Five Great Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentine's DayIt’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is already knocking on our door. But before you know it, it’ll be the most romantic–and one of the most stressful–days of the year. As you wrack your brain trying to figure out the best way to show that special person in your life just how much they mean to you, allow SoulTrain.com to come to the rescue with five foolproof and creative date ideas. Whether you’re looking to splurge or keep things in a tight budget, we’ve got the answer for you.

The Perfect Staycation

Looking to keep your Valentine’s Day celebration close to home, then taking the staycation route could be the best way to spend some time with your honey. Staying in your home (or hometown) allows you to not be distracted and to focus solely on that special someone. Grab a bottle of your favorite wine, pick up or whip up some delicious food and kick back enjoying your loved one’s company. To take the staycation idea up a notch, might we suggest booking a hotel room for Valentine’s Day night. Many hotels offer special packages (no, not that kind of package you dirty, dirty person), and added perks like champagne or chocolate to reservations. In addition, you get the added bonus of changing up the scenery without having to fly or endure hours on the road…always a plus.

Relax Me

If chilling out with your baby is on the menu for V-Day, why not take that rest and relaxation up a notch? A couples massage or other spa treatment is a wonderful way to spend the big day. Not only will you be able to turn what can often be a stressful day for couples into one that is calming, but you’ll be able to share that experience with the person you love most. We won’t lie, spas can definitely run on the pricey side, but some do offer Valentine’s Day specials that can help you save a few bucks on your way to complete relaxation. Also, don’t be afraid to look into more general offers. Some spas allow guests to pay a day fee that allows them access to the sauna, pool and other more common areas. Sure it’s not some one-on-one time with a masseuse, but it will still have quite the impact.

Get Active

If taking it easy isn’t really your thing, then why should Valentine’s Day be any exception? The weather might not be ideal depending on where you live, but that doesn’t mean that hitting your local ice skating rink, taking a stroll through a beautiful park or even working out together should be off limits. It’s definitely an unconventional way to show that special someone in your life that you care, but also makes Valentine’s Day less about the sappy, emotional stuff and more about doing something fun with the person you love. And even after a day of playing and exercising, there is still plenty of time for you and your loved one to enjoy a cozy, romantic dinner or just a relaxing night in over a bottle of wine and a good movie.

Culinary Delights

One of our favorite Valentine’s Day ideas is a fairly simple (and definitely affordable) one. Most people will make special reservations at their favorite restaurant for the big night. But why not skip the crowds and the overpriced prix fixe menus in favor of something a little more intimate? That’s why we suggest combing the internet or a great cookbook to find a sexy little recipe that you and your significant other can cook together. Over glasses of wine and with some great music playing in the background, you and your boo can enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting, while still getting to nibble on some delightfully yummy food.

It’s Show Time

Maybe a more conventional idea, but one that still works. Why not take in a show for Valentine’s Day?  While we’d probably suggest not going to, say, a rock concert, a more low-key outing could be the perfect way to liven up your V-Day date night. But please keep in mind that you don’t need to spend a fortune in order to have a good time. There are plenty of affordable and unconventional options (opera, ballet, etc.) available for that special evening.

—Amy Diaz

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