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Love in #BurlON

by Lavinia Ghinea

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,

And Fortune said it shou’d be you.  Gammer Gurton’s Garland (1784)

The tradition of professing your love on Valentine’s Day has been a part of our culture for centuries.  Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be a little intimidating especially if you are not the romantic sort who writes poetry so I wanted to help you out with a few ideas.

When Valentines Day rolls around the corner, we notice CHOCOLATES and teddy bears in every store. No matter what part of the city you’re in, there is bound to be chocolatiers or yummy decorated doughnuts nearby. Check out the list of chocolate, bakeries, and sweets on our website for ideas and many have products just for this special occasion. The true way to my heart is Belgium waffles topped with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, whipped crème, and some caramel drizzle (are you salivating yet… because I am) from Pane Fresco, Demetres Dessert Cafe or William’s Cafe.

I approve of having dessert before dinner BUT ONLY on Valentines Day! If a special lunch or dinner out is in your plans there are plenty of restaurants uptown and downtown with a table for two.  Make sure you make advance reservations as this is one of the busiest days of the year.  Visit the dine page for a complete list of restaurants throughout Burlington.

Here are some Valentine’s Day events for you and your significant other(s):

Valentines Day brunch and Valentine’s Day Kids Party at RBG Sunday, February 11 at 10:30 am. Check out Frogs exhibition while you are there (maybe you will find your prince!) or mellow down with Southbound Soul jazz band. For ticket pricing and additional event details, visit RBG website.

Kids love Valentine’s Day too!  For some kids, Lego may the only true way to their heart. Let their creativity soar at Mighty Machines building time, games, and crafts from 1:30-3: 30 pm at the Ireland Museum on Sun Feb 11.

Looking for a dress-up affair?  How about the Masquerade Ball Fundraiser on Sat Feb 10 for Urban Wildlife Care? Nothing says love like dance, dinner, apps, and drinks with a silent auction. Masks can be purchased at the door so no worries about bringing these.  Your ticket also includes sexy Salsa dance lessons. Visit eventbrite for details.

Although Valentines Day is in the middle of the week this year, it’s a great idea to celebrate two events in one during the Family day long weekend. I definitely love February and two of my favorite events are the Taste of Burlington for the inner foodie and Burlington’s Comedy Festival for the those who love to laugh.  Taste of Burlington starts Feb 19 and runs until March 11, with pre affixed menus at more than 35 restaurants that will appeal to all tastes. After that delicous dinner combine it with a movie or show. A good way to building back that six pack is by laughing it up at the Burlington Comedy Festival.  This year they have a unique kids show on Family Day plus hysterical well known comedians such as Kevin Pollak, Jon Dore, Courtney Gilmour and Street Circus.  Check out the website for details including the Food & Funny Deal at Water St. Cooker.

I have often heard the phrase “the couple that plays together stays together”. So grab your honey and bundle up for a snowshoe evening hike on Sunday Feb 11 or Saturday Feb 17 at Crawford Lake for some snow fun (it’s romantic when there is a moonlight involved, right?). Or bust out the ski’s and snowboards for night time runs at Glen Eden. Lace up your skates at the Rotary Centennial Pond or neighborhood rinks around town or the warmer indoor rinks at various arenas. If skating isn’t your cup of tea, there is always a warm pool nearby waiting for you. Whether you are staying at one of the local hotels or you just want to go for a splash, check out Aldershot Pool which is heated at 88 degrees water or Tansley Woods relaxing hot tub.

If you’re like me and are starving after exercise, you can check out the cooking for two program at Goodness Me stores (preregistration required).  Another sweet option is Christy’s Gourmet Gifts Chocolate Making Workshops on Feb 9 & 10 to register call 905-336-9080 or email These classes will get you in touch with your inner chef even if you are a beginner and are a wonderful couples event.

Lastly, if you are more of the ‘sit and admire’ type then check out great performances around Valentines Day at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Drury Lane Theatre, Theatre Burlington, and St Christopher’s Church. February is also Heritage month with interesting talks about our local history at Central Library and the Ireland House.

chocolate month - je spaBurlington is the perfect destination for a little getaway or staycation.  Book a night away at one of our Burlington hotels or bed and breakfasts. The Mohawk Inn has created the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Package valid between February 13 – 16 which includes champagne, chocolates, casino vouchers, rose petals and late check out. Don’t miss out on this special limited time offer!  Book by calling 905-854-2277 ext. 1 or

Come downtown where you can walk along the lake while the winter moon reflects off the water and enjoy the amazing view outdoors or indoors at one of the lakeside restaurants.  This getaway could also include a couples spa treatment, the ultimate romantic gesture.

There is one last thing I wanted to mention that makes me melt on Valentines Day and that is SHOPPING! Flowers, gifts, home décor, comfy sweaters and more, all available in Burlington.  Here are a few suggestions: Brant FloristPure Boutique, Feathered Bed or Art Etc .   Burlington Mall is offering free gift wrapping from February 9-15 for any Valentine’s gifts purchased in their mall.  You can also refer to our website for many other ideas for shopping with your sweetie.

Whatever your fancy this Valentines Day, enjoy it in Burlington.  Stay tuned for more sweet things with Maple Syrup Festivals coming in March!

Affectionately yours!

Weekend Travel Counsellor Lavinia Ghinea

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