Spice up your Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking to do something on Valentine’s Day other than the usual “dinner reservation” or “movies,” check out the list below as we found some fun events that might spice up your day!

(photo courtesy of Wine & Design)

WINE AND PAINT
Who doesn’t love to end their day with a tall glass of wine? If you’re already going to be drinking, why not mix it up and paint a painting. It’s called wine and paint. This new trend has been buzzing around the Richmond area. There are two locations that you and your special someone can choose from, Wine & Design and Muse Paintbar. You simply go to their websites sign up, show up, sip up, paint!


WINERY AND CRAFT BEER TOURS
Instead of going to your favorite restaurant, why not switch it up and go to a local winery or brewery?! After all, Virginia does produce a ton of locally made wine and beer. The Richmond region is home to fabulous wineries such as James River Cellars and Ashton Creek Vineyard.

Elk Island Winery, Grayhaven Winery and New Kent Winery are all within an hour’s drive of downtown Richmond. Is Craft beer more your style? Head to the Fan district and hit up one of your favorite local breweries, or try a new one! Valentine’s Day is about being spontaneous.


LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN
Ever heard the saying simple is better? Well this is one of those times. Take time to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy the beauty inside of the great indoors at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Whether you’re admiring the gorgeous flowers or your date, this a place you definitely want to be to forget about the awful winter weather.


CHOCOLATE & COCKTAILS … AND SPEED DATING
If you’re one of those people who doesn’t have a date on Valentine’s Day and just sit in the house eating a box of chocolate, then check out this option. Cary100 Restaurant & Lounge is offering a “Chocolates & Cocktails” happy hour. Sample delectable decadent chocolates with your favorite cocktail or beverage. In a private room they are offering a “Singles Mingle Speed Dating” to help you find the potential love of your life. Now we understand this could be a step out of your comfort zone, but hey no one wants to be alone on the day of love.


COUPLES MASSAGE
Kick back and relax by getting a couple’s massage together. Side by side in a couple’s room is a perfect way to enjoy some quality time together. Richmond has tons of massage locations to choose from. If you book early you can catch a Valentine’s Day special and save some money.


(photo by visitrichmondva.com)

ROMANTIC WALK AROUND BELLE ISLE
This option compared to the rest will cost you ZERO dollars. If you’re looking to be romantic but at the same time save some money then this option is for you. Only if the weather permits, you and your date could take a walk around Belle Isle and watch the sunset with a mini picnic. With the weather being somewhat cold, this gives you an excuse to get nice and cozy with your date!