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A 'Heart Healthy' Valentines the AGC Way

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tis the season (or at least weekend) for chocolates, roses, and heart tipped arrows. And while chocolate is a staple in my essential outdoor supply kit – I thought I’d take the opportunity this February 14th to share a few alternative Valentine’s Day celebrations Adventures in Good Company style. Now of course you could go “all out” and travel places like the town of Valentine, Nebraska or visit Lover’s Leap State Park in Connecticut or even venture around Valentine Lake Loop Trail in Louisiana. But those destinations may not be incredibly convenient for most. So instead – create your own valentine adventure close to home. These ideas may assist you whether you are the giver/planner or receiver (hint – forward this blog post to someone who loves you for gift ideas). They are also great if you’re looking to celebrate a special friend or family member, or if you just want to shower yourself with love – there are quite a few ways to add adventure into your holiday weekend.  Here are 5 alternative, active-themed ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. (Each idea is embedded with a hyper link. So just click on the bolded/underlined text to read more.)

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  • Plan a Valentine's Day HikeIf nature is among  your passions, then consider celebrating Valentine’s Day outside instead of indoors. It is certainly a creative “date” - it’s different (and less crowded) than a restaurant, it takes effort (bonus points), and will undoubtedly be memorable whether it goes perfectly or not (it could end up being a funny memory). Add a picnic, maybe a few other special touches (wine, flowers, CHOCOLATE) and you will certainly make someone’s day.

  • Valentine candlelight ski, hike, or snowshoeDo a quick google search and you may find one of these in your area hosted by a state park or your local parks and rec department. If you don’t find one close to you, then consider planning one in your neck of the woods for 2014. What better way to show love then create an event others can enjoy.

  • Meet someone naturally - Snowshoe hike for singles. Are you single and wanting to mingle? Events for singles are quite popular this time of year. For example – some communities host a fun and carefree hike for singles who share an interest in spending time outdoors, exploring nature, or hiking! Some gyms even host special exercise events for singles.

  • Partner Yoga – A yoga studio near you may be hosting a special partner yoga class. If you’re looking to try something new, (laugh a little helping each other into downward dog) this may pique your interest. The reward… you’ll feel great after an hour of stretching and breathing – just about as great as you do after a massage for a fraction of the price! (My partner and I are celebrating this way!)

  • Give a gift. Nothing says “I love you” more than a piece of outdoor/travel gear (right?), and there are several ideas that make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.  Below are links to a few lists that will get your shopping juices flowing. And if you can find a way to incorporate chocolate into the gifts – you get extra points!

Hiking Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

Gift Ideas for Your Outdoor Valentine

A Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Guys With Outdoorsy Girlfriends

If you have other ideas, please respond to this blog and share!

From all of us at Adventures in Good Company Happy Valentine’s Day!

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