This post is for the lovers or the LUVAS!! So listen up to all you beautiful amazing couples, and my people who understand that self-love is the most important kind. I have your best Valentine's Day destinations, whether it's sharing the adventure with your friends, yourself, or your boo, I got the spots for you. I wrote a little rhyme to bless your spirit.
Paris - Known as the City of Love, what location could be more romantic than the beauty of Paris? While many cities throughout the world stake a claim to the romance capital, Paris is universally known for such. This clean and carefree city is sensual and provocative in the most decent kind of way. The city is friendly, beautiful, and exudes a romantic vibe day or night. This is important to note because, let's be honest, some cities at night give off anything but romantic vibes. Whether it comes to the historic beauty of the city, the architecture, or the world-famous museums like the Louvre, Paris has it all.
Personally, I loved sipping fresh espresso and indulging in freshly made pastries out on the corner cafe in Paris, just watching the world pass by. It was quaint and cozy, unlike any other city I have traveled to. Check out Café de la Nouvelle Mairie, which is a short walk from the Pantheon.
SnowShoe, West Virginia - Snowshoe is incredibly beautiful, but what I love most about it is that it has a subtle quaint Swedish village vibe. It reminds me of one of those locations you travel to that you love so much you'd completely forgo life with family and friends just to live in this small remote town. There is a sense of freedom here, space to breathe deeply and escape. I found my time in the Alleganany Mountains of West Virginia refreshing to my mind, body, and soul. After this trip, West Virginia became #1 on my list of places to move to, it was incredible to me.
In addition to good vibes, Snowshoe resort offers romantic dining and spa options, while still offering those inclined for adventure options like biking, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. My dining recommendation for you is Tuque's Bar and Grill, while the food airs somewhat on the pricey side. I find it reasonable for the atmosphere, views, staff, and experience. It's okay to splurge a little. I will note, I did not find it much more expensive than a steak house folks tend to flock to. For more about Snowshoe, click the link below.
Jekyll Island Georgia - The privacy and scenery are why this location makes my list. There are several beaches to enjoy on Jekyll island and they are all uniquely distinct. The uniqueness of the Island is what I loved most. I get bored easily so having varying landscapes that I could enjoy in one day at one location was perfect for me.
If an island could be as magical as a unicorn galloping through a prairie leaving a rainbow trail of love and peace, it would be Jekyll Island. Don't believe me? Check it out yourself! If my riveting review above didn't convince you, let's talk specifics. The island is clean and well maintained. There are loads of activities to enjoy, depending on the season of course. From putt-putt golf to water parks, museums, historical sites, hiking, biking, dolphin tours, and great restaurants, it has it all.
The community even hosts a two-month-long treasure hunting experience. At the time we visited, I was unaware of this, but had noticed a man absolutely losing his mind with joy at discovering a small glob in a plastic bag tucked in the corner of a beach pavilion. Honestly, at first, I felt kind of sad for him, like aww poor guy doesn't get out much. Later, when I learned about the history of the island, I was sad I didn't fight him for it (kidding).
If that isn't enough to convince you, bear in mind the island's average temperature in the winter is in the 60s. Seasonal depression is a real thing, and a good beach trip might be exactly what you need. Visitor tip - If you find that hotels and restaurants on the island are too pricey, there are plenty of food and lodging options in the nearby town of Brunswick. This is also a historic community with sites to see as well, which is 13 miles from Jekyll Island. If you choose to stay off the Island remember you will have to pay a parking fee at the entrance to the island, which is $8.
Happy Valentines Day
Remember, regardless of your relationship status, you are loved! You are wonderfully and uniquely made. If you don't have a partner to celebrate you, celebrate yo'self!
1 Corinthians 13:4-5: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
As always, keep it safe, keep it cool, and stay curious.