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In the third century of Rome, there lived a priest named Valentine. When the ruling emperor outlawed marriage because he believed single men made for stronger soldiers than married men, Valentine continued to perform marriages in secret for young lovers. When the emperor found out what he was doing, Valentine was executed. How romantic...?
Now a days, we have translated that story of martyrdom into a day to show your loved ones that you love them. But how do you do that? Some perform grand gestures like a flashmob or proposal of marriage, some prefer a gift like chocolate, flowers or the biggest stuffed unicorn you've ever seen, and some prefer a simple card or words of endearment to express their feelings. The possibilities are endless.
Here is a list of a few suggestions of how to embrace the lovey-dovey day; things to do on and around February 14th, where to get those sweet treats, and where to make a dinner reservation... all right here, in the Heart of Georgian Bay.
Photo credit: Discovery Harbour
There is a lot of pressure to compete, but we say; what better way to show someone you love them than to spend time with them, doing something you will both enjoy? And there are plenty of options, indoor and outdoor, for all tastes; whether you prefer a romantic skate-date, a night at the theatre, or you want to have a paint war.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th
Skate Trail Sweetheart Skate & Dinner | Discovery Harbour
Discovery Harbour will be open on Valentine's Day for sweethearts to enjoy! So lace up those skates and bundle up to enjoy this scenic skate trail. Admission is $10 per person, which includes a sweet dessert at the Skate Blade Cafe. Skates, snowshoe, and helmet rentals are available at no extra cost. A $35 dinner package is also available at Captain Robert's Table, right next door. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made at 705-549-0713.
Splash Your Spouse | Make A Mess
Take the stress out of V-Day and with a fun date at Make A Mess Art Studio! For $65, you each get an alcoholic beverage and a white t-shirt, then you get 15 minutes to have a paint war in the splash room! It's exactly what it sounds like, you get to let loose and cover your sweetheart with paint! Love is messy and here is your chance to prove it. This is a 19+ event. Book your slot today and have a little fun.
Hilda's Yard | Huronia Players Theatre
What better than dinner and a show? Huronia Players' next production is about adult-children who can't get it together, the woes of marriage and the influence of outsiders. Opening on February 8th, it runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons until February 23rd. Tickets at $27 each and can be purchased at the Midland Cultural Centre Box Office.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16th
Les Femmes Rebelles Burlesque Show | Queen's Quay Pub
Too busy to celebrate on February 14th? Rain-check until the weekend and enjoy a burlesque show at the Queen's Quay Pub in Victoria Harbour. Tickets are $100 per person and include champagne on arrival, a 3-course dinner and a great show!
Marsh By Moonlight Snownshoe | Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Go for a stroll through the Wye Marsh in the light of the moon and learn about marsh life at it's most active time. When you're finished, relax by the fire, and enjoy a snack and a warm drink to end the night. Space is very limited, as small groups allow for a better experience so be sure to book today. This event also runs on February 23rd and March 2nd.
Moonlight Ski | Mountainview Ski Centre
Did you know that there is a quaint ski centre tucked into the hillside behind the Mountainview Mall? This Valentine's, why not strap on some cross-country skis and try out a new winter sport. This night out with your sweetheart is affordable and fun, at only $10 a person (or $15 with rentals). Bundle up and check it out!
Golf Date | Brooklea Golf & Country Club
Maybe your sweetheart isn't a fan of this winter weather and would prefer the promise of a fun date in the future. Brooklea Golf is offering an exclusive Valentine's Day Twosome for $79.95, including 2 rounds with cart for 18 holes + free same day replay. Valid any time! Click HERE
for details. And did you know that you could go snowshoeing at the Brooklea too?
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They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, right? I think the same can be said for most women too, especially on Valentine's Day. No one refuses gourmet cupcakes, belgian truffles, or a cookie that expresses your feelings perfectly (from "I love you" to "I tolerate you" to "nice butt")
Cookies | Grounded Coffee Co.
Sometimes the smallest gesture has the most impact. Order sweet and funny Valentine's Day cookies (see header image) from Grounded Coffee Co. Each one has a message, appropriate for friends, coworkers, and your special someone. You can elso get yummy V-Day baked goods Ciboulette et cie.
Truffles | The Elegant Gourmet
If your loved one has a sweet tooth, be sure to stop in for a box of handmade Belgian truffles!! Need we say more? Whether your sweetheart loves or hates the orange cream ones, you can decide which kind you get. Also try their fudge, or chocolate covered fudge, and pick up some gourmet coffee or tea while you are at it.
Cupcakes | Georgian Bakery
Does your love love cupcakes? Georgian Bakery has got a deal for you, my friend! 6 delicious gourmet cupcakes and a dozen long stem red roses for just $30! Call 705-526-6509 to order. You can also get heart-shaped cookies, heart-shaped cakes and heart-shaped donuts if cupcakes aren't your thing.
Photo credit: The Library Restaurant
DINNER FOR 2
Can't decide where to go for a romantic dinner? Here is a good trick - ask your sweetheart where she/he thinks you are going, and then make reservations there (because yes, reservations are absolutely recommended if not required on Valentine's Day). It's genius. That way, you don't have to scramble to make the right decision and you win points for going exactly where she/he wanted to go in the first place.
Mad Cravings | See Menu
Enjoy a 4-course dinner for 2 at this iconic yellow building in Wyebridge, featuring your choice of house made pappardelle pasta, red wine braised beef cheeks, or stuffed sweet potato. February 14 and 15 only.
Maple Canadian Pub | See Menu
This pub doesn't serve your average pub food. Enjoy a 3 or 6 course chef's choice meal, featuring your choice of grilled striploin steak, chicken supreme, vegan stuffed peppers, or bacon wrapped monk fish with a lobster tail on the side. February 14-17 only.
The Library Restaurant | See Menu
For an early V-Day dinner, experience a 7-course tasting menu at The Library Restaurant, located in the Quality Inn Hotel & Conference Centre. This edition's menu includes charcuterie, soup, nicoise salad, shrimp cocktail, and beef wellington. Reservations are required. February 12 only.
Pie Woodfired Pizza Joint | Menu
Have a pizza my heart... On February 4-14, take advantage of the "pie + wine = valentine" promotion and get a Pepperoni or Queen Pie (tomato sauce base, fresh mozzarella and basil) + Pint of Sleeman or 6oz glass Masi Wine + Giddy Yo Chocolate Bar, all for only $15! And if pepperoni or the Queen don't tickle your fancy, this place is still a super affordable date location, since every pie is under $20 on any day.
The Explorers Cafe | Menu
If you are looking for a menu that it a little more out-of-the-box, try The Explorers Cafe. For V-Day, they are offering a 3 course dinner for $59 per person, with options like fried mushroom risotto stuffed with braised beef cheek, hemp seed crusted Ahi tuna, lobster poached in orange and cognac cream sauce and chicken or tofu marsala. Make your reservations and meal choice before Monday, February 11th and get a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to accompany this amazing meal.
Photo credit: Ciboulette et cie
No matter what your plans are, the important thing to remember when it comes to Valentine's Day is to show your loved ones you love them not only on February 14th, but every day. Many of our suggestions are available (to some degree) throughout the year, or at least the winter season. So go on, get lovey-dovey <3
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