By Alison Bailin Batz

It’s that time again: Valentine’s Day. And this year, Valentine’s Day not only falls on the weekend, but Presidents’ Day weekend, so many will have extra time for the ones they love. But what to do with your paramour amid the pandemic? We’ve got you covered with ideas for over that special weekend and a few that work all month long.

Explore Europe (ish)
Many of us have wanderlust right about now, so why not plan a virtual adventure somewhere fabulous for Valentine’s Day? Watson Adventures offers several virtual scavenger hunts and trivia games to help people experience culture and new experiences, while connecting with the one they love. For example, with the “Around the World Scavenger Hunt: Virtual European Tour” visit paintings by Van Gogh in the Netherlands, journey to Stonehenge in England, check out Pompeii in Italy, and more. There are dozens of options, both virtual group and private programs, starting at $19.99.

BlinD Wine Tasting
Creating a blind wine tasting experience at home, or even virtually if unable to be together in person, is easy thanks to two University of Arizona alum. Their product: the Argaux Blind Tasting Kit. This kit includes two, three or four wines thoughtfully wrapped to conceal their identities, an instruction guide on how to blind taste, an overview of varietals and regions, tips and tricks to help you guess and even a way to “keep score,” though everyone is a winner by the third small glass! Prices range from $100 to $150.

Enjoy Prix Fixe on a Patio
Both ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho and Hearth ’61 are featuring sumptuous prix fixe menus Valentine’s Day weekend, with ample seating on both patios or spaced out significantly inside. At ZuZu enjoy dishes like roasted parsnip and hazelnut soup, truffle and chive agnolotti with hazelnuts, and chocolate covered strawberry cake with white chocolate milk crumb. The menu starts at $55 per person. At Hearth ’61, the three-course menu includes a mushroom and goat cheese tart, surf and turf, and chocolate chiffon mousse cake with candied rose petals, and it starts at $89 per person. Reservations are required in advance for both. and

Walk (and more) in a Winter Wonderland
Chill out (literally) under the stars thanks to Winter at the Princess, which takes place all month long. Skate hand in hand at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ 6,000-square-foot ice rink; cuddle at a private fire pit with S’mores; and feel like kids again at a series of snow-themed rides and activities for all ages. Prices start at $15 for basic activity wrist bands, but plan on at least $100 for parking and the big stuff. Hey, she’s worth it! There are also substantial discounts and even free attractions to those staying at the resort.

Arrange a Private Igloo
For those seeking something really out of the ordinary, head up north to the Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock and book one of their igloos! The property’s two massive, translucent dining globes accommodate groups of two to four guests, making them an ideal private, socially-distanced outdoor dining option for couples. Located at the resort’s scenic outdoor garden at ShadowRock Tap + Table, each globe is beautifully furnished inside with an intimate eating area as well as a heater and air purifier. They are available to resort guests nightly at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. with sanitation breaks between each seating. The igloos are also available as an add-on to the resort’s Love on the Rocks package.