VALENTINE DATE IDEAS
stumped on what to do for valentine’s day? take a little pressure off your date and try out some of these ideas! i’ve asked a few of my friends from different cities to fill us in on their favorite secret date spots. if your city isn’t listed below, we’d love to hear about your ideas in the comments!
NAME: cassandra lavalle CITY: seattle
date spot: One way to spice up the usual date night? Trapeze artists. I love the Pink Door for their delicious Italian fare, but go late and stay for the cabaret! It’s such a fun way to spice up the usual dinner date.
NAME: anne ditmeyer CITY: paris
date spot: In high school I watched a French movie where a couple went on a date in a cemetery and at the time I couldn’t help but think the French are so weird. Fast forward 10+ years and I live in Paris and there’s nothing I dream of more than going on a date in the Père Lachaise cemetery. It’s a hillside park with giant touring trees and full of elaborate gravestones + monuments that were hand-crafted (talk about keeping, stone masons, iron workers, and stained glass artisans in business – such an art!). Oscar Wilde is burried their + his grave is covered in red lipstick kisses. Even in the rain the place is dreamy + romantic.
NAME: camille styles CITY: austin
date spot: I’m not that into big, fancy Valentine’s dinners (amateur night!) Instead, I’d love to go for late-night cocktails at Drink.Well’s cozy bar. They make THE best cocktails from fresh, seasonal ingredients, and they serve a killer cheese plate. Oh, and we’d definitely end the night by sharing a couple of their housemade twinkies!
NAME: shoko wanger CITY: new york
date spot: Don’t let the name fool you – Brooklyn’s cozy and disarmingly gorgeous St. Charles Cellar is the loveliest cellar you’ll ever find. The restaurant’s stone walls and rustic wood will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another era, and it’s the perfect escape from the cold. What’s more, the fact that it’s hidden – located downstairs from a popular bar called St. Mazie – gives the impression that you’ve stumbled across a beautiful secret.
NAME: elizabeth antonia CITY: los angeles
date spot: The inn of the seventh ray is a charming LA restaurant you have to go to at least once. It feels like another world tucked back in old topanga by the creek. The food is fresh and organic and they often have lovely wine pairings. Plus the windy roads leading into topanga canyon are perfect for getting lost underneath the big starry night.
what’s your favorite spot in your city? i really love cliff’s edge restaurant (it feels like a treehouse!) -bri