If you’re new to recovery, then getting back in the dating scene can sound pretty daunting. Before commiting to your sobriety, your date nights probably included visits to bars, pubs or wineries or maybe just grabbing drinks at the end of a busy day. Sober dating is not dull — it’s just different. Fortunately, there are tons of great date ideas that offer ample excitement and won’t compromise your hard-earned sobriety.
Here are seven fun sober date night ideas to get you started.
1. Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Nothing is quite so romantic as watching a sunset with colors streaked across the sky or staring out at a gorgeous view. Nature makes for one great date, and there are tons of ways to enjoy the great outdoors with a special someone. For instance, you could:
- Take a stroll on the beach
- Hike in the mountains
- Canoe down a river or stream
- Cycle through a state park
- Plan a picnic
- Grab a blanket and take in some stargazing
2. Coffee Anyone?
Coffee dates are not what they used to be. In years gone by, coffee was more of a friend activity. Yet the coffee culture of today has made this pastime into an exciting adventure. Explore your local cafés and coffee counters as you sample one dark brew after another.
3. Be a Tourist for a Day
If you’ve lived in one place for any amount of time, then you probably overlook all the local tourist spots in your own backyard. Pretend it’s your first day in your neck of the woods. Plan a fun-filled sober date where you explore local museums, notable sites and anything your town is known for. Whether its the world’s biggest rubber band ball or a historic lighthouse, it’s sure to be a fun and memorable date.
4. Embrace Your Inner Foodie
Food and dates go hand-in-hand. If there’s a place you’ve been dying to try, then dates are the perfect opportunity to indulge. Make a reservation at the best restaurant in town or hit up a food truck or hole-in-the-wall place that’s known for great eats. You can never go wrong with a lunch or dinner date.
5. Laugh Together
A good belly laugh shared with someone is an incredible bonding experience. Buy tickets to a local improv or comedy show, and make it a date.
6. Relax and Unwind Together
Whether it’s a spa day or a visit to a local masseuse, these relaxing activities are a great way to unwind together. Many spas and massage parlors allow you to plan a couples session so you can talk and laugh as you destress and recharge.
7. Take a Class Together
Learning something new together is a great way to break the ice and take your mind off first date jitters. There are a variety of places that offer classes where you can learn a new hobby. Here are just a few ideas:
- Ballroom or salsa dancing
- Writing or poetry
- Ice skating
Whether this is your first date or one of many, sober dating while you’re in recovery can be more exciting and meaningful when you don’t have a drink in hand. Embrace your recovery and enjoy your time with someone special.
If you have not yet started your recovery journey, we invite you to contact Beacon House today to find out about our holistic approach to addiction treatment.