Sure, it’s time for sweater weather, but there’s more than one way to stay warm. From an outdoor farm adventure to an indulgent dinner in a private dining room, the best way to heat things up in Denver right now is going on one (or more) of these actually great fall dates. Actually wearing a sweater is completely optional.
Catch an autumn sunset in Washington Park
Or any of Denver’s over 200 parks, really. Just get outside and enjoy the fall weather before snow and freezing temps take over. Whether you take a stroll around the lake or pack a picnic, the leaves in the city are changing so there are romantic settings all over to take advantage of.
Stock up on autumn veggies at Miller Farms
Skip the pumpkin spice latte and go for the real thing instead. Right now it’s harvest time at this real working farm in Platteville, and for $30, you can stack a wagon with as much seasonal produce -- including pumpkins -- as you can fit.
Go on a ghost tour bar crawl with Nightly Spirits
Hunting for ghosts can be a thrilling experience. Hunting for ghosts while grabbing drinks at some of Denver’s best (and haunted) bars along the way is even better. And if Denver’s spooky stories scare your date a little... well all the better cause you’ll be there to offer protection (and another shot).
Have the ultimate fancy fall dinner at EDGE Restaurant & Bar
Trying to impress? Whatever the reason (c’mon, what’d you do?), there’s no better place to take a date for an indulgent night out than this restaurant at the Four Seasons Denver. Their new fall menu with 22 new additions marks the biggest change in the restaurant’s history. And if you really want to make this date memorable, reserve the chef’s table, an enclosed private dining room with windows that give you a full view of the action in the kitchen.
Climb the foothills on the Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway
You don’t have to go far from town to score amazing mountain views. This 40-mile loop takes you to scenic spots like Lookout Mountain, the Mother Cabrini Shrine, and Buffalo Bill’s grave. Get a bit of classic Colorado history plus plenty of opportunities for one-on-one time with your date along the way.
Catch a scary flick at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Never seen Death Line or Cemetery Man? Now’s your chance to experience some classic gore -- together. And don’t forget that this Littleton theater also serves food and has a full bar, so you’ve got the whole dinner and a movie thing in the bag.
Satisfy your cravings at the Bacon and Beer Festival
Yes... bacon AND beer. Which is pretty much all you need to know about this festival that combines two of life’s greatest gifts. Just get your tickets fast because this event usually sells out. And with some of Denver’s best restaurants providing the bacon-centric bites and local breweries on hand with plenty of seasonal beers to sample, it’s not hard to see why.
Get some boozy education at Laws Whiskey House
Some people crave pumpkin everything in the fall. We’re betting you crave the warm embrace of a nice whiskey. If you and your date feel the same, then spend some time at Laws tasting their four grain straight bourbon Whiskey and learning more about how it’s made.
Heat things up in the Cook Street kitchen
Whether you already love to cook together or you both have no idea what a whisk is for, you’ll be able to create something delicious at these casual date-night cooking classes. There’s no pressure to be the next Julia Child, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to whip up some steak au poivre in your own kitchen? And yes, wine is included.
Head to the Denver Zoo for some wild Lego art
A trip to the zoo is a great date idea any time of the year, but through November 1st you can catch the latest addition to the Denver Zoo: elaborate Lego animal sculptures. Sure, maybe you haven’t played with these toy blocks since you were a kid, but reconnecting with your younger self is the ideal way to loosen up and have some childish fun on your next outing.
Have a pint while you paint at Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Get creative at one of the area’s best breweries. On November 9th, Brushes & Brews comes to the brewery’s South Dock location in Aurora for a night of painting where you and your date will be able to gain some fresh artistic skills along with a nice hoppy buzz.
Sample beers and spears at Denver Beer Co.
The city’s not short on possible beer-related outings, but this is a unique pairing that’ll make for a memorable night out: flights of Denver Beer Co. brews including some specialty firkins are paired with flights of pickles from The Real Dill at this November 7th event. Although if you plan on participating in the spicy pickle eating competition, you may want to bring some breath mints for after, too.
Have a Pretty/Dirty time at MCA Denver
Marilyn Minter is an artist whose work has been described as steamy and sensual, and those are good adjectives when you’re looking to spark something on a night out. Minter’s Pretty/Dirty exhibit will be on display at MCA Denver through January 31st, 2016. And while you’re there, remember to check out the cafe with a full bar and rooftop patio -- it’s one of the city’s best kept secrets.
Hit up Postino, LoHi’s newest date spot
Impress your date by introducing them to a new addition to the Denver dining scene. Postino may have several Arizona locations, but their newest one in the Mile High feels like more than just another out of state-transplant. The decor pays homage to the building’s past as home to the BookBinding Company, and on Mondays and Tuesdays after 8pm you can score any house bottle of wine and a board of bruschetta for $20.
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