Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#ThankYouMiami How-To: 5 Ways to Woo Your Valentine Miami-Style

Time is passing by at hyper-speed. Can you believe 358 days have passed since we taught you how to make Valentine's Day magic happen à la 305? With Valentine's Day once again around the corner, we come to you with a fresh round of romantic date ideas so you can woo the object of your affection with suave, Miami-style moves (think Antonio Banderas with a Cuban twist). As always, we have a little something for everyone, no matter your relationship status, taste or budget because we love you AND we are in love with you, Miami. Happy Valentine's Day!

1. Book a romantic getaway.
We love to travel so it comes as no surprise that our ultimate Valentine's Day fantasy is to be whisked away on a trip somewhere exciting (you know, like in 50 Shades of Grey when Christian casually flies Anna to Aspen for a romantic weekend). We feel super lucky that our husband is whisking us away to Windham, New York where you will find us alternating between skiing and après-skiing all weekend.

If you want to join in on the jet-setting fun, Hope Lake Lodge in Finger Lakes is offering a Romantic Getaway stay package for couples that includes a two night stay, complimentary champagne with chocolate dipped strawberries, a couples spa treatment, as well as breakfast room service and dinner, each on the day of your choice. Alternately, you can road trip to Key West and take advantage of The Marker Resort's Mark Your Love package which includes chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of red wine delivered to your room upon arrival.

2. Go shopping.
We have yet to meet a person that does not enjoy being showered with gifts. We have however met a ton of people who hate going shopping (ourselves included). That's why we love shopping at The Falls. Their lush landscaping and beautiful water features make you forget you're shopping, creating one of the best shopping experiences in Miami. So, whether you're picking up a gift or taking your significant other ("S.O.") on a shopping spree, it's a win-win for everyone.

If you're in need of gift inspiration, The Falls has a curated selection of Valentine's Day gift ideas at The Falls Guest Services Center that you can conveniently purchase at their resident retailers. They will also be hosting a Sip, Savor & Shop event on Thursday, February 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during which you can enjoy complimentary cocktails, lite bites, music, special shopping experiences, and a silent auction benefiting the American Heart Association.

3. Share a delicious meal.
Miami is home to an expansive roster of great restaurants and there is no better excuse to cross some off your must-visit list than a special occasion. On Valentine's Day, some of South Florida's hottest restaurants, including Atrio, BagatelleBaziThe Dutch, MarionSeagrape, STK Miami, and TiramesU, will be offering prix-fixe menus and special a la carte menus perfect for exploring their culinary offerings. As they say, "the best way to a man's heart (and, frankly, a woman's heart) is through his stomach." Just don't forget to call ahead to make a reservation. 

If you want to up the ante before or after dinner, The Tuck Room in North Miami Beach is offering liquid nitrogen bottle service which includes a welcome toast of Francois Montand brut rosé, a 375ml bottle of Grey Goose, and homemade ginger beer, passion fruit purée, pineapple juice, strawberries, and raspberries for mixers served in a custom liquid nitrogen ice mold with red rose petals. 

4. Get pampered.
If we weren't planning to ski all weekend, the next place you would find us is at the spa. There is nothing we love more than surrounding ourselves with positive energy and giving our bodies and minds a rest. There's also something about being naked and/or in a bikini beneath a plush robe that's so intimate.

If you or your S.O. are also a "spa person", take advantage of the world class spas within our reach during their month-long Valentine's Day-inspired specials. We're particularly craving these heavenly treatments from The Spa at Conrad Miami. The Miami Beach EDITION, another favorite, is offering spa guests 20% off all services booked Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and is accompanying the 60-minute couples Swedish massage with two complimentary glasses of bubbly and chocolate covered strawberries. Yaaaaas.

5. Party like a local.
For those of you in a more casual or new relationship, there are a number of themed events going on around town that allow you to celebrate the holiday while keeping things perfectly non-commital. For example, on February 11 the Arts + Entertainment District will debut its 2016 Movies Under the Stars series with a free screening of John Torturro's "Fading Gigolo" starring Woody Allen.

Then, on Saturday, February 13, the Thompson Miami Beach and The New Tropic will be hosting a free mix and mingle event in the 1930's House, temporarily dubbed the "Love Shack", from 8 p.m. to midnight. Festivities will include complimentary cocktails (courtesy of WhoNow, a new love life organizing app) until 10 p.m., backyard games, a kissing photo booth, and #loveshack social media games with prizes. It's all fun and games until somebody falls in love, so keep an eye out for cupid.

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