The Ultimate Guide To A Hiking Date To The Hollywood Sign

categories: Active Dates, Date Idea, Los Angeles Dates, Travel

With the help of our trusty guide, you and your date can break a sweat together and learn a thing or two about Hollywood history in the process.

Step 1: Nail Down The Logistics

  • Lowdown –  This is an easy/moderate hike that should last approx 2-3 hours and takes you to the top of Mt. Lee (the highest mountain in LA) right above the Hollywood Sign.  Note that there are security fences that prevent you from getting right next to the Sign, but you’ll be able to get very close and enjoy amazing panoramic views of Los Angeles and the San Fernando valley.
  • Trail condition – The trail is in well maintained and in fine condition.  It does get steep, especially towards the end, but so long as you are in decent shape and take your time, you should be able to do the hike without a problem. Continue reading >

The Ultimate Guide To A Date At The Los Angeles Zoo

categories: Active Dates, Date Idea, Dates With Kids, Los Angeles Dates

Although I would much prefer to see these animals in their natural environments, sometimes it is not convenient to jump on a plane to go on a safari in Africa.  So if you have an itching to see lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!), the LA Zoo is the place to be.  Also, if you have children, clearly they’ll love seeing all the animals.

Step 1: Nail Down The Logistics –  We’ve done the research for you so you won’t hit any snags :)

  • Location – Here is an address you can plug into your GPS, but once you enter Griffith Park there is clear signage so just follow the signs.

5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 644-4200

  • Hours – open every day of the year from 10am-5pm, except closed for Christmas.
  • Parking – Parking is free.  There is a huge lot so parking is generally not an issue, although on a busy weekend you may have to park far from the entrance so be prepared to walk.
  • What to bring – comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a camera!
  • Cost – $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $9 for 2-12, and free for under 2.  If you think you’ll be coming multiple times per year, a membership may make sense for you.
  • Other Questions? – For more information, check out the Zoo’s website here. Continue reading >


3 Simple Ways Couples Can Be Healthy Together

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3 Simple Ways Couples Can Be Healthy Together

  1. Cook together

It’s easy to slip into mutually assured inflation when you get into the habit of regularly ordering in or eating out. After a long day at work, why wouldn’t you two want to kick back, have some Chinese or pizza delivered, and call it a night? Unfortunately, the easy way of handling dinnertime can settle you into an unhealthy lifestyle. Too many carbs, too much fat, and too many processed ingredients will leave you both with padded waistlines, slimmer wallets, and not-quite-optimal health.

Luckily, cooking together is an activity and lifestyle habit that has a multitude of benefits. It’s easy to prepare and enjoy healthy meals when you’ve both put in a joint effort into creating them. Choose the meals you like and experiment with favorite recipes. It’s hard to overdose on fat, sugar, and salt when it’s your hands that are controlling what goes into your food. You probably won’t be stirring in high fructose corn syrup, MSG, or aluminum phosphate into meals you make with your own hands, either.

Not only will you save money and improve your nutrition by not shelling out for takeout or delivery, but you will also grow closer as a couple. Cooking is an hour or two of quality time together that can be fun, quiet, loud, and intimate. Turn on some Sinatra as you have an impromptu twirl about the kitchen island. Shake those salad greens dry while having a silly sing-a-long to “Shake It Off.” Continue reading >


How To Have Fun Getting Fit Together Using The RunKeeper App

categories: Active Dates, Date Idea, SmartPhone Dates

This post originally appeared as a guest post on FitMarriage.com, a fantastic site aimed at encouraing couples to get fit and improve their relationship in the process.   It is part of our regular SmartPhone Date series here on the Datevitation blog as well, where Olga and I let you know about our favorite smartphone apps which we use to have fun dates together.

Today, we are excited to tell you about one of our favorite apps, Runkeeper, which helps motivate us to stay fit and healthy.  Olga and I are both entrepreneurs running our own start-up companies with a 3-year old in tow. Our schedule makes it incredibly challenging to find the time to stay fit and take care of our bodies.  But we know from experience that when we do make the time to be active and workout, we have more energy and feel great which obviously has a tremendously positive impact on our relationship. Over the course of the past year, we have noticed two things that have helped improve our fitness and relationship simultaneously.

  1. First, when possible, we try to find ways to work out together. That way we are killing two birds with one stone: We’re spending quality time together and getting fit in the process. We often go for hikes, jogs, and yoga class together.
  2. Second, we have found that the more fun and interesting we can make getting fit, the more we are inclined to find the time to work out. In doing so, we stumbled across a Smartphone application called RunKeeper, which makes it incredibly fun and easy to track your workouts.

Although most people use RunKeeper to track their runs, the GPS technology in the app lets you track just about any activity – from cycling to hiking to skiing. And when you are done with the activity, RunKeeper gives you detailed stats, including distance covered, elapsed time, pace, and calories burned. You also get a nifty map showing the exact route you covered. Best of all, it is completely free and available for all the major Smartphone brands.

In the video above, you’ll see how Olga and I used the app to track our runs along the beach during a recent trip to Hawaii. It really did make the runs a lot of fun, and we enjoyed looking back at the end of our trip to see all that we had accomplished.

working out date idea

Thanks again for watching our video, and be sure to download the RunKeeper app and let us know how you like it in the comments below.   Make a commitment to work out together today by sending your sweetie an invitation to work out, either by including it in a custom Datevitation gift book or by sending an electronic e-date via email or Facebook using our e-date platform.

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Date Idea: Rent Bikes At The Beach And Tell The Corniest Joke Ever

categories: Active Dates, Date Idea, How To:, Romantic Ideas

Let me start by pointing out that there are billions (yes billions) of people all over the world who would die to see the ocean. So if are lucky enough to live on the coast, then you owe it to yourself (and to all those landlocked suckers) to enjoy the beach and all it has to offer as much as possible.

There are so many great beach dates, but one of my personal favorites is renting bikes and cruising down the boardwalk. Even if you just rent a bike for an hour, you can cover quite a bit of ground and get a nice feel for your beachfront communities. And of course, if you get tired, it makes for a great excuse to take a break, enjoy the view, and even sneak in a few kisses. Check out the video above to see highlights of my boardwalk beach date with Olga (don’t worry I left our tongue wars out of it, although I will warn you that I do tell what is quite possibly the corniest joke ever). Enjoy!

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