In a totally unscientific sample of people who have visited my Valentine's Day in LA page, there are interesting differences between people who answered the Men's Poll and the Women's Poll on what they think is a romantic way to spend Valentines' Day. Of course, this can be extrapolated to what they find romantic overall.
What MEN find most romantic:
- An intimate dinner at a romantic restaurant 20%
- Sharing time together doing something active outdoors 14%
- Enjoying live music or theatre 14%
- A weekend away together 11%
- Chocolates, flowers and dinner at home 10%
- Extravagant surprise gestures 10%
- Dinner and dancing at a swank nightclub 9%
- Anything, as long as it involves jewelry 0%
What WOMEN find most romantic:
- Sharing time together doing something active outdoors 18%
- An intimate dinner at a romantic restaurant 17%
- Enjoying live music or theatre 16%
- A weekend away together 16%
- Extravagant surprise gestures 11%
- Dinner and dancing at a swank nightclub 7%
- Chocolates, flowers and dinner at home 4%
- All of the above 3%
- Anything, as long as it involves jewelry 1%
The most significant differences are that more women than men rank doing something together outdoors on top of their romance list (18% vs 14%); men find dinner out far outranks anything else in the romance department; women find a weekend away much more romantic than men (16% vs 11%); and a much higher percentage of men than women think flowers, chocolates and dinner at home is a romantic way to spend Valentine's Day (10% vs 4 %). So guys, even if she offers to cook you dinner, you might want to have one of those other options as part 2 of your Valentine's celebration plan.
Add your voice to the poll (page 2) and get some ideas for romantic ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in LA.