10 ROMANTIC SPOTS IN BOCA-DELRAY

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By Priscilla Speicher  Special to The Pineapple You may or may not consider Valentine’s Day an important holiday. Let’s face it; some people are more romantic than others. If you’re someone who likes to pull out all the stops on Valentine’s Day, here are some suggestions for things to do and places to go around Boca Raton and Delray Beach to get your Cupid on. Taking your sweetie out to dinner or just appetizers and wine? Be sure to check out the following places: Delray Beach  The historic Sundy House on Swinton is not only a romantic restaurant with a magnificent menu, you can also stroll the grounds and walk arm in arm through the beautiful tropical gardens … they’re even more beautiful at night. And you can dine out among the foliage and ponds, with a table under the trees or in a private gazebo just for the two of you. The Sundy House also has lovely hotel rooms throughout the property. 50 Ocean on A1A offers romantic views of the Atlantic. Get a table by the window, order a nice bottle of wine or Prosecco and just enjoy. Your significant other will definitely appreciate your choice. Ooh la la! You can’t go wrong with the romantic French bistro Carpe Diem on Atlantic Avenue. From the cozy tables and sofas to the fine French cuisine, excellent wine list and attentive wait staff, you’ll want to make this little hideaway your new “special place.” Be sure to save room for the delicious desserts, too! For an intimate Italian meal, visit Solita in Pineapple Grove. You can sit in the courtyard or in the small romantic dining room. They also offer a very cool experience called Dining in the Dark — check to see when this is being held. For a romantic overnight experience, try Crane’s BeachHouse on Gleason Street in East Delray. This boutique hotel is a relaxing tropical oasis just minutes from Atlantic Avenue and the beach. (You can even get an in-room couples massage). Boca Raton  Tanzy in Mizner Park offers a unique and cozy cave that’s a wonderful spot to snuggle with your significant other with great wine choices, too. Their outdoor firebowls are a nice touch! The Vino wine bar on Northeast 2nd Street is a romantic gem with yummy tapas and an outstanding wine selection. It’s the perfect romantic date night spot! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Melting Pot on Federal Highway. Who doesn’t love skewering pieces of fruit, meat and vegetables and dipping them in hot oil and cheese fondue? Dip your food in the various gourmet sauces and go ahead – feed each other. The intimate booths and dimly lit dining room enhance the romantic experience. For the ultimate romantic overnight experience in Boca Raton, the historic and stately elegant Boca Raton Resort & Club featuring the world-class Spa Palazzo and several excellent restaurants is a must. The Waterstone Resort & Marina (formerly The Bridge Hotel) on the inlet also offers spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean and delicious waterfront dining. Okay, so that’s 10 romantic ideas. Here are some inexpensive ways to show your Valentine you care: Beach Picnic: Grab some cheese and crackers and a bottle of wine from the Wine Wave on East Atlantic Avenue, bring a blanket and head to the beach with your special someone. If you walk to the northernmost end of the Delray public beach you will find it to be very quiet with few people around. In Boca Raton, try a picnic at the gorgeous Spanish River Park. Make it romantic by bringing flowers and his or her favorite beverage and finger foods. Love Note: Try leaving a card or letter in an unexpected place like the silverware drawer, the microwave or in the car. Use your computer to make a homemade gift certificate good for a massage or home-cooked dinner. Be creative – you know what he or she likes! You don’t have to be a big softy to treat your special someone to a little romance this month. It simply shows your love. Which is what Valentine’s Day is all about, isn’t it?! Priscilla is a local marketer, writer and event planner who has been going out in Boca Raton and Delray Beach several nights a week for the past 15 years. View more of her recommendations at JustAskPriscilla.com.