7 unconventional ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

Feb 3 2020, 5:32 pm

Valentine’s Day, V-Day, the most romantic day of the year; call it what you will.

A common misconception about February 14 is that you need to be in a relationship to enjoy the day, but this just isn’t the case. It doesn’t matter if you’re married, dating someone a few weeks, or single — love of all kinds should be celebrated.

Let’s be real, carving out time for love (self-love, platonic love, romantic love) is something we could all do more of in 2020. So why not start this month? The beauty of this is that you don’t have to leave the city for an unforgettable experience because there are a plethora of options waiting for you at Parq Vancouver.

Galentine’s Day celebration

Spa by JW/Parq Vancouver

Looking for a reason to round up your besties? We all are. This year, make it a Galentine’s Day celebration and treat yourselves to the R&R you deserve. Start with a holistic treatment like a signature forest therapy winter massage and facial at the Spa by JW and feel your stresses melt away.

When you’re all blissed out, head to The Glamoury to get your hair and makeup done by the experts. Your group can either choose from a menu of glamourous looks or customize your own before heading out for a fun-filled night.

First Valentine’s Day together

D/6 Bar and Lounge/Parq Vancouver

Okay, if this year marks the first time you’ll be spending V-Day with your special someone, you have an excuse to get dressed up and go somewhere sophisticated for a cocktail or two. Our suggestion? D/6 Bar and Lounge. This intimate, quintessentially Vancouver spot is hosting an exclusive XO Valentine’s Day party.

Sip on a handcrafted libation by the fireplace and enjoy DJs, live performers, and a live art installation. Get your tickets here ahead of time.

Staycation with your best friend

the DOUGLAS/Parq Vancouver

If your four-legged pal is the real MVP in your life, why not indulge in a staycation for the two of you this winter? The DOUGLAS, Parq Vancouver’s stunning boutique hotel, is pet-friendly, which means you can bring your furry friend along to experience the luxury of a staycation (how cool is that?).

The interior of each room is inspired by nature and Vancouver heritage, offering a refreshing break away from the monotony of your typical routine. Plus, you can bring your pupper out for scenic walks along the Seawall while you’re there.

Popping the question

The Victor/Parq Vancouver

Valentine’s Day 2020 could be the day you plan to ask the love of your life to marry you, and if that’s the case — we’re proud of you! Naturally, you’ll want to craft a perfect evening ahead of time so all you have to worry about is popping the question, and The Victor is the place to do that.

Order some delicious steak and seafood dishes to start the night and let the romance flow. Afterwards, celebrate your first moments as an engaged couple with a glass of high-end wine available through The Victor’s Enomatic (a system that draws wine directly from the bottle to the glass) and take a celebratory selfie on the sixth-floor urban park — the perfect setting complete with unparalleled views and an abundance of local flora.

Parents’ night off

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver/Parq Vancouver

Life as parents often means you don’t get much time to yourselves, between dropping the kids off at school, assisting at soccer practice, and everything in between. A little break away could be exactly what you need, and a staycation in the city is always a good idea.

Book a beautiful suite at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and discover the true meaning of a tranquil escape with majestic mountain views from your window. Adding a couple’s treatment at the Spa by JW can elevate your experience even further. Take some time to soak in the healing, outdoor hydrotherapy tub high above the cloud line, where the colourful spires of BC Place mix and mingle with the mountains.

Get the family together

Honey Salt/Parq Vancouver

Don’t worry if a staycation isn’t on the cards for you this Valentine’s Day. You can still celebrate with your favourite people by having a family feast at Honey Salt. Brunch is a staple at the restaurant, where farm-to-table cuisine fills the menu and ingredients showcase some of BC’s best offerings.

Treat the gang to something sweet, because nothing says love like stuffing your face with an order of chocolate hazelnut stuffed french toast or an ice cream sundae for the little ones.

Shake things up

Parq Casino/Parq Vancouver

It’s easy to fall into a routine when you’ve been dating someone for a long time. But instead of visiting the same local restaurant this year, try something new by rounding up your favourite couples and heading to the casino to test your luck.

The winner of the night has to treat your group to a round of drinks from Lotus Whiskey Tea Lounge or Centre Bar — that’s a given. And to make the night even better, there’s going to be a Dueling Pianos performance at Lotus on Valentine’s night from 9:30 pm, just steps from the casino floor.

Lotus Whiskey Tea Lounge/Parq Vancouver

Who doesn’t love love? Visit parqvancouver.com now to start planning Valentine’s Day with those you heart the most.

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