Coming up short on Valentine’s Day date ideas? Whether your date prefers upscale or low key, art or shopping, pampering or working out, staying in or a night on the town – Town Center of Virginia Beach has an option you and your date will enjoy! Here are 14 dates that anyone who is celebrating Valentine’s Day in Hampton Roads should consider:

1: Pamper 

Pamper your spouse with a spa or hair treatment at Sumatra Salon and Spa. While she is relaxing at the spa, set up a candlelight dinner for two at home. Not a chef? Not to worry, The Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen have you covered. Both restaurants serve mouth-watering entrees and sides. If you’re interested in a lighter meal, you can’t go wrong with one of their fresh and filling entree salads. For dessert, “Fondue For Two” from The Royal Chocolate is a must! Every lady enjoys fresh fruit and gourmet chocolate on Valentine’s Day! This is available “to-go”.


2: Staycation 

Surprise your wife with a special getaway – a staycation in Town Center! Make reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn or Westin Hotel, arrange for childcare, and pack his and her bags. When you unveil your Valentine’s surprise, she’ll be thrilled to have a night off, without the kids, and impressed with your planning and thoughtfulness. Don’t forget to make dinner reservations! Before you leave Town, treat your sweetie to brunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe. We recommend their “Famous Sweet Potato Pancake” on this sweet holiday.


3: 12 Roses = 12 Dates

Give your Valentine a dozen roses from Eclectic Design Florist and Gifts. On each stem, attach a note for a future date (example: catch improv at the new Zeider American Dream Theater, experience happy hour at BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, attend a crafting class at Paper Source, take a dance lesson at Town Center Fitness). Don’t forget to have flowers delivered to the other important ladies in your life – daughters, mother’s, sister’s. Eclectic Design offers arrangements for every budget and will be open on Valentine’s Day! 


4: Family Picnic

Sharing Valentine’s Day with the kids? Order scrumptious sandwiches and sides from Simply Fresh Café and Market or Jimmy John’s and have a picnic lunch in your living room. Decorate your picnic space with West Elm’s Valentine’s themed pillows and blankets. It will become a celebration that the kids look forward to each year! Don’t forget about dessert. Just Cupcakes, featured on Cupcake Wars, bakes beautiful, gourmet cupcakes daily! Pre-order a dozen for the entire family to enjoy. Dad, surprise mom with a bottle of wine from Simply Fresh’s wide selection to accompany her dessert.  


5: From Afar

If you are separated across the miles, send a care package filled with all things lovable. You can find your candy essentials at It’ SugarFive Below is stocked with Valentine themed stickers, toys and accessories – all under $5. Paper Source is your go-to spot for cards, wrapping paper and unique gifts. If you want to create your own card, ask a Paper Source representative to help you pick out the right crafting material for your project. We love the idea of writing why you love your Valentine on individual pieces of craft paper, rolling them up, tying each with a ribbon, and gifting them in a glass jar. Your sweetie will enjoy reading each handwritten note!


6: For The Art and Wine Lover 

Discover something completely new with your date this Valentine’s Day and experience all things art in Town Center. Start your date at Jones Art Gallery. Their gallery exclusively shows original paintings and limited edition prints of the three generations of the Jones family. Peruse their gallery and read the stories of inspiration behind the images. Is there a piece that your date liked in particular? Blow her away and surprise her with the gift of a piece of art! Next, make your way over to Eclectic Design Florist and Gifts to admire their hand crafted, made in the U.S.A., keepsakes. The hand-blown glass ornaments can be enjoyed year-round and would serve as a reminder of your fantastic date! Now, you must master the art of the dinner date. Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro provides a romantic setting. They serve only the highest quality ingredients and offer over 325 varieties of wine, 70 of which are available by the glass.


7: Dinner and a Show with a Twist

Pull out all the stops and treat your date to dinner and a show. The Virginia Symphony is performing at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, the 12th. The new Zeiders American Dream Theater has Valentine’s geared performances February 10, 11 and 14 at 7:30 PM. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant has a special engagement with Basile. To complete your date, make dinner reservations at Ruth Chris Steakhouse before the show. You can’t go wrong with their “Barbequed Shrimp” appetizer. After the show, enjoy cocktails at Twist Martini. We recommend the “Strawberry Palomo” for the ladies. It’s crafted with love. Don’t forget that the Funny Bone serves a full dinner menu in their showroom!


8: Recreate the Shopping Scene from “Pretty Woman” 

What lady wouldn’t love a date that includes shopping? You can recreate your partner’s favorite movie as a romantic Valentine’s date that she’ll never forget! The first thing you need to find is the location for her shopping experience. Town Center has several boutiques that carry women’s clothing. Choose from Anthropologie, Ann Taylor LoftbevelloDestination MaternityFree People, francesca’sMonkee’s. She may want to visit multiple stores so that she can find the perfect look – consider taking her to one store to purchase a dress and another for accessories! After the location is chosen, you need to make sure you have all the right props. Set up a rickshaw ride from Seven Cities Rickshaw to take you around Town Center. Have her favorite flowers from Eclectic Design and chocolate covered strawberries from The Royal Chocolate waiting at the store for her. Don’t forget about your attire. If you’re going to be Prince Charming for the day, you have to dress the part! You’ll look great in a new suit from Brooks Brothers or Men’s Wearhouse . Lastly, if this date is leading up to a bigger event, like a proposal, make sure you document it with photography. The most photographed spot in Town Center is the Fountain Plaza. The steps leading to the fountain were made for popping THE question! Contact Ramone Photography for information about photography services.


9: Customized Gift Idea

Frame a poem, picture or piece of memorabilia. Ramone Photography is not only a photography studio – they provide custom framing for just about any work of art! Have the framed piece waiting at a reserved table in an ideal setting like McCormick and Schmick’s or BRAVO! Cucina Italiana . McCormick and Schmick’s offers a fresh approach to dining with the finest seafood and steaks and excellent service. BRAVO! Cucina Italiana serves Italian classics with a twist made with authentic old world cooking techniques and the highest-quality ingredients!


10: Private Bar Crawl for Him

Ladies, are you taking the lead on this year’s Valentine’s Day? Create a bar crawl – just for him. Start the evening with a beer flight that has been brewed onsite at Gordon Biersch . Their server can help you find the perfect food pairing to complement your beer. For your main course, head over to Yard House and select one of their seasonal beers to accompany your made-from-scratch meal. Finish the night with live entertainment and an Irish nightcap at a favorite neighborhood bar, Keagan’s Irish PubIn need of a “man gift”? Purchase a gift certificate from Irving’s Detailing Salon for a complete car detail!


11: The Gift of Relaxation via Daddy Daycare  

Did your special lady have a long week? Help her relax and de-stress this Valentine’s Day. Treat her to breakfast – in – bed prepared with warm bagels and pastries from Bliss Bagels and More . Fill her bathroom with scented candles from Anthropologie and products from Sumatra Salon and Spa’s AVEDA line. Have the kids shower her with sweetness through Philosophy’s “I Think You Are Wonderful” bath gift set, available at ULTA . The finishing touch – a set of plush, personalized bath towels from west elm. While she’s relaxing at home, take the kids out to Barne’s and Noble for their 11:00 AM “Storytime & Activities in Celebration of Valentine’s Day.” Storytime is on Saturday, the 13th only.


12: For the Athlete

Take the athlete in your life to a Saturday morning yoga class at lululemon athletica. Afterwards, treat her to a new workout outfit from lululemon athletica or Dick’s Sporting Goods. For the girl that loves to be outdoors, let her pick out a pair of designer shades from sunglass hut or LensCrafters . Now it’s time to relax and refuel at the Daily Grind with one of their cold pressed juices or signature coffees. Try the “After Workout” shake with your choice of protein!


13: Dine around the World – in Town Center

Tease your taste buds with Town Center’s international culinary scene. Start the night at Saffron Indian Bistro . If you’d like to experience a wide variety of Indian cuisine, we recommend the “Grand Sampler” and “Twist Rolls”. After this course, head over to Zushi – a Japanese Bistro. Get a taste for all things Japan by ordering the “Sushi and Sashimi Dinner” and “Beef Teriyaki”. What to drink? Hot sake is the perfect companion for sashimi and sushi. When you’re ready for something sweet, your final stop on this culinary tour should be P.F. Chang’s . Peruse their creative cocktail menu and order the signature “Great Wall of Chocolate” dessert. The six rich layers of frosted chocolate cake topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips and raspberry sauce is perfect for sharing!


14: Does She Love Her Dog More Than You?

If the way to this woman’s heart is through her dog, treat them both on Valentine’s Day! Visit Mrs. Bones Bowtique to get her pet fitted for a custom collar and leash. Afterwards, take them for a stroll around Central Park. Don’t forget to stop by Coldstone Creamery or Confetti Cafe and Gelato for a sweet treat. Town Center is a pet-friendly community with water bowls placed in front of multiple store fronts.


We encourage you to make restaurant reservations. Please contact the restaurant or store directly to confirm hours and product availability.


Parking: Town Center has over 4,000 FREE parking spots! Entrances to the public parking garages are located on the ground level of the Armada Hoffler tower, Cosmopolitan building, Clark Nexsen tower, Dick’s Sporting Goods building and Westin Hotel. For more information click here.