Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is prime time to plan the perfect date. If your wallet isn’t quite as full as your heart this year, there are still plenty of ways to spread the love without spending a fortune. These 5 romantic Valentine’s Day date ideas are sure to make those hopeless romantic hearts flutter even during a pandemic.

Bring Paris home

If budgets and safety guidelines prevent you from going on a trip to Paris, you can still partake in the same activities themed around the most romantic city in the world. How about taking your date on a window art stroll around town or decorating your home in a fun Eiffel Tower theme? End the day with some sparkling wine, grapes, and a cheese platter – just like in Paris!

Cozy dinner date

Make an outdoor or take-out reservation at your favorite mom-and-pop restaurant for some authentic food that makes your taste buds explode with love. Eating out may be costly, but there are plenty of cute family-owned restaurants with budget-friendly dinner options. Make it extra romantic (and cheaper) by ordering one big spaghetti dish to share –  just like Lady and the Tramp.

Try horseback riding

How many times have you dreamed of riding a horse on the beach with your Valentine’s Day crush? This year, you can make your romance novel aspirations come true with an affordable horseback riding tour! If not on the beach, try a local ranch or somewhere beautiful in nature and let the love run wild.

Romantic picnic hike

Few things are as romantic as a picnic with your loved one in the park. However, why not spice things up this Valentine’s Day by taking your honey on an adventurous hike up to the mountain top? All you need to bring is a basket full of strawberries, chocolate, freshly baked bread, and prosciutto. Oh, and don’t forget the blanket for cuddles with a view.

Experience a Virtual musical

What could be better than performance theater and romantic love songs on Valentine’s Day? Musicals such as Phantom of the OperaMamma Mia, and Les Miserables are classic faves on Broadway. But did you know that you could stream or rent virtual performances at a fraction of the cost? If you haven’t dressed up in a while, it could also be a great excuse to doll up, wear a snazzy outfit, and feel like old times, at least for the evening.

Regardless of your Valentine’s Day plans, please be sure to follow CDC guidelines when it comes to proper safety and health precautions for you and your loved ones this year.

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