The history of Valentine's Day is somewhat of a mystery. There are several different, but commonly accepted, legends regarding the origins. Most accounts are tragically romantic like the priest sent to his death on February 14th for secretly and illegally marrying young couples. It is believed that on his final evening he wrote a note for a special someone and signed it "From your Valentine". And so began the great Valentine's Day card giving tradition.
Valentine's Day has evolved considerably since the early days of amour. Along with the traditional greeting card, it now tends to involve teddy bears, candlelit meals, floral arrangements and sweet treats.
How will you be celebrating on February 14th? Read on lovers, for here is a list of fun activities happening in Adelaide this Valentine's Day.
- Garden of Unearthly Delights Opening Night Party As a prelude to the Adelaide Fringe Festival beginning the following night, The Garden of Unearthly Delights will be opening this Valentine's Day. Doors open at 9pm so have a bite to eat on Rundle Street and then mosey on over to the Garden of Unearthly Delights for drinks, highlights from this year's Fringe program and free funky musical entertainment.
When: Doors open at 9pm Where: Rundle Park, East Terrace, Adelaide Cost: Free entry
Attend the opening of the Garden of Unearthly Delights
- Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Moonlight Cinema What could be more romantic than snuggling up to a movie under the stars at Botanic Park? This Valentine's Day the Opel Moonlight Cinema will be screening Breakfast at Tiffany's, the classic 1960s Audrey Hepburn romantic comedy. Bring your own blanket and picnic or order dinner and drinks there, at the Moonlight Cinema.
When: Gates open at 7pm, movie starts at sundown (about 8.30pm) Where: Botanic Park, Hackney Road, Adelaide
Cost: Between $16 and $32 depending on your choice of ticket plus a $1 booking fee
- A Café Etc, Brighton
If Breakfast at Tiffany's isn't for you, try breakfast at Marilyn's. Affectionately known as the "Marilyn Monroe Café" and actually named A Café Etc, it is famed for its all day breakfast. The menu is plentiful with something for everyone including a delicious display of cakes. That is the 'Café' part of the name. The 'Etc' is the fascinating Marilyn Monroe montage that decorates the diner and is delightfully distracting. Stroll hand in hand along beautiful Brighton beach and jetty before or after your meal at A Café Etc.
Where: 71 Jetty Road, Brighton
Cost: Depends on your appetite, between $5-$15 per dish
- Bracegirdles at 190, McLaren Vale
Take your sweetie to the sweetest place around, Bracegirdle's at 190. At McLaren Vale's House of Fine Chocolate you can enjoy a delicious meal, indulge in a decadent dessert and be tempted by award-ward winning chocolate in the cosy atmosphere of Bracegirdle's at 190.
Where: 190 Main Road, McLaren Vale
Cost: Depends on your level of chocoholism, between $8 and $34 per dish
- Couples Massage at Wild Indigo
Unwind and relax together with a massage at Wild Indigo. Set in one of the original cottages of Port Noarlunga, this natural health spa offers divine pamper packages and specialises in massage, naturopathy and facials. It will be busy on Valentine's Day so be sure to book your appointment in advance. After your treatment, head to one of the many cafes in Port Noarlunga for something to eat.
When: Open 9.30am-5pm, after hours by appointment
Where: 31 Saltfleet Street, Port Noarlunga
Cost: $80 per person (health rebates available)