Think outside the box and focus on creating a memorable experience for you and your significant other. Here are some alternative date ideas for couples to try on Valentine's Day:
The Get-Away: Luckily, Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, which makes it an excellent opportunity to take a romantic trip. For example, you can drive to a cozy bed and breakfast in the mountains of Northern California and spend an entire weekend just relaxing and enjoying each other's company, visiting local shops, or hitting the slopes. Or perhaps you could take a flight to Las Vegas and spend a weekend seeing the shows, walking the strip, and generally having fun together. An option for those who cannot wander too far from home involves simply staying at a nice hotel in your own city and exploring the world in your own neighborhood. The location does not matter, but the experience of sharing time together outside of your own home is both refreshing and romantic, and makes for a unique experience.
The Adventure: Check Groupon, Living Social or other similar sites for an activity that you and your partner have never done before. These sites offer great deals, but more importantly, they can bring to mind activities that you would never have thought of off the top of your head. Choose an activity that sparks your interest and make a date of it. Popular choices include horseback riding, fitness classes, cooking classes, sightseeing tours, and wine or beer tastings. Doing these activities together can strengthen the relationship by adding an element of adventure and creating long-lasting memories.
The Do-Nothing: Take an entire day to do nothing other than relaxing together at home. Stay up late the night before, sleep in the next day, have a leisurely breakfast, and just take the time to enjoy each other's company. With a hectic daily life, we sometimes forget to take time to rest and relax with the person we love. We spend so much time shopping for the perfect gift or planning the ideal date that we inadvertently overlook the reason for romance, which is each other. Spend a leisurely day without a schedule and ignore the cell phone and email interruptions. Watch movies together, play games, cook a meal, cuddle - just make it a day specifically reserved for spending time together uninterrupted by the pressures and irritations of the outside world.