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Couple enjoying a drink on the patio at Lakeside Grill

23 January . 2020

Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

The most romantic day of the year is almost here, which means it’s time to start planning. Whether you’re looking for adventure or to create the perfect night-in, we’ve got you covered with these romantic date ideas guaranteed to make everyone feel the love.

Plan a Picnic

Pave pathways overlooking the fountains at North Lake

There is something about scenic water backgrounds that up the romance factor, so why not get creative and plan a romantic picnic for two this Valentine’s Day? It can be difficult to find the ideal location in the desert, but the charming lakes of Estrella create the ideal backdrop. Set the scene with colorful flowers and a large, comfy blanket. Add pillows to the mix to make it extra cozy. Pack your basket with delicious finger foods sure to impress your date. Here are a few of our favorites – these recipes feel indulgent but are simple to whip up in your home kitchen: spinach and feta spirals, prosciutto-wrapped pears with blue cheese, and smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites. Top it off with heart-shaped cookies or chocolate covered strawberries. Cheers with champagne, wine, or sparkling cider to signify your special day!

At-Home Date Night

Forgot to make dinner reservations or just prefer to stay in? You’re in luck - there are plenty of ways to make your sweetheart smile while enjoying a night at home. Have a game night, plan a romantic-comedy movie marathon, create an at-home spa (yes, guys enjoy getting pampered too!), coordinate an indoor picnic, or cook an elaborate meal together. Decorate with heart-shaped balloons, red and pink streamers, candles and Valentine’s Day dinnerware to add a flirty flare to your dining room and living room. Hiding small, hand-written notes around your home is also a fun and romantic idea to remind your special someone how much you care.

Having trouble creating your movie marathon list? Here are a few of our favorite picks:

  • The Notebook
  • 13 Going on 30
  • You've Got Mail
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Pretty Woman
  • Dirty Dancing
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • A Princess Bride
  • Letters to Juliet
  • While You Were Sleeping

Or, turn on the Hallmark Channel to enjoy an endless stream of feel good movies!

Go Stargazing

Star Tower in Estrella

Spend an evening under the stars at the Estrella Star Tower. Tucked in our dark-sky friendly community, away from bright streetlights, the 50-foot tower gives residents a spectacular view of the starry sky and makes for a great V-Day destination. Check out our stargazer’s guide for extra tips. If you’re up for some exploring, the Phoenix area boasts a variety of other stargazing hotspots such as White Tank Mountain Regional Park, the Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory at the Riparian Preserve, and Papago Park. With this lineup of stunning locations, there is no doubt you will have an enchanting evening!

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner

Couple enjoying an outdoor dinner

Eat your heart out at one of Estrella’s tasty restaurants this holiday. The Player’s Grill & Patio and Lakeside Grill both offer scenic views, appetizing eats, and a refreshing mix of hand-crafted cocktails, wines, and beers. Or, take your taste buds on a tour of the West Valley with nearby favorites like Ah-Hai Sushi & Grill, Café Zamora, Raul & Theresa’s, or Oreganos Pizza Bistro. If your festivities end early enough, squeeze in a dessert run to Café Bebida for a spoonful of sweet gelato. Remember, wherever you decided to indulge, spending quality time with your loved one is what truly makes the day worthwhile!

Looking for more date ideas close to home? Consider a night out in Estrella and check out our events page to see what’s happening in and around the community. From all of us at Estrella, Happy Valentine’s Day!