Take it from someone like me, planning dates is hard! Hubs and me have tried time after time to make a date night which somehow always ends in Netflix (and chill LOL JOKES!) Here are 10 fun ideas on how to celebrate V-DAY with your man or BFF!
1. Breakfast in bed
Although I do enjoy a good brunch out, I enjoy making brunch in even more! I can make my veggie bacon and eat it too! ;) And while this is typically enjoyed in our dining room, prepare a cute tray for your special someone and wake them up with breakfast in bed! The hubs did this once for me when I had knee surgery and once when I was sick…it seriously lifted my mood and set the tone for the day! (Please do yourself a favor and make these ricotta pancakes STAT!)
2. Tour the Loudoun wineries and breweries
If you’re looking for the perfect reason to check out the latest wineries, breweries and distilleries in Loudoun, now is the time!! A few of my favorite spots are:
Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA
Keep walking past the main building by the parking lot and head to the adults-only tasting room. This lodge-like room has all the cozy feels and all the awesome wine.
Bluemont Vineyards in Bluemont, VA
Come for the views, stay for the awesome wine and cheese!
Belly Love Brewery in Purcellville, VA
My FAVORITE brewery in the area. By far. They have some of the best beers I’ve tasted (the Eye of Jupiter stout is my fave!) and the space is super cool.
Catoctin Distillery in Purcellville, VA
If spirits are more your speeds, you won’t want to miss this pit stop in old town Purcellville.
3. Get a couples massage in your home with Zeel
After finally getting back into the swing of working out last week, I’m feeling the burn. But my schedule has been so hectic lately that I haven’t been able to really find time to go get a massage - thank goodness for Zeel. Literally all you do is download the app, choose a male or female masseuse, type of massage and book it. It's SO easy. AND you can get $30 off a couples massage pre-booked between 2/1 and 2/11 and taken during Valentine’s Day Weekend (Friday, 2/12 through Monday, 2/15). Use code VDAY2016.
4. Take a cooking class together
We did a Cookology class for Shawn’s birthday a few years ago and LOVED the experience! They have everything from wine and cheese pairing classes to full on French cuisine. The next class I’m eyeing is from Knead + Know, a croissant class!!
5. Watch a Beatles tribute at The Hamilton
I love watching shows here! The venue is super intimate and the food/drinks are always on point. And who's more romantic than the Beatles? Get tix here.
6. Cupid’s Undie Run
Who needs workout clothes when you can run in your undies? Strut your stuff during this fun 1 miler with proceeds all going to a great cause.
7. SoulCycle ride
You can either do this soul-reviving session on Valentine’s Day OR they’re doing some sweet themed rides prior! Join Wayne at the Bethesda location’s Hip Hop Love themed ride on Friday, February 12th at 5:30pm. All my single ladies can catch Cat at SoulCycle Georgetown is doing a Single Ladies themed ride on Saturday, February 13th at 11:45am. RSVP on their site.
8. Do a little bit of everything at Bethesda Row
If you’re not sure what you want to do, but want a place where you can do a little bit of everything, head to Bethesda Row. For a romantic dinner, head straight to Mon Ami Gabi or Redwood, both of which are offering special Valentine’s day menus. For your sweet tooth, stop by Dolcezza for some life changing gelato with instagram-worthy digs or pop into Sugarfina, a grown-up candy store! If you want to get prettied up, Drybar is one of my favorite places to feel pampered (send your love over to Roosters for his own fair share of pampering - this is my hunny's favorite spot!)
9. Cook a romantic meal with your partner
This is something we just don’t do enough. There’s nothing better than turning on some John Legend, opening a bottle of wine, and cooking a romantic meal (filled with pasta, bread and some roasted veggies!) with the one you love. But meal planning and prep can be stressful - take it easy and order this romantic dinner tray! Just add wine. ;)
10. Do a romantic movie marathon
Skip The Notebook and opt for my favorite love movie, About Time! Also stars Rachel McAdams but is funnier with a time traveling twist. Totally not sponsored, just my favorite movie of all time. ;) Other personal favorites include Silver Linings Playbook, 50 First Dates and anything with Audrey Hepburn.