The current pandemic has encouraged us to become more creative with the planning and celebrating of special events. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many couples are searching for a safe and socially distanced way to celebrate their love. Here are some ways you can make Valentine’s Day special in Edmonton, while staying safe.
If you are longing to get out of the house for a romantic night out, you are in luck. In-dining restrictions are being eased on February 8th., so go ahead and plan a romantic dinner at your favourite restaurant. Keep in mind that COVID regulations are still in place, so there will be limited seating. We advise calling ahead for a reservation. Patrons are still required to wear personal protective equipment when moving about the restaurant, but don’t let that stop you from dressing up. So consider picking up a special occasion silk or lace face mask to wear as an accessory.
If you aren’t feeling comfortable about going out just yet, do not worry, many local restaurants are providing Valentine’s day packages to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Pampas Brazilian Steak House has a brunch kit for order that contains; mimosa mix, cheese bread dough, fruit, and churro muffins. The Common, another downtown favourite, has a valentine’s day dinner kit consisting of beef wellington, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprout salad, chocolate almond truffles, prosecco, and fresh flowers. To complete the mood, they offer live music that you can stream on their Twitch platform. Whyte Avenue’s Pip restaurant offers a charcuterie box for two that contains a selection of house-made meats, cheeses, cheese spread, nuts, dried fruits, croissants, bread, and an option to add red or white wine. Pip also has vegetarian options. So light the candles and get cozy.
There are key items that one can’t go without on Valentine’s Day. Flowers are a must whether they are a gift or just for aesthetics, if you’re from the Edmonton area we recommend Laurels on Whyte which has been voted “Best Florist since 2013”. They offer both in-store pickup and delivery, you can as well shop in-store or online as their online store is open 24/7. Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse Garden Market has a gorgeous selection of flowers and is open for both in-store shopping and pickup. If you are looking for a more unique or custom arrangement FABLOOMOSITY Floral Atelier has you covered. Flowers by Merle has its own selection of Valentine’s Day Bouquets and flower arrangements. In the Calgary area, Incredible Florist have Valentine’s Day specific offers that can come along with a special valentine’s day bear or chocolates.
Speaking of chocolate sweets and desserts are essential for this particular holiday, Cake Affair out of Spruce Grove’s Instagram bio says “We’re your one-stop-shop for all things sweet” and they deliver on that statement, they have a wide selection of sweet treats, cupcakes, donuts, pies, cakes, and much more to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. The Art of Cake in Edmonton along with its regular offers of fine sweets as well special Valentine’s Day offers, wine anyone?
If you and your partner prefer to spend your time outdoors, there are still many winter festivals happening. Silver Skate festival is still a-go, and while there won’t be any formal gathering, the festival still promises to deliver on skating, arts, and Dutch culture. Boardwalk Ice on Whyte is back for another season too and has added more sculptures and outdoor patios where you can sit and enjoy them with your loved one. If you’re looking for a real winter adventure you’re going to have to go a little outside of Edmonton, but not too far. Elk Island is offering a snowshoe hike accompanied by stargazing around a fire. So breathe in that fresh air.
Many hotels in Alberta are offering Valentine’s Day packages. The Waterton Lakes Lodge Valentine’s day package includes a dinner for two, house-made chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of wine, along with many fun activities to do in Waterton like skating, ice climbing, hiking, skiing/ snowboarding, and winter picnics. Enjoy the beautiful view of downtown Calgary from the Hotel Fairmont Palliser. Their package includes fondue, charcuterie, canapés, and sparkling wine. In Edmonton, stay at the Fantasyland Hotel and choose from the many restaurants in the mall. Your room will come decorated with rose petals, chocolate-covered strawberries, sparkling wine, and a dessert tray. So go ahead and plan a staycation.
Whether you are celebrating with your significant other, a friend, or by yourself, these are a few ideas to inspire a romantic but safe Valentine’s Day this year. Make sure to follow local businesses on social media for even more Valentine’s Day inspiration, as there as well has been no greater time to support local.