With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, I wanted to share a few Valentine’s Day date ideas that you and your sweetheart can enjoy together. While flowers and candy are always nice, why not think outside the box and treat your loved one to an experiential date night (or day)!
I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite experience Valentine’s Day date ideas or gifts that are sure to create lasting memories and blissful aphrodisiacs. Also, be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post to enter a new $600 Nordstrom Gift Card giveaway!
14 Off the Beaten Path Valentine’s Day Date Ideas:
Take a Cooking Class Together
You can choose your favorite type of cuisine, or look for a class specifically tailored to couples. My Google search even came up with a few “Aphrodisiac Cooking Class” results, specifically geared to lovers.
My husband and I have always enjoyed exploring museums of art and history to science and nature. Sadly it’s become something we tend to do more on vacation than in our own hometown, but we always enjoy ourselves when we make an effort to get out and explore. Find an exhibit your Sweetie will enjoy and surprise him or her with tickets followed by dinner and drinks. Many museums offer free tickets and some museums like LACMA offer jazz or movie nights from time to time.
Pick a hiking trail and challenge yourselves to complete it, or search for a guided “Walking Tour” in your city. Many cities offer free historic walking tours, while some charge a reasonable fee. If getting spooked is your thing, you can even find a haunted walking tour in many cities.
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you might remember this Indoor Picnic I put together last Valentine’s Day for Mr. Pretty Little Shopper. Did any of you guys try this? It was one of my most popular posts last year. Such a fun and simple way to celebrate without having to leave the house! Especially since it tends to be freezing this time of year and not to mention that many restaurant’s double their prices on V Day!
Even if your city doesn’t have a vineyard nearby, many restaurants or wine bars offer wine tasting nights (or flights). You can even set up your own blind taste test like we did in this episode of my show The Fash Life.
You might want to check with your partner on this one… some might take a little coaxing to put on their dancing shoes and bust a move. You can find both group or private lessons if your Sweetie is a little shy like mine. If you want some inspiration for how romantic dancing with your lover can be, check out the new show Flirty Dancing.
When I traveled to Spain, I marveled at how seriously chocolate was taken. It was awe inspiring to see the love and craft that went into creating the sweet delecacy, as well as the ceremonial experience behind it. Here in Los Angeles, I was thrilled to discover this chocolate haven in Venice Beach.
Book one at a spa, or hire a team to come to your house. Follow up with a dip in the hot tub and Champagne!
Admittedly, I haven’t tried this yet, but if your SO is an adventure seeker, this might be the perfect experience gift to book. It’s only something that’s available in limited locations, but if you’re in a major city, you just might be in luck.
Put on your favorite dock shoes and boater hat and take a cruise around your town. Some beach and lake towns even offer day trips to nearby islands (like Catalina if you’re in LA), or dinner cruises.
This one was actually the hubby’s idea… we haven’t tried it yet, but these experiences seem to be popping up everywhere! I wonder if he was trying to give me a hint?
Many people consider jazz to be the perfect music to set a romantic mood. Find a club that offers dinner, or just head over for wine or cocktails.
While this is probably the most expensive item on my list, I found an extremely reasonable helicopter ride for two on Groupon years ago and it was easily one of my husband’s favorite gifts I have ever gotten him. It’s an adventure we both still remember and are hoping to do again sometime. Just make sure the weather conditions are safe and you have an experienced pilot!
If you don’t already own your own beach cruisers, many cities offer reasonable rentals. Put on some sunscreen and pack a light picnic in your basket to make an afternoon adventure. Depending on where you live, you might have to wait till the weather gets warmer for this one. Unless getting sweaty is your thing… than you can try a couples Soul Cycle class or Peleton ride for two. 🙂
Have you ever experienced any of these Valentine’s Day date ideas? Do you have any favorites that I left off my list? Please leave a comment below and let me know what you have planned for your Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
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