Published February 2019
With Valentine’s Day around the corner things are starting to get a little twitterpated around here...
February 14 is fast approaching, which means restaurants are booking up and valentines everywhere are wondering if something’s been planned. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, go ahead and steal our ideas below (we won’t tell, promise). We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite ways to spend Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) in New Brunswick... no chocolates, roses, or stuffed bears required. And if you’re the type who’d rather extend the day to a weekend escape, take a look at these ideas for some super cool winter getaways. Happy Valentine’s Day, you lovebirds.💕
1. Hot Chocolate and a Smooch on Top of the World
Really, what’s more romantic? You can snowshoe or hike up one of New Brunswick’s mountain trails (options range from moderate to the Maritimes’ highest peak), and then celebrate with a steaming cup of cocoa at the top. Extra points if you make a weekend out of the great outdoors with a stay at one of these nature getaways.
2. A Skate and a Date in the City
Whisk your date off their feet. Practice your best Scarlett and Rhett (Anna and Kristoff?) and twirl around an outdoor rink without a care in the world. Try the one in Fredericton, Dieppe, or Saint John, followed by date night at The Playhouse, Capitol Theatre, or Imperial Theatre.
3. Share the Day with Man’s Best Friend
Spending the day with a dog lover? Show you care by surprising your date with a dog sledding adventure through northern New Brunswick’s wintry landscape. It’s très romantic, and packages are even available with dinner and accommodations included.
4. Wine & Dine Your Way Through Saint John
Save the cooking for another day. The Saint John dining scene is on fire and you’ll find plenty of spots with Valentine’s Day offerings. For something a little different, try a progressive dinner in Uptown Saint John - apps and apéritifs at one spot, mains at another, desserts at a third... you get the idea.
5. Steal a Smooch In the World’s Longest Kissing Bridge
Fun fact: The world’s longest covered bridge is in Hartland, New Brunswick. Covered bridges are also known as “kissing bridges” (we’ll let you figure out why), so if you do the math... that’s one looooong smooch.
6. Get Cosy on a Sled of Love
Okay, so a Sled of Love isn’t actually a thing, but we can pretend for the sake of Valentine’s, right? Borrow one of the sleds (or skis or snowshoes) at Mactaquac Provincial Park and cosy up next to your date for an escapade romantique. Keep things hot with dinner by the fireplace at MOCO Mactaquac.
7. Share a Toast Under a Frozen Waterfall
If you’re looking for different, this one fits the bill with wintry romance at its finest. Make the short trek into the Midland Ice Caves, slip behind the frozen curtain, and share a toast in the filtered light. We told you this was good...
Impress your date with this yummy hot cocoa recipe from Chef Brian Foster of New Brunswick’s MOCO Kitchen.
1/2 oz. Baileys
1/2 oz. Frangelico
Mix a hot cup of cocoa in a sugar-rimmed glass. Stir in the liquor. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, serve warm. Best enjoyed with your favourite companion.
❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️