When the second week of February rolls round annually, Adam and I inevitably take a look at one another a bit of bewildered and ask “So… what ought to we do for Valentine’s Day?” As a lot as we love going out to dinner, good eating places can really feel a bit of tacky (to not point out crowded and overpriced) on today of the yr, so I’m at all times on the hunt for sudden date concepts that can nonetheless really feel romantic and particular.

I bear in mind the primary yr we celebrated Valentine’s Day as a pair, we cooked a very fancy dinner at Adam’s place full with steak and chocolate soufflés, and it was so memorable that we’ve tried to do one thing exterior the field yearly since. Whether or not you’re coupled up or single (collect your favourite women!), maintain scrolling for 13 distinctive concepts that can guarantee your Valentine’s Day is definitely enjoyable, with no clichés in sight.

Date Thought #1: Go to a dive bar and shock one another with tune “dedications” on the juke field.

Bonus factors for sporting a pair of classic cowboy boots and your tightest becoming blue denims.

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Date Thought #2: Create a personal movie show in your home with a projector and display a romantic film.

Simply add popcorn, Raisinets, and two pairs of cozy socks.

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Date Thought #3: Go curler skating.

Or ice skating. The objective right here is to channel your favourite hand-holding scene in nearly each traditional rom-com.

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Date Thought #4: Go to a karaoke bar.

This personally appears like my imaginative and prescient of hell, however I do know it’s proper up a few of your alleys. Plus, when you had been born with the voice of an angel, this might be an excellent technique for making him fall in love with you on the spot.

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Date Thought #5: Take an early morning hike to observe the dawn.

I do know, I do know – sounds type of painful. However there’s nothing extra magical than watching the solar come up, and getting up that early to interrupt a sweat is a very bonding expertise.

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Date Thought #6: Go to an artwork museum.

Many museums host particular nights once they keep open late, and there’s one thing about artwork after darkish that’s particularly romantic.

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Date Thought #7: Volunteer collectively at a homeless shelter.

It’s fairly cool to see your S.O. serving others and sacrificing his free time for a worthy trigger. You’ll seemingly fall in love with one another yet again.

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Date Thought #8: Take a cooking class.

Bonding over pots of marinara and pans of tiramisu? Signal me up!

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Date Thought #9: Schedule a tasting at a neighborhood vineyard or brewery.

We love visiting wineries in different cities, however are inclined to neglect the nice wineries and breweries proper in our personal space! This yr, I wish to plan a bit of journey to hit up a few of the greatest wineries exterior Austin, cease for a romantic lunch, and really feel like we’re on trip for the day.

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Date Thought #10: Decide up your favourite take-out and drive to a scenic location for stargazing.

When was the final time you and your S.O. actually appeared on the stars collectively? There’s one thing about gazing on the nighttime sky that’s such a reminder of the vastness of the universe — and the way fortunate you’re to have discovered one another in it.

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Date Thought #11: Take a “staycation” at a favourite native lodge.

I believe each couple ought to splurge as soon as in awhile and spend the evening away, even when a full-blown trip isn’t within the playing cards. Order room service, watch a film, bounce within the sizzling tub, and sleep in.

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Date Thought #12: Take a dance class.

Take a look at lessons in your city that provide salsa or swing instruction… or simply head to a rustic bar and get schooled in two-step.

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Date Thought #13: Recreate your first date.

For Adam and me, this may contain a dive-y Chinese language restaurant, Peking Duck, and one too many glasses of chardonnay. For those who’ve been collectively a very long time, you’ll undoubtedly have enjoyable laughing about these early days, and it could even be a worthwhile reminder of why you fell so deeply in love within the first place.

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