Right now we are in the midst of one of my most favourite times of the year.
No, it’s not Halloween, or the period between Christmas and New Years where continuous eating is no longer frowned upon, but is actually encouraged.
It’s February, aka, the international month of love.
Now, my reasons for enjoying this month are probably quite different from others, perhaps slightly unorthodox.
Yes, it’s Valentines Day, the one period of time each year set aside to shower your significant other with love and affection and the incomprehensible thought that nine dollars is a reasonable amount for a Hallmark card. But what is potentially more enjoyable is watching the hoards of lost boyfriends descend upon Pandora each Saturday morning, like clueless vultures circling a foreign prairie. If you watch carefully you can see them indecisively fight over the remaining sterling-silver-plated-birth-stone-ring that their girlfriends in no way possible could mistake for an engagement ring. It’s truly magical.
I promise I’m not cynical; I love Valentine’s Day!
I love the whole charade of flowers and love hearts and all the accompanying mushiness that is promised within every relationship. I am however, only slightly bitter that my boyfriend’s father’s birthday happens to fall upon February 14th. But it’s only one day, it’s totally okay, it’s just one day; or at least that’s what I tell myself as I woefully pluck through the abundance of cards twirling flamboyantly on wire rotundas lining every florist and pharmacy.
Just one day.
There is such a contagious palooza that surrounds Valentine’s Day. So much so I fear the message of what the day is truly about is almost lost under the obsessive need to document every minuet detail of the day on social media. Ensuring everyone knows that they are a ‘lucky girl’ or ‘lucky boy’, or that their close circle of 600 friends knows how much they love their significant other in a Facebook post that could have easily be spoken to each other across the restaurant table.
But what Valentine’s Day is actually about, what it is truly about, is just being with the person you love (even if that means celebrating on a day other than the 14th).
So, in light of that, here’s what to do in Perth this Valentine’s Day (perfect for locals or travelers!). Enjoy!
1. Watch the sunset together.
Head down to Scarborough beach with a blanket in hand, a bottle of champagne, a platter of hors d’oeuvre and watch the sun sink back into the ocean and the sky mottle with every shade of pink and orange. It’s pretty romantic, and hey it’s also (very cheap).
2. Travel to the stars.
Well, not quite. But the Perth Observatory gets you pretty close! Is there any better way to spend Valentine’s night that standing with the one person you love the most and looking up to an entire sky filled with stars? I didn’t think so. You can find out more about the Perth Observatory here!
3. Escape for the weekend.
Recently I have become quite the advocator for weekend camping escapes. And after multiple trips away with my boyfriend, I can recommend that a weekend camping under the stars, with nature’s serenade all around you, is a perfect Valentine’s celebration. Have I convinced you yet?
4. Ditch dinner for dessert.
Romantic dinner dates are soooo 2017. Why go out to a three-course meal together when the entire time you are just absolutely pining for the dessert… why not skip the first two courses and just head straight to a dessert bar? Why not head to Whisk! Why not head to Measure Bar! Koko Black! Why not!
5. Go to the cinema (with a twist).
Perth has so many different types of cinematic experiences, with outdoor cinemas, rooftop cinemas, and drive-in cinemas, you cannot simply head to your local Hoyts. (Also, insider tip, The Rooftop Movies in Northbridge is playing The Notebook on Valentine’s night. With beanbags, blankets, pizza, and wine, it’s more than enough to convince any boyfriend to sit through two and a half hours of Gosling.) You can find out more here!
6. Expand your minds.
Valentine’s Day is the best time to get lost in foreign worlds and cultures. Wandering wide-eyed and holding hands around your local art gallery or museum turns the usual romantic activities on its head. To turn the day up a little more, make a playlist for each other and share headphones all day. Listening to new music and looking at beautiful art? Fantastic!
7. Give some love to some furry friends.
Meow! If you and your partner are a couple of animal lovers, today is the day to share that love with not only each other, but some new furry friends. Head down to an animal shelter (hopefully coming home with a new addition to the family), or even shimmy on down to the Cat Café in Subiaco and spread some love. You can book a session with the meowers here!
8. Pack for an adventure.
Don’t stay cooped up indoors this Valentine’s Day – get outside and go on an adventure. Go for a hike, or a swim, or head out of the city for the day. Pack your bags in the morning with a general destination in mind and see where the day takes you. The most important thing is that you are together, (and that you also have ample food and water; safety first always).
9. Become tourists (and book a hotel).
We often neglect the amazing corners of where we live; spend the day getting to know your city again with your valentine. Go places you have never been before, visit the sights you have always been too busy to admire. Top off the day with the true tourist experience: checking into a hotel and spending the night in bathrobes and ordering that sweet, sweet, room service.
10. Time Travel.
Go back in time and recreate your first date together. Go back to that restaurant where you met giddily outside, or the bars you hopped all night; all while remembering how far you have come together and how pivotal those first few hours were with each other. Memorable? Yes! Sentimental? Yes! Romantic? YES!
How will you be spending this Valentine’s Day? Sound off in the comments below.
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