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Valentines Day In Daytona Beach

Can you believe it’s already February? This year is moving quickly, and as I am quite busy with several home sales, I, possibly like you, haven’t spent enough time thinking about Valentine’s Day gifts or activities for my wife and loved ones. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect idea to show that special someone how much you care, I will discuss a few Valentine’s Day ideas in the Daytona Beach and Port Orange area.

Flowers, Candy, & Cards - These classic gifts, though sometimes overdone, can still be quite meaningful and pleasing to your loved one, especially if you give it a little personal touch. Red roses and a heart-shaped box of chocolates are the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day, but I would suggest considering a different type of flower, your loved one’s favorite type or color, to steer away from the norm. You can purchase flowers online, at local shops like Port Orange Florist, or from area supermarkets. If you choose the latter option, consider buying several different bouquets, as these will be less expensive than from a florist, and try to make your own arrangement in a special or custom vase. I’m not saying that creating a beautiful arrangement will be the easiest task, but the effort involved can go that extra step to show how much you really care. Along this line, standard boxes of chocolate are great, but also consider picking up a specialty candy, or a loved one’s favorite treat. You can customize your box at a place like Angell and Phelps in Downtown Daytona Beach. And finally, there are an array of Valentines Day cards, making finding the perfect sentiment much easier. But let’s not make it too easy. Regardless of the the card you choose, consider adding a personal note or detail that will show the recipient just how much they are loved.

Dining & Entertainment - There is much to be said for an intimate, candlelit, homemade meal with your loved one, but not everyone has the time (or like me, skills) to pull off an edible Valentines evening meal. Below I will outline a few local restaurants that have special Valentines Day options that can be both elegant and affordable. Call one of these fine dining options soon as reservations are required and are quite limited for February 14th.

Alfredo’s Restorante in Port Orange (386)322-6090 - Alfredo’s is offering a Valentines Day special that includes an appetizer, prime rib, shrimp, soup or salad, garlic bread and dessert for two for only $60 per couple! They will also have whole Maine lobster for $16.95. Enjoy an intimate setting and live music as well as a half-off happy hour from 4-7pm. Call for reservations.

Hyde Park in Daytona Beach (386)226-9844 - Offering their traditional menu of gourmet steaks and and a premium bar selection, dinner at Hyde Park is sure to impress. For Valentines Day reservations they are offering a $20 gift card for a future visit to Hyde Park, making the romance and intimacy of your Valentines Day dinner repeatable in the near future. Call now as reservations are limited, especially during the peak hours of 6-8pm.

The Garlic in New Smyrna Beach (386)424-6660 - Live music and a special Valentine's menu await you at The Garlic. Enjoy a perfect atmosphere in their garden area or inside by candlelight and choose from their traditional menu or from the original creations of their expert chefs. Reservations are very limited and may only be available for early or late dining.

The Dish in Ormond Beach (386)672-3567 - The Dish will be offering their traditional menu as well, with a special treat for all of the beautiful women dining here. They offer a “Surf & Turf for Two” meal which includes filet mignon, lobster tail, salad & sides, dessert and a bottle of wine for only $60.

For entertainment here are some great options in the Daytona Beach area:

Cinematique in Downtown Daytona Beach (386)252-3118 - Cinematique has an exciting and affordable evening planned, showing classic romantic films “Penny Serenade” (5:30pm) and “Charade” (8:00). Both films star Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn and are sure to make you laugh, cry, and take hold of that special someone’s hand. Admission to each film is just $25 per couple and includes the movie, two glasses of wine, an appetizer to share and a special chocolate treat.

Blue Grotto in Daytona Beach (386)255-6477 - Live jazz music and plenty of room to dance make Blue Grotto a great destination for those couples looking to cut a rug. Dinner options are also available here at this riverfront location.

Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center (386)676-3375 - At 7pm come watch “Stars from The Platters, Coasters, Drifters, and Temptations Salute” perform some classic and romantic hits. Enjoy this evening of music and grab a late dinner with the one you love. Tickets range from $35-$50 and are available at the OBPAC box office.

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