Is it the most romantic day of the year? An excuse to up our ante on the chocolate eating? Or a chance to ransack the card shop to pick out the most ludicrous one possible? Or all three?
Whether you’re utterly in love with your Valentine’s plans or daydreaming about your next trip away with friends or your other half, which one of these car-razily romantic ideas do you have a crush on?
1. Explore Berlin in a Mustang Safari
On a sightseeing mission in Berlin a couple of years ago, I encountered a quirky-looking convoy of classic cars out on the roads, pulling into the car park of ‘Mustang Safari’. This groovy car hire lets people motor off in classic American cars for urban adventures of Germany’s vibrant, architectural, metropolitan capital. The simultaneous playing of Mustang Sally resonating from the cars on repeat would be the icing on the cake. Visit the website for more info and bookings here.
2. Cuddle up in a car
Reclining seats that leave you twisting and turning to get comfy, a horn that alerts everyone around you you’re there the moment you accidentally kick the steering wheel and your pet’s dog-haired blanket in the boot as your only source of warmth; providing you crank the handbrake to avoid rolling away, your car is the perfect place to snooze… no? Not convinced? This nostalgic luxury hotel in greenery-adorned Stuttgart, Germany, will send you off to the land of nod in no time with beds modelled on retro vehicles and surroundings reflecting their versatile use in history. Book your getaway at the V8 hotel here.
3. Swap the skates for a spin in a bumper car on ice
This unique ice skating and dodgems fusion of fun in Providence, Rhode Island, is perfect for sharing a giggle with your other half, or striking up some camaraderie on a double date. The Providence Ice Rink is part of the Alex and Ani City Centre, a winter wonderland brimming with outdoor activities, romantic photo opportunities every Valentine’s and plenty of hand-holding pursuits around the park. So have no fear; the bumper cars won’t tear you apart for too long! Book your slot at Bumper Cars on Ice.
4. Pit-stop plates at V-Ate
It was the famous five-dollar shake debate in Pulp Fiction that made me think of car-themed restaurants. In the Tarantino gem, Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) dine in a car at 1950s-style Jack Rabbit Slims diner, which used to be real-life Hawthorne Grill near Los Angeles airport and there’s a real-life grill just like the one in the movie in Boston. It’s called V-Ate and the smoking hot interior, flame-grilled steak burgers and sizzling barbeque dishes there are enough to set any petrol head’s eyes (and belly!) on fire. At this pit-stop eatery, you can park yourselves at a raft of authentic car-themed tables while gazing into each other’s eyes. Mia and Vincent would have loved the place! Find out more here. However, love birds may want to steer clear this Valentine’s Day, as the restaurant is ditching the soppy smooch fest in their niche, anti-Valentine’s’, ‘Mates Over Dates’ event. PDA is a no go for the night!
5. No movie is complete without popcorn…
Switch the snuggle on the sofa or standard cinema date for a drive-in screening of a Valentine’s film. Whether you’re getting gooey over Disney, in the mood for one those endearingly predictable romcoms, or feeling that famous old-school classic movie that you love, drive-in cinemas are a delightful, cosy alternative to your routine plans. Grab the tortilla chips and dips, pick out your preferred flavour of popcorn and pull up at your nearest drive-in cinema for a marvellously mushy motion picture.
Here’s Key 103 Manchester’s iconic drive-in cinema line-up for this year: