Post Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Hi Downtown Boulder Readers!
Every person has their own way of celebrating holidays, Valentine’s Day included. This year, your traditional way of celebrating may need to be modified with covid-safe alternatives. Don’t fret, however, because downtown Boulder can still help you have a warm and loving Valentine’s Day.
Personally, my perfect Valentine’s Day starts by having a full breakfast (with pancakes, of course), followed by a day filled by spending time with my loved ones, taking some time for self-care, and usually ending with a nice dinner. My go-to places to get self-care essentials are Lush for their face masks and lotions, and Savannah Bee Company for the whipped lemon honey to put in my hot tea.
Growing up, my parents would make a homemade meal every Valentine’s Day that we would enjoy as a family at the dinner table. If this isn’t a tradition for your family, why not make it one this year and whip together your own homemade dinner with fresh food from the Boulder Farmers Market. If you don’t feel like making dinner (I don’t blame you), opt for take-out / make-at-home Valentine’s Day specials from OAK at Fourteenth, The Kitchen, or Centro.
I have spent the past couple Valentine’s Days away at college, so instead of family dinners I go out to dinner with a group of friends. There are a variety of restaurants in downtown Boulder offering safe dine-in Valentine’s Day specials. Hop over to West End Tavern to get the full dinner experience with a five-course dinner paired with an interactive whiskey tasting ($160). If you are feeling in the mood for seafood, try Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar for the three-course Valentine’s prix-fixe menu ($65). Outdoor seating is offered, in addition to limited indoor seating following Covid-19 guidelines and regulations.
Sometimes, the best way to celebrate is to escape reality and take a staycation. Hotel Boulderado is offering a Valentine’s Day weekend getaway package (starting at $299), with drinks and dinner included so you don’t have to do any of the work. The St. Julien is offering an overnight package, including in-room Veuve Clicquot and hand-dipped chocolate strawberries. I mean, what screams Valentine’s Day more than chocolate strawberries? During the day, take a walk up and down Pearl Street and stop by Wonder to try their rose-infused Valentine’s Day bevvies like the Rose Latte ($4.50).
As a kid, each Valentine’s Day my parents would leave a card and a small gift on my sister and my dinner plates. From this tradition I learned that Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about celebrating a significant other, but it can be about celebrating everybody that you love in your life. Bliss has adorable Valentine’s Day books, cards, and puzzles that are the perfect little thing to get for the kids in your life. I have always looked forward to this tradition, and it is a simple way to show your love. If you are still stuck on what to gift your valentines, read our 2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.
Hopefully this blog has offered a few ways to spend the day of love this year. Have a safe, loving, and warm Valentine’s Day, downtown Boulder!
Mentioned in this Post: Bliss, Boulder County Farmers Markets, Centro Mexican Kitchen, Hotel Boulderado, Jax Fish House, The Kitchen, Lush Cosmetics, OAK at Fourteenth, Savannah Bee Company, St Julien Hotel & Spa, West End Tavern, Wonder
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