Whether you’re in the first flower of a budding romance or closing in on a 50th wedding anniversary a romantic relationship requires hard work to be successful. Put your relationship on auto-pilot and turbulence is guaranteed.
Thing is, most of us have incredibly busy schedules and trying to balance work, school, kids, hobbies, and a host of other things doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for romance. True as that may be, it isn’t an excuse your significant other is likely to get on board with.
Sure, you could just phone it in with dinner and a movie, but you can do better than that, right?
Yes, you absolutely can…with a little help. To make the all-important date planning process easier for you here are 5 great date ideas in Orange County.
Enjoy an Evening on the Beach
You know the old cliché about liking “long walks on the beach”? Here’s the thing about clichés: a lot of times they’re true.
If you live in Orange County you can’t go wrong with a walk on the beach. From Laguna Beach to Sunset Beach to San Clemente, Southern California has some of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world. Take advantage of them! But a walk on the beach is just the start of a great date.
If you work up an appetite on your walk along Laguna Beach, one of our favorite restaurants in the area is Las Brisas. They serve great food and some of the best margaritas in Southern California. Even better, their views of the Pacific are simply stunning. To see Las Brisas’s menu or to make reservations visit their website at www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com.
Another romantic restaurant in Laguna Beach is Ti Amo Ristorante. Here you’ll fine incredible ambience, amazing views, and a great menu. To learn more visit their website at www.tiamolagunabeach.com.
To cap off the evening why not spread a blanket out on the sand after dinner and enjoy a bottle of wine together?
Simple, beautiful, and memorable. An evening on the beach is one of our favorite date ideas.
Go Whale Watching
If you’d like to add some exploration and adventure to your date whale watching is the way to go. There are few creatures as majestic and breathtaking as whales and seeing one in its native habitat makes for an unforgettable date.
Gray whales migrate during the winter and spring months and giant blue whales during the summer and fall months. Newport Landing Whale Watching offers very affordable whale cruises – typically $20 or so for a 2.5 hour cruise. Learn more by visiting their website at www.newportwhales.com.
Whale watching is a date the two of you will talk about for years.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
If you’ve been in a relationship for a while think back to when you first started falling for this person. Remember how every time the two of you got together you learned something new about him or her? Remember how exciting those discoveries were?
The intimacy that comes with a long term relationship is great, but, let’s be honest: it can also contribute to boredom. Shake things up by getting out of your comfort zone on your next date and watch that boredom evaporate.
For your next date try something the two of you have never done before. Take a dance class at the Palm Court Arts Complex in Orange County Great Park. Go for a jetpack ride at Newport Beach. (Seriously.) Learn to ride horses at Serrano Creek Park.
The point is, dive headfirst into something the two of you have never tried before. Rekindle the joy of discovery in your relationship by getting out of your comfort zone. For more information about these and other awesome adventures visit www.orangecounty.net.
Dining Out (of Your Comfort Zone)
This date idea is the culinary equivalent of getting out of your comfort zone.
Did you know that Orange County has one of the richest mixes of peoples and cultures of any urban area in America? It’s true. And with practically every country represented in the Orange County area that means your dining options are practically endless.
But if you’re like most of us chances are you stick to the same three or four restaurants every time you go out to eat. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with comfort food, but think of all the delicious meals you’re missing out on!
For your next dinner date go international. Dine on Korean barbecue or Egyptian kushari – something you’ve never tried before. If you’d like to feast on sumptuous Persian cuisine we’d like to recommend Caspian is Irvine. They’re an L.A. Times Readers’ Choice restaurant with a tasty menu and unforgettable atmosphere. Visit Caspian for dinner on Friday and you’ll be entertained by belly dancers! When was the last time you saw something like that at the corner diner? For more information visit their website at www.caspianrestaurant.com.
If you’re in the mood for Indian you should check out Himalayan Grill in Huntington Beach. Not only do they have delicious Indian food on the menu, but they also have Tibetan and Nepali dishes available. To see Himalayan Grill’s full menu visit their website at www.himalayangrill.com.
Visit Balboa Fun Zone
Located in Newport Beach, Balboa Fun Zone is a great place for a fun, casual date. You can ride the ferris wheel, get a drink and bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants in the area, or just enjoy one of Balboa Fun Zone’s famous chocolate dipped bananas.
If you tire of Balboa Fun Zone just take the ferry to the more upscale Balboa Island. They have more bars and restaurants, shopping, and beautiful oceanfront walks. Either way, Balboa Fun Zone and Island provide lots to do on your next date.
These 5 great date ideas are just the start of the conversation. Have you gone on some particularly memorable dates you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!