By Margaret Kirschner
Try some of these:
- Meet at a coffee bar for dessert and a fun drink in the afternoon like the Europeans do. Pretend you’re just getting to know each other. Owl Bakery has amazing pastries and teas, and has a European flair.
- Choose a new recipe and cook together. Select some cool music that matches the mood of the food, a delicious drink and dance around the kitchen.
- Keep it together even when you need to be apart. When one of you is out-of-town, set a time to watch the same movie at the same time. Call or text each other at breaks in the action to talk about your impressions.
- Pretend you’re tourists and imagine you’ve just arrived and do the stuff tourists do: take a bus tour or a brewery tour, check out local stores and galleries , linger to watch the buskers or local artists then try a new restaurant. Take some pics of your smiling faces.
- Take a class together, reconnect and learn something novel and fun. A couples Partner Yoga class is coming up at The Mothership on Friday, October 7.
- Wander a bookstore or art studio and tell each other what delights or inspires you. Read your favorite poem or an inspiring line from that amazing book. For books, we love Malaprop's and The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar.
- Listen to an author speak about their newest book. Malaprops has frequent free and ticketed events.
- Sleep out on your porch or lie down on a blanket in your yard and watch the stars. Wondering what you are looking at? SkyView is a great free planetarium app. Point your cellphone at the sky to identify what stars, constellations, satellites you are looking at.
- Admire the view from one of the many vantage points along The Blue Ridge Parkway. Plan a picnic and take a short hike to marvel at the sights and sounds of nature as the seasons change. Craggy Gardens is a short beautiful hike and one of our favorites!
- Get caught in the rain, hold each other close and kiss. Warm up with some tea in cozy back rooms at Dobra Tea House.
- Stay at home, pull out a board game and a bottle of wine or beer. Scrabble is always a favorite. Ask each other about favorite childhood memories. Or, if you feel like you want to know a little more risqué information about each other, you can pull out Never Have I Ever.
- Get out the WII or X-box and create a friendly competition in your own living room.
- Can you think of others?