Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is fast approaching. If there's someone special in your life, chances are you'll be wondering what you can do to show a little extra love. While this so-called Hallmark holiday often pressures people into going the age-old route of flowers and chocolate, we'd like to offer up a few unconventional ideas on how to spend this Valentine's Day with your someone special - whether it's a spouse, mom, dad, daughter, son, or even your BFF.
So, because it's a known fact that Maryland residents love their state, we'd like to give you a few ways to put a Maryland-themed twist on this Valentine's Day.
1. Go Out for Coffee & Books in Downtown Annapolis
There's an undeniable romance in the air within the streets of downtown Annapolis. The glow of the street lights, the old-fashion ambiance of the historic buildings, and even that adorable trolley all contribute to the charm of Maryland's capital. Adding to this charm is Annapolis's newest, independently-owned book shop - Old Fox Books, a place "where story lives, friends meet, and excellent coffee is served. We believe in the power of stories to inform our humanity and in the value of a third place, where unrelated people relate in healthy public life. Books are gateways to all the great ideas." Located at 35 Maryland Ave, Annapolis.
2. Experience Maryland's Best Craft Beers
FeBREWary is Maryland’s official month-long celebration of craft beer, and with craft brew events on tap across the state, it’s the perfect time for a beer lover's getaway. For a complete list of all of Maryland's breweries, visit http://www.visitmaryland.org/breweries.
3. Pick up Some Old Bay Chocolate & Maryland Dessert Wine
Only in Maryland is Old Bay-flavored chocolate an actual thing, and one local place to get it is at Coco Couture Chocolates in Severna Park. Sweeten the deal by pairing it with a Maryland dessert wine - we recommend Elk Run Vineyard's Sweet Katherine (sold at most liquor stores, including Angel's on Mountain Road in Pasadena).
4. Paint a Scene from Maryland
The Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis sailboats, the Baltimore skyline, Black-Eyed Susans - there are so many iconic sites from our state that inspire art. Whether it's a blank canvas or blank wine glass, put your artistic abilities to work for a fun outing at a local DIY art studio. We suggest MUSE Paint Bar and Wine & Design, both located in Annapolis.