Valentine’s Day, a day entirely devoted t0 love is celebrated each year in many countries around the world. People show their love by showering their significant others, family members and friends with cards, flowers, candy, stuffed animals, jewelry and sometimes other expensive and outrageous items.

Instead of buying or receiving a gift, why not spend some quality time with your family or the one you love and go out for a simple dinner?  If money is an issue a couple can light some candles, turn down the lights and have a very romantic dinner for two at home.  Of course a family can choose to get a baby sitter for the kids and have a date night at home while the kids are at the sitters or choose a cozy restaurant downtown and dress up for a night on the town.

I will be at home with my five babies (two dogs and three cats) while my husband is at work and will probably have one of those cozy candlelit dinners when he gets home with a movie to follow. There are variety of pubs, sushi, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, fast food and other eating establishments in Roseburg that are suitable for couples and families to dine on Valentine’s or any night when looking for a good place to eat.  Some ideas include

Brix, Lee’s Chinese, Kowloon, Applebee’s, Red Robin, Los Dos Amigos, Gilberto’s, Dino’s Ristorante Italiano, Alexander’s Greek Cuisine, Sizzler, and many other restaurants in the area.

You may want to see a movie as for Valentine’s Day.  There are a few options available for your viewing pleasure.  Playing at the Roseburg Cinemas beginning Feb. 5 and 12 is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Hail Caesar, The Choice, Deadpool, Zoolander 2, How to be Single.  Other shows will be available for viewing but were not available at the time of printing. For a cozy movie night at home, new releases available to rent on DVD include Spectre, Crimson Peak, Love the Coopers, Grandma, 99 Homes, Freaks of Nature, MI-5 and The Leftover Season 2.

For those of you with an adventurous heart, there are many beautiful roads and scenic viewpoints in Douglas County and the surrounding areas.  Take a quick trip to Diamond Lake or Crater Lake. Drive to the coast, or head south to Northern California or north to Portland and Vancouver, Washington.  There are many hiking trails, parks and waterfalls in Douglas County within a relatively short driving distance. The mountains are still filled with snow to enjoy. Have a snowball fight, or go sledding.

With the grass green and spring about to arrive, Oregon is beautiful and will fill even the most hardened heart with happiness.  A drive in the crisp cool air and a little exercise will bring a rosebud to both young and olds cheeks.

I urge you to do something other than sit around the house this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy life and enjoy being with those you love.  If you can’t afford to go out make a nice meal at home, light some candles and sit at the dinner table, perhaps the one you never use.  Just make sure you do these things together, whether it’s as a couple or a family.  Share your love this Valentine’s Day.