There’s only one day a year devoted to love, and that’s Valentine’s Day. We express affection with gifts throughout the year, on birthdays and Christmas and other holidays, but February 14th is the only time we search out something special to show those we love just how much we love them.
Presenting flowers, candy and Valentine’s cards dates to 18th-century England and things haven’t changed that much since then. From cards to candy and flowers, these are among the top gifts Americans buy for Valentine’s Day, along with dinner in a nice restaurant and jewelry. The current list actually reads like this: 1) candy; 2) greeting cards; 3) dinner out; 4) flowers; and 5) jewelry.
But you want your gift—be it any of these traditional items—to stand out, to be unique, and to be the best that you can buy. Here in Santa Fe, a city long steeped in romance, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect present for your sweetheart. If you need some inspiration, then read on. We’ve got some great suggestions for you.
Locally Made Treats
Let’s start right at the top of the Valentine’s Day gift list, with candy. Everyone knows that chocolate is the most divine confection and you’ll find some dark sweet treats at Joe’s Dining. Chef/owner Roland Richter makes luscious handcrafted French chocolate truffles, flavored with hazelnut or espresso. Joe’s also makes a decadent chocolate mousse cake. Why not call ahead and order a full cake to go so you can take it home and indulge, along with a bottle of bubbly? Joe’s will also be serving up some romantic specials: Prime Rib, Chicken Breast Cordon Bleu, Venison loin and Sea-scallops. They have all the makings for a romantic, and tasty Valentines meal.
Another option is pastries. Let’s be more specific, French pastries, after all Paris is the city of love. Unfortunately we are in Santa Fe and Paris isn’t an option. Fortunately we are lucky enough though to have the next best thing, Madame Matisse French cafe-bakery and restaurant. They make everything from scratch using traditional recipes with the best ingredients. You can win your sweetheart heart with just the right sweet or a box of them. Make sure to get there early so you don’t miss out on all the fresh baked goodies.
Santa Fe Flowers, Of Course
Say “I love you” with a fragrant arrangement from Amanda’s Flowers, known for gorgeous creations with an artful touch. You could pick up a dozen roses, the traditional Valentine’s Day flower, a mixed arrangement in a pink vase with pink, lavender or white roses, and a larger arrangement with similar colors in a purple, red or clear vase.Get your order in early, and you can pick up your flowers by the 13th. They also carry cards created by local artisans,so you can say I love you in true Santa Fe style. Whatever flowers you choose from Amanda’s are sure to please your Valentine.
Get Some Bling for Your Loved One
At Santa Fe Goldworks, David Griego’s one-of-a-kind signature jewelry will send your Valentine over the moon. Each piece of his handcrafted custom inlay gold jewelry blends Old World with contemporary designs, glittering with diamonds, turquoise, lapis and Australian opals. The signature River of Love collection features stunning rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets with Mediterranean red coral, Australian opal or turquoise and some are decked out in diamonds. If you’re thinking of popping the question this Valentine’s Day, as so many lovers do, Griego’s engagement rings will make it impossible for your partner to say “No.” The brilliance of diamonds, coral, opal and turquoise on slender gold bands is simply stunning.
Santa Fe Stay-cation
A romantic stay-cation could be just the right gift for your Valentine. Eldorado Hotel and Spa is offering a two night Romantic Getaway package. Package includes: Accommodations in one of their beautifully appointed guest rooms, access to the Casa España Open House February 14 and 15 from 8pm – 1am, breakfast for two from Agave Lounge, and a split of Gruet Champagne. It’s the perfect excuse to get out and take some time with the one you love, and make this Valentines one they won’t forget.This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead