Date Differently: Date Night Ideas to Spice Things Up

Honeymooning is  not a destination; it’s a journey, and hot dates are key to staying in love long-time.

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Love is a many-splendored thing and deserves revelry– making that amazing “honeymoon phase” last. But How, you ask? Two words: date differently. This might seem like a no-brainer, but so many of us (we’re guilty, too) are sometimes too quick to get stuck in our routines: laundry, Netflix binges, or going into the office on a Sunday.  Instead, try carving out a solid block of time to spend exclusively with your love, doing something different. If you need more of an incentive, this week we’re offering 20% off your Wanderable Date Nights with code DATENIGHT20.

Here are some of our favorite San Francisco date night ideas (don’t worry, east-coasters, we’ll be getting to you in later posts) that you could do even this weekend to spice things up a little bit.

1. Get Photographed

Have you ever wanted to recreate your favorite moments or just needed an excuse to get dressed up? Well what about a candid photoshoot of you and your love playing around your city in your Sunday best? Win.

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2. Wine taste on the Bay

Hailed as a wine- therapy voyage, this is the perfect escape for those wanting to stay in the city but still enjoy some epic wines. We get it, Napa is far. And with this beautiful weather we’re having, why not take advantage of the ocean front.

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3.  Take a hike

This may seem like an obvious choice living in SF, but if we’re being honest, when’s the last time you were really in touch with nature? Hike the mountains of the Presidio with your love and feel rooted in your body

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4. Picnic

So worth the effort, a picnic is luxurious because once you’re set up, you can sit for hours and nibble, read, chat, nap, etc. Pick your favorite locale (beach, park, forest, lake) and prepare food, activities, and perhaps a little surprise gift for your love.

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5. Go on a Food Safari

There are so many restaurants in SF that sometimes it can feel overwhelming to choose just one. Also, “going out to dinner” while important, can get boring. Why not try an actual Food Safari where you get to sample a little bit of everything?  Another plus, you’re not sitting in one spot for 2 hours.

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So get out there. Have a good time. For more California date ideas (Southern California, too) check this out, and let us know how you #DateDifferently. Plus– enjoy 20% off date night with code DATENIGHT20. You’re welcome.

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Major New Zealand Wanderlust

It’s #WanderlustWednesday, so why not take a virtual vacation?

Here at Wanderable, our wanderlust is constantly at an all-time high. Our latest obsession is New Zealand (we’re dreaming of Summer in February, can’t you tell?) so we’ve been working tirelessly with one of our favorite Travel Concierges Time 2 Go! and put together a collection of some of the best images of New Zealand just for you. The best part? With Time 2 Go! one day, these could be your pictures…

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Every visitor to Queenstown should hike or ride to somewhere high. From the top of almost any hill, magnificent views await.

Insider Tip: To get this epic view, check out our Paragliding Package Tour!

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South Canterbury delivers the perfect balance of natural, historical and indulgent experiences. Witness filming locations from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy for yourself.

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 The natural beauty of Owharoa Falls in Karangahake Gorge makes for a very memorable ride.

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 Rustic, relaxed and unspoiled, The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s best-loved holiday destinations.

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Originally a French settlement, the historic town of Akaroa is a place to enjoy fine cuisine and wildlife cruises.

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You can’t escape the ocean in subtropical Bay of Islands – nor would you want to.

Insider Tip: Don’t miss our Bay of Islands and Northland Escape to see the most gorgeous beaches and maybe even some dolphins

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The Tutukaka Coast is a detour you won’t want to miss on your journey north of Auckland.

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 Near Lake Wanaka, the Matukituki Valley offers tantalising glimpses of the high peaks and glaciers.

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Auckland promises to keep you busy and stimulated – you can mix urban pleasures with marine adventures.

Insider Tip: Be sure to check out Auckland City Experience while you’re at it and see Auckland the way it’s supposed to be seen

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Leap into the Lake Wanaka landscape with a tandem skydive over some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand

Now you can see why New Zealand is our absolute latest obsession, and cause of maj wanderlust. With a countless amount of activities to do and sights to see, take our word for it, NZ definitely needs to be at the top of your bucket list. Make sure to keep Time 2 Go! in mind when planning your next New Zealand adventure.

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Spotlight: Eat This, Shoot That

 Guest Blogger Alert! Mrs. Archer from Weddingbee shares her Eat This, Shoot That experience exclusively with Wanderable!

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Mr. & Mrs. Archer from Weddingbee.com

We Archers were lucky enough to experience first hand that the best things in life are not things, but adventures with the one you love! (Duh).  Through Wanderable, (our new obsession, where was this when we were getting married?!) we were able to go on an amazing date night in beautiful Santa Barbara. We ultimately decided to go with Eat This, Shoot That for our experience, which combines mini photo lessons and a food tour,  starting near the beach and moving to different restaurants, wine bars, brew houses and distilleries. We were able to sample some of Santa Barbara’s best seafood (ceviche!), gourmet fried chicken, and local wines.  We spent the most of our time in the hip Funk Zone area (more on this later) and got to savor some great food while picking up a lot of tips for how to take better photographs (but I still can’t take a selfie). 

Wanderable also made booking a breeze. Once my booking was confirmed, my  tickets arrived in my email along with parking and meet-up instructions- so easy! Now, onto the fun part…

It was a gorgeous day in Santa Barbara!

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We met up with our ETST guide and headed straight to Deep Sea Winery to begin the afternoon with a little wine-tasting.   We enjoyed wine, sunshine, and a new friend on the balcony. We then strolled along the water; headed to munch on fresh rockfish ceviche at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company. I’m ceviche-obsessed, and this batch was deliciously prepared and super fresh, so I was a happy girl.

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And with a view like that, I know y’all can’t blame me for conning Mr. Archer into an awkward selfie session.  Too bad I cropped out the view- I’m terrible at selfies.

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Selfie Attempt #1

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Selfie Attempt #2

Next, we headed into the Funk Zone area, Santa Barbara’s hip and quickly gentrifying area.  We visited the courtyard at Lucky Penny and enjoyed a lovely alfresco pizza with chorizo and potatoes and a runny egg…Yum. 

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing welcomed us for beer tasting next. I’m not a big beer girl, but found a Wheat I enjoyed, and Mr. Archer loved tasting the different varieties. They had an awesome bluegrass band performing that afternoon, and I couldn’t help dancing along.

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We kept the party going at Cutlers Artisan Spirits, where an onsite still helps them distill a variety of small batch spirits. Normally no fan of gin, I was impressed by the floral/herbal blend, and the apple pie moonshine based off the owner’s family recipe was so amazing, I had seconds! 

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We extended cocktail hour at  Riverbench winery to taste an assortment of sparkling wines. Bubbly is my favorite, and once they sweetened the deal, literally, with delish treats from  Koval confections, it was game on. and I couldn’t help cracking up when i discovered an upright piano in the ladies room. 

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Seven bar+kitchen, inspired by the seven deadly sins, was the last stop.  Gluttony will always be my vice, including the scrumptious chicken and waffle we indulged in. As a southern girl, I hold my fried chicken to a high standard, and this one made the grade.

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With our tummies full and tour complete, we walked back along the water to the car, and snapped a few pics before starting the drive back to Los Angeles.  

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Though we typically are off-the-beaten-path rather than tour kind of people, but we really enjoyed this. A cool guide and only one other couple made for a fun and friendly experience. We’re obsessed with Eat This, Shoot That and would recommend it to any of our other friends looking for a fun and cool date night experience. And honestly, it was the best thing ever to just be able to go and have fun and have all of the organizing and planning be someone else’s problem for once. With Wanderable curating from their experience network, you just have to click and add.  I can totally see this making honeymoon planning super easy-  extra nice when there’s already enough to deal with wedding planning.

 

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 Are you considering a honeymoon registry? What Wanderable experience would you be most excited for?

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