Everyone’s favorite holiday that we love to hate is coming up: Valentine’s Day. Between the cards and candy, flowers and pre fix dinners, this Hallmark Holiday has a tendency to be over rated, overpriced, and underwhelming. Every year I end up wracking my brain for a present for my significant other that he needs or wants, and ultimately spending more money than I had intended. This year, instead of creating a gift guide I thought I would come up with some fun Valentine’s date ideas that you and your sweetie can do on V-day or any other day of the week for that matter.
- Cooking Classes. What’s better than going out to dinner? Going out and learning to cook a new recipe with your main squeeze. Check out Charleston Cooks! schedule for class options. V-Day might be full, but it can always be a later gift to each other, especially if you are one of those couples that doesn’t like to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day!
- Boat ride and Picnic. As of now, the weather on Valentine’s Day is supposed to be 62 and partly sunny. Pack up your picnic basket and hop on the boat to head to Dewees Island or Capers Island. My picnic basket would include Govino wine glasses, a bottle of my favorite red, charcuterie board staples, and crackers!
- Take a stroll on the beach and then head to dinner on Sullivan’s Island. I suggest a casual meal at Home Team BBQ or Poe’s Tavern. My boyfriend and I go to Home Team almost once a week, and we always order nachos and wings.
- Cooking at Home– Epicurious has a list of Valentine’s Day menus. Peruse through the list and choose a fancy meal to cook in the comfort of your home. If you don’t feel like trying hard, but want to impress, use the Engagement Chicken recipe that plenty of people swear by (Note: cooking this chicken could lead to engagement)
- Dinner Out- If you want to dive into the Valentine’s Day spirit then make a reservation and head out to one of the many places offering prix fixe menu. High Cotton will serve a three-course prix fixe menu for $48. “Love potion” and wine options include La Marca Prosecco, a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Martini, and Billecart-Salmon Burt Reserve Champagne. Another option is Old Village Post House where you can enjoy a neighborhood style Valentine’s Day menu for $36 or $42 to add dessert.
Hope these Valentine’s Date ideas help you plan a special day for your babe. Any day with your significant other, or any loved ones for that matter, is a day to celebrate. Enjoy each other’s company, eat way too much chocolate, and stick to the funny cards!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!