Watching the same show while cuddling on the couch, date nights at the same familiar favored restaurants, the usual Valentine’s Day card and flowers or box of chocolates: all of these support the need for continuity, familiarity and security of a loving relationship. It is from that place of security that we can kick it up a notch and explore the unknown, the unfamiliar and the creative side of life together. Novelty is what helps keep the spark alive when we know we are secure and grounded in long term love and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to explore the wild side!
This Valentine’s Day, infuse your relationship with a unique adventure or night out. While you may choose to include the traditional bouquet of flowers, box of chocolates or dinner date, our community has much more creative opportunities for you to explore. The 18 events below are the most unique that I came across in my search. Not all of them take place on February 14th, so be sure to check the date for each event carefully.
1. Valentine’s Day Truffle Making and Wine Tasting at Robinson Nature Center
Details: Join us for a unique experience at the Robinson Nature Center to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Bring a friend, your sweetheart or treat yourself to an afternoon in which you will learn the art of hand-rolling delectable chocolate truffles while discovering more about the plant from which chocolate is made. Enjoy tastings from local winery, Linganore Vineyards, and learn about the sustainable practices used in their business. Each person samples 6 wines and leaves with ten hand-rolled truffles. Special thanks to our partner, Whole Foods, for its help making this event a success.
2. Yoga at the Zoo for Couples
Details: Looking for a way to connect with your partner on Valentine’s Day? Surprise them with a couples yoga class at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore! Participants will be led through a 60-minute yoga class, moving playfully through partner poses. You will have the opportunity to nurture and deepen your relationship through breath and movement while gaining a new perspective on yoga poses. No previous yoga experience required; all levels are welcome.
3. Hillwood Museum Valentine’s Day Tour and Tea
Details: Visit the former residence of businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post! Hillwood is known for its large decorative arts collection that focuses heavily on the House of Romanov, including Fabergé eggs. Other highlights are 18th and 19th century French art and one of the country’s finest orchid collections. Nestled in the hills of Northwest Washington, D.C., Hillwood welcomes visitors from around the world with its gracious hospitality. Explore the pristine mansion, enjoy the beauty of the formal gardens, and cap off the visit with delicious tea and treats! For information contact Tracy Adkins, 410-313-7279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Murder Mystery 1920’s Theme Dinner Party in Columbia. A Fundraising event for Maryland Public Television.
Details: The year is 1928. In an American speakeasy, friends and family of Downton Abbey have travelled across the sea for the owner’s last night. She’s selling the speakeasy to a British guest. But the fellow winds up dead and chaos ensues. Afterall, this is Prohibition so all alcohol must be imbibed before the Police can even be called. Get Tickets Here
5. Our State has so many creative events for Valentine’s Day, here is a link to 15 more events to check out!
6. BONUS! A Truly Unique Gift that will MELT your partners heart and stressed muscles!
Details: Rekindling the flames of your relationship is right at your finger tips! For a truly unique gift that you and your partner can use year round, enjoy the ultimate date night by learning to massage your partner the right way, in the privacy of your own home, together. READ MORE…
My husband and I are grateful to have developed the yearly tradition of going out to dinner with two other couples who are dear friends of ours (pictured in this post). Unfortunately, we made our plans before I compiled this list! Next year, they should expect that we will up our game…
Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, choose to see it as an opportunity for creativity and create a memory that the two of you will always remember. If you attend one of these events, let us know! We’d love to hear what it was like for you!