It is that time of year again and that means the stress inducing rush to find the perfect venue to woo your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. This year Valentine’s Day falls on Tuesday 14th February, but listen, all you practical lovers out there – if you cannot take a four-day weekend, or a trip to the most romantic city of Paris, you can still keep it fun by finding alternative Valentine’s Day activities.
For most of us, Paris is a little out of reach, and sure, getting up on Wednesday morning after a night of wining and dining may be brutal, but just think of what Wednesday will be like if you don’t pull out all the stops for your loved one.
Here are a few ideas that are a true departure from the old candle-lit dinner, chocolate covered strawberries, and Champagne routine, all broken down into a region near you.
New York City: The city that never sleeps. If you live in NYC, you already know that you can have a romantic day or night, without even trying. So, if you are tight on funds, or just want to keep things simple, try a walking tour and let your heart lead the way the weekend and week of February 14th, who knows where you might end up, but you are sure to have fun along the way.
Seattle: Even those who are head over heels in love will get a real kick out of the Anti-Valentine’s Day Events with a night out at Bar Sue in Seattle. They will be playing horror movies all night, angry metal music and observing house rules of no public displays of affection.
Pennsylvania: Pocono Mountains, PA offers so much in the way of breath-taking views, cozy mountain lodges, and romantic waterfalls. For the true romantic at heart, there is the Lover’s Knot, where you will enjoy overnight accommodation, a romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day night, and a lovely breakfast for two the next morning before departure.
Vermont has some of the most romantic bed and breakfast establishments in New England, and Vermont, is, well Vermont. The West Hill House B&B has a fantastic package this year that will put you on your sweetie’s good side for a long while to come. Imagine a bubble bath, with Champagne and candlelit and dinner by firelight. Sparks are sure to fly.
Boston, MA: Northshore Lighthouse Tours. Why not take your love on a hauntingly romantic lighthouse tour? Imagine sailors lost at sea, and women waiting patiently on the shore, and the brave lighthouse attendants guiding ships safely in on stormy nights. If you want her to hold your hand just a little bit tighter, appreciate your presence just a little bit more, then you will not be disappointed.
Phoenix, AZ: Float Balloon Tours guarantees some of the most breath-taking views of Arizona with several balloon tours from which to choose, evening, sunset, and even sunrise. Each tour begins with delectable foods from local eateries, pre-flight coffee and bread and then a sumptuous gourmet dinner following.
Nashville, TN: The City of the Grand Ole Opry! If you want an event that is sure to rock your lover’s world, but just isn't into all the sap of the day…. then the G.O.O is where you want to be. Performing live: Lucie Silvas & John Osborne, Easton Corbin, Shelley Skidmore & Greg Bates, Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White, and more to be added.
Atlanta, GA: Known to natives as Hotlanta! There is so much to do in this city! On Valentine’s Day there are two live events that will put you in the mood. What could be more romantic than the symphony? Get your tux and tails out of mothballs and experience the stirring music of Andreas Bocelli and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
If you just aren’t into classical music, but you still want to get your honey’s motor running, then perhaps Dad’s Garage is the place to be for the night. Love and relationships are complicated, wonderful, and sometimes downright funny. At least you will think so when you see the talented Dad’s Garage Theater Company’s Valentine’s Day show- U Up?
Ashville, NC is the place to be on Valentine’s Day. Every year hundreds of people travel to Ashville to tour the famous Biltmore Estate and Village, and this Valentine’s Day will be no different. From February 10-14th, Ashville has 12 winter events for lovers who enjoy old-fashioned romance and fun.
New Orleans, LA: Enjoy a little romance while cruising on the Creole Queen. Enjoy a full dinner buffet, bar, and music and of live jazz entertainment, for one all-inclusive price. Just think of riverboat gamblers and their ladies drifting well into the night with a sallow moon above, and thoughts of stolen love.
San Francisco, CA: This Valentine’s Day you might just find your heart in San Francisco with all this exciting city has to offer from The Rocky Horror Picture Show or for those who have been left with their hearts in their hands this year might want to try a little speed dating at Hearts of Palm. The one event that everyone should try is the annual Valentine's pillow fight in the streets. For those who are low on the green, then see what is on the silver screen at Sundance Kabuki Cinema in Japan Town for $6 Movie Ticket Tuesday!
There you have it. Some of the most romantic, strangest, and even cheapest Valentine’s Day events for 2017. This year let’s all just make this day count for the one we love, and even if single, hey, it is 2017, step out of your alone zone and treat yourself to a romantic weekend or night!
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