Last year, we made a tradition out making sure to get some winter hikes in with our rescue pups, Scout and Murphy./Ellen Matis

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day become less and less important to us as time goes on. We get older, we care less about the box of chocolates, and we become more comfortable with staying in with our partners instead of making a big fuss about the holiday.

But what if we did make a bigger fuss? What if we took some time to actually plan a Valentine’s Day for the ages, and use it as a holiday to create lasting memories with the ones we love?

I’d argue that this year, 2020, is the perfect year to do that because Valentine’s Day this year is the start of a weekend. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Plan a Weekend Getaway

This month within the pages of Recreation News, you’ll find the perfect way to get away this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re hitting the slopes, cuddling up in a cabin in the woods, or visiting an iconic resort.

If you ask me, a weekend in the woods is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day: An evening out to dinner with champagne, a long hike in the woods and movie night in sound like just what I need to relax and unwind.

For others, it might be a black-tie dinner at a sought-after restaurant in a Mid-Atlantic city; or a hotel stay with access to nightlife, entertainment and more.

Whatever your Valentine’s Day style is, do a little planning this year. Make it a month to remember. And maybe — just maybe — you’ll create a new Valentine’s Day tradition.

Valentine’s Day not your thing?

Check out these other holidays happening this month — maybe you can make a tradition out of these instead!

  • Groundhog Day — Feb. 2 (Is it time to go visit Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania?)
  • Homemade Soup Day — Feb. 4
  • Send a Card to a Friend Day — Feb. 7
  • Singles Awareness Day — Feb. 15
  • Sticky Bun Day — Feb. 21
  • Chili Day — Feb. 27

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