Need ideas for the perfect fall date? Here’s a quick list of 8 fall dates that are as fun as they are cliché.
Put on your favorite flannel, dust off the colorful leaves, grab your pumpkin spice latte and let’s go dating.
(1) Go glamping in Asheville
If you’re not *quite* into sleeping amongst bugs and dirt, but you don’t need a full-on King-sized bed situation, glamping may be the ideal compromise. Asheville Glamping offers you the chance to sleep in a geodesic dome, which makes for amazing stargazing opportunities.
Perfect for: Outdoorsy-ish couples looking for the perfect “honeymoon suite” under the stars.
(2) Time travel at the Carolina Renaissance Festival
It doesn’t matter whether you’re “come in costume” level excited or just there to try something different, the Renaissance Festival is cool. Get yourself a massive turkey leg and a beer and check out jousting matches, falconry, tons of vendors and demonstrations.
Perfect for: Adventurous couples who love “Game of Thrones” and deserved better than what they got with the series finale.
Details: Tickets are $25 adults, $14 for kids 5-12. It takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from October 5 through November 24. The exact address is 16445 Poplar Tent Road, about 30 minutes from Uptown.
(3) Sip cider and pick apples at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
This family-owned apple orchard and hard cider producer is about an hour drive from Charlotte. Sample award-winning hard ciders at the hard cider bar (open on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays), chow down on apple cider donuts, go on a hayride, enjoy live music and pick your own apples.
Keep in mind that if you want to pick on Saturdays or Sundays, you’ll need a reservation. They also have pre-picked apples available for purchase if that’s more your speed.
Perfect for: Couples who own their basic-ness and aren’t afraid to let it shine.
Details: Admission into the orchard is free. A flight of cider is $13 and a 4-pound bag of pick-your-own apples is $5. The exact address is 1860 Black Highway York.
(4) Ride haunted rollercoasters at SCarowinds.
Carowinds transforms from “theme park” to “scream park” for its annual SCarowinds Halloween attraction. The event features 500+ monsters, ghosts and goblins roaming the grounds, plus haunted attractions and shows. It runs on select dates from September 13 through October 27.
Perfect for: Couples who need a frightening excuse to hold each other.
Fright-Free: Not feeling it? Buy a “No Boo” necklace for $12 and the monsters won’t approach you. And check out The Great Pumpkin Fest for kid-friendly fall entertainment.
(5) Liftoff at the Carolina BalloonFest
If heights aren’t your thing, you can get the sensation of riding in a hot air balloon without the height issue by taking a tethered balloon ride. Or just grab a glass of wine, listen to live music, watch balloons take flight during twice-daily launches and check out sky-diving demonstrations.
Perfect for: Romantic couples looking for the perfect Instagram post.
Details: The event takes place from October 18-20. General parking is $10. VIP parking is $20.
(6) Take a Ferris wheel ride at the North Carolina State Fair
If you’re up for a trip to Raleigh, then deliciously bad-for-you food, rides, exhibits and entertainment await you at the North Carolina State Fair. Some highlights to check out include:
- A 155-foot Ferris Wheel called the State Fair SkyGazer
- A bird’s eye view on the State Fair Flyer chair lift
- Tons of games that you probably won’t win, but it’ll be fun to try
- Food like kettle corn, cotton candy, hush puppies and anything and everything deep-fried
- Horse shows and livestock competitions
Perfect for: Couples that love people-watching.
Cost: If you purchase tickets before October 17, they’re $10. After that, they jump to $13. The North Carolina State Fair runs October 17-27.
(7) Hike Crowders Mountain and then have a picnic at the new Veronét Vineyards & Winery
Spend your morning hiking Crowders Mountain, which has 11 different trails ranging from easy to difficult — we recommend the 2.1-mile easy Lake Trail. Then head to Veronét Vineyards & Winery to sip wine and snack on charcuterie while taking in views of the vineyard and Crowders. Both are pet-friendly, so if you have a pup, you can treat it to a day out, too.
Perfect for: Couples that prefer more leisurely adventures (and might want to bring their dog along).
Cost: Free admission for Crowders and Veronét Vineyards & Winery. Wine by the glass at Veronét is $8; wine flight with three small glasses is $12; guided tasting with souvenir glass is $15; wine tasting with four pours is $5; and bottles are $20-$32.
(8) Go pumpkin picking at Hall Family Farm
At Hall Family Farm, besides pumpkin picking opportunities, you’ll find a five-acre corn maze, hayrides and snacks like donuts, funnel cake, hot cocoa and slushies. For $60, you can also rent a bonfire for two-hours at the 70-year-old family-owned farm.
Perfect for: Parents who are looking to get in some quality time as their kiddos get hopped up on sugar from Hall Family Farm’s apple cider donut sundaes (below).
Pizza fans: If you’re looking for a pumpkin patch with sneaky good pizza, skip Hall Family Farm and head to Wise Acres organic farm in Indian Trail. You can buy a pumpkin there as well — plus they’ve got a zipline, organic produce and local honey for sale, and sneaky-delicious homemade wood-fired pizza. Both Wise Acres and Hall Family Farm are about 30 minutes from Uptown.
Final season: Don’t forget, Hall Family Farm recently sold for $21 million and the Ballantyne property will become a Novant hospital.
Looking for a complete list of things to do? Here’s the full Agenda event board with over 75 upcoming events in Charlotte.