9 Ways to Spice Up Valentine's Day
Hooray! Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year! If some of you rolled your eyes and thought, “Oh, how wonderful” in the most sarcastic voice your brain could muster, hold it right there. This doesn’t have to be another oversized teddy bear, chocolate roses, heart tie kind of year. New Orleans is the most unique city in the world, so let your surroundings do the work. Even if you’ll be single on this gushy holiday, cancel your date with Ben & Jerry’s and grab your guys/girls and make it a day you’ll never forget.
9 ways to spice up Valentine’s Day:
- Dance the night away- Swing to the sounds of jazz at The Ritz-Carlton Davenport Lounge where Jeremy Davenport and company play classics from Sinatra, Martin & Armstrong. Not to mention Davenport was voted as one of People Magazine’s top 50 bachelors. Hello, single ladies!
- Suite (re)treat- New Orleans is home to some of the most luxurious hotels, so why not splurge on a staycation? Most hotels offer full spa services, happy hour at the hotel bar and a courtyard or rooftop to enjoy the view. Or stay in, ordering movies and room service, leaving the do not disturb sign on the door. Arrange for the concierge to have flowers, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and a rose petal turn-down awaiting your arrival. You’ll gain major points with your sweetie.
- Couples massage- After a long week, a nice rubdown might be a good way to start the evening. Not only will it relieve stress, it also elevates endorphins, which rev up your sex drive. By the time you leave, you’ll both be ready to hit the sheets.
- Dinner and a movie…in style- Gourmet food. Full bar. Luxury seating. In-seat service. The Theatres in Canal Place have turned date night into a luxurious experience equipped with leather chairs, top of the line cinema equipment, delicious treats and savory dishes. Sip one of their signature cocktails inspired by Hollywood classics like the Blue Velvet or the Mr. Lebowski.
- Try a new restaurant or a local favorite- Living in a city known for amazing food, plan ahead and take your sweetheart to a romantic restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Better yet, take her to a restaurant that represents something special to you both. Being wined and dined in a romantic spot is sure to bring back those first date butterflies. But don’t wait until the last minute to make reservations. Valentine’s night is busy for most restaurants and space fills up quickly.
- Hit the sweet spots- Skip dinner; pinpoint a few local chocolate shops/bakeries and pick a special item at each spot. Just remember portion size is key!
- Be a WINO- Whether you’re newly in love, newly single or gave up the dating scene months ago, kicking back over a few glasses of wine and cheese boards is never a bad idea. Located in the Warehouse District, the Wine Institute of New Orleans offers dozens of wines from around the world. If you don’t know where to start, no worries. You can opt for a taste, half glass, or full glass from their electronic wine dispensers, which line the walls of their shotgun style bar. Taste something you fancy? They offer full bottles as well, so you won’t go empty handed.
- Take a sunset cruise, ferry style- If your pocket book is feeling a bit light, take advantage of the free Algiers Ferry and soak up some alone time, along with incredible scenery, with your valentine. Time it right and you can catch a great view of the sun setting across the skyline.
- Play tourist- New Orleans has a big backyard that’s begging to be played in. Grab your significant other and a RTA day pass and explore your city. Start in the French Quarter and make your way to the historic Garden District, mapping out stops along the way. Grab a cocktail where you had your first date, have dinner where you got engaged, visit the venue where you got married. Bring back fun memories that will have you both reminiscing on falling in love.