Plan a Romantic Weekend

Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year, which means most people will be celebrating on the Saturday or Sunday before.  But instead of picking either the 12th or the 13th to be your Valentine’s Day, why not plan an entire romantic Valentine’s weekend?  This is the perfect opportunity to do something really special for the two of you.

If you have the money, you can get out of town and take a small mini-vacation.  Plan to leave Friday evening or, if you can, take off work on Friday and make it a three day weekend.  You don’t have to go far, but you can if you want.  Booking airline tickets now may not be cheap, but if you fly standby or look for last-minute offers, you might be able to get a really good deal.

Where do you go?  Anywhere!  Well, a weekend get-away to Paris may not be possible, but there are romantic destinations just about anywhere.  Go to the beach, head up to a cabin in the woods, or go to New York City and take in a few shows.  No matter where you go, plan a few romantic activities but give yourself plenty of alone time in your hotel, too.

Another good Valentine’s weekend idea is to go to a bed and breakfast.  B&Bs typically are smaller and more personal than hotels.  It’s almost like spending the night at someone’s house.  You get a cozy bedroom, home-cooked meals, and the chance to make new friends. 

If you don’t want to leave town, that’s fine.  You may want to get a hotel room anyway.  Sometimes, a change of scenery is just what you need to get your romantic weekend off to a good start. 

Hotel rooms can be expensive, though, and it may just not be in the budget.  That’s OK—you can still have a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend at home.  You might want to attend one of the many Valentine’s events going on in your city on Saturday, then plan on Sunday being your cozy, spend-the-day-together day.  On Saturday, do the expensive restaurant dinner before the event.  Then on Sunday, spend the morning lazing around in bed.  For lunch, maybe go to a little café or somewhere special that has meaning to the two of you.  The afternoon might be spent doing an activity you both enjoy or spending time outdoors.  Finally, Sunday evening is the chance for another nice meal or, alternatively, the chance to order in and spend the evening cuddling before it’s back to work on Monday.

Here are a few other things to help turn this weekend into a romantic Valentine’s celebration:

If you have kids, pack them up and send them off to the grandparents or to a friend’s.  This weekend is about focusing on each other, and it’s hard to do that with the kids around.

Turn off the cell phones and put away all work!  This is a vacation of sorts, so don’t let yourself or your spouse spend it working or even checking email. 

Don’t fall into your usual routine.  If you regularly spend Sunday afternoon watching TV, plan something else for this weekend.  It’s supposed to be special, not simply another afternoon watching sports.

Make sure people know you’ve got plans.  If you have a friend who regularly calls and chats on Saturday evening or have usual plans with others, let them all know you’re busy this weekend and will have to reschedule.

Have a good time—this is your Valentine’s Day get-away!  Enjoy it!

And why should you send Valentine flowers on Friday, Saturday or Sunday this year?

1. You’ll set the mood with an early delivery.
2. Let her be the center of attention for the weekend.
3. Show her (and her co-workers) that you thought ahead.
4. Tell her you just couldn’t wait!
5. Rack up the extra points & get $10 off!   (Use promo code VPB on

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