Summer seems to come and go faster than any other season - are we right? The longer, warmer nights only last for a few short months, and it’s time to start taking advantage of them. Instead of waiting for the weekends to enjoy the longer nights, try getting outside on weeknights, too. Here are some ways to make the most of your summer nights:

Eat dinner outside

Instead of gathering around the TV while you eat (it’s OK - we totally do this too), try taking your dinner outdoors. If you need some motivation to head to your backyard, we suggest hanging some string lights and planting a few flowers. You’ll feel like you’re eating in your own little bistro - not bad, especially for a weeknight!

Go for a walk

Heading out for a walk is probably the easiest way to make the most of your summer nights. The weather is usually favorable, and it stays lighter out longer, making it more accessible for you to get out and walk. To keep yourself motivated to get outside, recruit a friend as a walking buddy, or move your morning dog walks to the evening.

Get a fire pit

Fire pits are a great addition to any outdoor area, and for so many reasons. It can get chilly, even on summer nights, so having a fire pit will keep you warm while you’re outside. Fire pits are also natural gathering areas - people always seem to gravitate towards them! Nothing sounds quite as enjoyable as huddling around a fire pit with friends and family - well, except maybe adding marshmallows (and wine) to the mix.

Watch the sunset

Sunsets were meant to be watched - they’re too pretty not to be. Whether you’re eating dinner outside or just hanging out with a glass of wine, watching a sunset is such a beautiful, peaceful way to end your day. If you’re not sure what time the sunset is in your area, try checking your phone’s weather app - it’ll usually tell you down to the minute.

Schedule happy hours

Happy hours are a great way to make the most of your summer nights. Grab a few friends or co-workers and make it a weekly thing during the summer! The happy hour can be at a restaurant with outdoor seating, or even just in someone’s backyard. Not only will you be spending more time outside this summer, you’ll also be spending more quality time with your friends. Win-win!

Happy Summer!!!