February 2019

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with love, with sinfully delectable chocolates, with rose bouquets, with romantic candlelight dinners. It’s the perfect time to show your loved one just how much he or she means to you. Following are some websites devoted to love, dating and romance. These websites were thoroughly reviewed and do not contain any inappropriate content, images or material.

Laura Emery, Field Editor

virginia.org/valentinesday

Don’t have the funds to travel the world this Valentine’s Day? For more affordable destinations, go local. The list includes a link to Virginia’s five-star stays, tallest peaks, mountain resorts and cozy cabins, spas ― and, of course, no local list of romantic hot spots would be complete without a list of Virginia’s “kissing bridges.” Never heard of kissing bridges? Covered bridges, also known as kissing bridges, numbered more than 100 back in the early 1900s, dwindling down to about 50 by the mid-1930s. Today, only seven authentic timber-covered bridges survive in Virginia. You can visit four of them, all of which have been preserved as landmarks.

thebudgetdiet.com/frugal-valentines-day

At The Budget Diet, the goal is to help you earn, save and live smart. But, this Valentine’s Day, you can add “love smart” to that list. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank. For budget-friendly ideas on how to enjoy your Valentine’s Day, check out this list of frugal, yet fun, ways to express your love.

nestofposies-blog.com

This craft-oriented blog is everything a craft website should be. It’s colorful, creative and catchy. Be sure and check it out for Valentine’s Day crafts sure to entertain and impress.

allrecipes.com/recipes/199/holidays-and-events/ valentines-day

AllRecipes.com is the place to go for sweet (and savory) ways to pamper the palate of your loved one. When romance is on the menu, All Recipes has a slew of options: everything from blue-cheese-encrusted filet mignon to white-chocolate raspberry cheesecake. The best part is that each recipe is rated by All Recipes users, so you know you’re getting the best.

theromantic.com

Here, you’ll find hundreds of creative ideas and expert advice on love, dating and romance. This is absolutely a one-stop source for everything romantic. The site includes hundreds of romantic date ideas, humorous dating-disaster stories, strategies on how to ask someone on a date or for their hand in marriage, dating ideas under $10, a collection of romantic poetry for any occasion or situation, love-song lyrics, dozens of love letters from famous couples in history, quotes on love and friendship, romantic getaway suggestions and ideas, a trivia page containing the ways to say “I Love You” in different languages, and much more.

lovepoetry.com

A good love poem can serve as a pick-me-up or even as an inspiration. LovePoetry.com is loaded with poems, including the classics, that will help you get in touch with your inner emotions on loving and being loved. You can even submit your own poetry that can be read by others who may be in your same situation or feeling the same emotions.

locksoflove.org

February’s holiday centered on love and romance isn’t just a time for expressing love to your loved ones; it’s also a time to spread love and kindness to others you may not know. You can do this through loving charities, like Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.