How would you like your sweetheart to say “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day? With a skywriting message in the clouds or a Flash mob serenade of “You Are the Sunshine of My Life?” Declarations of love on February 14th can come in many shapes and sizes, and big romantic gestures often produce big results. But maybe small and subtle is the approach you’d like to take this year.
Consider showing your partner that your love is truly forever with a “love lock.” Beginning in the early 2000s, European couples would attach a lock to a bridge, fence, or gate to profess their love to their mate. When the locks were shut tight and the keys discarded, the couples’ commitment to one another was sealed together forever. The tradition spread from Paris to Taiwan to the U.S. with sweethearts buying padlocks and attaching them to public places so their love will be forever locked.
Guests adding their love lock to the cage
At the Tropical Inn, a Key West, FL, bed and breakfast inn, guests at the inn are invited to attach a lock engraved with their names and date to the newly restored birdcage in the garden. After securing your lock to the cage, you and your love can walk amidst the inn’s lush tropical gardens and steal a kiss by the beautiful waterfall pool. Before you indulge in the romantic whirlpool for two in your private cottage, take a stroll to Duval Street and explore the restaurants, live music, and shops that are within walking distance from the inn.
If you’re looking for an adventure, spend your day dolphin watching, snorkeling, or parasailing. Or embrace the carefree island vibe as you hold hands admiring the beautiful architecture of Key West homes during the 2013 House Tours taking place February 15 -16 and March 15 -16. End your day aboard a yacht enjoying a romantic gourmet dinner. As you experience a quintessential Florida sunset sailing through the gorgeous blue waters of Key West, cast your love lock key into the ocean to seal your love forever.
Looking for more ways to enjoy a romantic getaway in Key West? Visit our “Get the Best of Key West” Pinterest board where you will discover areas to explore, places to sun and surf and other B&Bs in The Florida Keys Region.