Weekend Getaway for Romance in Greater Fort Lauderdale
By Christie Galeano-DeMott
With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, a romantic weekend getaway is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday in Greater Fort Lauderdale or simply escape to reconnect with your sweetheart. Here in sunny South Florida, there are a plethora of intriguing activities for couples to celebrate their love. Whether you seek a fantasy resort, delicious restaurant, dreamy outdoor adventure, or relaxing spa treatment, Greater Fort Lauderdale has it all and more.
For some inspirational music, the BB&T Center is hosting Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac on February 14. POD seating will be in place to enforce social distancing measures. If you’re looking for something a bit jazzier, head over to All That Jazz Café in Sunrise for an evening of lively music paired with dinner. To combine your dinner with something other than music, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Pembroke Pines serves a wide selection of tasty wines and wine tasting flights to enjoy with your date. Dining is currently available by reservation only, so be sure to plan ahead.
Over on the east side of Greater Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find sandy beaches and the lively Las Olas Boulevard with plenty of romantic restaurants in downtown Fort Lauderdale for couples to explore. The Hyatt Centric Las Olas is one of the newest hotels in the area, and it’s the place to stay if you’re looking to be steps away from all the action. If your heart desires ocean views from your room, there are plenty of hotels where you can celebrate a romantic seaside Valentine’s Day in Fort Lauderdale.
Depending on your mood, east Fort Lauderdale has a cool collection of off-the-beaten-path activities to choose from. For theater enthusiasts, the world-renowned Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers a backstage guided tour of the theater complete with an on-stage photo. Staying in the cultural realm, you can walk over to the NSU Art Museum to explore the works of local and international artists.
For nature lovers, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is steps from the beach and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking and bike trails, picnic areas, and romantic sunset kayak tours. Heading indoors, try your luck at axe throwing at Chops + Hops Axe Throwing Lodge located inside the trendy Flagler Village district, or slow things down a bit at Float8 Wellness Lounge where you can let all your tension and stress float away in one of their sanitized floating tanks. You can even book a deluxe cabin to float together for a uniquely unifying experience.
At Margaritaville’s St. Somewhere Spa, you can opt for dual relaxation via massages or body treatments, or select an in-room Swedish massage for some privacy. At the Hard Rock Hotel’s Rock Spa, the Synchronicity Massage is a rhythmic massage where pulsations sync with music to ease tension for a treatment you’ll both remember for years to come.
For fine dining right from your hotel, both accommodations have you covered. At the Hard Rock, choose from the finest cuts of dry-aged beef and fresh catches at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood or head to Kuro for Japanese cuisine including sushi and robata grill fare. At the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, you’ll want to go to JWB Prime Steak and Seafood for a luxurious meal in a laid back atmosphere with an extensive wine list.
If you choose to venture away from your hotel while in Hollywood, head south to Gulfstream Park for live horse racing, shopping, and plenty of dining options.
In the northern region of Greater Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find the Royal Blues Hotel in Deerfield Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Resort & Spa in Pompano Beach, both welcome for you a getaway filled with sun and sand. As part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux brand, the Royal Blues Hotel offers a boutique seaside experience unlike any other. With only 12 rooms, the service and attention to detail will leave you truly pampered. Over at the Marriott’s Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, you can catch the sunrise together from your oceanfront balcony before heading down to one of the two pools or the beachside lounge chairs on the sand.
For a few more romantic things to do in Greater Fort Lauderdale, take a hand-in-hand stroll along the shores of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, which makes a perfect backdrop for dreamy beach photos. Another option for a leisurely walk is on the new Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach where you will also find two romantic seaside restaurants: Beach House Pompano and Oceanic. A few miles from the beach, nature lovers can step into the magical outdoor land of butterflies at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek where you’ll also encounter exotic birds and beautiful botanical gardens for an enchanting afternoon with your special someone.
This Valentine’s Day, make it a weekend getaway for love with the many options for romance around Greater Fort Lauderdale.