Throughout my life, I’ve had some pretty interesting Valentine’s Day dates. On the other hand, I’ve also spent many a Valentine’s Day alone, nursing a bottle of wine and enjoying a chick-flick via Redbox. You see, having a proactive mindset on Valentine’s Day is a sure-fire way to keep from getting the blues. No matter what your relationship status, there are plenty of ways to make Valentine’s Day special. Here are six ideas to jump-start your plans.
- Leavenworth, WA
For the past two years, my boyfriend and I have ventured up to Leavenworth to enjoy a nice, romantic Valentine’s Day. Leavenworth has plenty to offer with snow, the Icicle Brewing Company, and delicious food. The wonderful thing about visiting Leavenworth around Valentine’s Day is that their Christmas lights are still up. It makes for a romantic backdrop and a night to remember.
- Dinner and a Redbox
This is a pretty standard option, whether you are in a relationship or not. Single ladies (and gentlemen) – make yourself a delicious dinner. Pinterest is a great way to find a new recipe. Pick up a nice bottle of wine at the store (splurge and buy one that’s not even on sale!) and cozy up in front of the tube.
- Go on a hike
If you aren’t stuck at work on Valentine’s Day, grab your main squeeze and head out into the mountains. For single individuals, a pup will make a great companion. Some trails are still snow free and if you don’t feel like venturing too far, Point Defiance is a great option. The great thing about hiking is that you’ll burn enough calories to truly indulge in dinner and chocolates.
- Play board games
Playing board games is a fun way to spend time with your significant other or with friends. On Valentine’s Day, it’s the best way to engage in some friendly banter. My personal favorites are Monopoly, Clue, and Risk. If you have a fireplace, get it going. Pop a squat in front of it with your favorite game and let the good times roll.
- Play in the snow
A glorious thing has happened over the past several weeks: the mountains have actually gotten some snow! This provides a great opportunity to have some fun this Valentine’s Day. My favorite snow activity, aside from skiing, is snow tubing. Snoqualmie Pass has a great snow tubing hill and it’s relatively inexpensive. After a long day of playing in the snow, you and your significant other can warm up with some hot cocoa.
- Fondue with friends
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like cheesy, fondue goodness. For singles, it’s a great date idea to go out with friends. The Melting Pot is a fantastic option, but especially so on V-Day. The ambiance is perfect for chatting with your pals and they usually offer drink specials during the week.
No matter how you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day, make the most of it! Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you’re doomed to be bored and alone. Call up some friends or take some time to engage in your favorite activity, even if that means being a couch potato.