A Smorgasbord of Romantic Date Ideas

 

Yes, that’s right, the Writer Wednesday gang is doing it up Valentine’s Day style this year and we’re here to help you out with some romantic date ideas.

This  month I’m subscribing to the “a picture is worth a thousand words” idea. Thinking that a pic will get the point across faster. And with the clock ticking ever closer to V-Day on Sunday, you might need to get crackin’!

And of course you’ll want to check out the other Writer Wednesday author sites to see what they’ve cooked up for you.

Today, you’ll get a little smorgasbord of ideas, since there’s a smorgasbord of dates that I’d find romantic. 🙂

Of course, there’s the age old– sunset beach locale.

In my book, you can never go wrong with this place.

Whether it’s a blanket or a lounger with some snacks and a bottle of wine to share

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Or if you take it a little further with chairs, a table and a meal

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Or you go all out at a fancy restaurant with a killer ocean view

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it’s a great way to WOW a girl who loves the sound of ocean waves lapping the shore, the smell of salt and sea in the air, and the relaxing sensation of her toes in the sand!

If she’s a dance lover, like me, maybe a night out at a club for a little salsa, merengue or bachata?

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Maybe a movie night– in or out. I’m always up for a blanket, a picnic and great flick on a big screen in the park.

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Or how about Shakespeare in the Park? ~~Sigh~~

For this English-major, book-lovin’ girl, the pic below is definitely

the start of romantic evening if I’ve ever seen one.

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But if you know, or if you’ve checked out my website, you’ll know that one of my favorite ways to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon is sitting in the bleacher seats at Wrigley Field, cheering on my beloved Cubbies.Wrigley-Field-Chicago-Cubs

The warm sun shining on my face, a cool drink in one hand, the crack of the bat when a Cubbie gets a hit…

and a special someone at my side cheering with me .

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But you know what?

After a busy week with a long To Do list, a quiet walk in the park just might do the trick.

A stop along the way, holding hands as we relax side by side on a bench.

No specific destination, no particular time to be somewhere other than right where we are, together.

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My best advice if you’re trying to come up with a romantic date idea for someone special is to take a few moments to think about that person. What she (or he) likes to do, hasn’t had time to do, or what brings a smile to her/his face.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a grand gesture– well, at least not for me. 🙂

I’d love to hear what your idea of a romantic date might be. Hope you have some time to share!

Looking for more romantic date ideas? Check out my Writer Wednesday sisters and see what they have in mind:

Contemporary romance : Tamra Baumann and Shelly Alexander

Paranormal romance :  Kay Hudson

Romantic suspense: Sharon Wray

Novels with romantic elements: Jean Willett

Faith-based & Sweet: KD Fleming

Historical romance: Wendy LaCapra

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    Kay Hudson

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    Pris, those all look like great fun. I think I’d pick the restaurant with the great view.

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      Kay, that’s a tough one to pass up Though, I’d probably wanna go dip my toes in the water afterwards. 🙂

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    Shelly Alexander

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    I have to say, I love the dinner on the beach idea. The dancing is great too!

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    Tammy Bauamann

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    Pris,
    You gave the best advice ever. Take a moment and think about what he/she would like to do most. And you’re right, it doesn’t necessarily have to be fancy! All great ideas!

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      Thanks for stopping by, Tammy! Sometimes, we overthink a gift or an evening, when even the smallest gesture can say so much! 🙂

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    Anita Miller

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    You’ve always got great ideas! Whomever you celebrate the holiday with is one lucky person. 🙂

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      Thanks for the kind words, Anita! I’m wishing you and your special someone a Valentine’s Day full of love and joy! 🙂

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    Sharon Wray

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    Why am I not surprised to see a baseball game in there, Pris? All of these ideas sound fabulous but my favorite is the dinner on the beach. 🙂

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      Sharon, that sports fan inside me just won’t keep quiet. 😉

      I’m with you on the beach dinner being a top choice. Though, I’d enjoy any of the ideas I shared.

      Hugs

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    Wendy LaCapra

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    Those are sigh-worthy images, Pris! And I totally agree, there is nothing more romantic than a personalized, thoughtful date!

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      Big or small, if the gift giver or date planner considers what how the other person might feel, I’m thinking you can’t go wrong, Wendy. 🙂

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    Natalie Meg Evans

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    Hi Pris, I think I’d go for Shakespeare in the park (though not in February, not in the UK anyway). I think I’d do Shakespeare in a park in the Canary Isles, or would Florida be warm enough? Otherwise, Shakespeare at the London Globe, with dinner in La Caprice or similar afterwards.

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      I like the way you think, Natalie! I haven’t been to the Canary Isles, but I’d take a trip for Shakespeare in the Park. 😉

      I caught “Measure for Measure” at the Globe last summer. Yes, I would love to go back for another show with dinner after!

      Hope you make it there soon! (for both of us!!)

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    KD

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    Pris,

    I love all your ideas. We’ve watched the sunset then headed to a nice restaurant and I love to dance. So, we have tons in common on how to enjoy a date.

    Happy Valentine’s Day.
    Karen

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      Great minds think alike, Karen! 🙂

      Hope you and your loved ones have a blessed Valentine’s Day!

      Hugs

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    Caroline

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    You know, it’s been so long since I went on a date, I forget what to do. Maybe that’s a good thing; it means I can go into my next one with no preconceived notions. My last first date was sweet, though. I invited a friend from my gym to go to a Phillies game with me. Little did I know, he thought it was a date. I told him, “Let’s go check out the souvenir shop. You can get something for your son.” (From a previous marriage.) We got to the kiddie section and he said, “C’mere.” Next thing I knew, we were in a lip-lock. He’d been watching me since I joined the gym, but he wasn’t sure how to ask me out or if I even liked him as more than friends. We spent the rest of the game side by side. I drove home with Harry Connick Jr. singing in my head, “I Could Write a Book” from “When Harry Met Sally.” Also why I love the friends-to-lovers trope. 🙂

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      prisoliveras

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      Aw, I love this, Caroline. Romance and baseball, two of my favorite things! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Diana Belchase

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    Loved this post, Pris. What great ideas!
    XO
    Diana

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