With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, things are starting to get a little twitterpated around here.
We’re not naming any names, but we know it can be hard to come up with the perfect V-Day celebration for your favourite loved one. So how about this - we provide the ideas, you provide the romance. We’ve even got a few tricks up our sleeve... no chocolates, roses or stuffed bears required. (You can thank us later).
1. Hot Chocolate and a Smooch on Top of the World
C’mon, is there anything more romantic? Snowshoe or hike up a mountain (options range from moderate to the Maritimes’ highest peak), and celebrate with a steaming cup of cocoa when you reach the top. Extra points if you profess your love with a yodel from the peak.
2. Have a Skate and a Date
Whisk your date off his or her feet, literally. Practice your best Scarlett and Rhett (Bella and Edward?) and twirl around an outdoor rink like there’s not 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 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 blowing up and you’ll find tons of spots with Valentine’s Day specials. If you’re looking to hit up more than one locale, 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 Under the World’s Longest Kissing Bridge
Fun fact: The world’s longest covered bridge is located 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 Valentines 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 a fancy 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. It’s winter 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 elevated hot cocoa recipe from Chef Brian Foster of MOCO Mactaquac and MOCO Downtown, available right now at both locations.
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.
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