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Non-Standard Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day This Year

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By , January 28, 2015 9:32 am

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or you hate. Sure, the air is filled with romance and sweet things to eat. But it also often comes with a lot of anticipation, planning, and obligation. However, not every Valentine’s celebration has to revolve around a stuffy dinner or unappreciated bouquet of roses.

There are lots of ways to cater this “Hallmark holiday” to your own relationship and make it mean something special to both you and the love of your life. And since February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, there are lots of options on the table. Let FunSherpa be your guide as you open your mind to a whole new way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Go to the Ballet via Limo Ride

If either you or your sweetheart has never seen a ballet before, Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to see what it’s all about. Chicago is one of the best places have a ballet and limousine experience because there are so many talented ballerinas in the city and a limo takes the hassles out of getting there. Before or after the show, take a walk around the trendy River North neighborhood to grab a bite to eat or nightcap before heading home.

Photo credit: ExpoMeloneras via Flickr

Photo credit: ExpoMeloneras via Flickr

Savor the Sweet Life on a Chocolate Tour

If you simply can’t part with the idea of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, then why not learn a little bit about the sweet stuff to celebrate as well? Boston Chocolate Tours offer the opportunity to learn about the process of making chocolate and return home with plenty of mouthwatering samples. You can take classes to create delicious chocolates and deserts on your own and follow the instruction of experienced chefs who love what they do. These tours last approximately 2-3 hours.

Get Creative with a Cooking Class

Cooking together is something that’s important to many couples, and the process can go much smoother when both of you have a deeper appreciation for culinary traditions. Consider signing up for a Lunch and Learn Cooking Class in Seattle to learn how to cook better meals at home! This is a great gift for the inspiring chef in your relationship and as a fun activity to do together. The experience lasts about 2 hours and bottled water and tea are complimentary.

Photo credit: Mood Town via Flickr

Photo credit: Mood Town via Flickr


Get Sensual with a Dance

There are few things in life more romantic than dancing, and we’ve found the perfect Dancing Together experience in San Diego. This dance class features private instruction in a friendly and relaxed environment, so there’s no need to be nervous. This is a perfect place for couples interested in social dancing as a hobby or who want to look more professional on the dance floor at their upcoming wedding. Classes last about 45 minutes and are taught by top-notch instructors who can accommodate all skill levels.

What are some other ways that you’ve considered spending Valentine’s Day this year?

Creative and Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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By , January 30, 2014 12:02 pm

Whether you love getting in the romantic spirit or despite the “Hallmark holiday”, February 14th is just around the corner. There’s nothing wrong with giving flowers, chocolate, or jewelry to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. But why not give the gift of an experience that you can do together to bring you closer together?

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At FunSherpa, we have a variety of romantic gifts that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any time of year to show your loved one that you care. These are a few of the creatively romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas that we’re most excited about this year:

Relaxing and Romantic Boat Cruises

What better way to kick back and relax with the one you love than from the comfort of a luxury boat with crashing waves setting the mood for romance? Kick Valentine’s Day off right with a morning skyline cruise to feel the fresh morning breeze on your skin and marvel at the beauty of the skyline and a colorful sunrise. If your sweetheart isn’t a morning person, try an afternoon delight cruise to watch fishermen reel in their catches and let the tranquil water relieve your daily stresses.

Food and Wine Tastings

Treat your sweetheart’s palate to the luxurious and gourmet with a food and wine tasting. Purchase a wine tasting and food pairing experiential gift and learn about chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinor noir,cabernet sauvignon, and other fine wines. These fun and informative tasting sessions pair wines with cheese, beets, fruits, chocolates, and other delicious foods that complement the flavors of wine. To add a little culture and exercise to your tasting experience, try a food and cultural walking tour. You and your better half can eat your way through the city’s most celebrated culinary landmarks and go behind the scenes to sample some of the city’s lesser-known cuisine.

Horseback Riding Lessons

If your valentine loves to try new activities, consider taking a horseback riding lesson together. Horseback riding has a certain old world charm to it that brings you back to a simpler time and place. Escape the hectic hustle of city life and feel the serenity of a well-groomed trail and nature at its finest. If this is your first time riding a horse, you’ll probably want to sign up for a guided lesson to ensure the safety of you and your horse.

Horse riding on Broad Sands

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The best gifts are those that inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Don’t settle for generic, tried-and-true gifts this Valentine’s Day. Carriage rides, kayak tours, chocolate tastings, and dance lessons are also great ideas for any occasion. Give the gift of experience and build memories with your loved one that will last a lifetime.

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