Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to ditch the winter blues and celebrate the people that you love (even if you’re not in a relationship).

by Meg Bennett

Whether or not you are in a relationship right now, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Crack open the paper doilies and start stocking up on the sponge candy, because Valentine’s Day is almost here! Even if you aren’t into chocolates, flowers, cards, and all of the commercial aspects of the holiday, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to ditch the winter blues and celebrate the people that you love – regardless of whether or not you are in a relationship.

Looking for a fresh, new way to spend time with your partner, parents, siblings or friends? Here are a few ideas that we came up with:

Massage at Excuria Salon & Spa

After being stuck indoors for so long, your muscles are probably stiff! It is time to treat yourself and the person you love to a soothing massage. As tempting as it may sound to save a few pennies and DIY at home, a professional massage at Excuria Salon & Spa ensures that all of your points of tension are expertly treated. A professional massage can improve circulation, the immune system, sleep patterns, mental alertness, and vitality, as well as lower heart rate and blood pressure. You and your loved one will each choose from a Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Sports, Aromatherapy, Maternity, or Scalp Massage, and then share the experience in adjoining rooms. Take this opportunity at Excuria Salon & Spa to set aside worries and other distractions and focus on what really matters.

Excuria Salon & Spa is located at 5725 Main Street in Williamsville. Hours are Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 716-839-3106 for more information.

Niagara Falls Romance Package at Red Coach Inn

Most of us are dying to get away right now, but travel restrictions and testing requirements have really dampened our spirits. If you are hoping for a night or two away from the kids or a fun change of scene, check out the dreamy Niagara Falls Romance Package from Red Coach Inn: a clean and comfy bed, scenic views of the falls, scattered rose petals, a bottle of champagne, a box of chocolates, and dinner at an award-winning restaurant. Sounds perfect, right? All of this can be yours at Red Coach Inn, just a stone’s throw away from the Seneca Niagara Casino, Aquarium of Niagara, and more exciting attractions.

Red Coach Inn is located at 2 Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY. For more information and to make reservations, call 716-282-1459.

Make your Valentine’s Day extra sweet with some special treats from All That Chocolate

Taste-test sweet treats from All That Chocolate

If you have grown bored with chocolate boxes and conversation hearts, try any the Valentine’s Day specials from All That Chocolate! Here you will find creamy Hot Chocolate Bombs, White Chocolate Caramel Apples coated in heart-shaped sprinkles, and Popcorn drenched in chocolate and M&Ms. Try the Heavenly Mix, a delicious blend of oat and rice cereal, pretzels, walnuts, and white chocolate. Buy a few bags for the whole family and let them know: “Life is sweeter when you’re here with me!”

All That Chocolate is located at 3055 Maple Road in Newfane. For more information, please call 716-751-6105 or visit

Stream a movie from North Park Theatre

Turn down the lights, cook up some popcorn, and snuggle up with your loved one for an intimate movie experience at home! North Park Theatre is offering online streaming of a wide selection of movies. If you’re interested in flicks about American history, check out Minari or Son of the South. For drama, there’s Night Shift, True Mothers, and the musical Stand! There’s a huge list to choose from, so be sure to check out for more information.

Have a great Valentine’s Day

Whether or not you are in a relationship right now, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year, you can choose to honor your partner, parents, grandparents, siblings, your best friend…and even yourself! A deep tissue massage from Excuria, caramel apple from All That Chocolate, and a movie from North Park Theatre sounds like a pretty epic way to unwind after a busy work week. Am I right? However you choose to spend your day, know that you are loved and appreciated. Thank you very much for staying connected to Welcome 716! Have a relaxing Valentine’s Day 2021!