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Everyone around me is wishing for fall, and we’re over here soaking in the last few days of summer. We’re living in the moment, as they say, and crossing things left and right off our Summer Bucket List…like going on a beach date night in the middle of the week.
Can you believe we’ve lived here for two years and we haven’t been to the beach without the kids yet? Seeing as how it’s still technically summer, I’m happy my husband and I could discover what it’s like to actually have a resting beach face (spoiler alert: it’s amazing, and we want to do this way more often).
We arranged a sitter for the little ones, packed up my favorite JaM Butter Chardonnay, and some JaM Cabernet for the husband, grabbed some dinner from one of our favorite places, and got cozy on the California shores.
When I’m at the beach with the kids (which is all the time) I’m usually a hot mess. My mind and body can’t relax, because I’m always trying to watch all three of them at the same time (they have a tendency to run straight to the ocean with no care in the world). Hashtag three-kids-problem for sure. So to visit one of my favorite places with my favorite person a-l-o-n-e was like a breath of fresh, salty air.
Summer Beach Date Night Essentials
Date night doesn’t have to be big and fancy; it’s just about spending time with your spouse. Sometimes it’s a fancy dinner out with makeup and a pretty dress, and sometimes it’s flip-flops, finding sand in your fries, and Butter on the beach.
There are a few things that can help you set the mood for a fun beach date night, so here’s what made our night a huge success:
Check the Tide and Sunset Times
Nothing can ruin a date night at the beach faster than high tide washing over your literal best laid plans. Find a few nights that work for your schedule, then check the sunset times along with the tide charts.
Pick a night where sunset corresponds with low tide so you can enjoy the beach and not worry about waves crashing over you.
Butter on the Beach aka Your Favorite Drink
It’s smooth (like buttah), rich, creamy, and you can actually taste the notes of peaches, lemon, and vanilla. It bursts with flavor, and seriously melts in your mouth.
My husband prefers reds, so he picked out JaM Cab for this beach date night.
The pop of berries, plums, and black currant made it super easy to drink, and I love that you could taste vanilla near the end—making it taste and smell delicious.
And, since it’s a screw cap, we didn’t have to mess with remembering a cork screw: bonus!
Don’t forget plastic cups; this isn’t time to bring your stemmed glassware from your wedding. And if you don’t drink wine? Find something else fun to sip on during sunset.
Bring a Blanket for the Sand
If you don’t have a beach blanket (this is our favorite), then bring along some towels to put over the sand. Even if you aren’t planning on getting in the water, towels will come in handy.
We skipped the lounge chairs this time and decided to sit next to each other; it was date night, after all, but we did decide to bring our wagon to put everything in. Even though we didn’t bring the kids, we still had enough stuff that we didn’t want to carry it all.
Once the sun starts dipping below the horizon the temperature will drop quite quickly. My Butter warmed me up a little, but having a sweater or an extra sand-free towel on hand to cover up in case it gets chilly is always a good idea.
I always forget a sweater, so I’m speaking to myself here!
Don’t Forget Food (or at least dessert)!
Pack a picnic, get some meat and cheese for a fun charcuterie board, or pick up your favorite meal from a restaurant you love. But whatever you do, just enjoy eating it with the best view in the house.
I made sure to pack extra forks (just in case) and napkins (just in case), and I brought a cooler to keep things in while we strolled around. Seagulls LOVE scraps, and I didn’t want them enjoying our dinner.
Get Cozy on a Beach Date Night
Have you been on a date night at the beach before? What’s one thing you wish you brought with you to make it extra special?
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