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Karlie Tipton, Editorial Assistant
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By Karlie Tipton
February 6, 2014
With Sunday marking the 50th anniversary of their landmark first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, I’ve been listening to the Beatles a lot lately. With the possible exception of “Taxman,” I enjoy just about every song in their catalog. However, “All You Need Is Love” is perhaps my favorite. It’s pretty simple as lyrics go, but there’s something so heartwarming in that simplicity.
Unfortunately, the upcoming holiday dedicated to that very idea has people worrying about everything but love. Back in the eighteenth century, when the Valentine’s Day celebration as we know it began, lovers would write each other impassioned letters declaring their undying affection. Today, sweethearts are expected to purchase diamond jewelry, oversized boxes of chocolate, roses by the dozen, and all manner of high-priced finery, much of which will either be in the trash or the closet within a week.
Instead of spending five minutes and way too much money on Valentine’s Day, here are some unique and inexpensive Oklahoma ways to actually spend time with the one you love—which is all they really need.
Take a stroll through the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. A walk through this paradise is not just a delightful way to admire thousands of beautiful flowers; for much less than the price of a dozen cut roses, it’s also a great way to warm up after a long winter. $14 for two people. (405) 445-7079 or myriadgardens.com.
Sample Bedré Fine Chocolates. A heart-shaped box of chocolates screams “I forgot and Walgreens was on my way home.” But a drive to Davis provides more than an hour of quality time, some beautiful sights along the way, and an opportunity to see how some of the best confections in Oklahoma are made, as well as a free sample or two. Free (plus the price of gas). (580) 369-4200 or bedrechocolates.com.
Go to the Oklahoma City Zoo and feed the giraffes. The zoo is just about the best place in Oklahoma City to walk around holding hands. Feeding the giraffes might not be your typical romantic activity, but generosity is a very attractive quality in both men and women. $19 for two people and three pieces of lettuce. (405) 424-3344 or okczoo.com.
Watch some Academy Award-nominated short films at the art museum. Dinner and a movie is a classic date night, but the Oklahoma City Museum of Art lends a little extra elegance. Bonus points for grabbing a hot cup of coffee or a drink at the cool Museum Café. $18 for two people. (405) 236-3100 or okcmoa.com.
Grab a bottle of wine and head to the Gloss Mountains at sunset. Diamonds are okay, but there is no competing with the sun sparkling off the selenite of the Gloss Mountains near Fairview. Bring a blanket, some merlot, a couple glasses, and you’re in store for an evening to remember. Cost of wine and gas. (580) 227-2513 or travelok.com/parks.
Adopt a dog or cat. Valentine’s Day is about opening your heart. Although it requires a big long-term commitment, there are few ways of doing that that are more rewarding than adopting a cat or dog. Many Oklahoma organizations offer specials around Valentine’s Day, including the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, which is holding free adoptions on Saturday, February 15. (405) 286-1229 or okhumane.org.