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Socially-distanced, COVID-19-safe Valentine's Day suggestions

By SABRINA ABRAMS | February 14, 2021



You don't need a bullseye to score some points with your significant other with this date idea. 

Valentine’s Day is all about love. Whether it’s your significant other or your friends, us at The News-Letter want to provide some suggestions for how you can celebrate with your loved ones safely — without sacrificing any of the fun. 

We polled some of our friends about what their plans are for this Valentine’s Day so you can look at what they have planned. Please keep in mind that some of these suggestions are 21+, and some are to be taken with a grain of salt.

1. Drink champagne and watch a movie. 

This is definitely the ultimate solo activity but can also be paired with hopping onto FaceTime or Houseparty (remember Houseparty?) with your friends. We recommend When Harry Met Sally in combination with Cupcake Prosecco, which can be acquired at Total Wine for $7.97. 

2. Axe throwing.

Urban Axes in Highlandtown offers socially distanced axe throwing in two or three-person groups. What’s more romantic than showing off a bullseye to your lover? Plus, maybe you will discover a newfound talent for being a lumberjack.

3. Go to the arboretum. 

Located in Druid Hill Park, the Rawlings Conservatory provides a beautiful venue for you to walk around the greenhouses and gardens with masks on. Take some time to forget the long bleak landscape of winter and immerse yourself in botany (and apparently big lemons?).

4. Sip and play (or paint).

Virtually follow along with an artist and paint! Whether or not you’re one for art, being told what to do in an art class is a fun way to pass the time — think of it like attending art class in middle school, but you don’t have to worry about the grade. In our minds, painting and Valentine’s Day go well with red wine, but there is no reason this can’t be enjoyed with a soothing cup of tea instead.

5. Teleparty to sync up your screen time.

Anyone who suddenly found themselves doing long distance last spring is probably overly familiar with Netflix Party (now called Teleparty). But that is for good reason. Pair up FaceTime with a movie or TV show that suits your fancy, and avoid using the mediocre Teleparty chat feature. 

6. Go for a hike. 

We know it’s been snowy in Baltimore lately. But if you and your partner are into experiencing the outdoors, a hike is the perfect opportunity to spend your quality time together. Lake Roland Nature Council is only a 15-minute drive away and offers plenty of green trails (and a dog park!). 

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