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7 Unique Valentine’s Day Dates For Queer Couples

by | Feb 13, 2023

Whether you have been with your partner(s) for five months or five years, executing the perfect Valentine’s Day date that is both memorable and thoughtful can seem daunting. If you’re currently stress-sweating about trying to snag a coveted Valentine’s Day dinner reservation, have no fear. Here are seven Valentine’s Day date ideas that are sure to leave a mark better than Cupid’s arrow.

1. Buy Matching Lingerie.

Nothing’s better than a present that you can wear! Feel free to splurge on matching lingerie for you and your sweetheart.

2. Schedule a sexy photo shoot, or commission a local artist to draw a portrait of you and your partner(s).

Talk about a portrait of a lady on fire! Find a local photographer to shoot a sexy photoshoot with you and your beloved. If you’d rather not bare all for the camera, reach out to a local artist to see if they’re accepting commissions for couples’ portraits. Not only will you have a lifelong keepsake for yourself and the people that you love most, but you’ll also be supporting the career of a local artist! It’s truly a win-win.

3. Surprise your partner(s) with an indoor picnic.

If you live somewhere that’s too cold to make a trek to the park, feel free to cozy up at home and indulge in the fine art of charcuterie. Make a charcuterie board with your favorite crackers, meats, fruits, or cheeses. Nothing says romance like turning salami into roses.

4. Create a DIY home bar.

Skip the lines, blaring music, and aloof bartenders, and bring the bar to your living room. It’ll finally be socially acceptable to wear slippers to the bar, what could be better than that?

Stock up on your favorite spirits and mixers and take the art of mixology into your own hands. The internet is full of recipe blogs that post unique recipes for everything from mocktails to simple syrups, so you’ll have no shortage of inspiration.

5. Take your bookworm beloved on a bookstore date.

If your partner(s) have a TBR pile that is taller than they are, take them on a surprise date to their favorite Indie bookstore and offer to buy whatever their heart desires. Most bookstores also do blind dates with a book around this time of year, wherein they wrap certain titles in butcher paper and only write a brief description to entice readers. Who knows, you could find your next favorite book in the process!

6. Go to a cat cafe.

Pets need love this time of year, too! Cat cafes are a great way for cats who are waiting to be adopted to get the chance to socialize with people outside of a cold, metal cage. Most cat cafes partner with local animal rescue organizations. So if your partner is an animal lover, feel free to grab a coffee and meet some kitties. But be careful, you might walk out the door with a new forever friend.

7. Skip the fanfare and grab some half-off candy the next day for a bonafide rom-com marathon.

At the end of the day, Valentine’s Day is just that, a day. So don’t stress if you’re not feeling like going all out this year. At its core, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the people you love, not the material manifestations of that love. Feel free to grab some sale candy the next day with the person you love most and host a rom-com marathon. If you indulge in THC-related whimsies, you can throw an edible in there. Sometimes the most memorable dates have the simplest premises.

BONUS: Book a nooner in a Shaggin’ Wagon’ at the Hotel Zed

Designed to encourage romantic rendezvous among people of all genders and sexual proclivities, Nooner enhances the appeal this year with the arrival of the ‘Shaggin’ Wagon’ – a 1978 Chevrolet G20 Conversion Van primed for the perfect Valentine’s photo opportunities. Packages start from just $69! Book now.

Feel free to comment your Valentine’s Day plans below.

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb


Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award.An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content.Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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