We asked locals: What would be your perfect Valentine's Day (or night)? Here's what they told us about having the perfect romantic holiday in the Lowcountry.
Hilton Head High Football Coach/Executive Director, Strive to Excel
My perfect day? A warm atmosphere, food, great stamina and the perfect mix of laughter and reflection.
Founder/Voice of the Hallelujah Singers
A day spent with my honey would be a perfect Valentine’s Day. When I see him I see a bouquet of roses: yellow for friendship and red for love. His conversation with me reads like a card.
Actor, “The 39 Steps” at The Arts Center
The perfect Valentine’s date has my gorgeous girlfriend with me on my motorcycle. Her arms are wrapped tight around my waist as we ride through the countryside, taking in the sights and smells of the passing orchards and farms. We arrive at a small vineyard where we sip the nectar of Dionysus. Utter bliss.
My ideal Valentine’s Day is 168 hours long on Nihiwatu Island. It would be with my lovely bride, Lynne. Call it a second honeymoon.
Founder of the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island/Storyteller
I wouldn’t work that day. I would probably be pampered. I’d love to go on a one-day cruise and be surrounded by beautiful flowers, candy that wouldn’t put any pounds on me, beautiful music and sunshine — not too hot, not too cold. That’s what I would order.
Hilton Head BARBERSHOPPERS
On Valentine’s Day, (the Barbershoppers) go singing around the island. The joy is singing to people. The element of surprise is so much fun. We get to see so many different places, and we get to celebrate with our wives that night.
Marketing Director, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
We start with my wife and I in a jet that I bought with profits from my string of bestsellers. We fly to Paris for a private screening of “Casablanca” held in the Louvre and finish with a gourmet Indian meal at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Hilton Head Comedy Club
This smacks of sacrilege, but I’d avoid the expected night on the town. Valentine’s Day is about who you’re with, not where you go. Instead, I’d agree on a menu of personal favorites and join forces to execute same, accented with wine and hands-on assistance. Add candles and music to taste. Savor.
Coastal Discovery Museum President/CEO
Anything my wife Pat would like — dinner, dancing — plus a splash of Basil Hayden’s.
Owner, Faces Day Spa
For me, an ideal Valentine’s would begin with a lazy morning with absolutely nowhere to go. Then, my husband and I would spend the day together, maybe taking a walk on the beach or spending the afternoon at the spa. We’d end with a quiet evening at home, watching old movies and eating popcorn by the fireplace.