We finally made it official and forever. Yes, we got married! We also bought a house and got a cat. Although we have fully immersed ourselves in domestic bliss, we still make sure to “date” each other. As a tribute to this, we’re starting a series called Lesbian Dating Goals to document all our favorite dates.

We’re starting with our hometown: Austin, TX. Whether you live here or are visiting from another city, taking pictures of all these hot spots is imperative for any Austin adventure. Not only do you want to look great, but you want to smell great, too.

That’s why we are excited to partner with Downy in this first post for the series, which will not only give you a great full day date idea, but also share a way to make sure you smell good before, during and even after.

We used Downy Fresh Protect In-Wash Odor Shield Beads to prep our outfits – it’s like deodorant for your clothes with 24-hour odor protection. It lets Con and I go hiking, head to a BBQ, hang out by a fire pit (and more!), but not smell like it. It’s super simple to use: just add your detergent, then pour a capful of Downy Fresh Protect beads right into the washer. (Also, for all our fellow travelers out there, this product is PERFECT! We love that the odor protection lets us wear the same clothes the following day, or even a week after).

Winter in Texas can get a little chilly, so we centered this date around a nice balance of outdoor and indoor activities that you can take full advantage of. Now that you’ve made sure your date outfit is ready, here are our suggestions for an amazing all day date in Austin:

  1. Start your morning off with some coffee and a gorgeous hike at Pennybacker Bridge for a breathtaking Austin view. There are a couple of different routes you can take, so no worries if you don’t consider yourself a hiker. Regardless of your route, you’ll be able to get a tremendous view of the 360 Bridge. Heading out there early is ideal, as there is limited roadside parking and you want to get as many pictures without strangers hanging around in the background. If you’re like us, it’s probably been a few months since you’ve made it to the gym—but Downy Fresh Protect ensures that our clothes still smell good, even after working up a sweat on the hike!
  2. Visit the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. This is more commonly referred to by locals as the graffiti park. This place is pretty rad because it brands itself as a community pain park to “provide muralists, street artists, arts education classes and community groups the opportunity to display large scale art pieces driven by inspirational, positive educational messaging.” Not only is it super fun to check out the local art but if you’re willing and able, you can bring a spray can and tag you and your lady’s initials. On top of this, you can climb to the top of the sloping walls and have a cute picnic – all with a scenic view of the city.
  3. When in Austin, eat barbecue. Con and I took this afternoon to visit the historic Salt Lick out in Driftwood, TX. There are plenty of places to get BBQ in Austin (if you don’t have a car try Franklin’s or Freedman’s which are both delicious and central), but we chose Salt Lick for the date ambiance. The drive is through the winding back roads of the Texas Hill Country, which is beautiful and gave us plenty of time to connect before chowing down. But maybe one of the coolest things is the open fire pit inside the restaurant where they smoke their meats, which makes you feel quite cozy (and in love). Typically, after spending time around the fire, my clothes have that burnt charred smell that won’t go away until I wash them. That’s not lesbian relationship goals if you ask me. But with Downy Fresh Protect, I don’t have to worry about smelling like a fire-pit mid-date, or after.
  4. Watch a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse. Visiting an Alamo Drafthouse theater is a rite of passage in Austin, which was the first home to the iconic eat-in cinema. We love going here because the seats are comfy, kids under 18 are not allowed and you can order food and drink while you’re watching a film. What more could you want in a movie experience? They have a full menu to choose from, but if you are as stuffed as we were, go for a dessert. They have amazing milkshakes to share (or hoard for yourself as I did). Get close in the dark (without worrying that you smell like sweaty post-hike or smoky post-BBQ), there’s no better way to end a date in my opinion.

So whether you follow our day date ideas here and start with a hike, then a restaurant, and then snuggling at the movies, or you do your own thing, Downy Fresh Protect will keep your clothes smelling their best all date long. Honestly, try it and tell me what you think because it’s been a game changer for us.

Now, if only we had a shampoo as effective…

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