Last-minute local ideas for Valentine’s Day

From flowers to happy hours to meteor showers, we’ve got ideas to make your Valentine’s Day special.

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There’s no dodging Cupid’s arrow — Valentine’s Day is here. Whether you’re celebrating your friendships or sugaring up your sweetheart, we’ve got last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas that will have you loving love.

🌵 Get fantastical with botanicals

If you’re quick, you might have your pick of bouquets using same-day flower delivery. (We’re eyeing those locally designed arrangements.)

Or, get creative and nab a potted plant from these plant spots. Nothing says forever like a hardy succulent.

🥂 Keep spirits up

If you didn’t score reservations, don’t overthink… grab a drink. The following spots have weekday happy hours:

  • EMC Seafood and Raw Bar | Mon.-Sun., 3-6 p.m. | Pair $8 glasses of house white or red with $2 oysters, sushi rolls under $9, or other seafood bites ranging from $5 to $15.
  • Rootstock Wine Bar | Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m. | Treat yourself to wine, beer, and bites, with half-price bottles on Mondays at the Los Gatos location and on Tuesdays at the Mountain View location.
  • Five Points | Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m. | Choose from $10 specialty cocktails like the strawberry Frozé or Cucumber Mule, and pair with $10 wings and coconut shrimp.

For more options, check out our happy hour guide.

🌟 Go stargazing

It doesn’t get much more idyllic than bundling up and looking at the stars. Grab some blankets (and maybe a hot drink) and find spots where nighttime observing is allowed from the San Jose Astronomical Association.

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