Seeing someone with a sweet tooth? These Chocolate Lover’s Hearts from Chocolate Tofino are made entirely of chocolate and filled with fresh truffles and caramels. (Chocolate Tofino Photo)

Valentine’s Day ideas for West Coasters

“Do activities together. Try something new you’ve always wanted to do.”

Not sure about what to do with your sweetie on Valentine’s? Here’s a round up of romantic infused ideas for Feb. 14 that are close to home, with something for everyone, even the parsimonious kind.

Seating is still available for the Ucluelet Volunteer Fire Brigade’s annual Valentine’s Dinner at Matterson House Restaurant (à la carte). Members of the fire brigade will be your servers for the evening, and all proceeds from the night go directly to the Brigade. Call 250-726-2200 to make a reservation.

The Great Room at Long Beach Lodge is hosting a Valentine’s Happy Hour from 3-6p.m., which includes one dozen oysters and two glasses of bubbles ($30). Couples could also opt to share the Great Room With Love Special dessert for two ($18) after an evening stroll along Cox Bay, perhaps? Phone 250-725-2442 to book your table.

Head chef at 1909 Kitchen in Tofino Paul Moran and his team have created a sumptuous V-Day six-course dinner menu that features Cortes Island oysters, braised lamb, and a pavlova dessert to die for ($49). For reservations, call 250-726-6122.

Or what about a fun date night a Howler’s Family Restaurant in Ucluelet? They will have their usual wing Wednesday special going as well as a special dessert to share. Bowling will be on the house.

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, Ultramarine Art Supply is hosting a drop-in Valentine’s Day Card Making workshop from 12-3p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 ($10 includes all materials). Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

Attach your crafty card to a personalized Chocolate Bear ($16.95) or Chocolate Lover’s Hearts ($34.95) made locally by Chocolate Tofino and you’ll have one beary happy significant other.

A Pre-Valentine’s Ladies Night is also set for Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Army and Navy in Ucluelet (Free). This event promises to be a good time, with Turning Tides Tarot offering readings ($10), Wild Roots Esthetics offering mini manicures and lash tinting ($15 per treatment) and Playground of the Senses products will also be on site for your perusal.

For those feeling an urge to indulge, Drift Spa at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort offers couples massages started at $100 per person. To learn more, call 250-726-4809.

“Having a massage together is just a beautiful experience because it’s spending time together, but it’s also working on the inner self at the same time. You’re sharing that moment with someone you love. It’s like self-care and couple-care,” said Drift Spa director Valerie Thomas.

She emphasized the fact that spending quality time together – even if it’s a long walk or working out together – is the most important part.

“Do activities together. Try something new that you’ve always wanted to do. They say that we should always do something out of our comfort zone to grow personally. If you do it with your partner than you grow personally and as a team and create a stronger bond, which is lovely,” Thomas said.

Drift Spa director Valerie Thomas holds a sample of cedar rose essential oil she uses for massage treatments.

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