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7 Alternative Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples & Singles

posted on February 9, 2016 | by Amanda Holstein

7 Alternative Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples & Singles

Whether you’ve got a date for Valentine’s Day or plan on hanging with your friends, try something a little different this year. Rather than going out to dinner or chilling at a bar, there are plenty of creative Valentine’s Day ideas that might make the holiday even more special. Like these, for example!

1. Make a Fort

After New Year’s Eve indoors building a fort with my guy (SO fun), I can’t help but recommend this for Valentine’s Day. You can go old school by rearranging your furniture and throwing on some sheets, or step it up a notch and create a romantic oasis beneath a DIY tent. Throw in some cozy pillows and watch an old movie or play your favorite childhood board game! Honestly, I would do this any night of the year.

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2. Go on a Mountain Getaway

What better way to spend a winter weekend than curled up in a cabin in the mountains? Grab some wine, make a fire, and cozy up with tons of blankets. Enjoy it with your guy or make it a Galentine’s Day weekend with your girls!

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3. Have a Sunset Picnic

If the weather is a bit more mild where you live, take advantage with a picnic at sunset (on the beach if possible!). Put together a basket of snacks and drinks, like cheese, crackers, & wine. Bring along some blankets in case it gets chilly, and sit somewhere with a great view of the sunset. This would be great for a couple (even a first date!), but you could totally do this with a group of your closest girl friends too!

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4. Explore a New City

For those seasoned couples, doing something new together is always a great way to reignite some romance. There are so many awesome places to explore in the U.S. that won’t break the bank! Drive to a town nearby you’ve always wanted to visit, or plan a weekend somewhere totally new. My boyfriend and I are visiting Seattle for the first time and I’m so excited to explore a new place with him (and get some major inspiration!).

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5. Go See Mortified

Have you heard of Mortified??? Oh my god, you need to go see this. It’s a stand-up comedy show featuring regular people reading from their junior high or high-school diaries. I mean, can it get any better? See if there’s a show near you here! I also highly recommend watching their documentary Mortified Nation on Netflix — it’s really cool to see the backstory behind how it came about!

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6. Take a Dance Class

Be bold and try a fun dance class this Valentine’s Day! If you’re with your friends, sign up for something fun like hip-hop. There are tons of couples’ classes as well, like Salsa, Ballroom, etc. It’s a great option for new couples getting to know each other or long-term ones looking for some romance!

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7. Make Breakfast in Bed…for Dinner

Who doesn’t love breakfast at all times of the day? Make it breakfast in bed and you’re really talking. To make a low-key night at home more special than just any night, cook up a big breakfast together, serve it on trays, and curl up in bed. Did someone say Mimosas? Sure, add those too.

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What are you doing for Valentine’s Day this year??