Whether you’re looking to impress a new valentine, or you have many years with your love (with a blur of roses, chocolate hearts and teddy bears to show for it), there’s one swift way to ensure that your day of romance is entirely forgettable: make it predictable.
Instead, why not demonstrate your love by doing something different this year for Valentine’s Day? With local options ranging from escape rooms to a long weekend living like royalty, there are countless ways to up the romance.
Call it Cupid’s arrow, but these are the offerings in The Palm Beaches that have us lovestruck.
1. Love and Bubbles Atop The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
Ignite your love in the tradition of early South Florida pioneer Henry DuBois and his blind date, who climbed the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse in February 1898 and found love at first sight. Henry must’ve thought Susan Sanders was just as beautiful as the view, because he proposed on the spot.
This Valentine’s Day, starry-eyed couples can ascend the lighthouse’s 105 steps between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. for a sweeping view of the Jupiter Inlet and a private 15-minute Champagne toast for two ($75 per couple). Reservations for time at the top must be made in advance.
500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter; 561.747.8380, ext. 101; jupiterlighthouse.org
2. A Euphonious Evening at The Kravis Center
If the object of your affection often finds him or her self swept away by a stirring melody, tickets to the Kravis Center’s Regional Concert Series is the ideal date. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will provide an evening of classical music, including performances from Stravinsky’s “Scherzo fantastique in B Major, Op. 3” and the work of Brahms. The performance begins at 8 p.m., but head there early to treat your love to a cocktail or two inside the striking multi-level venue. Tickets start at $40.
701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561.832.7469; kravis.org/events/chicago8pm
3. Indulgence and Pampering at The Breakers
Having set the standard of luxury in Palm Beach, The Breakers is a must when you’re looking for the ultimate in romance. Book the Valentine’s Night Experience at The Flagler Steakhouse (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) for a three-course, prix-fixe menu and a special gift, or head to any of The Breakers’ other restaurants for Valentine’s Day-inspired menus and offerings, including cocktails and decadent chocolate desserts.
Looking to pull out all the stops? The four-and-a-half-hour Signature Spa Suite Experience at The Spa at The Breakers gives lovebirds massages, facials and time to enjoy a semi-private garden courtyard, steam shower and chromatherapy tub. Prices vary.
1 S. County Road, Palm Beach; 561.655.6611; thebreakers.com
4. Escape with Your Love
Looking for a way to get the adrenaline going this Valentine’s Day? Adventurous couples can head to Time Travel Escapes for a chance to solve the clues contained in one of three themed escape rooms. Lovers pair up to “travel through time” and hunt for hints, solve puzzles and race against the clock to uncover a way to unlock the room. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
401 Maplewood Drive, Ste. 18, Jupiter; 561.281.0326; timetravelescapes.com
5. Paint the Town at Uptown Art
With locations in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, Uptown Art is the perfect place to get creative with your Valentine. Choose your own colors, then follow along with guided instructions for making the love-inspired image come to life.
You’ll each get to paint half of the image on individual canvases which will be hung together to create your very own masterpiece. Prices are $35-40 per person and time slots vary. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
510 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 561.899.3980; uptownart.com
6. Royal Romance at The Brazilian Court Hotel
Ready to treat your Valentine like royalty? Get a taste of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s favorite things with The Brazilian Court’s Royal Romance package, which includes a four-night stay in the signature Brando Suite.
With perks like a helicopter lesson, half-day yacht charter, afternoon tea, a Betteridge’s necklace inspired by Meghan’s engagement ring and even a chef’s dinner with a rotisserie chicken entree (a favorite of Harry’s) this staycation will leave you pampered and ready for the royal wedding this spring.
The package comes with a hefty price tag of $24,000, but the hotel’s close attention to detail and ultra-exclusive, take-home goodies ensure this Valentine’s offering is the experience of a lifetime. In the true spirit of the royals, five percent of the proceeds from this package will be donated to one of Harry and Meghan’s favorite philanthropic organizations.
301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561.655.7740; thebraziliancourt.com/specials-en.html
7. Rosie Beats Roses at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
How many years have you given (or been gifted) a huge bouquet of red roses on Valentine’s Day? As romantic as the gesture may be, the blooms eventually fade away. Why not make a difference and spread your love around this year?
Instead of roses, lovers have a chance to adopt Rosie, the rescued sea turtle at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Spend the day learning about endangered sea turtles and then surprise your Valentine with a gift that makes a difference. The deluxe adoption package ($100) includes a personalized adoption certificate, hat, plush sea turtle and other collectible items.
14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach; 561.627.8280; marinelife.org/adopt
8. Catamaran Cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway
Get out on the water and enjoy a sunset cruise for two, taking in the mansions of Palm Beach and the glimmering lights of West Palm Beach as you slowly sail north along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Complimentary drinks and Champagne are provided, but couples are welcome to bring their own libations of choice. The Valentine’s Day sunset cruise sails from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and costs $40 per person. Reservations are recommended.
Clematis St. and Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach; 561.881.9757; visitpalmbeach.com/catamaran-adventures
9. Staycation on Singer Island
If you’re in serious need of some alone time with your one and only, head to the beachfront Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa to check in and mentally check out. This staycation, complete with an in-room movie and late departure time, is sure to recharge the two of you.
Book the Ultimate Romance package and you’ll be greeted with Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a couple’s massage and dining credit. Order in to the serviced poolside cabanas by day and lounge by the outdoor fire pits by night for a full day of guaranteed bliss with your sweetheart.
3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach; 561.340.1700; palmbeachmarriottresort.com
10. Traditional Night Out at Okeechobee Steakhouse
Can’t resist the pull of a traditional date night? If the love language you share is the classic Valentine’s Day combination of dinner reservations and a dramatic bouquet of red roses, go for a deluxe five-course meal complete with exquisite wine pairings at Okeechobee Steakhouse.
From filet mignon to bananas foster served tableside, to a take-home bottle of Champagne, this exclusive experience is sure to provide an evening to remember. The special Valentine’s Day package ($1,000 per couple) is limited to the first two couples to reserve a seating.
2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561.683.5151; okeesteakhouse.com
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