While many may head out to their favourite restaurant or merely take romantic strolls along the beach, we're thinking outside the box this Feb. 14.
Escape to Harrison
From February 8-18, 2013 Pretty Estates Resort, home to Rowena’s Inn on the River, Sandpiper Golf Course and River’s Edge is offering an Valentine’s Package starting at $250 a couple. Guests can choose between a cozy room at the historical Rowena’s Inn on the River or a luxurious, rustic cabin.
Enjoy complimentary sparkling wine, a deluxe fruit and cheese platter, a dozen long-stemmed roses, a delish homemade breakfast, a bottle of BC Wine, chocolates and $50 gift cert to River’s Edge Restaurant. Only 1.5 hours drive east of Vancouver, but just far enough away to feel like an escape. www.prettyestateresort.com
Sleep with the fishes
The Vancouver Aquarium is offering a “Hugs & Fishes Sleepover” on Valentine’s Day. Here you’ll find a party with a wine bar, games, a dessert and cheese buffet, 4-D Theatre, and truffle and chocolate cooking workshops. Bed down in front of the marine galleries and wake to breakfast and more sea-safari fun. $100 members and $125 for non-members.
Check out some tassel twirling
Head to the Rio Theatre to watch some of Vancouver’s best Burlesque Dancers in a night of Burlesque duos. Check out Cherry Ontop, Melody Mangler, Burgundy Brixx, Lola Frost, April O’Peel and more. Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m. Tix: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door.
Share some sipping chocolate
The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is the perfect excuse to sample hot chocolate from several top chocolatiers, cafes, ice cream shop shops and restaurants. The last day is Feb. 14 so get out there and do a chocolate crawl. Don’t miss Beaucoup Bakery, Chocolate Arts,Secret Location and Thomas Haas and Terra Breads
The Urban Tea Merchant has a Sweetheart Trio for Two for $20 per person to honour of the month of love. Sip on your choice of either Love Me Tea, Valentine Breakfast Tea or Magic Moment Tea and sample there “Matcha” madeleine, chocolate dipped, “Love Me Tea” Chocolate Cake Delight, Bain de Roses” & “Timeless Tea” dips, petite chocolate fondue served with fresh fruit. Add two glasses of Veuve Clicquot champagne $46 per person or sparkling white wine $30.
Dine Italiano with Campagnolo Roma. No need to go downtown to enjoy an excellent meal, Campagnolo Roma at 2297 East Hastings has a menu bound to bring romance to the table.
Start with antipasti of local octopus salad or some of the cure's salumi and move on to tonarelli cacio e pepe (pasta) or a diavola (spicy salami) pizza; much more available as well. Finish up with tiramisu and don’t miss their Valentine's Cocktail: Bicicletta No. 5 with gin, campari, lemon juice, prosecco. That’s amore! Be sure to reserve in advance.