Top 10 *Really Last Minute* Ideas for Valentine”s Day!

For many, Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year.  We lavish our loved ones with gifts of chocolate, lingerie, jewelry, or a romantic dinner.  And there may also be a weekend getaway involved or a romantic couples massage.  All continue to be sought after and certainly any gal (or guy) looks forward to the the 14th of February.

Below is our list for ‘Really Last Minute’ ideas for Valentine’s Day…some travel, some spa, jewelry, dinner and love, always love!  And they’re useful for any other special day where you want to show your loved one how much you care.

1.  A Wellness (Destination) Spa:
Yes, this is number one because there’s so much wrapped into a place such as this.
Heart Healthy dining, Heart pumping Fitness, an intimate Couples Massage, and so many other activities you can do together.  Some Wellness (Destination) Spas offer sessions to enhance and deepen your relationship and intimacy.   The best part of this heart-felt gift is that it can be given on Valentine’s Day and taken when you’re both available to travel, either way, it’s sure to be a gift that will last long after February 14th.

Here are a few to consider:
Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ
Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ
Rancho la Puerta, Tecate, Mexico

2. Wine or an evening at a Wine Bar – There are so many great wines available from around the world and an evening at a Wine Bar where you can enjoy a ‘Flight’ of wines is so much fun and romantic as well.  Anything two people can do together can be romantic!  One of my personal favorites is Cline’s Cashmere and I love it because it’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre and is so smooth and luxurious.  It offers a long finish and you can pick up the lingering flavors of cherries and chocolate.  Cline Cellars also sponsors Breast Cancer Network of Strength.

3.  Dark Chocolate – Yes, well, chocolate is always going to be on any Top 10 gift list I do due to the health benefits.   Dark chocolate, with higher cocoa levels, is best due to the phytochemicals, so it’s heart healthy! If you’re going to give chocolate (or buy for yourself), make it dark chocolate!  Dark chocolate is so luscious, silky and smooth when it melts in your mouth and you’re doing something good for yourself…even one piece of dark chocolate a day can be beneficial.   A couple that I like include Bissinger’s and Ghiradelli Chocolates.

4. Golf and Spa – These just go together.  And this list isn’t just about what to give the guy in your life, it’s about what to give your gal and with Golf and Spa, you’ll both be happy (see, this can go either way…who is the golfer, perhaps both of you!) .   This part of the list could get rather long with all of the locations I’d love to include, so here are just a couple (more to come soon on this topic).

Here are just a few:
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, PGA National Resort, and Boulders Resort & Spa.

5. Romantic Dinner for Two  – Amore!  Ristorante Cafe Cortina in Farmington Hills, Michigan says it best.  This is by far one of the best Italian restaurants in the country (not only my opinion, also in LA CUCINA ITALIANA magazine and Food Network’s Best of…Pasta).  The Risotto I enjoyed (devoured) was amazing…the best I ever had.  An intimate dinner at Cafe Cortina is like dining in Rome, Italy and they get 5 stars from me (Thanks to Adrian, the owner, and his team!)!  This is a must do when you can get to Michigan, Bellisimo!  What’s your favorite romantic restaurant in your area?

6. Heart stones at PBS –   If you’re looking for something unique, this is a great idea.  I came across them while on the PBS shopping page and the collection includes all six:  Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine, Labradorite, Red Jasper, and Sodalite. They’re great for a birthday or anniversary as well.

7. Jewelry – One of my favorite jewelry shops (gallery, really) is in Taos, NM and I discovered it while on my first cross country road trip.  Claireworks offers beautiful unique jewelry including these heart shaped necklaces. Take a look and see what suits your fancy!

8.  Dinner at Home! – With temperatures as cold as they’ve been and record high amounts of snow all over, perhaps dinner at home is sounding even better for this Valentine’s Day.  Spend less time on making dinner and more time enjoying it by getting most of the ingredients delivered. Check out Al Dente pasta options.  Add your favorite bottle of wine (see #2 above for an idea), a loaf of Ciabatta bread, and your favorite music (Andrea Bocelli’s Romanza).

9. Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart – Their music is beautiful, inspiring, full of hope and touches your heart in so many ways.  There’s a feeling you get when you listen to Celtic Woman sing.  Going to one of their concerts is still on my bucket list and I can only imagine how their singing will touch my soul.

10. A Couples Massage (or Solo Massage) – There’s still time to set an appointment for February 14 at many day spas (as well as resorts).  Check with your favorite spa and if you don’t have one, find one and take time to relax and rejuvenate.  If you’re in New York City, check out the spa at the Mandarin Oriental; if you’re in Austin (TX), check out Miraval Austin (they offer day passes depending on occupancy); and if you’re in Sedona (AZ), check out Mii Amo or Enchantment Resort.

I hope you find something helpful on Mindful Adventures Experiential List of Valentine’s Day ideas for your significant other, family member or for yourself.  Share your love and Happy Valentine’s Day!

3 thoughts on “Top 10 *Really Last Minute* Ideas for Valentine”s Day!

  1. Thanks for all the information. My husband and I enjoy a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with a fruit and cheese tray for a romantic time.

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