Is it just us or is 2017 flying by? Valentine’s Day has already come and gone, and while many of you probably celebrated with your significant other this past weekend, it’s completely understandable that you may have forgotten the holiday altogether (what, with it being on a Tuesday and all). On the plus side: if Valentine’s Day DID slip your mind last weekend, you can just blame it on the inconvenient mid-week date it fell on this year.
We’re big fans of buying loved ones experiences, not more stuff. It’s so much more personal to share a crazy experience with someone you care about than to give them something they, in all honesty, will probably never use. We’ve made a list of great last-minute gift-experiences that will make your s/o believe your plan was to celebrate after the fact this entire time!
CN Tower Edge Walk
It’s like a trust-fall for adrenaline junkies and the best gift for the adventurous couple. What better way to bond with your significant other than by hanging 1,168ft above the ground together. Really though, numerous proposals and even weddings have happened on the Edge Walk. There must be something about the adrenaline rush you get when you’re hanging over the edge of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere with nothing but a thick string keeping you from falling to your death that makes you think how romantic.
If you’re looking for a scenic, relaxing Valentine’s weekend, consider heading to Niagara-on-the-Lake; with the heavy snowfall we had last week, you might even get lucky enough to find yourselves in the midst of a winter wonderland. Stay in a charming, vintage-inspired hotel like the Prince Charles of Wales, and spend the weekend relaxing and reconnecting. Check out events like Days of Wine & Chocolate, sign up for the Winter Wonderland Food Tour, or, you know, do what most people do when they visit Niagara-on-the-Lake: drink wine.
Sign up for a Cooking Class
The Chef Upstairs offers both group and private cooking classes in Toronto. For the more social couple, why not sign up for one of their fixed-menu group classes. If you’re more keen on staying in (as so many of us are in the winter months), you can sign up for a private dining experience in your own home. The Chef Upstairs offers interactive cooking classes for those who like to be a part of the experience, or if you don’t trust your cooking abilities, the chef will prepare a meal for you and your S/O, and all you have to do is sit back, relax, and have a glass of wine.
It was the must-see day trip destination for Torontonians and the GTA this past summer for its crystal blue water and dramatic cliffs. You probably won’t get a tan while you’re there in February, but the Bruce Peninsula is no less stunning in the winter. If you and your S/O are big on traveling but also can’t just pack up and head to Paris or London for a Valentine’s getaway, consider making the ~4 hour drive up to Tobermory for a couple days. Cottage rentals are available, or if you love nature as much as you love each other, just sleep outside.