Mitch and I (alright, mostly myself) have become extremely frugal on our pursuit in buying a house. In order to keep the romance alive without breaking the bank we’ve come up with a list of cheap date ideas (that do not include Netflix). This one in particular is catered towards Autumn, as I adore seasonal activities. Enjoy!
- Horseback Riding. Oh how I love the colours in the fall, and what better way to enjoy them than taking a gander by horseback. According to Bird’s Hill Provincial Park Ranch, $25 can get you an hour trail ride AND a steak dinner. I realize this isn’t necessarily the “cheapest” cheap date, but I couldn’t not include it.
- Picnic. Why not pack up a blanket and basket and head on down to a visually appealing location for a picnic with the one you love! Picnics are possibly my favourite date; not only do you get to spend quality time with your love in a beautiful setting, but you also get to do it for little to no cost. I suggest choosing a clearing next to a body of water if possible. We typically take our picnics to River Road, but we occasionally picnic at the cabin as well.
- Bike Rides. What a great way to both spend quality time with each other and exercise. We personally enjoy biking in Birds Hill Provincial Park. The colourful autumn leaves falling amongst you is mesmerizing. Don’t have your own bike? Rent one! “Bee 2gether Bikes” rents bikes by the hour at the Forks’ Market in Winnipeg. You can score a cute tandem bike for $20 an hour, perfect for a date!
- Pine Ridge Hollow. Okay this one is particularly specific as it’s my all time favourite restaurant. If you’ve never been there, it’s located both just off of Garven Road and within Bird’s Hill Provincial Park. I find it to be the most beautiful in the Autumn months, as the surroundings are so cozy and colourful. Here you’re able to enjoy a meal off of their delicious menu- that has been prepared by a phenomenal chef. Or, if you’re looking for a less expensive option, then I recommend visiting their petting zoo and browsing their furniture shop. They always carry the most intriguing home furnishings; I fall in love with something every time I step foot in there. And their animals are the cutest- make sure to check out the baby goats if you do visit.
- Attend Amateur Football Games. Oh how I love football games in the fall. There’s just something about the chilly air and hot cocoa that make the games so enjoyable. Most of the time admittance is free to amateur football league games. It’s the perfect excuse to cozy up together with a big blanket on the stands! Rather be the one playing the sport? Play football together; tackling each other in the leaves.
- Visit Local Pet Shops. Mitch and I have been doing this for years now and it’s still our go to activity. If neither of us can think of an outing, we’ll just head to Petland. Over the years I think we’ve probably visited every pet shop in Manitoba and Ontario, and each time we leave the pet shop heart broken that we can’t take another animal home. This is a great date idea for the couple that loves animals!
- Read a Book Together. Each evening after we’ve brushed our teeth and washed our faces, Mitch and I cuddle up in bed and read a book together. Currently, we’re reading the Wealthy Barber’s second novel “The Wealthy Barber Returns” (which I highly recommend- visit the finance page for more details regarding this book and author). By reading a book together we are able to expand our individual knowledge- simultaneously.
- Feed the Ducks. Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg has a lovely area for feeding the ducks. Pack up some appropriate duck food (I hear that bread isn’t the healthiest option for ducks- so opt for grapes instead) and visit the park! Spend the day walking around with each other; viewing all the beautiful gardens and fall colours that the park has to offer. Why not create a large leaf pile to jump in while you’re at it!
- Have a Bonfire. Yet another one of my favourite fall activities. Make a fire to cuddle up to either in your yard, or at the local park. You can spend the night cuddled up telling spooky stories. Don’t forget to pack some s’more ingredients!
- Do Crafts Together. In lieu of Halloween, find some crafts you can do together. In addition to our annual pumpkin carving tradition, we also incorporated pumpkin painting to our Halloween festivities. I recommend you to give this one a shot!
*Featured photos courtesy of Kalina Denault Photography.