With lockdowns still in place, we get to explore new ways to celebrate Valentine’s day here in Almaguin. Love isn’t canceled and we can still support local businesses to find the perfect way to show our loved ones how we care!
There is something for all the senses and various ways to show how much you love that special person in your life. The endless gift ideas might make it hard to decide what route to take, so we made it easier to plan Valentine’s day this year by sharing some of our local businesses and their gift ideas!
Who doesn’t love to receive flowers? Not only does it fill your home with sweet fragrances it also can add life to the room, which can be a lovely way to enhance the beauty of your home halfway through winter while some may be staying at home more than ever. You can pick up flowers or even candles for your loved ones to enjoy at shops across Almaguin. Check out Powassan Flowers or The Flower Garden with convenient locations in Sundridge and Burks Falls, deliver and pick-up options. A lovely note for a show of affection or affirmation of just how much someone is valued could be what your Valentine is hoping to hear.
Our personal favorite way to indulge is with locally baked goodies, perfect for any sweet tooth who enjoys a tasty gift. Sugar Temptations in Burks Falls and Buttertarts and Belgiums in Katrine are both offering Valentine-themed sugar cookies. Additionally, Algonquin Fine Foods in Magnetawan has yummy jar cakes, local goodies, and more! The Cornball Store in between Magnetawan and Burks Falls has homemade baking and meals to go for any occasion. River Stone Cafe in Powassan frequently carries baked goods and you can always pick up a cappuccino while you’re there!
As for special gifts, Almaguin has businesses offering something for everyone, such as handmade glass heart wall hangers from Incandescent Glass Studio, eclectic ideas from Northspring in Burk’s Falls, or a unique find from Zak’s… Naturally in Sundridge. For a more practical gift, you can pre-order the perfect gift from your local Home Hardware with curbside pickup at one of their locations in Burk’s Falls, Magnetawan, Sundridge, and Powassan.
If you’re looking for a safe way to get out of the house and spend some quality time together, you can go on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh-ride with a bonfire and hot chocolate at Armstrong’s Thunder Ridge Farm in Sprucedale, just call ahead of time to book. Searching for a way to celebrate without booking ahead? There are supplies available to head out on the lake for some ice fishing from Eagle Lake Narrows, just outside of Sundridge.
If your special someone would enjoy having the night off, light some candles and decorate your dinner table to create the ambiance of dining in an upscale establishment. Take the work out of dinner by enjoying fine dining with a full course meal and wine special from Michael’s on Main in Sundridge. Swiss Country House in Magnetawan, or Steirerhut Restaurant Schnitzel House in Sundridge also have unique menus to satisfy your Valentine’s preferences. If you would like to unwind with drinks at home after dinner, you can pick up some spirits from Copperhead Distillery and Spirits in Sundridge or you can find a two can dine and drink take-out special at South River Brewing Co. There are many other tastes of Almaguin ready for pick-up. Stop by DiCasa Food Service in Burks Falls for ready-made dinners and desserts, the new restaurant Pit Stop 518 in Kearney, delicious pizza from Spicoli’s in Emsdale, or if you live further north, you can always order from Wagon Wheel in Powassan.
Last but not least, physical touch might be more desirable than ever with all of this social distancing! Find some guilty pleasure snacks at the Magnetawan Bait & Tackle, Katrine General Store, Stevann’s Video in Powassan, Kwik Way in South River, Burk’s Falls, or Powassan and cuddle up for a movie night watching one of the rentals available. South River’s local Independent Scentsy Consultant might have what you need for a romantic evening at home. White Birch Hair Salon can get you looking dapper for an intimate evening with a pre-booked appointment. If you’re looking for something more sensual, Healing Woods Massage Therapy is a great place to book a massage with a Registered Massage Therapist for a professional touch.
Almaguin is filled with so many amazing businesses we couldn’t fit all of their Valentine’s specials in this blog, but we encourage you to reach out to your favorite local businesses to see how you can support them through this hard year. With public health restrictions in effect, please be sure to contact your preferred business ahead of time to check their operating hours and safety protocols.
Share the love and stay safe Almaguin!