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Romantic Date Night
updated: Apr 14, 2014, 4:59 PM

I am looking for some ideas for a low-cost yet romantic date night. My husband has spent all of 2014 caring for me while I was dealing with illness, now I'm feeling stronger and want to do something for him but am lacking creativity! My strength is slowly coming back but not fully yet, so hiking or something like that wouldn't be possible. Any help would be appreciated.

 COMMENT 511038 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 05:07 PM

Well it's not exactly date "night" but how about an afternoon picnic at a park or beach. You can keep it fairly low key--make it as long or short as you want--depending on your energy--go for a romantic walk (or just watch the waves).

 

 COMMENT 511042P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 05:20 PM

I had the same idea as 038. Maybe a small restaurant treat on the wharf or waterfront, then drive to wharf and/or walk out to the end? I like to splurge on some cold salads, bread & cheese at Cantwells/Lazy Acres/Gelsons; that type of picnic. We do that occasionally in the living or bed room. Or if you're able you can shop ahead and make sandwiches and buy treats and go to Shoreline? (I'm thinking ham & brie on baguette; greek salad and some chocolate pastry. Yes, I'm hungry.) Have a lovely time.

 

 COMMENT 511044P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 05:30 PM

One of the most romantic date nights my spouse gave me was a surprise beach picnic. If your energy isn't up to it, you can buy it. If you have sufficient energy to make it, that works too. What matters is making foods he likes, packing it thoughtfully, with nice dishes, wine, a tablecloth or blanket, and making it a surprise at sunset. It helps to choose a warmer night too.

 

 MACPUZL agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 05:49 PM

Astronomy nights with telescopes set up at SBMNH (second Saturday of the month), or Westmont (third Friday of the month), weather permitting.

 

 COMMENT 511049 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 06:00 PM

Westwind Drive-In movie out in Goleta! We finally took the kids out there one night over Spring Break and it was a blast. It's very reasonably priced too. Maybe get some takeout...

 

 COMMENT 511056P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 06:45 PM

What does your husband like to do for fun? Would a couples' massage break your budget? Maybe only a couples' foot massage? With some low-budget activity before or after? Strolling on the Breakwater, all bundled up, in the evening, is fun. I see a lot of couples out there. If you can't walk far, just go as far as you can.

Does he like sports events? Maybe you've never gone to see a sporting event with him?

I think the most romantic thing you can do is to find out what gives him pleasure and then fulfill that desire for him.

Romance doesn't necessarily revolve around food. Do you know of a friend who would let you borrow their jacuzzi? A night, under the stars.

For our romantic evening out, my boyfriend and I are driving up into the mountains to see the Full Lunar Eclipse. Taking some snacks. Eclipse starts around midnight tonight and goes until 1:30am or so. Moon-gazing has always been romantic.

 

 COMMENT 511058 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 07:08 PM

We get some to go food from our fav mexican restaurant and go sit on the wall at butterfly beach and mingle with the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

 

 COMMENT 511072 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 08:17 PM

Land Shark ride and then a nice beach picnic! I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the LS.

 

 COMMENT 511079P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 09:16 PM

Macpuzl has the right idea. Stargazing is so romantic. Bring some two buck chuck, good nibbles, a blanket and your best inquisitive nature.

 

 COMMENT 511088P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 10:12 PM

I was going to say the same thing as MACPUZL. So much fun!

 

 COMMENT 511092P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 10:27 PM

The historic Goleta Depot (adjoining Stow House and Lake Los Carneros) is really delightful, especially at sunset. There's a yellow train station-style covered bench where the tracks run parallel to Los Carneros Road. On the other side of the depot building are picnic tables. There's Stow House and its expansive lawn, plus the lake, with assorted waterfowl. And at sunset, you might spot bunnies and bobcats, too.

 

 COMMENT 511099P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-14 10:55 PM

Grunion hunting. Make a funny soundtrack and toast smores with a big candle. A little Patron too?

 

 COMMENT 511107P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-15 06:05 AM

My husband and I enjoy date night every other Saturday night - still. (It used to be every Saturday, but we're old now). He used to say you get all dolled up for work and then come home, take off your make-up, tie-up your hair, and put on sweats. Let's get dressed up for each other every so often. We do. It doesn't have to be expensive, but make a little effort. Our dates are anything we can do together and have included go-cart racing, dinner followed by batting cages, sitting in beach chairs while gazing at the stars and sharing a bottle of wine, picnic in the park, and quite often it's dinner out, some type of entertainment, and friends. Thy this event calendar and find something that appeals to you both. Hold hands. Date night shouldn't be a huge effort - or you'll surely be disappointed. http://www.santabarbaraca.com/things-to-do/calendar-of-events/

 

 COMMENT 511117 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-15 06:35 AM

Take a bottle of wine, some cheese and crackers type munchies and a blanket. Go down to the Biltmore and sit on the wall there at Butterfly beach and watch the sunset together. This is one of our favorite low budget romantic dates.

 

 COMMENT 511123 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-15 06:54 AM

We used to go to Zelo on Sat. nights, but it's long gone. Then we went to Playa Azul, but it got pretty expensive; however, if you order a la carte, it's not too bad. Give it a shot! On Santa Barbara St. between Carrillo & Canon Perdido, across from El Presidio.

 

 COMMENT 511156 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-15 08:08 AM

1117, that is illegal...but, a good idea.

No booze at Butterfly. You could do what you suggested at Ledbetter..but, the atmosphere is a little different with all the bums smoking and slamming beers down there.

 

 KEUKASMALLIE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-15 08:50 AM

First, find someone interested in spending the evening with you; next,....

 

 COMMENT 511198P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-15 09:44 AM

Petit Valentin in La Arcada is lovely, romantic, good food and well priced. Enjoy!

 

 COMMENT 511238 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-15 11:17 AM

If you don't have kids (we do), you could do something at home with candles and nice music, and a simple meal, or a take out meal you plate. Rent a nice movie. "The Notebook", maybe? A small cake with "Thank you for taking such good care of me" on top? Or maybe is there something that used to be special to the two of you before you became ill, that you could do in a simplified way? As..you mentioned that you can't hike, which suggests you used to...could someone drive you to a spot like those you used to hike to, and then get lost for an hour or two?

 

 SEEDLADY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 09:08 AM

I'd rec a Lake Cahcuma Eagle cruise, but the long series of steps down to the low waterline might do you in. But how about a good take-out picnic to enjoy there in the park? Weekdays are quiet and sooooo peaceful, and the air is alive with birdsong.

 

 COMMENT 511484P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-16 12:37 PM

Please commenters who write that this couple (or any couple) should grab a bottle of wine and head to the beach! Or to see the stars. DUI, anyone?

Drinking and driving is not romantic. It is a real slap upside the head, if you get caught, too. Or run someone over.

 

 

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