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Published January 7th 2016
Ideas to get you started this Valentines Day
Valentines Day is traditionally a day for couples to have a romantic time together to celebrate their love. For singles this day can also be a chance to get together with friends and have a fun time in the Capital. Whether you are a couple or part of a group, there are plenty of options in Canberra to celebrate Valentines Day. The Multicultural Festival will also be running all weekend, so Sunday could be spent taste-testing multicultural treats with your loved one in the heart of the city. Here are some other options to choose from around the Canberra region.
Enjoy watching a movie under the stars at the Valentines Day special screening on February 14th. The gates open at 5pm to enjoy some live music, dinner and free Ben & Jerry's icecream before the film. Grab a cold drink from the bar and sit back for the epic love story, "The Notebook". To get a little more comfier with your date or group of mates, perhaps upgrade to the Polo Class or Star Lounge. See the Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema website for more info.
A hot air balloon ride over Canberra is a popular and romantic way to enjoy Valentines Day in the Capital. With breathtaking scenery and a glass of bubbly, a sunrise balloon ride is the perfect way to cuddle up with your loved one on Valentines Day morn. Balloon Aloft has baskets for two (and of course the operator!) and also check out the Dawn Drifters website to arrange your Valentines Day needs.
VALENTINES DAY RESTUARANT TRAIN For something different, why not jump on a heritage Valentines Day Restaurant Train with Canberra Railway Museum. There will be a train leaving on the 13th February to Tarago and another train leaving on the 14th February to Bungadore. For more information on the food, times and prices, check their website here closer to the date.
RESTUARANTS Around the city, most restaurants will be having a romantic Valentines evening planned. Some restaurants are making the night before (on Saturday 13th February) their Valentines Day celebration evening, so confirm with your local restaurant what they have on offer when you book. In Canberra we are spoilt for choice on restaurants, whether you are after a fine dining experience for two or a more casual dinner in a funky new area. Why not check out the restaurants along the Kingston Foreshore, Lonsdale Street in Braddon, Civic Centre or the NewActon precinct for some modern and tasty restaurant options.
Popular Valentines Day restaurants include Courgette restaurant in the city, which would be ideal for a special evening for two with a set menu in a romantic setting. Ottoman in Barton is a stand out option for beautiful Turkish fine dining fare in a romantic setting. Pod Food in Pialligo is another popular fine dining restaurant in leafy surrounds which has Valentines Day packages planned - check back with their website for details closer to the date. Waters Edge Restaurant on Lake Burley Griffin is a fine dining restaurant situated metres from Lake Burley Griffin. Boathouse on the Lake is another intimate restaurant in a prime location on the lake, guaranteed to provide the right setting for a romantic evening. To get even closer to the water, why not book a cruise with Southern Cross Cruises, which leave from Yarralumla Wharf.
At the Hyatt Hotel book a table at their Romance in The Garden Buffet Dinner. For $125 per person, enjoy a cocktail on arrival and then dine under the stars. The extensive buffet includes live cooking stations offering freshly shucked oysters, a wide array of fresh seafood, salads, spit roast and an assortment of desserts options to choose from. Also for $125 you could have Dinner at the Promenade café with buffet and live cooking station before a buffet dessert. A red rose and a glass of sparkling Chandon will be presented to guests on arrival.
Instead of dinner, perhaps enjoy a leisurely Afternoon Tea for $65 per person. This Afternoon Tea buffet will feature a dessert section with a strawberry and chocolate theme, perfect for couples or a girls afternoon out.
For details on all these options see the Hyatt Hotel website or call 6269 8810.
As Valentines Day is on a Sunday, why not head further afield to the Canberra Wine District to spend the day taste testing wines and then enjoy a Valentines day lunch at the Poachers Pantry or stop for a gourmet pizza in the vineyards at Four Winds Winery. If your loved one enjoys chocolates then a stop at Robyn Rowe Chocolates should be included in your wine tasting itinerary. A day exploring the wine district is a wonderful way to spend the day with a loved one or on a Girls Day Out. If you don't have a designated driver, why not book a winery day tour to take the hassle out of the day.
Lake George Winery is another beautiful restaurant located inside a stone cottage at Lake George Basin north of the city on the Federal Highway. Lerida Estate Winery, also at Lake George, has stunning views over the basin for breakfast or lunch. Although it is called Lake George, the lake itself is dry for most of the time, however this 25km long basin (estimated at over a million years old) is a stunning view over a leisurely lunch.
For an article on Lerida Estate Café, see here.
Canberra has such a huge range of food and dining experiences for every taste and budget, this list of ideas could be endless. Whether you are enjoying a fine dining experience, meeting up for a burger, taking a picnic down to Lake Burley Griffin or having a singles night out with your friends, Canberra has so many options to choose from.
On Valentines Day the main issue on the day won't be "Where will we go on Valentines Day?"... it will be "Where will we go first?"