Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where some are very excited about bringing some extra “romance and spice” to the day, while other’s see it as a commercially charged day. Either way, it is a reminder to celebrate time with those we love. Here are a few of our favorite places and ways we like to celebrate the day (With the day falling on a Tuesday this year -there is a lot of flexibility in choosing a different date, weekend before/weekend after).
We couldn’t resist booking a Family mini session photoshoot to mark the occasion. Our son Harrison is now 7 months old and it seems like time is flying by. What better way to track his growth, while getting super sweet family pictures to enjoy for years to come. We are using Rhona Haas Photography this time, however, there are many amazing Edmonton photographers such as our lovely friends at: Photography By Oksana, Pause Photography, Katya Nova (who travels between the Dominican, Edmonton and other regions of the world) and Nino Roy.
Valentine’s Day provides a great reason to get pampered. Stay at home, take a lovely bubble bath with a glass of wine and unwind or head to the spa for some relaxing treatments. For the couples, treat yourself to a couples massage. You can find Yelp’s top Spas by review here. Looking for the perfect bottle of wine, be sure to check our Devine Wines, one of our go-to favorites on 104th Street in Downtown Edmonton.
Who doesn’t need another reason to go check out that new high end restaurant or vacation in the city at a local boutique hotel. I certainly love any reason to indulge a little. One restuarant that has been on my “must try” list is Uccellino, crafted by Daniel Costa who is also the creator of Corso 32 and Bar Bricco. Love breakfast, the brunch at The Fairmont Hotel in the Empire Ballroom is a wonderful experience – you will leave feeling satisfied and full. For an overnight experience, the Union Bank Inn has a year round Romance Package . Another choice is to experience Fort Edmonton Park with a 5 Course Dinner and an Overnight Stay.
For the sports enthusiast, take advantage of the Edmonton Oiler’s playing against the Arizona Coyotes. This game is marking an exciting chapter for the Oilers. They will be hosting, You Can Play Night becoming the first host in the league celebrating both the game and diversity as part of their “Hockey Is For Everyone Month”. As per their discussion with GlobalNews Edmonton:
Teams across the league will be holding You Can Play nights in an effort to show their support for the LGBTQ community and show young players that hockey is a safe and welcoming environment.
In a news release, the Oilers said, “In the spirit of inclusion, it’s even more fitting that our You Can Play Night falls on Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love and affection.”
“As leaders in the community, on Feb. 14 the Oilers will bring attention and awareness to Hockey Is For Everyone month during You Can Play Night to help ensure that hockey truly is for everyone,” Oilers Entertainment Group Vice-Chairman Kevin Lowe added.
All I can say is, way to go Oilers and be sure to watch out for our TruHome Ads appearing at every Oiler’s game this season.What can I say, we are big fans.
Flowers, Chocolate, Bling:
I get the typical Dozen Red Roses, however, I much prefer a more unique arrangement (besides, the prices of roses skyrockets this time of year). Zocalo in McCauley (Little Italy) always offer gorgeous, unexpected options. The shop also sells a beautiful selection of other gifts and not to mention yummy coffees. For the chocolate lover, Jacek never disappoints and offers absolutely beautiful packaging to protect their sweet treats. For another option, Loblaws City Market in the Brewery District offers a great selection of gourmet goodies. Last but not least, there is always the option of some bling. For high quality, Birks is always a favorite. Holt Renfrew also offers a nice selection.
Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, be sure to spend it with those you love and remember that the TruHome team is here to help you make some of the biggest lifestyle decisions there are – where to call home.
Roses are red, violets are blue. Looking for a new home? We’ll find one for you!