Every year, it rolls around. Ready or not! Valentine’s Day can mean many things, but one thing that seems to be inevitable is the pressure it puts on us to make the day special. Red roses and chocolates are nice….but predictable, and almost anyone can make a reservation at an upscale restaurant. Why not do something a little different this year? Why not celebrate your love in a more enjoyable and relaxing way? After all, a casual and easygoing environment usually brings out the best in most of us and makes it easier to engage in conversation and laughter. Whether going out with a group of friends or alone with your significant other, consider taking the road less traveled…..at least on Valentine’s Day, anyway. There are many places around Palm Beach County that will fit the bill for a pleasant evening, offering a diversion from the daily grind. Here are just a few ideas…..
Brew Houses have become very popular of late. Typically, they have a charm all their own. For example, The Brew House Gallery may be best described as “hip and cool” meets “awesome and interesting”. For those of us who may enjoy a relaxing, laid back evening in that favorite t-shirt and rugged blue-jeans, this place could be the one! Not only can you get some amazing beer on tap, but the gourmet hot dogs are said to be “to die for.” Live local music adds to the ambiance and warmth of the atmosphere. Did I mention that this place is also an Art Gallery? That’s really where the “hip and cool” comes in. Open noon – midnight on Sunday, February 14th.
There are plenty of wine bars in the area from which to choose. It’s easy to check out the online reviews to choose the one that best suits you, your mood, and your budget. You don’t have to know much about wine to enjoy a nice wine bar. Most of the people who own and serve in these places are knowledgeable and passionate about wine, and they love sharing it with others. Pairing foods with wine is a skill, and if you leave it to the professionals you won’t be sorry. Check out The Cheese & Wine Café in Lantana. Open until 8:00 pm on Sundays, they have an extensive gourmet sandwich and appetizer menu. To top it off, their prices are very reasonable.
Wine and Spirits not your thing? If gourmet coffee is more your style, it’s no secret that the Palm Beach County area has plenty to offer. Many coffee houses close earlier in the day, but Subculture Coffee is open 7:00 am – midnight on Sundays. And, Havana’s in West Palm Beach has a walk-up window that is open 24/7! Of course, they have more than coffee to offer, but the coffee, alone, will not disappoint!
A Sunset Picnic
Pack your own food, or take your favorite carry out to the beach for a sunset picnic. South Inlet is a great park to choose if you prefer a picnic table, and Ocean Ridge Hammock Park is excellent for spreading a blanket and enjoying a feast right on the beach. After dinner, enjoy a walk in the sand as the sun sets. Don’t forget to dress in layers, but the cool breeze will give you a good excuse to hold hands and cuddle!
However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, make it memorable by making it stress free. Give you and yours a chance to take a break together, relax, and just spend time enjoying each other’s company. You never know, you may enjoy it enough to make it a habit!