7 Romantic Date Ideas for Florida Lovers

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Whether you were struck by Cupid a few weeks ago or fifty years ago, there are many wonderful Florida destinations to enjoy with your sweetheart. While you may already have your Valentine’s Day reservations in order, we’ve put together a few date ideas for a romantic day, night, or weekend experience that can be found right in your own city.

Gainesville

opens in a new windowDragonfly Sushi & Sake Company Inc.
201 SE 2nd Ave Suite 104
Gainesville, FL 32601

 

Why You’ll Love It
Just 20 minutes away from our Westchester community, you’ll find the modern open-fire grill at Dragonfly. This unique Japanese restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere for guests as well as a great selection of seafood, meats and seasonal vegetables. Whether you choose formal dining or open flame grilling, you and your significant other are sure to have a relaxing and unique dining experience.

Jacksonville

opens in a new window Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
200 Ponte Vedra Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32802

 

Why You’ll Love It
About 25 minutes from our Highland Glen, Julington Creek, and Nocatee communities is the perfect weekend escape destination in Ponte Vedra Beach. A wonderful combination of recreation and romance, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers deluxe accommodations along with fine cuisine and service. From a couple’s massage at the spa to a romantic dinner for two at the Seahorse Grill, your weekend is sure to be unforgettable. Want to add a special touch? Request flowers and other small treats to be placed in your room before your arrival – the perfect surprise for your sweetheart!

Palm Coast

opens in a new windowAtlantic Grille
200 Ocean Crest Drive
Palm Coast, FL 32137

 

Why You’ll Love It
Ten minutes away from our Grand Haven community, a beautiful oceanfront setting awaits. The perfect backdrop to your romantic dining experience can be found at the Hammock Beach Resort’s Atlantic Grille. Featuring contemporary world cuisine, the Atlantic Grille’s monochromatic south Florida design offers an open air terrace as well as indoor seating in the dining room and lounge. Located on the main floor of the Lodge, the Atlantic Grille is Palm Coast’s only oceanfront restaurant. Enjoy the sound of the waves as you feast on Palm Coast’s finest seafood cuisine!

Ormond Beach

opens in a new windowOrmond Wine Company
1108 West Granada Blvd.
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

 

Why You’ll Love It
Who said Valentine’s Day had to be stressful? Less than 20 minutes from our Ormond communities, you’ll find the perfect combination of a wine bar, craft beer bar, café and wine shop. The Ormond Wine Company offers a relaxing and distinct experience for couples. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu features meal selections that have been carefully chosen to complement guests’ exceptional wine selections.

Daytona Beach

opens in a new windowThe Cellar Restaurant
220 Magnolia Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

 

Why You’ll Love It

A 25 minute drive from our Water’s Edge Port Orange community will lead you to one of Daytona Beach’s hidden treasures. The Cellar Restaurant is located in the historic home of Warren G. Harding who used the home to escape from Ohio’s cold winters. The building is also now on the National Historic Registry.  You’ll enjoy fine Italian dining from Chef Sam Moggio who was chosen as a “Best Chef in America” last year. Don’t just take my word for it, the Cellar has won awards for “Best Service”, “Most Romantic”, and “Outstanding Wine List” in Open Table’s 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards.

Orlando

opens in a new windowEpcot
200 Epcot Center Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32821

 

Why You’ll Love It

While traveling the world may be on your bucket list, there’s an affordable alternative right in the heart of Disney World! From Le Cellier in Canada to Le Chefs de France, your choices for a romantic setting are endless at Epcot. Located within 30 minutes from our Orlando communities, you’ll be a few steps away from some of the world’s most romantic destinations. The great thing about Epcot is that it offers something different for every couple. Florida residents can enjoy special discounts on tickets and make a whole day/weekend experience out of it where you can enjoy lunch in Mexico and dinner in Paris!

Tampa

opens in a new windowColumbia Restaurant
2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

 

Why You’ll Love It
“Florida’s Oldest Restaurant” is located in the heart of Tampa’s Ybor City. Decisions may be a little hard to make, from deciding on one of their many beautiful dining rooms  to narrowing down your wine selection. On select nights, guests can enjoy authentic live Spanish music and dance performances while they dine. Wine enthusiasts will also be happy to know that Columbia has been recognized by many of Spain’s leading winemakers as having the most complete and world’s best collection of Spanish wines.

If you’d like to visit any of these romantic places with your sweetheart, we’d recommend making reservations ahead of time to guarantee seating as all of these locations fill up quickly around the holidays.