Making Valentine’s Day Special

This is one day you don’t want to mess up.

It’s’ February 10th, and I’d like to talk to the men for a few moments. Many of our posts have been to both men and women, but let’s face it: Valentine’s Day is a day that a lot of men screw up. So if you’re a lady who appreciates the advice and you’re just not sure if he’s got anything in the works – or you know he doesn’t, take a moment and put it someplace you know he’ll find it. Now, if you’re the average guy who hasn’t put much thought into what you’re doing for the love of your life for Valentine’s Day, we’re going to help you out. Let’s get this figured out.

First question: Are you taking the day off? If so, there’s no better option than going wine tasting for your afternoon. Many lovers of Oregon wines don’t realize the best Oregon Pinot Noirs often come from the banks of the Columbia River in Washington. Start the day by visiting three wineries here in Vancouver:

As someone who spends as many summer weekends as I can visiting new wineries and trying new wines, I find that two wineries are not quite enough, after four wineries the buzz is stronger than I enjoy, and three wineries usually hit the spot.

After three wineries, your appetite is sure to be working overtime. By then it’s time for dinner anyway, so check in, but before going to your Romance Package room, head over to our reservations page. Just make sure you have a reservation. They do fill up on Valentine’s Day.  You’re sure to love anything you order. When I take my wife to Hudson’s, here’s a sample of what we like to do:

  • Appetizer: The famed Hudson’s Crab Cakes and Gorgonzola Cheesecake or Brussels Sprouts
  • Main Course: the Pan-Seared Scallops or Alaskan Halibut
  • Dessert: Hudson’s Bread Pudding or a Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee and a Lodge Nudge.

Delish! Of course, for a meal of this caliber, you want to pick the right wine. If you’re looking for a lighter flavor, I suggest the A to Z Pinot Gris. If, however, you would like to make an upgrade, go with the Flume Chardonnay – it’s worth it. Now, I know what you’re saying: a chardonnay with light seafood? The Flume Chardonnay is steel aged, not oak, so the buttery flavor and feel is replaced with a crisp, fruity and clean profile.

Finally, it’s time to head upstairs, where you’ll find we’ve pulled out all the stops in preparing your room exquisitely for you. Rose petals on the bed, a bottle of wine with two glasses, a jacuzzi and a fireplace await you when you arrive. She’s going to know that you were so thoughtful to plan all this out. We won’t tell her that it was part of the Romance Package.

Oh, No! I booked my reservation too late!

As you can imagine, the Romance Package sells out quickly. As I write this, there are only a couple left. There’s a very good chance that by the time we post this blog they’ll all have disappeared. If that’s the case, you’ve got some serious work ahead of you. It’s going to be an uphill battle and it’s not going to be easy.

If you act quickly, you might be able to get out of this mess. I’ve got good news: the Romance Package is not just available on Valentine’s Day. You can make it up to her at a later time, and we’ll help you to do it right. If you missed doing it right on Valentine’s Day, you can’t afford to chance it. You can’t afford to do anything less than make sure she knows she’s your queen. You need to make this happen soon. In fact, I suggest making sure you’ve already booked this mea culpa by Valentine’s Day – and that’s just four days away.

There is hope. You can do this. Just don’t delay.


by Bryan White |