10 Alternatives to a Valentine's Day Dinner

By Julia Dennis

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Valentine’s Day is coming up faster than you can say “dinner reservations,” and it’s time to start planning your next big move to woo your boo. If you’re looking to step it up a notch from a cliché candlelit meal this year, you're in luck.

We've played Cupid for you and gathered a handful of overlooked activities that will have your loved one swooning. Your getaway will be even more enticing with these 10 alternatives to a Valentine's Day dinner that are guaranteed to make this February 14 better than 1,000 boxes of chocolate.

1. Hot Air Ballooning near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Take your loved one’s breath away with a tranquil hot air balloon ride above Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. This luxurious expanse filled with picturesque mountains and sunsets will make you swear you’re staring at a painting, all while floating peacefully over pristine lakes and enjoying the scenery.

After a few hours of thrilling hot air ballooning, these nearby luxury cabins will prove to be the perfect comfy abode. You won’t need to give candles as a gift when you can just open your windows and let the sweet smell of tree sap waft in!

2. Mansion Tours in Newport, Rhode Island
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Live in luxury like the Vanderbilts did when you stay in this charming lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. Snuggle up to a cup of warm New England clam chowder in the lighthouse tower with your honey while you take in the stunning views of the surrounding ocean and quaint harbors.

Later on in the day, pretend as if you live in the gilded age by touring these stunning socialites’ mansions and gasp in awe when you see just how extravagant every detail, down to the last door knob, is. An air of romance shrouds these grandiose summer homes, bringing you a Valentine’s Day so special that it will make all of your friends question why they didn’t think of it first.

3. Long Walk on the Beach in Santa Barbara, California
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This whimsical Airstream trailer near Santa Barbara, California, will have you swept away in its glimmering exterior, charming patio, and quirky decorations. Live the laid-back California lifestyle this V-Day by riding the two beach cruisers down to one of Santa Barbara’s many expansive beaches.

Take a long stroll lined with towering palm trees on one side and steady rolling surf on the other that will have you filled with some happy, relaxed vibes. You and your companion are sure to leave here with some color on your face and joyous memories in your heart.

4. Wine Tasting in Vendée, France
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What says romance more than a day full of wine tasting in the countryside of France? These luxurious tents on a historic estate are in the prime location for easy access to Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais, a small village where you can taste high quality wine to your heart’s content.

Let the sweet aroma of these fine wines grown in the Vendée region overwhelm you with an air of passion and enchantment. With a trip for two to these amazing luxury tents, you and your partner’s love will grow deeper than the red of the wines you’ll be tasting!

5. Hiking in the Green Mountains, Vermont
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For outdoorsy couples, this tree house in Vermont will provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where you can spend some quality time hiking, fishing, or just relaxing and breathing in the fresh forest air. Nothing beats being secluded in the great outdoors, where you can spend some alone time with your loved one and won’t be bothered by anything more than a passing squirrel.

The 31 windows in this tree house allow for views of the gorgeous foliage that will really set the scene for the perfect Valentine’s Day. This year, you’ll be able to pick your own flowers instead of buying them from the store!

6. Romantic Road Trip near Cornwall, England
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Turn on your favorite tunes and sing at the top of your lungs with your lovebug as you roll through the English countryside in style in this precious vintage VW campervan. Pack a polaroid camera, and park at a scenic overlook for some delightful memories and charming photos that you’ll have hanging on your walls for years to come.

Drive to a local market and pick up some of Cornwall’s delicious seafood, which you can roast up on this campervan’s BBQ grill for an off-beat way to celebrate the February 14, leaving your loved one smiling from ear to ear.

7. Skiing Adventure in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada
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Instead of buying your significant other a box of chocolates, hand them a steaming cup of hot chocolate—sure to taste like a little slice of heaven after a long day of hitting the slopes in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. For couples that are crazy for extreme winter sports, these solar-powered yurts will be the perfect place to come home to after a full day in the great outdoors.

Perhaps the most special thing about these yurts is that they come with a built-in ski guide, ensuring that your trip is as spectacular as possible. There is even a helicopter ride to the location, which is sure to make your loved one’s jaw drop open in amazement!

8. Horseback Riding in River Ranch, Florida
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These luxury tents on a dude ranch in Florida will offer the ideal off-the-beaten-path escape. Equipped with a personal concierge and gorgeous wooden furniture, it’s guaranteed that you’ve never stayed in a tent quite like this before.

Here, you can have a blast horseback riding, biking around the ranch’s expansive grounds, or even trying your hand at archery. Maybe you’ll find out that you're as skilled as Cupid is with a bow and arrow!

9. Couples Massage in Tarn-et-Garonne, France
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Enjoy a couples spa treatment in the romantic department of Tarn-et-Garonne, a section of France filled with picturesque villages and rolling green hills. You and your significant other can completely unwind at these spa tree house cabins where endless massages, complimentary breakfast, and hours of relaxation in the sauna are at your disposal.

You’ll fall head over heels in love with the private Nordic bath at your tree house and the breakfast baskets that will be delivered to your door daily. Here, you don’t need to worry about a thing.

10. Snorkeling in the Florida Keys, Florida
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If you're an adventurous duo, why not embrace some sun and sand this Valentine’s Day with a snorkeling trip? This houseboat docked on a private island in the Florida Keys offers the perfect secluded getaway where you can leisurely float in some bright blue water and catch some rays.

During your snorkeling trip, float over some beautiful fish of every color in the rainbow, and take a goofy selfie with your snorkeling masks on. Your friends will surely be envious when you tell them all about the amazing time you spent in this fantastic houseboat this February 14!

Don't miss out on other incredible glamping sites with Valentine's Day availability this year! Check them all out here.