With the fall weather rolling in and the endless amounts of festivals each weekend coming to a halt, it’s time to get creative. Here are some fun seasonal date ideas to try this fall!
Chairlift Day Date
6557 Holiday Valley Rd / Ellicottville / Southern Tier / 716-699-2345
Have a romantic afternoon overlooking the fall foliage in Ellicottville by riding the chairlift to Spruce Lake at Holiday Valley. Ride the lift back down or soak in the scenery by taking a stroll down the mountain, instead. You can make a day of it by riding the Mountain Coaster, trying the Sky High Aerial Adventure Park, or exploring the cute shops in town.
Chairlift rides are available Saturdays and Sundays from August 2nd to October 19th from 11AM-5PM and costs $5 per person. The Mountain Coaster runs on tracks through the Holiday Valley slopes and can fit only one or two riders; perfect for a date! The Mountain Coaster costs $8 for a single ride and runs from 11AM-6PM , September 5th through October 19th from Friday to Sunday and from 11AM-dusk, October 25th through November 2nd on Saturday and Sunday, with extended hours in the winter season (see website).
Try Holiday Valley’s Sky High Aerial Adventure Park and zip line your way through the leaves as a pair for an even more adventurous date! There are 13 courses available with levels for beginners to advance. From September 5th through October 19th the course will be open Friday to Sunday from 9AM-6PM. The hours change from October 25th through November 2nd to Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-dusk. The Aerial Park costs $48 per person, but there are packages available involving the Mountain Coaster.
Take “Going Out to Dinner” to the Next Level
Same Old Antics Pop Up Restaurant
There’s a new pop-up restaurant in town offering one-off dinners around town at previously undisclosed locations. While you’ll get to see the menu ahead of time, a date with Same Old Antics (the name of the pop-up) will certainly add some spontaneity to your night out. Expect multiple courses, beverage pairings and a casual, intimate evening. Check the Same Old Antics Facebook for new pop-ups and email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
Midnight Mass at The Black Sheep
This (pretty much) monthly pop-up (if you will) at The Black Sheep occurs at midnight (11:30pm) on a Saturday night and features different chefs from around Western New York. Recent guests have included Chef Mike A of Bourbon and Butter, Cantina Loco, Tappo, and Seabar, Chef Michael Obarka of Ristorante Lombardo and Chef Adam Goetz of Craving Restaurant. The pop-up is a great opportunity to see what our local chefs do when there are no rules (self or otherwise imposed). Be ready for anything and everything and make sure your date is easy going and flexible for this one. Keep any eye on the Midnight Mass #716 Facebook page for info about the next dinner and call The Black Sheep to make reservations as soon as they set a date (they tend to sell out quickly).
Take a Brewery Tour
Does the delightful autumn weather have you craving a nice harvest beer? Us too. Instead of just taking your date out for a beer, head to one of the many local breweries for a brewery tour where you’re likely to get a beer to drink as you go and THEN a drink and some appetizers, possibly in a beer garden, with lights, and music, and other happy people. We recommend checking out Hamburg Brewing Co. or Resurgence Brewing Co. where you’ll find all of this. Plus, here’s a list of all the breweries offering tours in WNY.
Have a “Harvest Themed” Night In
Check out the new fall goodies emerging at your local farmers market and cook dinner. Grab some Pumpkin Ravioli from the Pasta Peddler or Butternut Squash Ravioli from Gondola Macaroni, toss with a sage butter, paired with sautéd root vegetables as a side and watch your dates eyes roll to the back of his or her head. Take this meal to the next level with an incredibly easy to pull off Pumpkin beer tasting. Head to any grocery or beer store that does U-pick 6 packs (Consumers Beverages, Wegmans, etc.) and pick out 6 different Pumpkin or Harvest beers. Open one at a time and split the bottle, taste testing each and noting your favorites along the way.
Fall Weekend Getaway
Venture out as a pair to some of the best festivals and make a weekend of it. Stay at one of the amazing hotels in Ellicottville for the weekend of their “Fall Festival” or for “The Beer and Wine Festival” at Holiday Valley. To find out about hotels in the area, call Holiday Valley at 699-2345.
One Word: Football!
Whether it’s buying tickets to a home game or finding the bar with the best giveaways, bond over cheering for the Buffalo Bills! Split an order of wings and a few Blue Lights (sometimes we call them Blue Yummies) and enjoy the adrenaline rush of being around other screaming fans that care about nothing else for a good 12 hours. If you’re not up for heading to The Ralph, Thirsty Buffalo (555 Elmwood Ave) has a great selection of wing sauces like honey chipotle or Jameson honey BBQ, a decent beer selection and plenty of fun time fans.
Leave Your Comfort Zone & Try Something New Together
Trying something new together levels the playing field. Both of you can let go and just have fun with it!
Les Amis Fencing Club
693 Seneca Street / East Buffalo / Downtown
En guard! Try this 8 week beginner fencing classes for just $60 and learn the sport of classical fencing from the oldest fencing club in Buffalo. If you enjoy it, Les Amis Fencing Club offers intermediate and advanced classes, as well. To register go to lesamisfencing.com.
Travis Widrick Tango Lessons
Ashker’s Juice Bar & Gallery – 1002 Elmwood Ave / Elmwood Village / Downtown | 716-886-2233
Bring your “A” game to a free tango class open to the public at Ashker’s Juice Bar on October 7th from 7PM-9PM. If you decide this is something you’d like to try again as a couple, you can sign up for the next session of tango classes for “complete beginners” which starts on October 14th. Classes are once a week for 6 weeks from 7PM-8:30PM and cost for $90 or $45 with a student ID.
The Great Pumpkin Farm
11199 Main St / Clarence / Northtowns| 716-759-1929
Pick out the best pair of pumpkins you can find at the Great Pumpkin Farm! Open daily from 10AM-dusk, the Pumpkin Farm is free during the week (excluding Columbus Day) and $5 admission on the weekends. Explore the farm hand-in-hand, find your way through the corn maze, enjoy a scenic hayride, test your aim with the pumpkin sling shot, and end the day with a cup of hot cider and a cinnamon donut. After a fun day out, carve your pumpkins together that night. Toss the seeds in some coarse sea salt and bake them while picking out a spooky movie you can watch as you snack on your crunchy pumpkin seeds later.
Autumn Walks and Hikes
Grab a pumpkin spice latte (yea, we said it) and explore local parks or hiking trails in Buffalo because, let’s face it, was there ever a better time? If you’re not into getting sweaty, take a fall walk down Elmwood, stop at the local farmers market and the Lexington Co-Op for fresh veggies and unique cheeses, the Bavarian Nut Company for French macarons, window shop for trinkets at Positively Main Street, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa at Spot Coffee, and peruse the countless number of spices at Penzeys. You can gaze at the surroundings of Delaware Park right near the art gallery, check out the gorgeous waterfall at Glen Park in the Village of Williamsville, and find the Eternal Flame Falls at Chestnut Ridge Park or take it to the next level at any of these awesome hiking spots.
Take a Cooking Class Together
Culinary Arts Center – 3295 Walden Ave / Depew | 716-818-1140
There are tons of opportunities for a date night around town that include improving your culinary skills. To narrow it down, we recommend checking out the Culinary Arts Center for upcoming classes. Some of the sessions available include “Welcome Fall,” “Oktoberfest” and “Northern Italian Feast”. Classes range in price, but generally stick around $70-$80. With so many to choose from, you’re destined to find one perfect for your pair.
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