Follow These 5 P’s For The Perfect Valentine’s Day
Whether you’re the thoughtful, sensitive type or the guy who wouldn’t be caught dead sharing his feelings, most men could use some help in the romance department. RiverStone Resort and Spa is here to help you plan an unforgettable Valentine’s experience for her.
Planning ahead will help ensure your stay is perfect. Contact RiverStone today and be sure to get your reservation made for one of our luxurious condos for the Valentine’s Day weekend. Several days in advance, contact one of our guest service specialists to talk through all the ways we can help you make everything just right for your stay. RiverStone staff can help you set up your condo before you arrive with a fresh flower arrangement, a dozen roses, or petals scattered around, sparkling beverages, candies or other special treats, dimmed lighting, music, etc. They will also have recommendations for romantic dining and fun couple’s activities and can assist you with planning for a special spa experience while you’re here.
Nothing sets the right tone like playing together, and physical activity boosts those little feel-good hormones called endorphins. Take a stroll together along the Little Pigeon River, which runs in front of the resort. Hike to a secluded mountain waterfall and take a picnic. Grotto Falls is just minutes outside of Gatlinburg off the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. There, you’ll enjoy the exhilaration of standing behind this 25-foot-high wall of water cascading down from the rocks above (NOTE: check with the park service before heading out—some closures occur due to inclement weather or other reasons in winter). Take a romantic horseback ride through wooded vistas and along rushing mountain streams. Walden’s Creek Stables (closed for winter until Feb. 12) offers various packages from straight trail rides to three-hour tours (weather permitting, this time of year). Other ideas include riding the Gatlinburg Skylift and purchasing a keepsake snapshot they take of you near the top. You can also ride the Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg and ice skate together. Catch a sunset together at Newfound Gap. Ride the Great Smoky Mountain ferris wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge, take off in a Wonders of Flight tethered balloon experience, book a scenic helicopter tour, or ride to the top of the Space Needle in Gatlinburg where you can glimpse spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. To make the memory even more special, stop by the arcade below and have commemorative penny made or get goofy together in one of the photo booths there. Whatever you choose to do, escape your everyday routines and make new memories with fun activities that are sure to get your hearts beating a little faster.
After all the playtime, enjoy something a little unexpected together. Pamper her with a relaxing couples massage. While some men have a little trouble with a complete stranger rubbing on their backs, show her you’re not afraid to try new things that enhance your enjoyment of each other’s company. RiverStone’s staff are the utmost professionals with years of experience in putting our guests at ease and helping you relax. If that’s just a little too much for you, surprise her with her own massage and spa pedicure, while you slip away to start a fire in your room, fill up the tub, or prep a few drinks and appetizers. After all this relaxation, the two of you can come back to your room and slide into your own whirlpool tub to wind down the day.
With all these preparations you’ve made, you may just want to order in for a cozy dinner in front of the fireplace or enjoy cooking a meal together in your fully equipped kitchen. Maybe you’re the adventurous types who just start gearing up when the sun goes down and would love a delicious dinner together out on the town. Harpoon Harry’s Crab House is one of the newest restaurant/nightlife hotspots in Pigeon Forge with live music, a unique bar experience, exotic sushi, King crab legs, and seafood as well as delicious steaks, prime rib, and more. RiverStone can also make romantic restaurant suggestions for you and help you get the best tables by making early reservations. Request a fireside table or one overlooking a mountain stream. Partake of delicious flame-grilled steaks at The Peddler. Enjoy live piano music at The Park Grill. The Melting Pot boasts fresh strawberries for dipping in chocolate fondue for dessert. Other great restaurants include the Greenbriar Restaurant, Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill, and many more. If you’re so inclined, make a tasty toast to your sweetheart with one of more than 20 varieties of wine at Smoky Mountain Winery or swizzle a sip of some good Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Tours and tastings at these wineries and distilleries are free and open to the public. Whatever your taste, RiverStone can help you make the evening perfect.
Express yourself. Skip the sappy, mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards and write her a more personalized note telling her how she makes you feel or all the things you love about her. Listen to what she likes, pay attention to something she’s been wanting, and find an unexpected moment to surprise her with it. You don’t have to spend lots of money to make her feel special and to let her know you are tuned in to what she needs and wants. Paying attention to these kinds of little details and making them more personal will go a long way with her.
So what if you’re no Romeo. Being romantic is about doing something special or unexpected for the one you love. You’re her guy, and she will love you just for trying this hard. These will be the things that keep the spark alive and that she’ll remember every Valentine’s Day for years to come.