off the afternoon with a glass of spiked lemonade on the patio.
Having a campfire is a romantic way to warm up a chilly spring night. Wrap yourselves in a big quilt, and swap ghost stories, make s'mores and dream of summer. Feel your stress melt away as you bask in the warm glow. Most city parks have firepits you can rent for the night for a small fee, or if you live in a smaller town, see if you can get your hands on a fire bowl.
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