With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your sweetheart on the day dedicated to love. Luckily, in the Durham Region, we have numerous romantic dates and getaways to satisfy that special someone in your life. From wine and chocolate to an intimate dinner and romantic getaway, these are my top picks of how to spend this special day with someone you love:

Visit a winery

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make a trip to Archibald’s Estate Winery and Apple Orchard in Bowmanville. For an extra romantic gesture, treat your valentine to a wine tasting and bottle of their choice. Their wine list ranges from dry and off-dry table wines to delicious dessert wines – the perfect accompaniment to a romantic dinner.

Relaxing couples massage

Spend your Valentine’s Day the relaxing way by treating yourself and your love to a couples massage. It’s the perfect way to de-stress while also spending time with the one you love. Call around to spas in your area to see if any of them are offering a Valentine’s Day special. I suggest Maison Blanc Day Spa in Whitby for the perfect place to pamper your sweetheart.

Romantic getaway

What better way to surprise your valentine than a romantic getaway. Luckily, the Durham Region is brimming with quaint and charming bed and breakfast establishments, perfect for a romantic night away. Staying at a local B&B not only supports the economy in Durham but also allows you to appreciate our beautiful landscape and countryside. Click here to learn more about the B&B options available in the Durham Region.

Candlelight Dinner

While it may be a tad traditional, nothing beats a romantic dinner with the person you love. The Durham region has numerous fine dining options to enjoy a candlelit dinner for two. Chanterelle Bistro in Bowmanville has an intimate and casual atmosphere and features local artwork throughout the restaurant. They also offer French, Italian, and Indian cuisine to suit a wide variety of tastes. For something slightly fancier, try out Tetra Kitchen and Vines. They offer a fresh and seasonally-inspired menu in an upscale and sophisticated environment.

Box of Chocolate

Nothing symbolizes love quite like a box of chocolates. Surprise your valentine this year with local and delicious chocolates from one of the fine chocolatiers in the Durham Region. My particular favourites are William’s Chocolate Factory in Whitby, The Nutty Chocolatier in Port Perry and Isabella’s Chocolate Café in Oshawa.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate that special someone in your life. So whether it’s a box of chocolate or a romantic night away, this year let that person know just how much they mean to you. I hope you find these tips helpful as you explore your Valentine’s Day options in the Durham Region!

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