December 3, 2016

There’s no denying it: winter is quickly approaching. Before you know it, you’ll be shivering under the blankets or lacing up those boots and venturing out into the cold snow-filled December. The holiday season can be a lonely time of year for many people, but with LGBTQutie at your side, it doesn’t have to be. Hop on our app today and try out any one of our winter date ideas with someone new, or your boo.

Try Your Hand at Winter Sports

They say the couple that sweats together, stays together. If you’re an adventurous, outdoor type, try your hand at snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, or some other snow sport. Making yourself vulnerable and laughing at your falls can bring you and your LGBTQutie closer together as you take risks. Just be mindful of you and your partner’s comfort level and ability, or frustration could leave you out in the cold. For meet ups, trips, and connecting with other LGBTQ people, try Ski Buddies, the Northwest LGBT Winter Sports Club. Membership is free.

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Travel Somewhere Tropical

If you’re ready to make all your Facebook friends jealous, consider planning a trip to a warm, tropical destination. If you don’t have your passport handy, Miami is one of many gay friendly cities in the United States with a high of 80 degrees even in December. If you’re looking for LGBTQ friendly hotels, events, and hot spots, check out the Miami LGBTQ visitor center.

If you’re itching to get out of the country, check out www.cheapcaribbean.com’s LGBT section and begin plotting your winter escape today. Nothing beats an all-inclusive vacation to Mexico or the Dominican Republic. With copious amounts of alcohol abound, and five star food at your disposal, you’ll be sure to feel the Christmas spirit as you indulge. The Platinum Princess Yucatan Resort in Riviera Mexico is as gorgeous as it is gay-friendly.

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Plan a Staycation

If the winter weather makes you want to hibernate, no fear. For a budget friendly, creative alternative, plan a staycation. Catch up on LGBTQ Netflix films, bake holiday delights, build a snowman, snow woman, or snow gender-nonconforming person, or make your own ornaments to commemorate the year gone by. Sit down with your partner and make a list of household projects you’ve been dreaming of tackling, and create a calendar.

Take the time this winter to connect with your partner. Take out a pen, paper, or journal, and create a list of best-moments of the year. What were your favorite highlights of 2016? What will you resolve to accomplish in 2017? Reflecting on the year, setting individual goals, as well as goals for you as a couple, will surely bring you closer as you welcome 2017.

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Travel to the Big Apple

There are very few places in the United States as magical and romantic as New York City during Christmas. With a vast amount of gay nightlife and Christmas activities, NYC is a best bet for that magical Christmas time.  NYC has a thriving LGBTQ scene, from The Out Hotel to in Manhattan to the historic Stonewall Inn. If dining, shopping, and LGBTQ history is your thing, then a trip to the big apple may be exactly what Santa ordered.

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Volunteer with a Local Organization

No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this winter season, charity, humanity, love, and giving are common themes among all. Consider researching and finding an LGBTQ supporting nonprofit organization, or a community soup kitchen, and set a date to volunteer together. You’ll be able to set a strong foundation for your relationship as you connect over your common appreciation for what you have, and what you can do for others. To get started, check out this list of national LGBTQ nonprofits and find one close to you.  

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No matter what you celebrate, or how you celebrate it, winter is a magical time of year for the straight and the queer. Stay warm, Quties!