Skip the Reservations: A Guide to a Memorable Valentine’s Day

Every year for Valentine’s Day, thousands of couples exchange gifts, sit down at a table for an overpriced dinner, have everyday conversation, and go home like after any other date.

The holiday that is completely centered around love often times becomes monotonous and nothing more than another excuse to plaster photos all over social media.   

This Valentine’s Day, whether you are spending it with family, friends, or your significant other, it should be special and centered around making your bond stronger.  Regardless of where you live, you are within driving distance of tons of fun attractions as long as you are willing to think outside the box.

With Valentine's Day being on a Sunday this year, it will be easy to spend the day somewhere unusual. Instead of having to deal with dinner reservations and having the "perfect" date go wrong, do something simple, thoughtful, and hard to mess up.

If you live near a large city, this is especially easy. If not, take a day trip or a weekend trip to somewhere a few hours away!

The Atlanta skyline at sunset

If you are taking a road trip, start with a thoughtful gift by making goody bags for you and whoever you are traveling with.  You should include your Valentine's favorite snacks, a drink, and maybe a couple of other things related to your planned activity such as hand sanitizer or tissues.

Once you are actually at your destination, here are some ideas of what to do:
1. Museum - Art gallery, science or history showcase, or exhibit on food or pop culture, such as World of Coke in Atlanta, Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, or Hershey’s Chocolate World in Pennsylvania
2. Park - Either a city park for a picnic or a state park for hiking
3. Theme park - Six Flags, Disney World, Busch Gardens
4. Aquarium - Perfect location for the perfect Instagram shot, plus who does not love watching fish for hours?
5. Zoo - Seeing the animals is always entertaining, but adding an experience like feeding giraffes will make it especially memorable
6. Beach - Walking around, swimming, or doing anything by the water if it is warm where you live 

My boyfriend, Greg, and I at World of Coke
If you do not have the funds or time to go out of time for Valentine’s Day, you could either do something from the above list in your hometown or have a staycation for the day in the comfort of your home.  Amazon Prime, Netflix, Red Box, and take out food in bed should be more than a suitable date for your significant other, family, or friends.  For those without much money to spend, you can also focus less on the event and more on letting your loved one know how appreciated they are through a note, serving them, or anything that goes out of your way compared to a normal day to show them how much you care.

I truly hope this was helpful and that you have a great Valentine's Day this year!  Make memories, show others your love for them, and do not forget to show your better half gratitude every day throughout the year.  What are your plans?  Leave me a comment below or find me on Instagram and Twitter!  @SavannahMaye


  1. We love hanging out or going to a basketball game. So much more fun than waiting for a restaurant!

  2. All about cooking and baking today for the entire long weekend. Cleaning and fall decorating.


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