F all is windy and wild, and it begs romance from young couples. Holding hands, cuddling under blankets, and hiding out in warmed up cars (at make-out overlooks, of course) are just some of the flirtations that follow the descending chill.
And it’s not just blowing leaves and romance in the air — the sweet-savory smells of the harvest season are some of the sexiest out there. According to a study from the Chicago-based Smell and Taste Research Center, pumpkin pie is one of the most arousing for men. Girls, this week’s pumpkin-centric suggestions are for you.
Don’t run off and sprinkle yourselves with cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a desperate attempt to get attention from Mr. Right. Consider these casual date-night ideas that’ll give you an excuse to invite him on a date for a change — and put you both in the mood for fall.
The bonus: most of these suggestions will put you in a place that’s wafting with the arousing aroma — or at least a suggestion of it — that’ll linger long after you’ve kissed him goodnight.
The dark and cozy atmosphere of Boulder’s Crepes La Carte (2018 Broadway St.; crepesalacarts.com) is the perfect setting for a casual and inexpensive evening out. You can make a meal or a snack out of its long menu of steaming crepes (or ice cream-topped ones) and as the holiday season approaches, look to the specials menu for a cinnamon- and brown sugar-topped pumpkin pie special — complete with graham cracker crust crumbles. While you’re chatting up your man, enjoy a $6 glass of wine. If things are going well, keep talking; on Thursday through Saturday the creperie stays open until 2:30 a.m.
For a slightly more upscale and decidedly day-date feel, swing by Breadworks (2644 Broadway; breadworks.net). You can pick up one of the best sandwiches in town — order your own from the cafeteria-style counter — for a take-out picnic-style lunch to accompany a hike or climb and grab one of the pumpkin quickbreads, muffins, or cookies to finish it off.
Breakfast more your style? If your nights are already packed, a morning meal may be just the place to make an energetic and refreshed impression on the man of your dreams. Why not suggest a quiet chat over one of Turley’s (2805 Pearl St.; turleysrestaurant.com) gluten-free pumpkin waffles. They smell and taste as good as they sound and the plate-sized breakfast bread comes topped with enough whipped cream to share. Yum.
For a little earthier approach to the seasonal atmosphere, visit one of the area’s biggest pumpkin patches at Anderson Farms (6728 County Road 3 1/4, Erie; andersonfarms.com). The 250-acre farm has a corn maze and a carnival atmosphere that makes for a fun afternoon excursion.
And that sexy smell?
It’s the kettle corn. Have your honey help you pick out the perfect carving canvas from the standard, $8 basketball-size gourds — or from one of this fall’s few remaining Atlantic Giants, which cost more than $40 each.
If you can’t make the farm, you can still get into the fall spirit (and in time for Halloween) if you spend an evening carving you a jack-o’-lantern. Pick up a $10 pumpkin from the grocery store — don’t forget to pick up a pumpkin-carving kit and visit extremepumpkins.com for design ideas — and complement your intimate, at-home evening with a pre-date stop at Liquor Mart (1750 15th Street; liquormart.com) to pick up a seasonal or hearty fall brew.
Kristy Holland writes about date-night ideas once a week for the Colorado Daily. Tell her about your plans at firstname.lastname@example.org.