Hey still trying to figure out what to do for Valentine’s Day? Skip the conventional dining out and try one of these 5 fun ideas!
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Whether it be breakfast in bed, or dinner and a movie night, let things heat up in the kitchen! As we all know, a nice Valentine’s Day dinner out can really add up, that is, if you can even get a reservation! Breakfast in bed, or a dinner at home is more intimate than a restaurant full of people, and creates bonding time while cooking together. Oh, and did I mention SO much cheaper! Country Living has over 50 dinner ideas for Valentine’s Day (https://www.countryliving.com ) One of the recipes that I’m going to try is the “Steak with Tarragon Mushrooms,” paired with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s simple, yet gourmet. One of my favorite, inexpensive Cabs is the J. Lohr from Paso Robles. I find it at Save Mart, where I also prefer to buy my fresh local produce.
Another source one can never go wrong with is any of the recipes from The Pioneer Woman (https:// thepioneerwoman.com). There are so many great, easy recipes from breakfast, lunch and dinner to everything in between. I think a combination of a few of these recipes, mimosas and fresh flowers for a Valentine’s Day brunch sounds AMAZING! Another great idea is making a pizza at home. This can be fun and interactive for not only couples, but for those with children as well. I like to grab the pre-made dough and marinara sauce from Whole Foods and of course any toppings you’d like to add.
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This one is for those wine lovers! There’s just something about wine that screams “Romance” to me. There’s nothing more fitting than to spend this day of love, with your love, drinking what you love! Venture to some local spots to try some new wine and tapas. Start by heading to The Tasting Room where you can build your own flight of wine. Pair that with their Italian Meat Board, or one of their many other food selections and you’re off to a great start! Then make your way to Tap & Cellar which is only one mile away! The taproom features 23 wines to choose from (and 25 craft beers if you’re over the wine). Of course there’s always the Madera Wine Trail that has a great variety of lovely wineries.
One of the more popular being Toca Madera where wine tasting is available everyday! To get a full list of wineries, head over to https://maderawinetrail.com/our-wineries/.
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What a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than relaxing together. Book a massage or facial to pamper and restore yourselves. One of my favorite spas is Amenities in Fig Garden. A few other highly-rated day spas are Estancia, Muses and Sheer Bliss.
Muses Day Spa has a couples massage suite where you and your Love can enjoy a massage side by side for the ultimate bonding experience! Estancia Day Spa has a private villa for couple massages as well. Add a side of bubbly and you’ve got yourself an elegant, relaxing date!
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Why not heat things up this Valentine’s Day, literally! Blue Moon Yoga offers a variety of hot yoga classes, pilates and other types of heated classes. They literally heat the room to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with 40% humidity! Fitness Social is another great option for a fitness class. They are a kettlebell and TRX studio whom recently won an award for best fitness studio in Fresno.
If the typical gym scene is not your thing, then The Bar Method is a great alternative. It’s a workout technique that uses your body weight to create long, lean, sculpted muscle. YouTube has tons of workout videos available as well if you want to stay in. Any of these options can create healthy bonding time with one another. Couples who workout together, stay together!
SECOND, FIRST DATE
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If you’re not one who is open to trying new things, why not relive that first date?! This will create a state of nostalgia and each of you can reminisce on the start of your relationship. The only thing different about this first date…you don’t need your friend on standby to save you.
Written by: Danyale Elaine Gonzales