If you’re reading this blog, it’s most likely because you’re freaking out that Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday (wait — you knew that already, right?), and you’re looking for a way to sweep your love off his or her feet and quick! But before you resort to handmade construction paper cards and digging for leftover Halloween candy in the back of your pantry, check out this guide that will make even the biggest procrastinator look like Cupid. Here’s a list of the best last-minute ways to show your sweetheart how much you care for them — with little to no effort, cash or reservations required!
1. Buy them some Chocolates (Duh!)
Buying chocolates is a classic, but don’t settle for the boring kind. Texas has a wide range of creative confectioneries like Maggie Louise Confections, which offers chocolate robots, glittery gourmet kisses and even boxes of chocolate fries! Check out the full list of gourmet chocolates across the state.
2. Merlot is red, rosé is pink. Get your Valentine a glass (or two or three!) of fine wines to drink.
Since the Texas wine industry is rising in the national ranks, spending Valentine’s Day sipping through a wine trail is a no-brainer. There are tons of wineries in the Hill Country with amazing views and luxurious wines, like Becker Vineyards near Fredericksburg where you can enjoy a FREE Merlot and Chocolates event WITHOUT RESERVATIONS. If you’re looking to class it up in North Texas, wander along the Sweetheart Wine Trail in Grapevine — but hurry before the remaining spots are filled!
3. Take a relaxing getaway together.
Whether you dream of sipping a smoothie poolside like at Travaasa in Austin, relaxing in nature like at the Palo Duro Cabins or exploring an urban paradise like at Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, you and your love are sure to find the peace of mind you need at one of these 7 relaxing getaways.
4. Explore the beauty of Texas together.
Take a hike, have a picnic or stargaze at one of the various state parks in Texas because who wouldn’t find being surrounded by babbling brooks, towering mountains and brightly shining stars romantic? Check this calendar for dozens of romantic park events — from a Hearts in Nature hike at Mother Neff State Park to an Under the Stars Valentines Dance at Daingerfield State Park — that are ALL FREE and require NO RESERVATIONS!
5. Pack your own picnic in the park.
Flowers, butterflies, food — picnic’s are a cheap and fun way to make your Valentine feel special, and Texas has no shortage of scenic greens. Step up your picnic-game by heading to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens to be serenaded by sweet melodies while you eat in the garden. To encourage extra smooching there will be a Kissing Booth at Cafe on the Green and the Arboretum is extending its hours on Feb. 14.
6. Take your sweetheart two-stepping.
Join the town of Valentines, TX and Big Bend Brewing Co. for their annual “Valentine’s Day in Valentine” celebration underneath the stars, complete with the three things you need for the perfect Texas Valentine’s Day: BBQ, beer and great country music! And just for the party, Big Bend Brewing Co. is releasing a limited edition ale called Total Commitment. You can buy tickets in advance, or purchase them at the door.
7. Catch a classic movie at the drive-in.
Bring back the memories of young puppy-love and taking your high school crush to the movies by catching a classic black and white flick with your Valentine. Head to Austin’s Blue Starlite Drive-In to watch a rom-com in your car or visit the Texas Theatre in Dallas, for a classic movie – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the French film that served as the inspiration for La La Land — in a historic theater.
8. Watch the sunset together.
Luckily, Texas is full of amazing views, meaning you can share one of these 11 sights that are free and (almost) as beautiful as your true love for a one-of-a-kind date night.