Disconnecting from our daily world of chores and driving, errands and work, computers and mobile phones for just a minute and spending time in a gorgeous natural setting with your special love, can create some beautiful moments and memories– this is a fact.
Need proof? Well, have you ever walked by a bush of night blooming jasmine, in bloom, and not been transported to Loveland? Jasmine is a rich, buttery, lovely fragrance and when it rides a night time breeze and envelopes you in its magic, you forget the world around you and bliss out, intoxicated by the flowers perfume. This does not happen at the perfume counter! Neither does being so stoked by how beautiful the ocean is, that you are inspired to just sit and look at it …. and in that moment you never even realize that for a long time, nothing else existed for you, but the ocean and all those shades of blue… The ocean is so awesome.
Here is our list of idea’s
#1 Get to your favorite Farmers Market together, here’s why
Cooking together makes cooking a different & fun experience. If you and your special someone like to cook, this can be a great Valentines day gift to give each other.
You will need to make a trip to a local organic farmers market! Look around at the offerings and get inspired. I like to shop without a menu planned and just let the menu be dictated by what looks good and piques my interest. Each of you can be responsible for a part of the meal. One cooks the entrée, and the other cooks the salad or the soup… whatever.
To add some extra Valentimes Day Fun, buy dessert at a fancy bakery, the sort of place they pack your purchase in a box with a bow. To make it fun, you both pick something out for the other, in secret, and don’t reveal it until dessert time, when you get to unwrap your box at the table.
Picking out healthy food, and making a meal for the one you love with all your heart, is just one of the nicest things to be able to do.
“The Venetian Pool is an aquatic facility unlike no other in the country. It has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, and is still one of the main tourist attractions for those visiting the City of Coral Gables.
With the efforts of George Merrick, artist Denman Fink, and architect Phineas Paist, the pool was transformed into a paradise that today is included in the National Register of Historic Places, the only swimming pool to have such a designation.
The pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, where much of the original coral rock was used to border and further accentuate the pool. It also features two large historic lookout towers, with a view to the City Beautiful.
The 820,000 gallon pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. In the spring and summer seasons, the pool is filled and drained daily!
Of course the aquifer is not the only feature that enhances a visitor’s experience. There are two waterfalls that provide a scenic backdrop as well as the cave-like grottos which provide a fun experience for swimmers.”
*And those “cave like grotto’s” sure sound like an enchanting place to say I Love You, to someone.
This time of year the Morikami Gardens are lovely. Recently featured in Smithsonian Magazine and always a destination for weddings, this place is a romantic hideaway. I say “hideaway”, because the gardens are big, so you are sure to have your privacy as you stroll the paths.
When you are finished your walk, as long as it is between 11am and 3pm, the museum cafe is open. It was “judged by The Food Network as one of the top three museum dining experiences in the country.” The cafe has a large terraced area for diners which overlooks the gardens; it is really quite the spot. The menu is also delicious and when I was there they had some nice sake too… So between the gardens, the cool outdoors, the idyllic cafe setting and sake… it is great place to say I love you!
Snorkeling requires no learning curve, expensive gear or certifications, and it is a blast! Bahia Honda State Park is a snorkelers paradise. It is hard to imagine that up to 90% of Elkhorn and Staghorn coral in the Keys has disappeared, but it has. Still there is a lot of underwater life in Bahia Honda and seeing it with a loved one is an easy to do, outdoor adventure.
You can camp out here or better yet drive another 45 mins south and stay in Key West, whatever you do, you will feel like you are miles away from the daily grind.
& Don’t miss the sunset….
(There are many people to say I Love You to btw. So if you are single, you still need to say it to someone!)
The Sundy House in Delray Beach, originally built in 1902, was the Mayors house. Today the Sundy House is a charming boutique hotel the Mayor would have been proud of, and it is the makings of Tom Worrell. Mr. Worrell is a forward thinking environmentalist. He is the creator ofLiving Machines and owner of El Monte Sagrado in Taos- the only truly green luxury resort in the country. He is also a former newspaper man and lawyer.
Restoring the Sundy House to its current state, was a labor of love and a gift to the community; and the hotels “TaruGarden” is what I wanted to point out. With over 500 species of plants on a large parcel of land, this is not your average hotel garden!
Highly recommend a visit TaruGarden, followed by a drink and some nibbles. It is a good idea to call a head of time and be sure there is not a wedding taking place in the garden however – it is a favorite place for many couples.
From the website…
“Enter the gates of this hidden oasis tucked in metropolitan Miami. Stand dwarfed by an 80-year old baobab tree from Tanzania that weighs almost 50 tons! Delight in the intoxicating fragrance of flowering plants prized by the perfume industry. Immerse yourself in the intriguing story of legendary plant explorer David Fairchild. See his historic home and his study where he penned recollections of his expeditions and his observations about the plant world. Marvel at the fascinating fruits he brought here to his private garden and introduced to the U.S.”
Sounds enchanting. PS, one of flowering plants they grow is Ylang Ylang which is prized for its aphrodisiac properties!
Away from the hustle, bustle, noise and aggravation of the roads, with the lights twinkling from houses that line the river, the New River by boat at night is romantic. Get your ticket and take a trip to nowhere down the New River at night, stop and get off along the way for refreshments. Enjoy the ride, and the company.