To continue our series on Valentine’s Day I propose to you this date scenario which includes intellectual conversation, striking scenery and undeniable romance. (For location sake I’m using Southern California as my local but this date can easily be adapted for your own nearby metropolitan city.)
Is your Valentine interested in art, music, literature and other activities that provide stimulating conversation? Give your special someone a day of culture they will remember for a lifetime by following these steps.
1. Instead of showing up with flowers bring your Valentine a small volume of love poetry. This is a touching gesture and you get bonus points if it is the person’s favorite poet.
2. Surprise your date, but make sure she is prepared for the day. Let her know what she should wear (comfortable clothes, but nice if you are going out later) and camera or camcorder (to document the day). If any additional special equipment is needed either insure that you can provide it or let your date know beforehand.
3. Act One. This is where you show an interest in your date, and prove you have been listening to what they have talked about over your many (or not so many) conversations. Art museums (I recommend the Getty in L.A.- admission is free, just pay for parking), botanical gardens (bring sturdy walking shoes), and historical libraries (the UCLA library is beautiful) are all wonderful places to take a date that is interested in culture. You are not only pleasing them but showing that what their interests are important to you.
4. Act Two, better known as dinner. Now dinner can be handled in multiple ways. Many museums have restaurants in or nearby, however these can be pricey because they know they have a fairly captive audience. One recommendation is to pack a picnic lunch. Both Whole Foods and Fresh & Easy have a multitude of prepared items to make this an easy (and healthier) compromise to dinner out. Whatever you decide, make sure you know your date’s likes, dislikes, and any allergies. A Valentine’s Day date should not include a trip to the hospital.
5. Act Three. End on a romantic note. By this time it should be dark and many of our cultural experiences will have closed for the evening. That does not mean your date has to be over. Top it off with something especially romantic. I suggest stargazing (Griffith Observatory), a night walk on the beach, or taking in the local music scene. All of these are things that allow you to spend time together and enjoy each others company.
6. After Party (optional). This is where you find a special little place for dessert. Most people enjoy dessert a bit after dinner, and by waiting till the end of the evening you are leaving the best for last. I suggest something unique and original such as Bossa Nova (in Hollywood) or Beachfire (in San Clemente). Both offer excellent finishing touches to a wonderfully romantic date.
Wherever your date leads you, I wish you happiness and romance.