Valentine’s Day weekend get-away ideas and gifts

Hi to you. So Valentine’s Day is a week away and as such, here are some ideas for the makings of a supremely romantic February 14th and beyond….

 

1. A Destination Not Too Far Away. Getting out of town to somewhere new and tucked away with your special person is so romantic — an unfamiliar environment to explore, hotel sheets and the anticipation of what awaits…

Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino, CA

A few weeks ago I got an email promotion for a Valentine's Day package at this charming inn in the coastal town of Mendocino. I'd never heard of it, but bookmarked it for a possible future weekend get-away. The promotion is sold out, but it did get the wheels turning to prompt me to write this post…

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They've compiled a fantastic itinerary of activities in the area. Check it out here.

2. Love Songs. This is my playlist. Start playing this in the car on the way…

John Legend – All of Me 

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Wings/Paul McCartney – Maybe I'm amazed

Journey – Faithfully

Oasis – Wonderwall

Bruno Mars – Just the way you are

Joe Cocker – You are so beautiful

George Michael – Father figure

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Love (the theme song to the movie – also my first date ever)

Billy Joel – Just the way you are

Roberta Flack – Killing me softly (well, it's technically probably not a love song, but the melody is great. Lauren Hill and the Fugees did a remake and it's equally fantastic.)

Peter Gabriel – In your eyes

Marvin Gaye – Let's get it on

Michael Bolton singing the Percy Sledge song – When a man loves a woman

Barry White – You're my first, my last, my everything

The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses

Dido – Thank you

 

3. Small Tokens. It's the little things that count – or at least they should. Forget the red heart-shaped box. 

Chocolove XOXO  I'm addicted to them. As an added bonus, they also tuck a love note into each wrapper. Here are my three favorites (the first one is the #1 selling chocolate bar in the US)

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Glassybaby. One of my Top Ten gifts to give and receive, these pretty votives come in every color of the rainbow. Below are the selected Valentine's Day offerings.

 

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Eberjey - This line of affordable lingerie offers a beautiful selection of tasteful yet sexy pieces. 

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4. Love Notes. A handwritten note or doodle from and to the one you love.  So much better than a text.

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Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you get all the love and chocolate your heart desires!

xoxo

Serena

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