Chocolates, jewelry and flowers are a few of the many traditional ways to express your love and affection for your special someone on Valentine’s Day. A romantic date, on the other hand, takes a lot of thought and planning. For those of you who are searching for romantic date ideas, traditional and unconventional, we have you covered. Just pick from our list of romantic things to do for Valentine’s Day. You and your partner will both remember your special day or night long after the date is over.
- Movie Night
This is not your typical movie night at the theater. Pick a romantic DVD, such as the "Notebook," "Love Story" or "P.S. I Love You" and watch it at home in bed with the one you love. Or if you are just beginning your relationship, load the DVD onto your laptop, spread a blanket in the back yard and watch it under the stars. Grab an extra blanket to snuggle under. Bring your sweetie’s favorite movie snack, popcorn or candy anyone?
- Recreate Your First Date
Remember the first night you went out? Try to recreate that first night as close as possible. Go to the same event, movie or play. Eat at the same restaurant and ask for the same table. Try to wear the same outfit or if it has been a long time, find something similar to the black strappy dress and heels she wore and that button up shirt and slacks that he wore. It will create the same spark that brought you together.
- A Romantic Evening at Home
An evening in can be just as romantic as an evening out. Start with dinner you and your darling prepared together. Enjoy eating by candlelight of course. Share a bottle of your favorite wine and delicious chocolate mousse while soft, romantic music plays in the background. Slow dance in the kitchen. After dinner, take a warm bubble bath together or give each other a massage. It doesn’t have to be a one-hour full body massage, a 10-minute leg, foot or hand message can do wonders.
- A Walk with Your Sweetie
When was the last time you went for a walk for fun rather than for fitness? There are many lovely local spots for romantic walks hand-in-hand with your sweetie; you may have a favorite. is one of the most romantic spots around.
- Take a Drive
Go for a drive without a specific location in mind. Head down the road and turn only on a predetermined area or event, such as a street sign that starts with the first letter of your name, or has the number in your birthday. After a predetermined amount of time, say 30 minutes, stop and do whatever is at the location you have arrived. You may discover a new coffee shop, a boutique or a cute little café. Hop back into the car afterward and do it all over again for a day of discovery.
- Dance Together
Go out dancing or if you have two left feet, take a dance class together. Dancing is always romantic and a good excuse to touch each other in public without all of the raised eyebrows and funny looks.
- West Side Story
One of the greatest love stories of all time, West Side Story, is perfect for a date on the night reserved for love. Showing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in the city, it is sure to be one of the most memorable musicals you will ever share. Opening night is on Valentine’s Day. Prices range from $15-$85. West Side Story is recommended for ages 13+.
- Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
Located in Lafayette Square, Bailey’s Chocolate Bar has a menu made for romance. It is chocolate themed. They are known for their decadent desserts and chocolate martini’s, chocolate vodkas, and hot chocolates, but that is not all they serve. Share a cheese plate or pizzetta. The food is fabulous, and so is the warm, romantic atmosphere. If you are looking for a cozy place for a date, look no further.