There’s no doubt that summer is one of the most exciting seasons of the year. It is the perfect window of time to explore, try new things, seize the moment, embrace adventure, and check a few things off of my 2012 to-do list. In light of this I thought I’d put together a list of 10 summertime exploits that are worth trying…
1. Go to an outdoor movie. I’ve always wanted to see a movie at a drive-in, in the park, or on a swanky rooftop garden. It seems like such a relaxing yet fun way to spend a weeknight with a group of girlfriends or that someone special.
2. Host an al fresco dinner party. There are so many ways to enjoy beautiful summer weather, and eating outside is one that people often overlook. Spend a warm summer evening entertaining guests with delicious, light recipes–and adorn your space with twinkle lights for a special touch.
3. Go to a baseball game. It’s an all-American pastime and for good reason–it’s fun! Ball games are a quintessentially American summer activity. And everyone should experience this tradition at some point in their lives, if not every single summer. Plus it is a fun venue for dates.
4. Sneak into a hotel pool. There’s something mischievous and exhilarating about harmlessly breaking little rules. I’ve always wanted to sneak into a hotel pool in the summer–even to just dip my toe in, it’s on my list!
5. Try a new restaurant once a week. While I love baking and cooking at home, the summertime has this effect on me that makes me want to relax and put the pots and pans away. Try a new restaurant or cafe and relish in savoring something someone else has cooked up!
6. Pick your own produce. I love picking fresh berries from my mother’s garden. There’s something so rewarding about cooking something with the fruits of your labor–literally.
7. Treasure hunt at a thrift store. Some of my most prized possessions come from flea markets and antique stores. It’s a fun way to add personalized and unique items to your home without splurging.
8. Become a grill master. You always see girls making salads in the kitchen while the men handle the BBQ. Why not turn this tradition around and have your dad (or beau) teach you a thing or two about the barbeque?
9. Go sailing. Being out at sea is one of my favorite summer activities that I sadly don’t do as much as I’d like to. There’s something so relaxing about drifting in the open sea.
10. Ride a rollercoaster. Throw your hands up in the air, close your eyes, and smile as big as you can. This summer adventure is truly one the best ways to be a kid again. Santa Monica pier here I come…
What summer adventures do you have planned? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below.