10 Fall Date Ideas to Kick Off the Season

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Are you looking for fall date ideas in Spartanburg? If you are hoping for a date that represents the season, you’ve come to the right place. We have tons of date ideas to chose from to help you embrace fall and the ones you love. 

Dates are fun and necessary for healthy relationships. Now that the temperatures are dropping, it’s time for some festive, fall-themed dates in Spartanburg. These can be family date activities, Daddy and Daughter/Son dates, Mother and Son/Daughter dates, romantic couple dates, or any combination. All will provide memories and fall fun!

PSL Date

Is anything more fall than the delicious aroma and taste of the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte? Grab frothing, steaming cups of fall in liquid form and simply turn off all electronics and talk until the drinks are gone. You can visit the favorite national chain that made the PSL famous or one of the upstate’s many independent coffee houses to sample their take on the recipe. Local tip: The Little River Coffee Bar has a variety of delicious pumpkin-flavored combinations.

Apple Date

Apple picking is FUN. There are many great orchards in the Upstate and within a short drive where you can pick your own apples, or if you are unable (or unwilling) to do the hard labor, at least find a roadside stand offering the delicious fall fruit and support our local farmers. Once you have your apples home, find a huge bowl or bucket and bob for apples! Many laughs and memories are sure to ensue! Once you clean up the water mess you can start to work on transforming your apples into yummy dishes or simply enjoy as is. Read our Guide to UPick Apple Orchards near Spartanburg. If apple cider donuts are more your speed, you could also partake in our Apple Cider Donut Tour.

Leaves Date

One of the best things about living in the upstate is our changing of seasons. This year the leaves are supposed to be extra colorful and vibrant. You can take a day trip up to the mountains to see the artistry in expanse or just a drive around town to your favorite park will also result in visions of festive fall color. Take some pictures of the changing trees and landscape and make sure you get a few selfies with the colorful backdrop. Pick your favorite leaf to bring home and display in your scrapbook beside your pictures of the day. See our list of Fall Leaves Near Spartanburg.

Farmers Market Date

Visit one of our local farmers’ markets such as the Hub City Farmers Market in downtown Spartanburg and enjoy the bounty of the fall harvest. Pick up fresh, local ingredients and make an entire meal from nothing but your finds. Make sure you try a new produce or recipe.

Dinner & a Movie

Let a movie and a meal whisk you away for an evening! DRAY: Bar & Grill hosts a Moroccan Feast on the night of Thursday, September 24th, which includes a 5-course Moroccan-themed dinner, a screening of the movie “Casablanca,” and socially-distanced seating. Can’t make it to this event? DIY it! For example, grab pastrami sandwiches from your favorite deli and cue up “When Harry Met Sally;” take in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” while you dine on some Greek food; or get a sack of tacos from your favorite Mexican restaurant and enjoy the movie “Frida.”

Breakout Together

Teamwork makes the dream work! See if you and your spouse have what it takes to make it out of a local escape room. In 60 minutes or less, you have to figure out how to escape a specially-themed room that you are locked in using clues to solve a mystery. Themes at one of our favorite escape rooms include “Dr. Fratelli’s Cabin,” “The Starlight Motel,” and “Classified: Operation Nine Lives.” We like this date option because it’s always thrilling and unique, provides a fun indoor option when the temperatures start to drop, and many of these venues are taking really strong COVID-19 precautions.

Bonfire Date

If at all possible, take firewood, kindling, matches and have a real, flaming, crackling, outdoor bonfire because it is one of life’s purest pleasures. Graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate and the appropriate tools to roast them into a s’more only add to the festive fall experience. However, if you do not have a safe place outdoors to set the blaze, never fear. Netflix, Hulu and Youtube all offer lovely video substitutions you can watch from the comfort of your living room while you microwave yourself a s’more!

Christmas Shopping Date

Ironic having a Christmas date on a Fall Date list? Maybe, but come mid-December, you will be glad you went on this date! Sit down together and plan out your Christmas list now, before things get Christmas crazy AND you can take advantage of all the end of summer sales. Planning early and working together to knock a few gifts off your list will make your life easier in a few weeks and it’s a fun date activity!

Thankful List Date

Fall reminds us to be thankful of things we may take for granted during the rest of the year. Pick up your favorite restaurant take-out for a romantic picnic at a local garden or a candle-lit dinner at home. Sit together and make a list of what you’re each thankful for this year (and–whew! — 2020 has been a doozy). Be bold in the number of thanksgivings you ponder and write out. I bet you can come up with 100 things for which you are thankful if you silence your phones AND enjoy a dessert. When you get home, hang the list on the fridge or better yet, frame it.

Pumpkin Date

Pumpkins mean fall and fall means pumpkins! There are so many things you can do with a pumpkin-themed date. You can pick your own pumpkins, carve pumpkins, paint pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds, cook pumpkin pie, try pumpkin ice-cream, or all of the above and more in one day! See how many pumpkin-themed activities you can fit into your date. If you carve or paint your pumpkins, have a contest and ask your social media friends to vote for their favorite. Friendly competition strengthens all relationships!

Fall is a wonderful time to slow down and spend time with those you most love and the Upstate is the perfect place to take advantage of all fall has to offer. Enjoy your dates!

Do you have a favorite date for fall? If so, please share it in the comments!

About the Author
Jaime Brown grew up in Spartanburg and Greenville where she met her future husband in the 6th grade. After marriage and a few kids they moved away for a decade and now find themselves back in the Upstate with their four daughters ages 18, 14, 7 and 4. Having a college age child, high schooler, elementary aged fireball, and a special needs preschooler keeps her very busy but she loves each stage and encourages other moms to enjoy motherhood. Jaime enjoys rediscovering the city where she grew up with her family. Bonfires, good coffee creamer, date nights, international travel, frugal interior design, and sleeping children are some of her favorite things. You can connect with her on instagram or her blog. instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/jaimelbrown/ blog: coming soon
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