It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to Valentine’s Day and you start to wrack your brain for the very best ways to spoil your sweetheart. But while everyone else rushes around buying clichéd red roses and heart-shaped candy boxes, why not try something a little different this time around?

Customizing some quality time for the two of you is always the best way to pamper your beloved. And from gallery visits to romantic meals to chocolate classes, there’s a Cupid’s quiver-full of great options to consider in Richmond. Read on for our 10 local suggestions—and don’t forget: spoiling your sweetie-pie should never be a once-a-year exercise!

For romantic getaway lovers…

Spending a surprise night in a hotel can be a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And a couple of Richmond properties have some great suggestions for you. The Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel is currently promoting its popular Pride & Joy Couples Escape package. And over at the River Rock Resort Hotel, why not book a deeply pampering Spa Package, complete with treatments and a room upgrade?

For nature lovers…

Spending time together in nature is one of the best things you and your loved one can do. And luckily there are lots of soul-stirring parks and shorelines to explore here, perhaps via some rental wheels from Village Bikes or U-bicycle. Consider exploring the great outdoors at hot spots like Terra Nova Rural Park or Iona Beach Regional Park. And if you’re searching for a hobby to share together, Richmond also has a celebrated birding scene—and winter is a great time to spot local feathered critters.

Garry Point Park
Bundle up for a bike ride along Richmond's waterfront. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

For chocolate lovers…

This year, swap the store-bought chocolates for a unique Richmond experience. Book ahead for Sinfully the Best’s February 10 class and you and your partner will be making your own Valentine’s bonbons and gift boxes together. Alternatively, consider one of the delicious twice-monthly tasting and pairing events at Wild Sweets By Dominique & Cindy Duby. Both producers also stock delightful Valentine’s confections if you’re simply looking to buy some special treats. Need more options? Peruse our sweet-tooth guide to the city’s chocolate scene.

For art lovers…

A visit to the Richmond Art Gallery is the perfect opportunity to slow down and spend some time together. Opening February 10, the gallery’s latest show is an intriguing and thought-provoking video exhibition by Vancouver-based artist Adad Hannah. And if you want to show your artsy loved one an even better time, drop by for a free talk and tour with Hannah at the gallery on February 23. Looking to exercise your own creativity as well?  Book ahead for Scout & Co’s hands-on Sign Stenciling Workshop in Steveston on February 17.

For tea lovers…

Treat your partner to some dainty cups of fragrant London Lady Tea at London Heritage Farm. The antique-lined tearoom here is always a charming spot but on February 9 and 10, they’re hosting a special Valentine’s high tea service. If you're looking for another great option for high tea, head over to Origo Club. Featuring French-inspired cuisine and a state-of-­the-art coffee counter and tea bar, you can opt to add a glass of Barons de Rothschild Champagne Brut to your high tea to make the celebration extra special.

London Heritage Farm - Photo: John Lee
Book ahead for a special Valentine’s tea at London Heritage Farm. | Photo: ​John Lee

For wine and beer lovers…

If your love is like a sweet, sweet wine, you might be looking for a stronger elixir. Country Vines Winery has a delightfully rustic tasting room—Shameless Sparkling Rosé recommended—and over at Lulu Island Winery you’ll find delicious ice wine to share in the tasting room and store. But if your partner only has eyes for beer, hit the cozy bar at Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks and try their Gettin’ Fizzy With It Brut IPA, a limited edition, champagne-like ale that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.

For theatre lovers…

A heartfelt Valentine’s card is a must at this time of year. But why not surprise your sweetie by slipping some theatre tickets in there as well? Running from February 7 to 16, Gateway Theatre’s Yoga Play promises a rib-tickling evening of comic entertainment with a show that plunges head first into themes of spirituality, commerce and stretchy exercise pants. Alternatively, consider check out the Jana Seale concert at Britannia Shipyards’ Chinese Bunkhouse on February 21.

For cocktail lovers…

Making your date feel extra special is also easy at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel where shucking oysters and sipping delectable cocktails in the Jetside Bar comes with a side order of romantic mountain views. And if a wedding is in your future, look into booking the hotel’s Elopement Package which includes an in-suite ceremony coordinated by the hotel’s Romance Concierge.

Celebrating in style at the Fairmont - Photo: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
Celebrate in style at the Fairmont. | Photo: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel​

For food lovers…

With over 800 restaurants in Richmond, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. But several Richmond restaurants are serving special menus for Valentine’s Day. Chop Steakhouse & Bar will be serving up a 3-course dinner with options such as prime rib, oven-roasted chicken, and cheesecake infused with ice wine and ginger. Love is also in the air at The Deck Kitchen + Bar where you could easily fall for a special menu that includes roasted sablefish, rib eye steak, and a passion fruit dessert. Be sure to book ahead!

For sunset lovers…

It’s never a cliché to watch a romantic sunset together. And Richmond, with its stretches of beautiful shoreline, is a great place to do it. Pucker up under a pyrotechnic sky—or descend onto one knee to pop the big question—at Iona Beach Regional Park or Garry Point Park. The riverfront boardwalks of Steveston Village are also equally scenic, with lots of spots for Instagram-worthy sunset photos of the two of you together.

Waterfront sunset - Photo: Tourism Richmond
Enjoy a spectacular sunset with your sweetheart. | Photo: Tourism Richmond