Dating later in life can conjure up many emotions. It’s best to tap into the positive ones and focus on the journey, not the destination. The reason for dating is to discover how well you connect to the other person. Many times, it begins with an email or phone call to get to know one another a little bit.
It’s human nature to want to be valued, respected and loved. We might not get all three of those on every date, but that’s usually the goal.
A great indicator to a potential long-term relationship is to be heard. You can learn so much through conversation and using that information by planning a date that will be fun, thoughtful and memorable. Are you a good listener and hear what the other person enjoys doing or places they want to visit? Do you value their interests by planning something special?
– It’s best to be honest about your favorite activities if you have an online profile. Avoid being what they want. Instead, be who you really are, but be willing to try something new.
– Stay focused on the fun of discovering the best of others and yourself. It’s the experience in the moment; see where it takes you.
– Trust your instincts.
– Think about how the person makes you feel before going on another date. You get to choose.
Edgewater Beach House: This newer venue is a real gem. Who wouldn’t enjoy cocktails and a giant fireplace after a walk on the beach? This is a don’t-miss location, sitting right on Lake Erie and surrounded by activities for any day of the week. Try biking, swimming or paddle boarding.
Merwin’s Wharf: Boat rides, outdoor board games, campfire ring — what’s not to like? This setting gives you plenty of time to learn more about your date.
Lakewood Park Solstice Steps: Sunsets are spectacular with miles of uninterrupted shoreline at this unique spot. Bring a picnic and dine with nature’s show.
Upper Edgewater Park: Take photos at the iconic Cleveland structure overlooking the stunning city.
Emerald Necklace Metroparks: Cleveland has a wealth of natural trails to walk, hike or bike. Consider adding an impromptu picnic or strolling a fishing pier — or wet a line yourself.
Must Love Dogs Date: Bring your travel cup of coffee and walk your dogs together while exploring a neighborhood in Cleveland or the surrounding suburbs. Gawk at Victorian homes; take in Shaker’s mansions.
Garden Date: Rockefeller Park Greenhouse is tucked away in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Continue the walk through the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The Botanical Gardens are spectacular and romantic as well.
The Flavor of Cleveland Date: West 25th Street is an interesting hub of great food and shops, and perfect for a walking tour, going patio to patio. Try games on the patio at Tabletop Board Game Café, and then cross the street to the flagship store of Mitchell’s Ice Cream.
Art Walk Date: Summer brings out the artists — or art lovers — in many of us. Get to know your date on an art walk such as the Little Italy Art Walk, 78th Street Studios, Walkabout Tremont and Walk All Over Waterloo, to name a few.
Truck Hopping Date: More than 80 food trucks feed Clevelanders, and summer is the best time to enjoy the experience. Choose a few to follow on Twitter or Facebook so you know where to take your adventurous date.
ICE BREAKER QUESTIONS:
- Best advice ever given?
- Do you have a passion project?
- What is your typical day like?
- Share something surprising that most don’t know about you.
- What was the last book you read? Movie you watched? Trip you took?
Did you know?
Only 18 percent of single people in their 50s said they were dating. More than 40 percent said they were considering it, but not actually doing it, according to Today’s This is 50 survey results.
Traci McBride owns TeeMcBee Image Consulting and is a NEO wardrobe and image stylist. She just released the second edition of her book “Mastering Your Evolving Style.”