With school starting up again, and the crispness that’s been in the air for weeks now, I’m so excited to embrace everything autumn — especially fall date nights.
It’s my favourite season for a multitude of reasons (I love being able to wear my favourite jeans, boots and plaid shirts, watch horror flicks and hear the crunch of leaves under my feet during a brisk stroll), but I also happen to think it is the most romantic season of all.
Jason and I live in Langley, B.C., and are fortunate to be able to squeeze in a date night at least once every couple of weeks in our hometown– it keeps our sanity and marriage intact.
If you’re on the hunt for some creative local date night destinations here in the Valley, you’ve come to the right place. Here are just 9 unique & cozy fall date nights in Langley that to turn up the heat as the mercury drops.
1-A Survivalist’s Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse
It could happen: Fort Langley may one day find itself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse! But are you and your significant other ready? In this after-hours event at the Fort Langley National Historic Site, learn essential survival skills through four essential activities, including: wilderness first aid, musket-firing, fire-starting and blacksmithing. Discover why the fort would be the prime location for survival. This adult-only event happening Sept. 29 costs $41.50 per person, plus ticketing service fee.
Get tickets: https://zombienight.brownpapertickets.com/
Snuggle up to your sweetie and spend a day exploring the Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley on Oct. 6. The festival starts at 10 am (the pancake breakfast starts at 8) and continues right through the day with activities, including: contests, live music, cooking demos, a fashion show and much more!
One of the highlights of the Cranberry Festival is the marvellous selection of products from the 70+ market vendors whether you are looking for jewelry, specialty candy, organic coffee or hand-made crafts. The vendors are so talented and informative – a walk around the Market Place is a delightful adventure!
Afterwards, head to the Fort Langley National Historic Site to learn the history of local uses of native cranberries by Indigenous people. Admission is free.
Love a good scare? Join expert storytellers for a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories, as you walk through the Fort Langley village at night. Advance tickets are a must. Tickets will go on sale September 3! Tours run: Oct. 7, 12-14, 17-21 and 24-30.
Recently, Amazon.ca ranked Langley as one of the most romantic cities in all of Canada – anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting Fort Langley can guess this charming river-side town had something to do with the accolades.
In addition to the main strip, which includes an eclectic mix of antique shops, quaint stores, cozy little cafes and restaurants to grab a tasty bite, Fort Langley is the exact location where the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast over a century and a half ago. No visit to Fort Langley is complete with a romantic stroll at Bedford Landing. Make sure to grab a cappuccino, bundle up and take in the sites of the beautiful Fraser River. If you look close, you’ll notice lots of lovers have taken that very same walk by the carved initials on posts along the wooden walkway.
Some of our favourites spots on the strip include: Music Bingo at the Fort Pub on Thursday nights and a hearty bowl of their made-from-scratch Wonton Soup; live music, martinis (they make a mean mocktail-tini too) and tapas at Eighteen 27 and of course live music and dinner on the patio at Beatniks Bistro.
5- Painting Party
Listen to music, relax and paint with your partner at Zealous Art in downtown Langley! I have done this a few times now and it is always a fun painting session. No experience required. The instructor is ultra patient and will guide you step by step!
6-Dead Frog Brewery Grand Opening
Dead Frog Brewery recently relocated from Aldergrove to #105, 8860 201 st., offering 65 seats inside, 25 seats outside, 26 taps, good eats, live music and more. Save the date for the grand opening event on Saturday September 22 from noon until 10pm. They’ll have live music, tasting room specials, food samples, and more.
In the meantime we’re open for business already with a full tap lineup, and the beginnings of our food menu featuring fresh local eats.
Ticket info: www.deadfrog.ca
7- Twilight Drive-in
We love going to the Twilight Drive-in in Aldergrove, but usually wait until autumn to go. Movies start sooner during the fall months, so it’s the perfect time to bring our whole family and snuggle under the stars. In an ideal world, we’d watch a family flick first and both my girls and pups would fall asleep at the end. Then, a movie for Jason and I would come on – it would be like a date night without having to worry about a sitter. Hasn’t happened yet, but this could be the year. Fingers crossed!
One of our go-to date nights is Cascades Casino in downtown Langley. We usually start off by sitting in a booth on the heated Match Eatery patio, which offers a great selection of appies and drink specials. It’s also a prime spot for people watching. Afterwards, head into the casino to test your luck at the slots or sign up for a game of Bingo. Psst….the casino will soon be home to a steak and seafood restaurant called ATLAS Steak and Fish, which looks AMAZING!!!!
9- Autum on the Ranch Long Table Dinner
Head to Central Park Farms for a local long table feast to celebrate to coming of Fall and the release of their grass finished beef!
In addition to a hearty meal with locally sourced ingredients prepared by chef Adrian Beatty, guests will have a chance to tour the farm, visit with the animals, and then enjoy live music, Coalmont Band, some competitive lawn games, then after dinner snuggle around the camp fire.
And there you have it — 9 date nights that are sure to keep you feeling all warm, toasty and in love. Is there a local date night spot in Langley that we missed? Tell us all about it below!