Ten romantic things to do in February


With Valentine’s day just around the corner, here are my top ten tips of things to do with the one you you love. Some are a bit ‘out there’ but stick with me 🙂

Go to the seaside

There is nothing I love more than taking in the sea air and walking on the beach. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining as long as you are with the one you love.

seaside

Just down the road from Whitby is the fishing village of Sandsend, if you haven’t been before you really should. As soon as you enter the village you are greeted with the most magnificent sweep of coastline. On a clear day you can even see the ruins of Whitby Abbey in the distance.

Sandsend is also home to the ‘Restaurant with rooms’ Estbek House. With an extensive wine menu and catch of the day, you will be spoilt for choice!

Estbek House:http://www.estbekhouse.co.uk

Walking

When I say walking it’s meant in its lowest denomination.

More like a walk round the park or a stately home, than a six mile hike.

Temple Newsam is one of our favourite places to walk. So much so, we got married there! After a walk around the grounds you can reward yourself with a coffee in the Courtyard Tea Rooms.

Temple Newsam: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/templenewsamhouse/Visitor-Information.aspx

Temple Newsam

Try a city break- With a twist

Living in Leeds you never really get the chance to spend a night at a hotel in the city, why would you when the taxi fare would be cheaper?!

Leeds does have a selection of very nice hotels so make a night of it by staying over at one of the oldest hotels in Leeds.

The Queens is a fantastic Art Deco hotel is situated right by the train station. on the 8th floor sits their Q club, with rooms that showcase breathtaking views of the city.

Leeds Queens hotel

Between 6 and 8 pm there are complimentary bottled beers, wine and soft drinks available in the QClub lounge.

The Queens Hotel Leeds: http://www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/the-queens/

Break away

Sometimes it’s nice to get away from it all, and a short mid week break is the perfect way to do that.

Why I say mid week is that most of the times you are able to get a better deal.

One on the list of places to go with the Other Half is the Devonshire Fell. Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales it is the perfect couples’ hideaway.

devonshire fell

Devonshire Fell: http://www.devonshirefell.co.uk

Dinner at home

This reminds me of the disastrous meal the Other Half prepared when we first moved in together. The Onion soup was more like brown water, the steak was still mooing and the mash had more butter than actual Potato. In the end we ended up getting a takeaway.

The idea here is to keep it simple and not to stress. Several years on, his cooking skills have improved, but I still like to rib him about that god awful meal.

Tasting menu

This is definitely one for the food lovers, a good tasting menu really takes your taste buds on a journey of pure delight.

The Black Swan Hotel in Helmsley has a great deal which includes a stay over at the hotel, as well as tasting menu for two with wine.

If you overindulge you can always walk it off by visiting the Castle and having fish and chips at Scotts of Helmsley

Scotts of Helmsley

Cinema

There is something special about going to the cinema and watching a classic movie. My Other Half is a bit of a film buff so this is one for him really.

The Everyman cinema in Leeds has a great selection of the latest releases as well as some great classics. Best of all are the seats for two and cinema bar so you can drink a glass of wine with your film.

On Valentine’s day day Everyman are screening Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with a champagne reception.

Afternoon tea

As much as the Other Half protests about this one, even he has to agree sometimes there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than having a nice tea.

We have had our fair share of afternoon teas but, one of our favourites would have be in Hong Kong at the Harbour Grand hotel. The hotel overlooks both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The food was so decedent with not a cucumber sandwich in sight.

High Tea Harbour grand Hong Kong

Harbour Grand Hong Kong: http://www.harbourgrand.com/hongkong

Trip to Waitrose

I do think that I will be on my own on this one

We would never think about doing our weekly shop here a visit to Waitrose is purely about having a nosey at the interesting products, picking up a selection of bits and bobs and hoping for a bit of a bargain in the reduced area…. And they say romance is dead !

Indoor picnic

This could easily be an outdoor one however,the weather in February lends itself to an indoor one. My favourite food for an indoor picnic? Baked Camembert with crusty bread, Haribos, cured meats and a fruit chocolate fondue.

What’s on your romantic things to do list ?

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