What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Staying in? Going to the same restaurant that you patronise every year? Will your sole gift to the one you love be a box of chocolate? Think more adventurously! You don’t have to take a trip to Paris to have a memorable Valentine’s Day retreat. The most romantic place you can take your significant other is Texas.
A Valentines’ themed couples retreat requires that a lot of personal time be set aside for privacy, emotional intimacy, and mutual appreciation. Travel can be stressful. Once you arrive, a little decompression may be required. A personal hike to the almost 800-foot peak of Mount Bonnell and a mutually personal challenge to ascend its height may be what you need to make the most out of Valentine’s weekend getaway.
Mount Bonnell offers some of the most awe-inspiring scenic views of Austin and the tranquil Lake Austin from its summit peak. The Mount Bonnell hike path is comprised of about 100-steps and takes about 20 minutes to ascend. So, it is not precisely like summitting Mount Everest. But it is a more romantic and couple bonding experience. Bring your mosquito spray and be prepared to encounter interesting locals on the trail.
Karaoke always gets a bad rap. It is often viewed as being too kitschy, awkward, or an embarrassment inducing experience. It is more a way of life for people who want to show their appreciation for the songs, singers, and musicians which positively affected their lives. And, yes, it can be a fun way to embarrass yourself as well if you are not too particularly vocally inclined.
The Highball is a karaoke-themed bar establishment that is a subsidiary of the Alamo Drafthouse franchise. It has revolving karaoke theme nights like Motown Night and Guilty Pleasure Wednesdays, for example. There are seven karaoke rooms of varying sizes and prices. They also come equipped with a courteous staff member who will bring drinks and food straight to your karaoke room. Be sure to make a reservation, as it is one of the more popular karaoke bars in Austin
Peter Pan Mini-Golf
Mini-golf is a sport that is more designed for enjoying the experience than actually excelling at it with athletic skill. Peter Pan Mini-Golf in Austin, Texas is equipped with kitschy, hand-sculpted, life-sized sculptures of wild animals, dinosaurs, and various Peter Pan characters. This mini-golf course has been around since 1946 and is very family-friendly. It is also a great way to bond with your date and make great memories over several rounds of lousy golf skills exhibition.
Rocket Electric Bike Serenades
Yes. This is an actual thing. The ancient art of the serenade has been modernized through the electric bike. Rocket Electric is a local electric bike rental company that hires professional musicians to guide families, groups, and couples on various scenic tours of Austin. This especially includes the Private Music Tour. After a scenically inspiring bike tour through Austin, your tour will end on a rooftop at sunset, overlooking Austin, and featuring a musical serenade by your guide. You just can’t make this stuff up because it’s a real thing in Austin, Texas.
Viva Day Spa in Austin
One of the most luxurious day spas in all of Austin, Texas and has three locations spread throughout the city. You and your special date can indulge in a spa menu that includes treatment packages for couples. This includes Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, therapeutic stone massage, seaweed marine eye treatment, and a host of other treatments.
Viva Day Spa has a couples massage package that offers additional services like a hot herbal steam towel treatment. Now, this is for a memorable and bonding experience; it is worth it.
Think Outside the Box
Texas may not be the first destination that you think of when you are making Valentine’s Day plans. But it should be. There are just too many things to do, too many places to visit, and too many memories that you and your significant other can make during a Valentine’s Day retreat in Texas.