Danielle's Favorite "Romantic" Things

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You never need a reason or holiday to show the ones you love how much you care but any holiday that celebrates love, I’ll happily participate in. Many hate Valentine’s Day because they believe it’s commercial.  While that may be the case, I am a firm believer in that holiday’s like this are opportunities to show someone you care in an extra special way and who doesn't like feeling "extra special" sometimes?   Here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day things that are thoughtful, romantic, and sentimental. 

No matter what size your budget is, there's something you can do for that special someone in your life.





Geja’s Café


Gejas is one of my favorite romantic restaurants in the city of Chicago. This fondue restaurant provides the perfect ambiance for a romantic evening.  At Geja’s you and your partner are part of the experience, creating your meal to your desire a sharing them with that special someone.  My favorite item to enjoy is their four-course Premier Dinners. In a candlelit room, surrounded by the music of Flamenco and classical guitar, you’ll be presented with creamy Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, served with fresh breads and fruits for dipping. Our crisp green salad, dressed with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, offers a counterpoint to the rich, warm cheese fondue appetizer. Next, you’ll cook your choices of Australian lobster tail, jumbo gulf shrimp, aged beef tenderloin, Atlantic sea scallops or chicken breast in a pot of sizzling soybean oil or broth. The main course is served with a mound of fresh vegetables and eight savory dipping sauces. Our famous chocolate fondue is flamed table-side, and presented with marshmallows for roasting, along with moist pound cake and fresh fruits for dipping into the velvety Belgian Chocolate (Gejascafe.com)

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The Love Book

In a society that spends most of its time communicating electronically. The art of writing a beautiful love letter has virtually disappeared.  The Love Book is a personalized gift book that lists all the reasons you love someone.  You design it, edit it, choose your own pages and personalize it.  The book is created and shipped and you have a personalized gift that chronicles your own love story.  It’s the kind of gift, your mate would cherish.  The key with Valentine’s Day gifts is to give items with thought and intention behind it. It really is the little things that mean so much.  Available in hard and soft cover, they start at $45. (lovebookonline.com)

**Budget Friendly Idea:  If it doesn't fit your budget, you can always write a beautiful love letter.  It comes from the heart and is in your own words and handwriting and would be a gift that would be treasured for years to come.

A Romantic overnight Getaway


Chicago is home to some incredible lakefront and skyline views along with beautiful hotels.  Perhaps staying in is what you and your mate prefer. Why not treat your partners to an overnight stay at a luxurious hotel?  My favorite hotel for romantic getaways in Chicago is the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Beautiful interiors, luminous rooms with impressive amenities wait.  Located in the plush gold coast neighborhood, there is plenty of access to numerous fine dining experiences if you choose to leave the hotel.   For my stay, I enjoyed the Deluxe King and was immediately surrounded by luxury. From the handwritten note, bottle of wine left for me when I arrived in my room, the romantic in room fireplace and a bathroom with a huge soaking tub perfect for a bath for two, and plush bathrobes,  the wilder Astoria covers every little detail.  If you want to splurge a bit, the Waldorf Astoria is the perfect way to enjoy a romantic getaway.  Rooms average $350 and up a night. http://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/waldorf-astoria-chicago-CHIWAWA/index.htmln

**Budget Friendly idea:  If the Waldorf is a tad bit out of your price range, check for hotel deals on sites like Hotwire and Groupon.  You can always find nice 4 and 5 star hotels at affordable rates!

 Pablo Neruda


There was a scene in the Sex and The City movie that showed Mr. Big winning Carrie's heart by sending her the poems of her favorite writers.  Mr. Big didn't have the words but found exactly what he wanted to say in the words of other authors.  Have you ever wanted to tell your mate something romantic but never found the words?   If so, I’d highly recommend the works of poet, Pablo Neruda.  His book, “Love Poems” is a collection of poetry that beautifully illustrates passion, sensuality and romance.  https://www.amazon.com/Love-Poems-New-Directions-Paperbook/dp/0811217299





What are some of your favorite "Romantic" gifts to give or receive?

Until next time, Take care of yourselves and one another

D. Sanders