Unique Valentine's Day Gifts

RENO, NV - Let's face it- Valentine's Day can be stressful between making a reservation, finding the right bouquet, and of course dealing with the crowds. This year, with Valentine's Day landing on a Saturday, restaurants are even busier than ever so why not think a little creatively.

"I think the days of roses, and dinner, and wine, you know they are kind of give me's," Tracie Barnthouse, publicist for the Atlantis said. "I don't think many people think of spa, so if a husband or wife gifts a spa treatment to their significant other it takes it up a level."

The Atlantis is offering a special all day couple's treatment designed to bring intimacy into your life. Barnthouse says the spa is booked this weekend, but gift certificates make a nice gift.

"We're encouraging people to give the gift of a gift certificate and avoid the crazy busyness of Valentine's Day," Bartnhouse said. "Maybe take a day off of work and spend it together."

As an added bonus, locals get a 15% discount at the spa if they go in on a weekday. But a spa day can be pricey, so other local businesses around town are ready to help you say, 'I love you'.

"You know especially being a college kid I can't afford to go out on Valentine's Day so why not push a date night back a couple weeks," Dustin Vance, Vice President of Dorinda's Chocolates, said.

At Dorinda's Chocolates, in Downtown Reno, they are preparing for their brand new chocolate making class.

"You and your significant other can come in and learn all about chocolate and of course eat all of it," Vance, said.

The classes don't start until March, but Vance says they have gift certificates that, when paired with their hand dipped chocolate strawberries, make a great Valentine's gift. Just make sure to pre-order the strawberries.

"We make them with real chocolate, not a shell, so we make them that day and you have to eat them that day," Vance said.

But if you still want to head out this Valentine's Day and the traditional dinner appeals to you, make a reservation for dinner and wine at We Olive & Wine Bar.

"It's a really great place to come, have an intimate dinner, a glass of wine," owner, Alysia Peters said. "We only have seating for 20 so there's not going to be a lot of noise. Bring it back here. It's all about good food good wine and spending time with the person you love."

We Olive has several different small plate items to choose from as long as unique desserts and cocktails that incorporate their olive oil and balsamic vinegar if you and your significant other are feeling adventurous.

We've posted each other these specials below and links are attached to this story.

SPA ATLANTIS:

The Ultimate Couples Rasul Retreat is unlike anything else offered in northern Nevada. It’s a 160-minute treatment that starts with applying six healing muds during a ceremony while a chamber fills up with gentle herbal steam. (see attached pictures for a look at the chamber) As you let the mud soak into the skin, a brief tropical shower begins, washing the mud away. After the Rasul Ceremony, couples are next invited to soak in a floral bath, and a side-by-side aromatherapy massage ends the treatment. It’s decadent, luxurious, and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

DORINDA'S CHOCOLATES:

Enroll in one of Dorinda’s Chocolates hands on chocolate making classes.

Price: $125 a person

Class Dates
Third Saturday of every month: 2pm – 5pm
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th
June 20th

This class will offer:
A brief history on chocolate
The meaning of cocoa percentages
Will see hands-on chocolate molding demonstrations
Will taste and discuss chocolate from white to dark
Will see for themselves how handcrafted chocolate pieces are made, and will be able to craft their own
Will learn tempering/crystallization of chocolate.
Will receive special pricing on bulk chocolate to take home and experiment and create pieces of your own

WE OLIVE & WINE BAR:

February 14 Specials running from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. :

$50 J Cuvée Brut bottle + Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Plate
an ever-changing selection of artisanal cheeses (from Wedge) and hand-made salumi (from Reno Provisions) served with crackers, fruit, nuts, We Olive Sweet Balsamic Mustard and We Olive Artisan Honey

$40 J Cuvée Brut bottle + Sweets & Treats Plate
Daily soft cheese selection (from Wedge), dried apricots, local artisan honey, We Olive Poco Dolce dark chocolate with olive oil and sea salt, and We Olive Paso Almond Brittle
Complete small plate menu here

They will also be serving the We Olive Sparkling Mimosa. A delightful beverage made with J Cuvée Brut, white peach balsamic and basil olive oil.
Any bottle purchase of J Cuvée Brut can be turned into a We Olive Sparkling Mimosa

Valentine's Day Gifts:
We Olive & Wine Bar Reno is also offering custom Sweetheart Gift baskets.
Choose from a selection of wine, cheese, chocolate, olive oil and more