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How do you celebrate those you love on Valentine's Day?

valentines-dayWith Valentine's Day fast approaching and our thoughts turning towards love, we checked in with our team to see how they recognize those special people in their lives -- when they're not dreaming of escaping the grip of this crazy New England winter, of course! Here's what some of them had to say:       Jessica Clark, Realtor and lead buyer specialist My husband is creating an at-home date night! Lobster for me and steak for him. We will have family movie night and put the kids to bed early (unbeknownst to them) so we can enjoy dinner and a nice bottle of wine. I actually have a bottle I bought awhile back that cost more than I normally spend on wine because it has a sketch of a fly used for fishing and fly fishing is my husband's favorite hobby! Maybe we will open that up and enjoy a glass as we cook together. A conversation at dinner without being interrupted by the kiddos sounds good to me!

Maureen Eliason, Realtor and Transaction Manager My husband and I typically don't do anything big for Valentine's Day, but this year one of our teenage sons who doesn't have his license yet has asked us to drop him and his girlfriend off at a restaurant for their Valentine's dinner date.  Our son then graciously suggested that Jim and I could go out to dinner ANYWHERE else.  So we will happily take him up on his not-so-subtle suggestion and go to The Bancroft, our new favorite restaurant.

Laura Ferrara, Realtor and buyer specialist My husband and I do our best to create a date night. Our favorite restaurants are Cafe Escadrille in Burlington and Strega in Woburn -- we really enjoy atmosphere and great food at both. We also love going to the newly renovated Burlington cinema -- the chairs are comfy/cozy and it's a great place to get away from our hectic life and reconnect.

And if we can't make it work to get out of the house, then we'll have a simple date night at home with Chinese take-out and a glass of wine together on the sofa -- though some day we hope to escape on a romantic weekend getaway someplace tropical...

Laura Bullock, Director of Staging, Design and Concierge Services One idea that caught my eye is to order in your significant other's favorite meal (one place to try is Concord Cheese Shop's Friday Night Gourmet Dinner Club, which includes wine!) and have a picnic at home in front of the fireplace. You're guaranteed a cozy, romantic atmosphere, and you don't have to fight for a parking spot in the city, where none exist at the moment anyway!

A festive cocktail to start (or end) the evening will make the night -- check out this Be Mine Mojito.

Thais Collins, Realtor and buyer specialist My husband and I never used to go out on Valentine's Day -- we just didn't think it was worth fighting the crowds for a reservation. As breakfast lovers, we would do that for dinner: pancakes, fancy omelette recipes and a variation of brunch cocktails. And then last year he surprised me with a reservation at one of our favorite restaurants in the area -- Masa Southwest Grill in Woburn -- and dinner was delicious. We went really late to avoid the rush and had a blast (and a few of their sangria margaritas to celebrate). I can't wait to see what he has planned this year!

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So that's what some of us will be up to this weekend. How about you? What's your favorite thing to do for Valentine's?

Share your thoughts on our Facebook page, and wishing everyone a warm and loving weekend!

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