By Courtney DiFiore
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. I hope everyone’s started thinking about their plans. If not, let me help you out. Lucky for those at Stratton, there’s not much prep work. Our surroundings are already beautiful and there are so many activities to do, the hardest part will be deciding what to pick.
First things first, you have to secure a date. Even if you have a significant other, you can’t just assume your each other’s Valentine. Someone in the couple must ask the other to be their Valentine. And when I say must, I mean if you want your girlfriend to brag about you to all her friends and you want to guarantee a happy ending to the night, you should probably ask her officially…in a really cute way of course. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of 5 super cute, really easy and romantic ways to ask your special someone to be your Valentine.
- Use lit candles to spell out “Be Mine?”
- Sharpie the following on a plain white t-shirt “Be my Valentine? Check Yes [draw box] or No [draw box]”
- Create a treasure hunt with the last clue asking “Will you be my Valentine?”
- Buy a puzzle, write “Be my Valentine?” before taking it apart and packaging it festively.
- Send her flowers at work with a card that asks “Will you be my Valentine?”
Once you get the “YES,” you must plan the most fantastic date. Again, I’ve helped you out by listing a few cute, fun ways to spend your Valentine’s Day at Stratton.
- Hit the slopes. If you both enjoy skiing or riding, spend the day cuddling up on the chair lift in between turns. You can even make a game out of it. Every time you hear the words love, Valentine, snow in the course of the day, you must kiss. How sweet right?!
- Snowshoe or cross country ski together on our Nordic Trails. It’s a great way to get some privacy while still being active. If you’re an overachiever, head out on the trails ahead of time and leave a treat for your special Valentine to find on your way, like flowers or a love letter on the side of the trail.
- Ice skate in the commons. It may seem a little cliché, but seriously, what’s cuter than a couple holding hands as they skate around while snowflakes are slowly falling all around? Let me answer that for you, not much. The best part, if you get cold, there’s a fire pit right on the edge of the pond and if you go during daylight hours, the Mill House is a great place to warm up on the couch with the best hot chocolate around.
- Special dinner. Taking a more traditional route, you can choose from one of the many village restaurants and have a fancy night out. Girls love getting all dolled up so take her to her favorite place on the mountain and wine and dine her.
- Do something that’s a first for both of you. Sometimes what makes a date so special is the sharing of a new experience together so try something fun and new. Go dogsledding, snowmobiling, tubing, take a romantic sleigh ride or learn a new sport together. If you both ski, take snowboarding lessons. The benefit of that one is the afterwards. If you’re sore, it’s the perfect excuse to jump in the hot tub later.
I hope this helps all you love birds out there. Enjoy your day of canoodling and don’t forget to share your adventures with us on social if you spend this February 14th with us.