Hannah Drake

The Year of Alphabet Dates: E

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Once again, for our alphabet date night, we’ve decided to do something different. Instead of doing an activity or a type of food, we decided to do a destination: Edinburgh!

We decided to take advantage of our long holiday weekend for Easter and go somewhere we haven’t been together (though Luke has been to Edinburgh before).

I won’t go into a ton of details because I’m working on a full Edinburgh post, but I will share some things. We loved our Airbnb. We had the most amazing weather. We ate so many delicious meals. We fell in love with the city.

It was such a wonderful weekend. I wish we could move into the neighbourhood where we stayed. I couldn’t recommend our hosts or the location more highly! We got so many restaurant recommendations that we literally didn’t have enough time to try them all! We loved hanging out in the sun and thoroughly enjoyed not even having the threat of rain in Scotland.

Edinburgh has shot up to my #2 favourite city in Europe and my #1 favourite city in the UK! I can’t wait to share more about our trip with you!


  • exercise together - Whether it’s doing a tried and true favourite exercising or getting creative and trying something new, they say the couple that works out together stays together!

  • try an extreme sport - That can be a lot of different things: skiing or snowboarding, surfing, wake boarding, base jumping, bungee jumping…all kinds of crazy stuff!

  • have an Elf themed date - You know in the movie when Buddy the Elf describes the day he wants to spend with his dad? Do it together! But probably around Christmastime.

  • visit a new exhibit - Is a travelling exhibit coming to a museum nearby? Go check it out!

  • visit an expo - Whatever you’re into, find out if there’s an expo for it coming up. If you’re engaged, you could go to a wedding expo together.

  • do an escape room - This is one of our favourite group activities, but a lot of rooms accommodate for as little as two people.

  • visit an elephant sanctuary - Elephant rides have been popular in other countries for a while, but more information is starting to come out about how those animals are treated and trained. Instead, visit a reputable elephant sanctuary and spend the day with the elephants doing their thing, not yours.

  • explore somewhere - It could be your own city or area. It could be somewhere brand new that neither of you have ever visited.

  • educate yourselves - Take a class together to learn about something you’re both interested in. Maybe it’s online, maybe it’s in person. Your local museum, rec centre, or community centre probably offers classes on a wide range of subjects that are both ongoing or a one off class.

  • shop an estate sale - It’s like garage sales, but bigger!

  • have an early bird special - Live like you’re already grandparents and hit up a restaurant for an early bird special.

  • celebrate the ‘80s - Maybe that’s dressing up and painting the town red. Maybe that’s jamming out to ‘80s music or popping in a classic ‘80s movie. Maybe it’s doing something that was popular or trendy back in the day.

  • try some experiments - Get a kid’s science experiment kit or DIY something cool. Bonus points if you dress the part of a scientist as well. (But either way, make sure you have the property safety equipment.)

  • Easter egg hunt - You could help set one up for kids, you could do one yourself, or you could volunteer at a bigger event. Of course it’ll probably help if it’s actually Easter.


  • E restaurants/bars - Does your favourite restaurant or bar start with a E? Or what about a spot you’ve been dying to try, but just haven’t found the time yet?


  • Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Estes Park, Colorado


Header Photo by Brianne Haagenson Photography.