Valentine's Day Best Story Contest. Win 7 nights
The year was 2002, and Valentine's Day was quickly approaching. I was in college at NYU, and I had been telling my girlfriend that I didn't believe in Vday, that it was just a way to sell overpriced chocolates and flowers to the impressionable masses.
"I surprise you with flowers and little romantic things all the time, not because it’s a certain day or society tells me to, but because I love you," I would say.
But secretly, I had been planning things for weeks--see no matter how much I dislike the direction Valentines days has gone in, I love being romantic, and could never pass up an opportunity.
She had been talking about this Broadway play that she had wanted to see, so I bought us tickets to see it, made reservations at our favorite Japanese restaurant in NYC, and of course I had a few other things up my sleeves.
"Listen, please don't be disappointed, but I am really not going to brave the prix fixed, overpriced menus, and all that, so just come over to my place, and I will make us a nice dinner. Dress up, so it makes it seem more special," I told her. She was totally fine with this, and excited to wear a new dress (that I had gotten for her a few weeks prior).
Valentine's Day had finally arrived. She showed up in her new dress, looking absolutely stunning, and I told her, "Ok, so I have been swamped at school, and I didn't have time to get to the store to buy stuff for dinner, so let's just go out and grab something and bring it back."
We arrived at the Japanese restaurant, and when we got to the hostess, my girlfriend said, "I know its Valentine's Day, but do you have any tables available?"
To which I quickly interjected, "Reservation for two, under Russell."
The look on her face was priceless: it was a combination of total joy, surprise, and the I can't believe you tricked me face! We had a wonderful dinner--the evening couldn't have been going any better. Eating delicious food, and being with the woman I love--what could be better? We finished dinner, and she asked for the desert menu. I told her that I had baked a cake, and that we would just have that when we got back to the apartment. Of course, we weren't going to the apartment, we were walking a few blocks to the Theater to see Metamorphosis, on Broadway. Again, completely surprised when I pulled out the tickets.
The show was amazing, the stories, the technical aspects, and the acting were superb. The play definitely lived up to the hype. We couldn't stop talking about it as we were walking to catch a cab. It was Valentine's Day evening in NYC, so catching a cab was next to impossible. We finally flagged one down, and this couple came running over as we were getting in.
"Where are you two headed? We have been waiting forever for a cab; can we split it with you?" said the couple.
"We are headed to the Plaza Hotel," I said.
"Yeah, we are going to the Plaza," my girlfriend said, because she didn't feel like sharing a cab with strangers.
We got in the cab, and she proceeded to tell the driver the address of my apartment. I told her "No, we are going to the Plaza!"
(The other thing up my sleeve was actually the best part of the night. I had convinced all of her closest friends and their significant other, to dress in suits or tuxedos, and fancy dresses, and meet us at the Plaza Hotel for desert at 10:30pm.)
"I just want you to know how much I love you, how happy you make me, and how much fun my life is with you by my side. Thank you so much! Let's go to the Plaza," I said with a huge smile.
When we arrived at the Plaza and all her friends were waiting in the Lobby, she looked and me and started crying. She gave me the greatest hug, and kiss, and told me she loved me. It was truly an amazing night, everything fell into place, and I couldn't have had a better time. It was the best Valentine's day I had ever had!
That is the story of my most memorable Valentine's day. Now it is your turn! Please share your most memorable/romantic/eventful Valentine's Day story with us. We will choose our Top 10, and you all will vote on your favorites. First place will receive a 7 night stay at your favorite Couples Resort. Second place will receive a 4 night stay, third place will receive a 3 night stay and each of the 10 finalists will receive two movie tickets for your own “date night”.
We can't wait to read your stories, and we hope this thread inspires you to do something special on Valentine's day this year! Good luck, and may the best story win!
1. Stories must be submitted on the Message Board by February 28, 2010
2. Couples Resorts’ Miami Office staff will select what we believe to be the top 10 stories.
3. The 10 winning entries will be posted again on the message board and a poll will be started so that you all may vote as well for the best story.
4. Only one vote per user allowed.
5. Poll will close on March 15 and winner will be announced on March 16.
6. Winning stays may not be combined with any other offers or promotions. Airfare not included. Travel will be valid in the minimum category at the selected resort from April 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011 with the following blackout restrictions: CSA/CNG – October 8-11, 2010; CSS/CTI – January 14-17, 2010; All resorts- December 26, 2010 – January 1, 2011 and February 12 – 26, 2011.
Last edited by Seandymon; February 1st, 2010 at 11:45 AM.
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