Mi Pueblito, KIBO Midnight Oil Coffeehouse, Sonic; repeat. The dating scene in Searcy can get very repetitive, but the upcoming fall and winter seasons can provide a great excuse to get out of Searcy and spend some time with that special person you have been thinking about since you read the word “dating.”
Starting in late fall when the leaves are changing and the air is crisp and cool, go on a drive to Pangburn or Heber Springs. Listen to that fall playlist you have been wanting to show someone, visit Suzie’s Ice Cream Shoppe at 900 W. Main St. Pangburn, AR, or Jitterbug Coffeehouse at 109 W. Main St. Heber Springs, AR.
In 30 minutes, you can feel like you are hours away from campus. These towns are quiet, peaceful and will make you feel like you are in a Hallmark movie most of the time.
Once you get back from Thanksgiving break, all the Christmas festivities begin. Don’t miss the City of Batesville Christmas Tour of Lights. Spend the evening enjoying beautiful Christmas lights while in the comfort of your own car. Tune your radio to the specific station and the music will sync up with the light display.
Ice skating is always a good idea and the perfect opportunity to hold hands. There are a couple of skating options. You can stay in Searcy and go skating at Spring Park near downtown, or you can go to Little Rock and skate indoor at the Arkansas Skatium. Your ankles might be sore afterward, but ice skating is a wintertime classic and a fun activity you can do with your special someone.
During this time of year, it is freezing outside, so indoor activities are crucial. Consider spending the evening listening to Christmas music while baking and decorating cookies. After you make them consider playing cookie ding-dong-ditch and leave a delicious treat for others to enjoy.
If you or your date are into art, Fired Up, a paint-your-own-pottery studio in Cabot, is the perfect way to express your creativity. Spend your time painting a pre-made pottery item and gift it to your date afterward. They will have a tangible date souvenir. The shop accepts walk-ins, making it a perfect spontaneous date.
Dating at Harding can get repetitive if you let it. Always remember to keep things fun and new. This season is the perfect opportunity to show that you care and have a fun time getting to know someone new.