1. Celebrate at home
Honestly, I think this is the most obvious way to avoid crowds. It’s like a no-brainer. For me this year, I’ll run into the crowds on my drive home, and oh boy is traffic gonna be bad yet I won’t have to deal with fighting it to go back out. I’ll be able to have a quiet night in front of the fire with my honey if I want. Although I am going to have to find some alone time soon or those presents will never get wrapped.
2. Go to an out of the way restaurant or non-traditional spot.
Last year, we went out for BBQ. Now if you know me at all you know that Baby Blues BBQ is my favorite spot, and if you didn’t know before NOW YOU DO! It is delicious with some of the best sweet tea in LA. The greatest part is though that no one was there except for a few regulars, and I got Bryan Adams on vinyl!
3. Do something during the day.
Hardly anyone tries to celebrate with brunch or a nice lunch. It’s all about the flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinners. If you want to go to a place that is very traditional in the Valentine’s Day sense then try booking a lunch reservation. It will be less hectic and your waiter will have more time to spend on paying attention to you. You picked the place cause it’s special, and you don’t want it to lose that to poor service.
4. Have an adventure
You don’t have to go far to create an adventure. You can do a scavenger hunt around your neighborhood but make it all about things the two of you love. Go on a bike trip near the beach and have a picnic. It doesn’t even have to cost you money. Although last year for one of my closest friends birthday we did flying trapeze lessons so there are plenty of overly adventurous ideas a lot of people probably aren’t trying out there.
5. Celebrate on another day.
The holiday isn’t about February 14th after all. You can celebrate your love any day you choose, and you’ll avoid the crowds but still get the more traditional feel. This year, we’re celebrating on the 15th by going to Book of Mormon plus hopefully dinner at this restaurant I’ve been dying to try. I’m not about to tell you guys that one yet, because I don’t want you booking my reservations *wink*. All in all the best way to avoid the crowd is to just be flexible.