Springtime means waking up to sunbeams and birdsong – right? Right. Except on those days when you wake up to a freak snowstorm or weeks of endless rain instead…

But hey, let’s focus on the wins. 

The calendar says it’s spring! So no matter what the view is from your window, it’s time to head outside and enjoy those longer days. 

Here are 5 date ideas that are fun and romantic whether you’ve got sunshine or fickle spring showers. These ideas also work well as individual dates or a full day out – dealer’s choice.

Check out a farmer’s market

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What could be cuter than a morning stroll through a farmer’s market? Plus, if the date doesn’t go well, at least you’ve got your groceries for the week – kidding! 

Discover local vendors, shop artisanal foods and ingredients, and get inspired with new recipe ideas. Most farmer’s markets are hosted at an indoor/outdoor venue, so you’re covered even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Opt for a wicker shopping basket to complete the aesthetic. 

Stop and smell the flowers

Enjoy the spring flowers, even if there aren’t any outside yet. A date at your city’s botanical gardens is like: let’s go for a walk, but make it fancy. 

You’re getting some exercise, you have things to look at other than each other, and the smell of bountiful blooms fills the air. Just make sure to take your meds if you get seasonal allergies!

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Indulge in a steak dinner

Now, if things are going really well, you need to end the day with a dinner that’s worthy of an epic date. Chop Steakhouse & Bar has the food and the vibes to take your evening from good to legendary. 

Chop also just announced a limited-time Steak Masters menu that starts on April 18th. Try ordering the decadent Black Truffle Butter Sirloin and Basque Cheesecake for dessert if you really want to pull out all the stops.

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Grab drinks at a lounge

Nothing ends the day better than a tasty nightcap. Chop Steakhouse has a gorgeous, lounge-style bar where you can hang out after dinner. Wash down your steak dinner with a Cab Sauv, or sample something new from their craft cocktail menu. 

Spend some time at a gallery

This one is an easy crowd-pleaser that works rain or shine. The best icebreakers are activities, and gawking at art and culture is a great way to take the pressure off yourself. Check out your city’s local gallery or do some research to see if there are any new exhibits in town. At best, you’ll have some thought-provoking insights to spark deep conversation. 

Consider your spring date nights covered!


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