By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse

Some people are big city folk, others enjoy the open skies and you can find both sides of life when living in Pensacola. We all know how important time alone with your significant other is, but sometimes in this life it gets hard. I’m a big fan of grabbing time when you can get it. Sometimes that means a brunch date. I’ve put together a few ideas for your Date Night Pensacola.

Date Night Pensacola

The Coffee Happy Hour Date

Head to downtown Pensacola to The Ruby Slipper for a delicious brunch. The Ruby Slipper’s original location is in New Orleans, and they’ve expanded to include a few more, including the Pensacola location. They have a weekday happy hour, in the mornings, great mimosas and the best Irish Coffee I’ve had in years. They don’t take reservations, so make sure you have enough time to enjoy your meal, or show up early. My recommendation is to try the “Peacemaker” Benedict, where you can choose two of any of the fantastic benedict combos on the menu. So yummy! Follow up your brunch with a stroll around downtown Pensacola, and maybe pop into a local shop or two.

The Weekend Getaway Date

If you can swing a weekend away, or even just one overnight, check out Cold Water Gardens in nearby Milton, Florida. This beautiful and serene location offers several camping and “glamping” opportunities. From their eco-design cottages to a modern treehouse to Creekside camping, there is something for everyone. You can tour the gardens, learn about Shiitake mushroom cultivation and see some unique ways they produce food here. Bring a book, relax by the creek and enjoy some quiet time together.

The Educational but Fun Date 

Food is a great background for date night, but sometimes you want more than just a meal out. Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, located near the front gate of NAS Pensacola, offers date night cooking classes. You can sign up for one event or the “From Scratch” Baking Course for adults, which is a series of four classes. Another option is So Gourmet, located on Palafox in downtown. They offer some great wine pairings with appetizers meals and several “hands-on” classes that would really put some fun in your date night.

The Enjoy the Florida Sunset Date

The beaches in Pensacola are absolutely stunning, especially with the glow of the sunset. There are several great places to enjoy dinner and then a walk on the beach, or pack your own food for a picnic. Head on down to Red Fish Blue Fish on Pensacola Beach for a casual, beachfront dining experience. Built in the southern style, with wood planks from the old Coca-Cola factory in town, the idea of sourcing local can be found in their décor and the food. Eat outside on the patio, sit with your toes in the sand or eat inside if you desire. The atmosphere is relaxing and you’ll not want to leave!

I’m a huge fan of making the most of each and every place you live. Get out there and #explorepcola with us!

PCSgrades AuthorRebecca Alwine is a freelance writer, Army wife, and mother of three. Her writing experience includes military family topics, research pieces, guest blogging, and much more. She’s a contributing writer for ARMY Magazine, a regular contributor for several publications including to Homefront United Network, PCSgrades, ESME, and has also been published in Ms. Magazine and The Atlantic. You can follow her online at