How to Stop Hating Valentine’s Day (and Maybe Use it to Your Advantage)
Excuse 3: Valentine’s Day is so one-sided.
I’ve heard this one a lot. Someone complaining that they are expected to do all the planning and gift giving, while their partner just does the receiving. Now, I personally ALWAYS have had something for my boyfriend or husband, so this excuse was null and void but, if you are reading this column and it never occurs to you to reciprocate, maybe now is the time to pay it forward. Perhaps that’s the reason they’ve become so bitter about Valentine’s Day in the first place?
How about making the dinner reservation yourself, if it is usually your date doing so? Consider…
Baily’s Old Town Temecula
28699 Old Town Front Street
Reservations (951) 676-9567
Voted the most romantic restaurant in the area a dozen or so times, Baily’s Old Town Temecula has been serving a special Valentine’s Day dinner for 23 years and counting! This year you can celebrate Friday, Saturday or Sunday of Valentine’s weekend, with a four-course meal including a choice of entree selections like pork tenderloin, sesame albacore and Filet Oscar, among others. On Valentine’s night, Vivien Lesiak Gaines will be on stage downstairs to enjoy some music with a cocktail before or after your meal. It’s the perfect date spot!
Third Street Smokehouse “Cowpoke Lover’s Evening of BBQ”
41915 Third Street, Old Town Temecula
Reservations (951) 694-4227
Want to have a western-themed Valentine’s Day? Third Street Smokehouse has a reasonably priced menu, candlelit indoor or outdoor patio seating (complete with two romantic fire pits.) The menu consists of ribs, steaks, burgers, salmon and salads as well as a full bar. Why not make a night of the whole cowboy thing – start your evening at Third Street Smokehouse, then head over for some line dancing at Temecula Stampede? Heart-shaped spurs are a must!
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