Dinner at a Winery
Yes, even in the mud season that is February in New England, a romantic daytrip to a winery is a possibility. Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA is a favorite of mine.
Pack up the snowshoes and spend a day wandering the orchards in freshly fallen snow, stop in at the winery store and sample their wines, vodkas, beers, and other spirits, and make sure to reserve a table at J’s Restaurant. While you may need to change your clothes before sitting down at this somewhat more formal restaurant, it is well worth it. J’s Restaurant is set in a small antique house, with cozy seating in various rooms throughout the house.
Most tables are small but this is a perfect choice for an intimate dinner for two. The constantly changing menu takes advantage of seasonal and local meat, cheeses and produce. Make reservations, especially for an evening as important as Valentine’s Day!
Dinner in a Lighthouse
Is the love of your life crazy about lighthouses and the ocean? Why not book an intimate dinner for two at a real lighthouse? You’ll be overlooking the Merrimack River as it opens into the ocean, and enjoying dinner provided by one of a choice of local restaurants.
Once only available during warmer months, the lighthouse has been recently renovated (with heat!) and is now available for reservation year round. The $350 fee includes a tax deductible donation to the Lighthouse Preservation Society as well as six hours in the lighthouse and your own private waitstaff. Could be the perfect setting to pop the question!
Serenade your Loved One
If something a bit less formal is more your style, why not take your significant other to an Open Mic Night. Valentine’s Day is Friday this year, and Friday Open Mic nights are held in many places around Boston.
A favorite of mine is the one held in Groton, MA, at The Acoustic Café. A simple menu is available, and the space allows BYOB when you purchase a meal. Bring your guitar, your flute, your best voice, and share your love in song. A recording of your performance is usually provided. A $5 cover charge is collected, and the hat is passed for the featured performer each week.
An English Tea
If you love an anglophile, why not take her or him out to a traditional tea? Try Tiffin at the Langham at the Langham Hotel. Served daily, you’ll have your choice of traditional tea with sandwiches, cakes and scones. Step back in time and take this chance to slow life down for a bit of romance. Take Friday off this year and spend Valentine’s Day wandering a museum or two, or doing a bit of shopping on Newbury Street, then whisk your love away for tea at the Langham. It’ll definitely be a surprise event!
Valentine’s Day is about your love and your personality. Do some research and make it something special. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, and you don’t need to go somewhere exotic. Make it personal and open yourself up to new experiences and you may find you’ve created a new tradition. Enjoy!