If you’re planning on expressing your love for someone special this Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t have to be the usual dinner and red roses. Central Geelong has some fantastic businesses, venues and services offering unique, thoughtful and fun activities and products to show your main squeeze (or best pal!) just how much you adore them.

Pinot & Picasso in Ryrie Street is hosting a Valentine’s Day ‘Love Balloons’ session on Sunday 14th February from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. With no experience needed, you can learn something new and create a beautiful piece of art from scratch all whilst enjoying a drink and having fun with your dearly beloved. Friends, families and couples all welcome! Paint supplies, instructions, aprons and canvas are included in the ticket price. BYO drinks if you fancy and add on a locally sourced grazing board supplied by Pinot & Picasso when you purchase your session ticket. Or, you’re also welcome to BYO nibbles too. Bookings are essential. For more information visit https://www.pinotandpicasso.com.au/

Victoria’s only dedicated piano bar, Piano Bar Geelong is offering a special treat on Valentine’s Day as they host singer/songwriter Lukas John at their Malop Street venue. Enjoy delicious food, drinks and catchy, live tunes, guaranteed to keep you humming and singing well into the evening. Lukas John is joined by special guests Table 7 and Slide My Way. Doors open at 1pm and shows begin at 1:30pm. Food and drinks available at bar prices. For tickets, head to https://www.pianobar.com.au/

Pistol Pete's Food N Blues Mardi Gras Music Festival is back in 2020, just in time for the Valentine’s Day weekend! This year's Mardi Gras Music Festival presents some of the finest live blues, jazz, soul, country and Americana acts on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February. Enjoy delicious and authentic Southern and Louisiana cuisine and fab live music for an awesome day out with your main squeeze. Bookings are limited so be quick! Visit https://www.pistolpetesfoodnblues.com.au/

Completely treat your love with a mini getaway at Novotel Geelong on the Waterfront. Their one night ‘Romantic Escape Package’ includes a King room with balcony, breakfast for two, midday checkout, chocolates and sparkling wine on arrival! https://www.novotelgeelong.com.au/

Wah Wah Gee invites you to enjoy a date night overlooking the incredible Corio Bay. Let Wah Wah Gee take care of the food, drinks and view with their 2-hour Valentine’s Day ‘Feed Me’ option so you can focus on the romance! Bookings are a must! https://wahwahgee.com.au/valentines-at-wah-wah-gee/

Whether you're happily partnered up, single or have the ‘it's complicated’ box ticked on Facebook, Gin Garden would love to see you at their Valentines Day event! The ticket price includes acoustic live music, endless bubbles, fresh cheese platters and all things Gin over 2 hours. Additional food and drinks can also be purchased on the night. Book now via https://thepiergeelong.com.au/gin-garden-geelong/

Treats for Your Sweet

Thinking of treating your sweet with a gift or goodie to make them feel special?

Ren Skin Health offers a 60 minute ‘Relax and Revive’ spa treatment package or 2 hour and 15 minutes ‘Pure Bliss’ package at their Yarra Street salon. Both packages include lots of lovely treatments from facials, to scalp and skin massages, exfoliations and more and are a wonderful way to treat your someone special. https://www.renskinandbody.com.au/

Serenity Skin and Body Care in Yarra Street specialise in award winning treatments to make your loved one feel special, relaxed and pampered! Choose from their ‘Salt of the Earth’ or ‘Deluxe Body Polish’ treatment or a massage treatment ranging anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.  http://www.serenitygeelong.com.au/

Gift a special guy a haircut and beard trim package from Sloane Men’s Grooming in Malop Street, one of Geelong’s leading barbershops. Your favourite fella will leave the salon looking sharp and stylish! https://sloanegeelong.com.au/

If you’re thinking of sending someone special some gorgeous blooms, Flower Bowl’s Valentine’s Day range is just perfect. Located in Ryan Place, Flower Bowl is more than just flowers and stocks signature Flower Bowl terrariums, candles, salty soaks, homewares, earrings and chocolates. View their Valentine’s Day arrangements at https://www.flowerbowl.com.au/ 

Celebrate love with luxe Townhouse Living signature hampers. These hampers will certainly bring a smile to your loved one. https://townhouse-living.com.au/

For flowers of a different kind, try a Tulip Cookie Bouquet to wow your sweetheart! Fun and delicious, this thoughtful gift is available from Baking Bliss in Ryrie Street  https://bakingbliss.com.au/

Substitute this year’s usual box of chocolates and ‘d’éclair your love’ with Ferguson Plarre’s shared éclair! Made especially for two, this éclair is filled with mixed berry and vanilla mousse and topped with Chantilly cream. Add ruby chocolate hearts and crushed freeze-dried raspberries to make it extra special and you’ve got yourself a fantastic gift! Check out their Valentine’s Day range of cakes and treats at https://www.fergusonplarre.com.au/

Perhaps consider a gift voucher or share a romantic dessert for two at Twisted Dessert Bar in Moorabool Street. Their scrumptious and irresistible desserts, cocktails, milkshakes, crepes and waffles will delight your special someone. https://twisteddessertbar.com.au/

Traditional, yet always a favourite at this time of year are men’s and women’s fragrances. Chemist Warehouse located in both Little Malop Street and Westfield Geelong and My Chemist in Market Square Shopping Centre are notorious for huge savings on premium fragrance brands including fragrance gift sets and body mists.

However, selecting the perfect fragrance can sometimes be tricky. If you’re having trouble knowing what to choose for your loved one, the staff at the Myer fragrance counter in Westfield Geelong are particularly knowledgeable and can help you select a fragrance that will best suit your partner’s personality.

For something a little cute and quirky, Our Satellite Hearts in James Street’s ‘Love Club’ range of heart shape crystals are all about love and strengthening the heart. https://oursatellitehearts.com.au/

Peter Alexander Sleepwear in Westfield Geelong can help you speak the language of love with 20% off their Valentines Day collection. Their matching couple pyjama sets are romantic, fun and can be personalised! You can also show your bestie just how much you love them by personalising an item from their satin luxe collection. Peter Alexander’s range is romantic, super comfy and glamorous all at once! http://peteralexander.com.au

So however you chose to show your special one just how much you love them, look no further than Central Geelong. Keep an eye on www.centralgeelong.com.au for more information on Valentine’s Day activities and events to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.

Please remember to follow the government guidelines relating to physical distancing, hygiene and gathering restrictions when visiting Central Geelong.