Valentine’s Day is coming, and with it the chance to show your partner you care with a romantic gift or date night. Spontaneous displays of affection can be fun, but if you want to shine this Valentine’s Day, the sooner you secure something special, the better.
If you’re planning on saying-it-with-flowers, don’t forget that February 14th falls on a Sunday this year, so a little forward planning doesn’t hurt. If you’re in the Downtown area, drop into Morning Glory Florist on Grant Avenue. Elsewhere, on Alameda del Prado, you’ll find a friendly welcome at Alondra’s Flowers. On San Marin Drive, namesake San Marin Flowers is taking Valentine’s Day orders, while weddings specialist Kate’s Blossom’s offers by-appointment consultations for custom creations.
When it comes to more permanent keepsakes, Novato has wonderful boutiques offering beautiful jewelry. You’ll find the appropriately-named Valentino Jewelers offering helpful service on Grant Avenue, alongside McDonald’s Jewelers, who’ve been marking Valentine’s Day in Novato for over sixty years. Meanwhile, Carmen Q offers contemporary, locally-crafted pieces worth making an appointment for.
Novato landmark restaurant Hilltop 1892 is offering romantic dinner and lunch specials. The historic restaurant location offers panoramic views of Marin, and it’s the perfect place to catch a spectacular Valentine’s Day sunset, which happens at around 5:15. For the more musically-inclined, Rickey’s Restaurant features jazz singer Lady D serenading loving couples from 5:30, for an evening of romantic standards.
Other dependable local dining choices include family owned and operated Grazie on Grant Avenue, casual classics from the HopMonk Tavern offering high-end tavern fair for the craft-beer lover in your life. For smoky flavors to go with smoky glances, there’s the Wildfox Mesquite Fired Kitchen on Alameda del Prado, and for those who want to spice things up, you’ll find Thai, Indian and other cuisines in our restaurant directory.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and don’t forget that your local merchants love to see you at any time of year.