Date nights are important to keep the spark alive in your marriage, which is why there’s so much added pressure when planning the most important date night of the year—your anniversary. If you don’t want to end up having dinner at the same restaurant you go to every year, and you’re coming up empty with anniversary ideas that are new, exciting and special, check out this list of 8 suggestions for the perfect anniversary celebration:
#1. Wine tasting tour
Wine tasting is a popular couple’s activity regardless of the occasion, and there’s no better way to experience the romance of Temecula’s wine country than in the back of an open-air Jeep. Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours include visits to three vineyards for traditional wine tastings, plus refreshments and a bit of light off-roading around the gorgeous backcountry. And if you really want to go all out for your anniversary this year, consider pairing a romantic hot air balloon ride with our jeep packages for an experience you’ll never forget.
#2. Trip down memory lane
Sharing memories of togetherness is an anniversary staple, so why not make it the main event? Take a tour around town of your relationship’s “points of interest”: the place you met, the setting of your first date, your wedding venue, or anywhere else that’s significant to your love story. You’ll be surprised at how much more you’ll remember when you experience the sights, sounds, and unique scents of those locations once again.
#3. Spontaneous road trip
If there’s a city or attraction within driving range you’ve always wanted to visit, use your anniversary as an excuse for a spontaneous weekend road trip, filled with romantic playlists on the stereo, yummy snacks, and romantic nights at Bed & Breakfasts along the way. You don’t even need a specific destination. Like your marriage itself, sometimes it’s the journey that counts the most.
#4. Spa day
Trips to the spa might sound more fitting for a Girl’s Weekend than an anniversary celebration, but husbands truly don’t know what they’re missing: massages, skin treatments, and a relaxing atmosphere are refreshing for everyone, and many spas offer couple’s packages that ensure you’re side-by-side while being pampered.
#5. Photo session
If your wedding was the last time you and your spouse took professional photos, consider heading back to the studio, or hiring a pro to take a series of outdoor photos in a beautiful setting. It might feel silly to strike a pose without wearing wedding gowns and tuxes, but years down the road, you’ll be glad you captured another special moment in time with gorgeous professional prints.
#6. Theme park trip
Adults deserve a break from being grown-up every once in a while, and there’s no better way to reignite the freedom and magic of childhood—even for one day—than screaming all the way down a steep rollercoaster drop. Not only will a day at a theme park leave you and your spouse reinvigorated, but those souvenir rollercoaster snapshots will also make a great addition to your collection of relationship memorabilia.
#7. Drive-in movie
If you can’t get your spouse to agree to anything besides dinner and a movie for your anniversary, make it extra romantic by selecting a film playing at a drive-in theater—yes, they still exist! The sound quality and vantage point might be better in a regular theater, but the ability to bring refreshments of your choice and the privacy of your car are clear advantages for such a special night.
#8. Paint and wine night
Classes that offer a night of painting and drinking wine are becoming increasingly popular, and they’re fun regardless of your level of artistic talent. And in addition to all the memories of the evening, you’ll go home with two completed paintings to display in your home (or the privacy of your bedroom, if you don’t want to share your attempt at art with the world).
Jeep & Wine Tours: Perfect for any occasion!
Of course, at Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours, we’re partial to the romance of touring local vineyards in the back of a cherry-red Jeep for celebrating an anniversary. But you don’t have to wait until your next one rolls around. Our tours are also a great way to celebrate birthdays, bachelor or bachelorette parties, or fun weekends away with family or friends. For more information on our Jeep tours, hot air balloon tours, and tours that combine both for a full day of fun call Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours today.