10 Romantic Ways To Spend Valentine’s Day


by Lana Orndorff

Vintage Valentine's Day Card

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to show the person you love how much you truly care. Flowers, candy, and jewelry are always nice, but nothing compares to spending some quality, romantic time together. Since Valentine’s Day 2016 is on a Sunday, plan a whole day or weekend’s worth of activities that you and your love will never forget. To get you started here are 10 romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day.


1. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

For a great overnight or weekend getaway, spend some time with your love at a Bed and Breakfast. The beauty of Bed and Breakfasts is that each one is unique. You can choose one in the city or one out in the country. An old B&B or a new one. A two-room or a twenty-room. Near or far. Whatever fits you as a couple. The quaintness of a Bed and Breakfast and the personal touches it can bring will surely put you and your beloved in the mood for romance. Have someone else make you a delicious breakfast without having to clean up. Stay in and enjoy each other while you are there, or explore the neighboring area.

2. Watch an Old Movie

Find a theater that plays old black-and-white movies, or watch your favorites at home, and let them transport you to an era of pure romance. Classics like Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, or Sabrina are perfect for cuddling up with your beloved and sharing a favorite snack or drink. Make sure to steal a few sweet kisses between your favorite scenes.

3. Go to a Memory-Filled Restaurant

Special occasions are a great time to remember some of the most meaningful times in your relationship. What restaurant did you go to on your first date? Or when you realized you loved the person sitting across from you? When you proposed? Spend Valentine’s Day eating, drinking, and reliving that moment. Remember to make reservations well in advance, though. Tables certainly fill up fast.

4. Visit a Cozy Bookstore

Books have the ability to transport the greatest love poems and stories through time and space. Ditch the well-lit Barnes and Noble on Valentine’s Day and find a cozy corner of a local used bookstore. Share favorite poems, quotes, or love stories with your beloved. Secretly buy each other a book you know your love would enjoy, then exchange them while sharing a romantic Valentine’s Day moment.

5. Explore a Nearby City

Just because it’s close, doesn’t mean it can’t be an adventure. Explore a city with your valentine that neither of you has been to before. New places and experiences always create lasting memories.

valentines-day-lg 6. Rent a Hotel Room with a Jacuzzi

Rent a room in any hotel that meets your budget–just make sure it has a Jacuzzi tub! Spend the evening in, just you and your valentine, relaxing in a tub for two. Drink champagne and celebrate your love for one another. If that isn’t perfect enough, ordering room service will be the whipped cream on top of this Valentine’s Day treat.


7. Wander through a Museum

Pretend you are in Paris, the city of romance, and wander through an art museum with your valentine. Spend a couple hours wandering hand-in-hand, letting the beauty of the art around you set the mood for a perfect Valentine’s Day. Complete a romantic faux-Parisian afternoon at the museum with an espresso and a pastry from a nearby cafe.

8. Enjoy a Wine Tasting/Local Vineyard Getaway

Do you and your beloved enjoy a nice glass of wine? A Valentine’s Day (or weekend) trip to a local vineyard or winery can be the perfect way to celebrate. Virginia, Illinois, California, Michigan, Washington, and Colorado have some of the most notable vineyards in the country, but almost all 50 states have somewhere to enjoy a variety of good wines with your love. Check it out and see what is close to where you live. You might be surprised. Sipping wine by a fire might be closer than you think. Bonus Tip: Some vineyards have connections with local hotels or bed and breakfasts, so ask if they have any deals, or even free transportation between the two, in case you want to extent your Valentine’s Day outing into an overnight excursion.

9. Have a Picnic

If you are lucky enough to live in an area that is warm during February, pack a picnic for you and your valentine. Include favorite foods and drinks, bring a big, comfortable blanket, and choose a quiet spot where the two of you can relax and enjoy the day. If the weather isn’t suitable for an outdoor picnic, have an indoor picnic! They can be just as fun and romantic.

10. Create a Scavenger Hunt Leading to a Favorite Place

Send each other on a scavenger hunt, through your home or through the city, leaving personalized love notes that will give your beloved a fun, romantic adventure. Have them end the hunt in a special place where the two of you can celebrate the magic that is Valentine’s Day.

Lana Orndorff is a travel-loving writer currently living in Chicago. She’s experienced beautiful parts of the world, including Argentina, Spain, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Jamaica, Ecuador, and much of the United States. Give her bold red wine, intelligent friends, her loving husband, and a classic novel and she is a happy traveler.

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About Donna Beasley

Donna is a romantic travel expert who encourages couples to create memorable romantic moments, honeymoons, vow renewals and other special romance occasions in travel locations throughout the world. She is the founder and publisher of Romance Travel Magazine. A romantic at heart , she hopes to inspire everyone to find love in their own special place.


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