The day of romance is upon us, and this year it falls on a Sunday, changing the expectation from a romantic evening to an entire romantic day. All of that quality time together sounds great until you realize that you don’t have a plan, yet. Women start to lament how difficult men can be to shop for and men scramble to stay out of the doghouse.
Maybe you and your significant other have been through a dozen Valentine’s Days together and you’ve exhausted every creative date in your repertoire. Or maybe yours is a new love and you’re trying to find an inspired way to express your appreciation for the new person in your life. However long you’ve been together, with the 14th looming closer and you still searching for a fresh new twist, V-Day is starting to feel more and more like D-Day.
Don’t stress – we’ve got you covered. Park West Village is the one-stop shop to make this day as special as possible. We’ll have you locked in for Boyfriend or Girlfriend of the Year in no time.
1. So, you can’t cook? Or just don’t want to? Make a reservation.
If you’re like me and your cooking is more likely to end an evening, and quite possibly a relationship, than make it, it might be best to leave it to the professionals. If possible, let’s avoid winding down the night with the fire department as an unexpected house guest. Make a reservation at one of Park West Village’s appetizing restaurants like Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits, BlackFinn Ameripub, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar or The Full Moon Oyster Bar. With over 10 dining experiences to choose from, your cravings are sure to be met.
2. If staying in and cooking is more your speed…
If you’re a MasterChef and want to express your love through your cooking or even just have a sneaking suspicion there’s a gourmet chef inside you waiting to shine, then start with a trip to Park West Village to pick up the necessities. Start your romantic dinner by showing off your grilling skills with gourmet steaks and lobster tails from Omaha Steaks. Pair your steak with a nice glass of Finca Terrerazo (trust us on this one) from winestore. End the night with a dessert that’s just as sweet as she is with a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes or a bouquet of chocolate-covered fruits from Edible Arrangements. For the true last-minute shoppers, you can stop in at Earth Fare to get all the ingredients for dinner, dessert, a bottle of wine and roses all in one place.
3. Make it dinner and a movie
Take in the cool night air as you walk over to Stone Theatre – Park West 14 to settle in for a great film while your food coma from dinner lasts. For the chick-flick lovers, there’s no better choice than The Choice. For those of you just looking for a laugh, be sure to check out Zoolander 2 for a light-hearted throwback or Hail, Caesar! for the latest Coen Brothers classic. Don’t miss out on Park West 14’s PDX experience, featuring curved, floor-to-ceiling screens with enhanced sound in premium auditoriums.
4. Wine tasting before dinner
If you’re the couple that loves to come home, kick off your shoes and toast to another long day behind you, give the gift of wine. You’ve planned an evening you’ll both remember, but don’t forget all that open afternoon time. Winestore has wine-tasting machines accompanied by touch-screen kiosks, giving you a luxurious afternoon activity of exploring new wines to add to your prized collection.
5. Couples that spa together…
Set up an appointment for couples’ massages and facials at Massage Envy and spend the day being pampered together. Guys, set her up with an appointment for a manicure and pedicure at Platinum Nail & Spa or to get her hair and makeup done at Jay Andrew Salon & Spa and she’ll feel amazing all day-long.
6. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
A romantic dinner for two will set the mood, but bring it home with a gift for her from Charming Charlie’s, LOFT, Chico’s or White House | Black Market. They have every accessory a girl could dream of. If you’re feeling really adventurous this Valentine’s Day, don’t miss Soma’s intimate apparel selection.
7. The final touch – don’t forget the card
Head to Hallmark to grab the final component for the perfect Valentine’s Day: the card. There are many kinds of card-givers. There are some who pour out proclamations of true love, telling him or her everything you’ve been waiting to say. Others leave a Google history full of “what rhymes with I love you” and “love quotes” in their wake. Some leave it with a simple signature and let the card do the talking while others go for a funny, care-free card to put a smile on your person’s face. Whatever your style, a card lasts longer than flowers and can include a more personal message.
Here’s hoping you get to spend the perfect Valentine’s Day with your perfect person. See you soon!