5 ways to make the most of the Valentine's Day weekend

For the relationship-bound, consider this weekend booked. It doesn’t matter how “serious” it is. Heck it could be a first date. Bottom line – you’ve got plans even if you don’t have plans yet. Don’t think about how that’s possible. Just embrace it.

Now let’s say you are among those with – how to put it kindly… – a few holes in your weekend itinerary. Well, here are five ways to plug those holes (pun intended…it’s Friday) and spice things up from your usual weekend routine.


Fifty Shades of Grey debut

Fifty Shades of GreyDudes – do yourself a favor and just go with the flow here. Your girl is a girl, and girls, for whatever reason, like this kind of thing. No, we’re not judging your girlfriend/wife/crush and saying she’s into S&M. Let’s just say the romance novel section at Barnes & Noble exists for a reason. And let’s just say that there aren’t many men browsing the shelves. Ok, ok, we’re tip-toeing mighty close to gender stereotypes, and that’s not cool. Just think of all the bonus points you’ll score by tagging along. Maybe barter a bit and hit up the neighborhood sports bar after the movie. Or, maybe the steamy flick will serve as a precursor to you creating some steam of your own. Get it? (Watch the trailer here.)

Romantic Valentine’s Day dinner

Fly-Valentines-0215Each year, we do our best to bail you out help you nail down a new, exciting and delicious Valentine’s Day dinner experience. Maybe split a bottle of wine. Share a dessert. Get all Lady and the Tramp and go halvsies on a plate of spaghetti. Bottom line – go out together and have you a night. At this point, we can’t promise you that your favorite restaurants will have reservations still available, but this here list is a good place to start. From prix-fixe menus to special entertainment listings, our V-Day events list is a solid place to start in planning your (now-last-minute) romantic evening.

Chocolate-Covered February

ChocCovered0215February is for (chocolate) lovers in Hershey. All month long, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts celebrates Chocolate-Covered February with events and offerings that range from the consumable – confection creation classes; decadent dessert bars; and booze-and-chocolate pairings – to the interactive – a “dessert journey” through Chocolate World and a chocolate parade. Oh, and there are whipped cocoa baths at the Hershey Spa. And a strawberry parfait scrub. We recommend tomorrow’s wine-and-chocolate pairing class.

ValenWine’s Day Celebration

ValenWine0215Speaking of wine,Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country’s two-weekend, 13-winery wine and chocolate extravaganza dubbed ValenWine’s Day Celebration kicks off tomorrow. For anyone looking for a way to score some serious points this Valentine’s Day, give the gift of being a designated driver for your better half as they indulge on a variety of wines from the region’s vintners. Such selflessness is sure to demonstrate your softer, compassionate side, the likes of which scientific research has proven time and again to be something that chicks totally dig.

Kama Sutra weekend at Savannah’s

Savannahs-0215If the Fifty Shades of Grey route isn’t quite your bag, there’s always a good chance a little Kama Sutra will help fire things up. Savannah’s on Hanna in Harrisburg provides the perfect setting for some Valentine’s Day lovin’ as the Savannah’s Sweethearts “educate” you in the ways of the ancient sexual practice. And if you’re not so sure about taking what might look like a risky step, don’t forget that there’s safety in numbers – Savannah’s is waiving the entrance fee for reservations of four or more. This is one double date opportunity you’ll likely never get again…



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Mike McMonagle is a late-to-bed guy who tries daily to be an early riser. He drinks coffee, beer, whiskey and water regularly. He moonlights as a singer/songwriter by the name of Mike McMonagle. He makes photos sometimes, usually of his cat, or of puddles. Mike is the former digital editor for Fly; he left in 2015.

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