Before you make Valentine’s Day reservations at your favorite restaurant think about a crush of people bustling about in a crowded restaurant. Does the thought of elbowing your way through a crowd put you in a romantic mood? Not me. I’d rather find a way to work around the crowds. My husband and I want to spend some quiet time alone.
We enjoy a romantic dinner, so we’ve developed some tricks to elude the crowds. Use these tips to regain the quiet, romance of Valentine’s Day.
Avoid Valentine’s Day dinner crowds.
The first thing you need to know is where NOT to go. According to Forbes, the most popular places on Valentine’s Day are French restaurants, cupcake shops, and wineries.
What that means for you is that you should be creative about where to dine. Anything from a big, juicy steak to a cheeseburger can be romantic when the mood is right. Find a mainstream restaurant that others might not consider romantic. Take along a tablecloth, candles, and flowers. Set the perfect Valentine’s table for yourself. One Valentine’s Day we even did this at McDonald’s. Not the best date? So you say. We had the place to ourselves and saved enough money to treat ourselves to another, less crowded, night on the town.
Wait a day.
Save your money and your sanity by enjoying your favorite restaurant on February 15. This is a great way to avoid crowds and disingenuous “sweetheart specials.” You can also pick up Valentine’s gifts and candy at a discount. Why should you only share your heart on February 14?
Check out of town and into a Bed and Breakfast.
If you must celebrate on Valentine’s Day start the evening before. Get out of town and check into a cozy Bed and Breakfast. This will give you quality alone time and a scrumptious Valentine’s Day breakfast.
Spend the day relaxing or exploring, and then cuddle up together for after hour’s romance.
Avoid the rush of eating out by dining in.
Avoid the commotion and plan a quiet, elegant dinner at home. Pull out the fine china, create a special meal and set the mood with wine, soft candlelight and easy jazz. If you don’t want to cook, order takeout from your favorite restaurant and pop it in the oven. That will give you more time with your Valentine’s Day sweetheart.
Forbes : Valentine’s Day: For love – and money
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