Whether or not you might have been married for many years, collectively for years or are even simply beginning a brand new relationship, planning enjoyable and adventurous dates is vital to holding the magic alive in a relationship.
Heading outdoor is a good way to interrupt up the winter cabin fever, when you’re ready. Keep in mind to bundle up — out of your head to your toes — and don’t neglect a masks.
“Lean into it,” mentioned Jill Hinckley, founding father of Hinckley Introductions matchmaking company with an workplace in Portland. “It does require extra planning than common.”
These outside date concepts will make memorable adventures along with your companion.
Take a hike
Mountain climbing is a good way to get your blood pumping whereas having fun with all of the romantic, scenic views that Maine has to supply.
In case you are new to winter climbing, you would possibly wish to put money into some heat boots or snowshoes. One other worthwhile device for Maine’s darkish winter days: headlamps.
“I had a pair throw on a few headlamps and stroll in a state park the opposite night time,” Noreen Rochester, founding father of Cara Matchmaking in Portland, mentioned in November. “Fortunately, we’re Mainers and we’re fairly hardy and we will get out and do these issues.”
Boost your each day stroll
Even when you aren’t a sporty couple, you’ll be able to nonetheless benefit from the winter surroundings with out trekking out to the woods. After you’ve put in your warmest layers and grabbed a masks, fill a Thermos with scorching chocolate (when you spike it, we received’t inform) and head out for a winter jaunt.
Even if you’re simply going for a stroll across the block, spice it up by planning a photograph scavenger hunt. Create an inventory of things to search out, or you should utilize classes, like snapping an image of one thing in each colour of the rainbow, or one factor that begins with every letter of the alphabet.
“While you discover the gadgets, take photos of the 2 of you with that merchandise,” Blake mentioned.
One other means so as to add a little bit pleasure to your each day walks? Head to the seashore. Possibly it’s not the time for sunbathing and splashing round within the waves, however Maine’s seashores have a novel magnificence that’s maybe enhanced by cool winter days. You may even make a visit to a lighthouse that you’ve at all times meant to go to however have by no means discovered the time for earlier than.
“Cape Elizabeth on the lighthouse is a pleasant type of vacationer venue if you’ll,” mentioned Ron Cater, proprietor of the Matchmaker of Maine customized matchmaking service in Portland. “[Check out] locations that might be an virtually ‘touristy’ focal point, a enjoyable factor when you weren’t from Maine you’d go to.”
Dine al fresco
Possibly you’ll be able to’t dine in at your favourite eating places, however a number of eating places are nonetheless doing curbside pick-up. You may have a takeout picnic along with your favourite dishes, and even deliver some meals of your individual.
“Picnics are the largest hit since March,” Rochester mentioned. “They’re taking a few blankets and going to a seashore or a park or out within the woods so long as it’s someplace secure. Every individual brings a bunch of stuff and so they’re having a beautiful time.”
To make it a little bit extra snug throughout the winter, Rochester mentioned to bundle up, deliver blankets, heat drinks and possibly a transportable area heater.
In case you are fortunate sufficient to have a fireplace pit in your yard, have a s’mores night time collectively.
If you happen to don’t have a yard that’s sufficiently big for a fireplace pit, you may also buy area heaters on your patio and maybe dine al fresco or have a winter BBQ. You may grill up your summer time favorites, or attempt one thing adventurous and new.
Attempt a brand new winter sport
Maine has seemingly countless alternatives for outside recreation, even within the winter, together with snowshoeing, cross-country snowboarding, downhill snowboarding, snowboarding, fat-tire biking and dogsledding.
It doesn’t matter what your ability degree or pursuits, yow will discover one thing that pursuits you. If you happen to and your companion have by no means tried one among these sports activities and have at all times needed to take action, now could be the time.
“If you happen to’ve by no means gone snowshoeing earlier than, you are able to do it at a few of these open areas and parks,” Hinckley mentioned.“It’s sort of enjoyable to attempt snowshoeing for the primary time [as well as] cross nation snowboarding.”
It could be value investing in some primary winter sports activities tools. Rochester mentioned that ice skates are an amazing one as a result of if rinks are open you’ll be able to go there with masks, however you may also ice skate on ponds as soon as they freeze over. In Bangor, public outside ice skating rinks are normally arrange in Broadway Park, Chapin Park, Fairmount Park, Stillwater Park and Bangor Gardens Park.
If ice and snow sports activities don’t curiosity you, attempt one thing else that may get you shifting.
“Paddle tennis is sort of cool,” Hinckley mentioned. “There’s just a few paddle tennis courts round Maine [like the York Paddle Tennis Club and the Arundel Paddle Club]. When it snows they shovel off the courtroom, so you’ll be able to play all by means of the winter.”
Or, when you’ve tried all of the tried-and-true winter sports activities and are searching for one thing actually daring, Rochester mentioned that you might even attempt winter browsing, which she mentioned some surf outlets in Kennebunk are providing.
“I’ve shoppers which might be going to do this,” Rochester mentioned. “In case you have the suitable gear on you’re okay. That’s only one other thing that individuals are keen to do.”
This primary appeared within the January/February difficulty of Bangor Metro journal, out there on newsstands all through a lot of Maine. Bangor Metro can also be out there by subscription.