Enhance Your Romance

Valentine’s Day is a special time of the year to celebrate with the one you love. For the last few years, I have been privileged to be the Romance Concierge here at Salish Lodge & Spa and in turn, getting to know the many wonderful gestures and celebrations people do for one another to express their love. As we enter into this Valentine’s Day season, I wanted to leave with you my list of ways to make your special someone feel just that... special.

  • Be available. We are all busy so in order to really make a nice gesture about your love, you need to block out time. For some it’s a vacation, and for others—like parents—it’s a dinner out. Whatever it is, block the time and honor that commitment. No phones. No computers. No distractions.
  • Remember the little things. Gifts and gestures don’t have to be grandiose. Remember to write notes, buy a single rose or simply prepare their favorite meal.
  • Think outside the box. Sometimes you need to get out of a routine and into something new. Rent a tux, put on a gown and dress up for a dinner out. Or take a class together that you’ve never done before: it could be cooking or art - or continuing education. Give yourself something new to experience and discuss together!
  • Recreate a fond memory together. Take some time and make a book of your photos and give it to each other as a gift. Go back to the place you proposed or spent your first date.
  • Be thoughtful. Give your partner a day off from their usual duties - whether it’s cooking or cleaning or dog walking. Write a note about how much you appreciate all the things they do for you, or the kids, or your friends.

Whatever you do will really make an impact. Maybe that’s even a visit to Salish Lodge & Spa where you can choose from the many sure-to-ignite-the-romance packages. You can also visit The Country Store and purchase "The Doctor’s Orders" gift set – my prescription that will make it easy to please your special someone. Or visit to buy it online and shop for lots of options to celebrate the one you love.

Dr.’s Orders!
Pepper Schwartz

Ask the Love DoctorDr. Pepper will host two live chats via Twitter on Thursday, February 6 from 12 - 1 pm and Thursday, February 13 from 4 - 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to participate in this PG-rated session for tips ranging from how to create a truly romantic getaway to personalized gift ideas. Follow @SalishLodgeSpa for more information or search the hashtag #SalishLoveDr as the date gets closer. Questions can also be emailed to Dr. Pepper in advance to All chat participants will be entered to win an overnight stay and Country Breakfast for two at Salish Lodge & Spa.

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