Heather: Love is in the air. Or at least the scheduled holiday time for love. Whether you are a soft-spot romantic or an anti-Valentine’s supporter, take some time with your lover and get out of town. Embrace the season and check out what we’ve rounded up as the most unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Lake Lainer, Georgia
Nothing says “I love you” like plunging into the icy waters of Lake Lanier in Georgia. The Polar Plunge, a charity event for Special Olympics Georgia, is an easy way to test how much your partner will do for love. Take the plunge together on February 15th and emerge with lasting memories and a healthy appreciation for bear skin rugs and cozy warm fires.
We all know the fancy dinner at a restaurant on Valentine’s, with 100 other couples all dressed in black or varying shades of red, takes the romance right out of the evening. Break free from the walls of the chain restaurant, and get out in the field. The staff at Hunter Cattle Company has created Romance Under the Stars, an evening filled with organic food and live music underneath the stars at their farm. You can be wooed on February 14th or 15th.
Charleston, South Carolina
Being half dressed with a bunch of strangers might not fill the traditional checklist for Valentine’s Day, but Cupid’s Undie Run on February 15th doesn’t care about traditions. Put on your favorite pair of skivvies and embrace your love handles for an afternoon of not taking yourself too seriously. Benefiting the Children’s Tumor Foundation, this is another great bonding opportunity with your partner that you can feel good about.
You’ll find a talented songstress and over 15 food trucks at Art & Music in the Park and The Food Truck Bazaar in Casselberry on February 14th. Bring a blanket and some candles and enjoy the park’s view of Lake Concord, while listening to singer Janine Klein. Parking and admission is free, but be sure to bring some money for the plethora of food trucks you’ll want to sample.
St. Augustine, Florida
Show your Valentine the world. Or at least a small part of the world. Old City Helicopters offers tours of St. Augustine from an angle you haven’t seen before. Perfect for those who want to stay closer to home, but still want to explore. We challenge you to sing “A Whole New World” with your pilot.
If you don’t have time to leave Jacksonville, then check out Bella Luna at the Museum of Science and History on February 8th. I might be a little biased, since this is where Alex proposed to me last year, but being able to have kid-free access to the museum exhibits while enjoying food and adult beverages made for a pretty memorable evening.