I am very happy to report he said, “Yes.”

As a recently engaged guy, I am lucky to live in Pensacola, where romantic locales are virtually around every corner. Of course, romance springs from the heart, but it helps to have a nice backdrop on which for it to spring. Fall, in Pensacola, is a perfect time. As the air cools, we have an instinctive need to be closer to people. Sharing a little warmth can be very romantic.

So, David Letterman style, here are my top five romantic get-a-ways and things to do in the Pensacola area this fall.

5. Fishing  

Why is this romantic? This can be especially romantic if one of you is a little bit of a novice. You may have the opportunity to bait your mate’s hook, or take a fish off it for them. If you catch something to eat, all the better. 

For beginner anglers, I suggest the Pensacola Beach Pier. You won’t get sea sick and they have everything you’ll need at the pier shop, including rods to rent.

The same principle applies for wind surfing or renting a Sea Doo. If one of you knows the in’s and out’s, and the other doesn’t, it can be very romantic to share that.

4. Bayou Texar Torchlight Tour 


Bayou Texar

Water. A starry sky. Led by torchlight… Pretty much the definition of romance.

Every Saturday night from late May through October, a flotilla from Pensacola Paddle Sport sets out from Bayview Park at about 7:15 p.m. and meanders the reflective waters of Bayou Texar at sunset. To enhance the romance, tandem kayaks are available.

3. Painting with a Twist  

The artists there set you up with the canvas, paint and brushes, and even subject matter. Several times a month, they offer couples’ events with scenes designed to hang side-by-side. I did a New Orleans streetscape with a date once. Mine was Bourbon Street and his was Royal. They also frequently offer Pensacola-themed works.

It’s a lot of fun, and it’s A LOT easier than you think. The creative process can be very romantic. You are working together to make art that will always remind you of your time together. And, you can drink wine as you do it – that’s the “Twist” part.

2. A nighttime stroll on the beach 


night time

Drive out to a secluded stretch of beach. Gulf Islands National Seashore’s Santa Rosa area of Pensacola Beach, about 1.5 miles east of Portofino Resort, is a perfect spot. You want to escape as much noise, light, and people as possible. Of course, you’ll want to bring a blanket – and maybe a bottle of wine – to share.

You have never seen the stars until you see them from horizon to horizon at the beach. The sea breeze, the crashing of the surf. You might not be able to hear each other, but who needs words?

1. Dinner under the stars 

To me, nothing is more romantic than a simple outdoor dinner, and fall is the perfect time of year. A nice cool breeze helps the mood.  Even on a crowded deck, a slight chill makes you feel close – even intimate – with the one you’re eating with.

My favorite local places for such a romantic meal are Flounder’s Chowder House on Pensacola Beach, the Oar House in Downtown Pensacola and Bonelli’s Café Italia in East Hill.

Since it’s fall, you’ll need to sit a smidge closer than usual. Add the flicker of candlelight, maybe some live music, and the world around you just might dissolve into the eyes of your date.