Thinking about online dating in the Valley? Sure you are! Because if you’re single, and more importantly a Transplant, it is probably the easiest way to meet new people.
OK, maybe it’s not that easy. It can take some convincing to get started and you could spend countless hours compiling your most flattering photographs, but it’s all downhill from there J So you get setup, start browsing profiles, exchange emails… now what?
CAUTION: OBJECTS IN PICTURES MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR. Whoever invented the “6 degrees of separation” definitely did NOT live in the Lehigh Valley. The chances are high when talking to a potential match online that you know someone who knows someone who knows that person. This could be a great thing! Perhaps you have mutual friends, know their coworkers, played together as little kids. On the other hand, maybe their dad is your boss or you dated their roommate (oops). The point is, after you gather a little information don’t be afraid to ask around! An honest opinion from someone you trust could go a long way when deciding whether or not go to on a date!
So, all is good. You haven’t managed to dig up any skeletons in your match’s closet and you’re ready to meet up. Keep a few safety precautions in mind: drive yourself, meet in public and make sure someone knows where you’re going. But where are you going? Here are some great, local suggestions J
Date 1: Happy hour. Grabbing drinks after work is a good way to test the waters. It’s non-committal, it can be what you make of it. It’s breezy.
Allentown or Bethlehem Brew Works - if your date is brand new to the Valley, he or she will enjoy checking out this LV hot-spot and sampling the local brews. This is also a great location because if all goes well over drinks, you (or your date) might suggest sticking around for dinner!
Tapas on Main – This festive little spot on Main Street in Bethlehem has great happy hour specials – including a selection of $5 tapas and $20 sangria pitchers. Advice: don’t plan on splitting the entire pitcher without a few things to munch on – the great flavors offered tend to mask the strength of what you are consuming. J
Frozen Yogurt – a different kind of happy hour. If you prefer not to consume alcohol, this is a great date idea! There are a lot of places popping up all over the Valley for self-serve frozen yogurt with an elaborate selection of toppings. Look for a So Fun Yogurt, Menchie’s or Sweet Frog near you! Perhaps you will hit it off with your date when you both reach for the chocolate peanut butter swirl!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fun, casual places to have a first date in the Lehigh Valley – bottom line: don’t bite off more than you can chew. Go easy on the first date. There is no need to commit to a fancy, expensive meal and hours of conversation the first time around. If all goes well you will have plenty of time for that.
First date a success? Great! Stay tuned for another guest post on suggestions for Date #2!!