Here are some quick facts about hometown dates:
1. While the contestants are not filming their specific date, they stay in LA and hang out with their handlers. Sean had the best time with his handler Adam during this time period. He went to a baseball game, a basketball game, he went to the beach, had massages, ate at fun restaurants…he was completely spoiled! They do not see the other 3 contestants until the rose ceremony after the hometowns are complete.
2. The contestants fly into their hometown with the crew and only see their family on the one specific day of filming. They don’t spend the night at home. When Sean brought Emily home, we saw him for the first time that morning when they filmed him walking into the back yard and then he left with the crew that night and flew back to LA.
3. The contestants do get to decide what they want to do on their dates. They get to pick the activity and stuff themselves.
My favorite part of AshLee’s date was listening to her dad talk about falling in love with her. That was such a special story told by a man with such a big heart. I wanted to give him the rose!
And when I think Seattle…I think coffee. My Chocolate Coffee Hazelnut Bundt Cake is the recipe that reminds me of Seattle.
My favorite part of this date was the honesty of Catherine’s family. I am not one to sugarcoat things, so I appreciate how honest and direct her family was. It’s tempting to just go along with things since cameras are there…so I highly respect them for being truthful despite the cameras and crew filming them. They really showed how much they love Catherine and really had her best interests at heart.
And since I’m married to a Missouri boy, I know what the people of the Midwest like…meat and potatoes! My Coach’s Stack would win the heart of any Missouri lady (or gentleman!).
My favorite part of Lindsay’s date was when her and Sean were just walking around the town square. That seemed so normal and just like something a real couple would do on a weekend (no harnesses or helmets needed to be involved in this date…perhaps the first time this season!).