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Monday, January 21, 2013

Romantic Things to do in Burlington

Flowers.  Chocolates.  Dinner.  Romantic gifts and things to do always seem to be limited to these options.  With our lives getting busier than ever, it’s hard to find time to go the extra mile and come up with a unique gift idea or plan an inventive and romantic getaway to show that special someone in your life that you’re even more awesome than they thought!

If you need a little help, you’re in luck!  Rest assured that Burlington has more variety than a double-layered box of chocolates when it comes to romantic things to do!   We’ve got you covered at every price point, whether you want a simple gift idea or a romantic overnight getaway!

Romantic Restaurants in Burlington:  Word to the wise: this is the time to pick a restaurant you don’t usually go to, and especially one you don’t take the kids to.  Because you can go there anytime.  A night of romance requires a quieter, cozier, candlelit atmosphere with attentive service and a menu that has a little sophistication!   No restaurant has a better view in Burlington than Spencer’s at the Waterfront, with windows overlooking Lake Ontario and an impressively creative menu that is always worth the splurge!  Or grab a cozy table for 2 in downtown Burlington at romantic favourites like The Alex, Red Canoe Bistro or Rude Native.  If you love a classic surf & turf, try The Carriage HouseLord Nelson Fine Dining or Walker’s Fish Market.  For the high rollers out there who want one of the most inventive culinary nights of your life, you’ll be blown away by Chef Matteo Paonessa at Blacktree.  This stellar restaurant was recently given (very rare) top marks by Toronto Star restaurant critic Amy Pataki.  Speaking from personal experience, it is an amazing gastronomic adventure you’ll never forget!  Just make sure you call for a reservation, as weekends and special occasions always see those tables fill up fast!

Hotel Packages in Burlington:  Whether you’re local, or coming in from out of town, the romance factor is always elevated when you stay overnight at a nice hotel.  Getting away from your growing to-do-list or the many requests of your delightful children is all the reason you need to take a little break from home!  Burlington offers many romantic hotel options with great values.  You can’t beat the view at The Waterfront Hotel, watching the sun come up over Lake Ontario is a great way to start any morning.   With so many restaurants within walking distance, it’s also extremely convenient!   The newly renovated Holiday Inn is a great option and they have sleep in SundaysHiltonGarden Inn has a great Romance Package with early check-in, breakfast and late checkout!  The great rates at Comfort Inn and Best Western round out some great options for your romantic overnight getaway in Burlington!

Blair Lancaster Spa
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Spas in Burlington: whether you both want to go for a romantic couples massage, or if it’s more about giving mom a little time away from the kids on her own, the luxurious spas in Burlington will get the job done!  Book something special or grab a gift card as a great gift at favourites like Rosewater Spa, Blair Lancaster, or the 2011 Burlington Post Reader’s Choice award-winner, Casablanca Salon & Spa Oasis.

Unique Date Ideas: There are plenty of romantic and fun things to do in Burlington all year long!  Stop by the sweet spots on the Burlington Chocolate Trail for delicious samples and great deals, take in the artistic creations at The Burlington Art Centre, or get tickets for a memorable performance at the new Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Cool and unique Romantic Gift Ideas: Local merchants in Burlington have no limits when it comes to the best gift ideas!  I’ll break it down for both genders so it couldn’t be easier!  They may be classic choices, but the quality and original spin you’ll find at these retailers guarantees to impress!

Top Romantic Gifts for Guys (and where to get ‘em):
  1. Watches: Always great selection & prices at The Bay.
  2. Great clothes: Scriveners and Jeff’s Guy Shop have something for every guy that will elevate the stylish factor in their closet considerably!
  3. Chocolates: Walkers Chocolates has great guy-themed chocolate items like golf clubs and personalized chocolate bars.
  4. His favourite drink: check out special offers at the LCBO!   Great values and they never go to waste!
Top Romantic Gifts for Girls (and where to get ‘em):
  1. Perfume: There’s plenty to choose from at Sephora in Mapleview Mall, or you can grab something truly unique & luxurious at Saltridges downtown (plus they have the best red gift bags)!
  2. Lingerie: Bocana Boutique has been around for 25 years for good reason, and not far from there is The Black Pearl Lingerie Boutique!
  3. Gift Sets: Joelle’s always has a great selection of cool gift ideas.  Every girl loves the Hanky Panky lingerie line they carry, plus who wouldn’t appreciate these adorable ‘true love’ coupons for things like breakfast in bed & control of the tv remote!
  4. Chocolates: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at Burlington Mall rocks!
  5. Flowers: Euro Style Flower Market does really beautiful & modern bouquets.
Of course the most important thing to remember on any romantic occasion is to have fun and not worry so much about the cost or the details!   Celebrating someone important to you can easily be done with just a simple card from Shopper’s Drug Mart, or a unique and sassy one sure to be found at Fairhome Interiors.   I promise you that a genuine and personal note in a great card will be just as appreciated as any expensive gift or fancy dinner.   Of course if you can manage all three, I say go for it and reap the many rewards of gratitude!   ©
Victoria Hughes, Guest Blogger
Victoria Hughes is a local entrepreneur, social media specialist and website & blog author. Born in Burlington and living in the GTA her whole life, her professional career has taken her through the diverse worlds of leadership consulting, fashion retail management, fine dining, communications technology and online travel. After launching her own business in 2008, she began authoring the daily Girl It Up! fashion and discount blog, tweets on topics of the day @vbhughes and recently spearheaded a site full of guidelines and resources to keep youth safe & smart as they explore the ever-changing world of social media: safesocialmedia.ca . Her greatest loves are travel, shoes, laughter and family. 

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