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5 Cool Things to Do on Valentine’s Day

Chocolates, cards, and flowers are de rigueur for Valentine’s Day. Sadly, not a lot of thought goes into the celebration. It’s easy (and lazy) to grab a dozen red roses from the local grocery store or florist. Instead of schlepping home with a heart-shaped carton of misery, break out of the box and score points with your sweetie with these five non-traditional ideas.

Go on a scavenger hunt

Let your ultimate destination be a suite (or room) at a hotel or resort. Leave cryptic clues directing your sweetheart to pick up fun items for your blissful evening. This can be as involved or simple as you’d like. He or she will pick up candles, wine, or massage oil. Or create your own theme. The point is to build anticipation. If all goes according to plan, your sweetheart will arrive at the destination eager to explore all options!

Weekend Drive

You can rent a car for the weekend and explore the countryside around you. Here in South Carolina there are lots of bed and breakfasts, cafes, and things to see and do all around the State. Car rental rates tend to go up around Valentines Day, but you can also use a coupon website to make this an affordable trip option.
http://coupongo.org/expedia-promo-code/
 

Go on a picnic

Sure, this could be considered traditional. But your creativity will make it magical. Theme your picnic based on local cuisine or interesting places in your city. Be daring – not everyone wants candy. If she has a sweet tooth, impress her with dipping chocolates and fresh fruit, cookies, or cake. Grab a portable fondue pot, assorted chvalentines-dayeese, chocolates, and fruit. Dip, drizzle, and swirl until the cows come home. If the idea of melted sweets is not your idea of fun, simply pack your basket with whatever makes the two of you happy. No matter what you decide, the key is to create a moment they won’t forget.

 

Binge on movies (or TV series)

 

Not everyone wants to compete for parking or tickets at crowded theaters. Have a movie night (or weekend) at home. Catch up on your favorite series or head back into time with the golden oldies. Stock up on snacks, treats, and beverages.

http://www.netflix.com/

https://www.primevideo.com/region/eu

Cook together

You can do this at home or head to a cooking class. Step out of your comfort zone and create something you’ve only seen on late-night cooking shows. The idea is not so much what you eat, but that you make the food together. Depending on your relationship this could be as simple as grilled cheese and tomato soup or as complex as shrimp and lobster paella.

https://www.groupon.com/local/south-carolina/cooking-classes

Couples Game Night  (or Spa Night)

The idea here is to have fun with your sweetheart and your friends. This can be tricky so make sure it’s presented in the right way. For new couples, this may be a way to ease the Valentine’s Day pressure. Invite friends over for board or card games. There are literally thousands of game ideas on the internet. Some can be downloaded right to your smartphone or tablet. Fire up the grill, open some wine, and relax with other couples. Share relationship goals or advice. Have friends that have been married forever? Ask them to share do’s and don’ts for successful relationships.

Some South Carolina Spas:

https://www.kiawahresort.com/accommodations/the-sanctuary-hotel

https://www.montagehotels.com/palmettobluff/

Valentine’s Day needn’t be stressful, boring, or routine. Flowers and chocolates are great, but find new ways to celebrate lover’s day. Once you put on your thinking cap, you’ll find that creating memories is easy.

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Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway

It’s Thanksgiving week so that means that Christmas has officially begun! And Charlotte Motor Speedway isn’t missing any of the action with the opening of their spectacular holiday light show, Speedway Christmas. Now in its fifth year, this holiday classic features more than three million lights, an infield Christmas Village and a unique chance to drive the historic track.

One of the brightest spots on the Carolina Christmas Corridor, which extends from Tanglewood Park in Clemmons to Biltmore House in Asheville, highlights of Speedway Christmas include:

* A completely redesigned 3.1-mile drive of lights, which meanders the infield of the 1.5-mile speedway (you actually get to drive on the track!) and continues under the concourse behind the grandstands.

*More than 800 light displays set to music along the track.

*An infield winter wonderland including a Bethlehem Village live nativity scene, petting zoo, Santa’s Workshop (including visits with Santa), Christmas trees, fair rides, and food.

*Drive-in holiday movies such as Elf, Frozen, and Christmas Story, each Friday and Saturday night on one of the world’s largest HD TVs.

*Dining in the Speedway Club overlooking Speedway Christmas.

Speedway Christmas opened for the season this past weekend. The light show is open every night through December 30th, with the exception of Christmas Day. The Christmas Village is open every Thursday through Sunday evenings, as well as Monday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 24.
Admission into Speedway Christmas is $20 per car on nights when the Christmas Village is open and $15 per car on nights when it is closed.

Light up your holiday season with Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Drayton Hall

Charleston Virtual Advent Calendar Filled with Holiday Goodies

It’s baaaack! The Christmas in Charleston Virtual Advent Calendar is back starting today and is offering up some creative and tasty holiday offerings. Showcasing Charleston-based and Charleston-made products, the calendar offers unique, time-sensitive reveals about Christmastime in Charleston from area’s local tastemakers, shop owners, attractions, restaurants, and tour operators every day.

Although the specific product and deals will be a secret until the day of, a sample of the deals that will appear between December 1-24 include:

*A festive DIY decorating tip from noted event planner Tara Guérard, named one of Vogue’s Top 5 Star Wedding Planners in 2014

*A sweet holiday recipe from Heritage, Chef Sean Brock’s first New York Times best-selling cookbook

*A downloadable complimentary parking pass to use in select downtown city-owned parking garages

*A tradition-steeped eggnog recipe from Brooks Reitz, owner of Jack Rudy Cocktail Company

Sounds like a perfect way to shop for all our friends and family this holiday season. And a fun way to count down to Christmas!