Read the newspaper, magazine or another informational magazine.
Call someone to whom you haven't talked in a while and visit with them.
Map out a combination of favorite and as-yet-untested coffee shops around town and do a taste testing of their most popular picks, whether it’s a cup of dark roast or a seasonal latte.
Split the drinks so you’re not super high on caffeine.
Many couples always do the same thing at the same time in the same place. For years I've kept a list of creative date ideas in my desk for Cathy and me.
People say, "Variety is the spice of life," and we've sure tried a variety of dating experiences. I get them from friends or books, and I even brainstorm with students at some of my speaking engagements.
Cost: $$Scout out seasonal produce, take advantage of the freshest ingredients, support local businesses, and get to know exactly where your food is coming from.
Arrive early for dibs on the biggest selection, or come by an hour before close to get the best deals.
Many dance studios, fitness centers, and even gyms offer tons of dance options, from salsa lessons and line dancing to fitness-inspired options like Bokwa, a Zumba spin off.
Cost: $$Always wanted to check out kickboxing or Cross Fit but too shy to go solo? Many studios offer free or discounted intro classes so you can cheer each other on.
There’s something refreshing about spending time outdoors and picking your own locally-sourced produce.