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Romance in the age of social distancing

Getting close to your partner this Valentine’s Day is more difficult than ever during this age of social distancing.

From Zoom dates to takeout, couples have had to adapt. Whether you’re already quarantining with someone or planning a date virtually, here are some unique ideas to help you spice up your Valentine’s Day.

(Illustration by Nicole Liverett/Kokopelli)
  • Find a fun recipe to cook or bake with your partner. This is perfect if takeout isn’t really your thing. If you decide to cook along with one another over Zoom, it can be a little chaotic, but that’s part of the fun.
  • Play video games. Nothing says “I love you” like trying to work with your Valentine in couch co-op or beating your Valentine in competitive clashes. Win or lose, it’s all worth it to spend quality time with your special someone.
  • How about takeout under the stars? Feel free to grab a favorite meal with your partner, take a drive out to Dripping Springs and enjoy the beautiful night sky.
  • Staying home this Valentine’s Day? Spice up your holiday with a romantic candlelit dinner, complete with food delivered right to your doorstep via DoorDash or Uber Eats.
  • Need protection? Plan a mask-making date and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Plan an at-home movie night. Why not whip out the projector, buy some Valentine’s themed snacks and do a rom-com movie marathon with your partner?
  • Are motor sports your thing? Get your partner’s heart racing with the Daytona 500 this Valentine’s Day. The green flag drops Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m. MST.
  • Willing to brave the public to wine and dine? The Las Cruces Sun-News has compiled a list of local Valentine’s Day specials including a five-course meal at Picacho Peak Brewing Co. Remember to make reservations as seating is limited everywhere in observance of social distancing.

Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day, romance is in the air — even if it’s from your own home.

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