Lovestruck locals share their ideas for a perfect Valentine's

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We asked locals: What would be your perfect Valentine's Day (or night)? Here's what they told us about having the perfect romantic holiday in the Lowcountry.


My funny ValentineTIM SINGLETON
Hilton Head High Football Coach/Executive Director, Strive to Excel

My perfect day? A warm atmosphere, food, great stamina and the perfect mix of laughter and reflection.

MARLENA SMALLS
Founder/Voice of the Hallelujah Singers

A day spent with my honey would be a perfect Valentine’s Day. When I see him I see a bouquet of roses: yellow for friendship and red for love. His conversation with me reads like a card.

GARY LINDEMANN
Actor, “The 39 Steps” at The Arts Center

The perfect Valentine’s date has my gorgeous girlfriend with me on my motorcycle. Her arms are wrapped tight around my waist as we ride through the countryside, taking in the sights and smells of the passing orchards and farms. We arrive at a small vineyard where we sip the nectar of Dionysus. Utter bliss.

AMOS HUMMELL
Artist

My ideal Valentine’s Day is 168 hours long on Nihiwatu Island. It would be with my lovely bride, Lynne. Call it a second honeymoon.

LOUISE COHEN
Founder of the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island/Storyteller

I wouldn’t work that day. I would probably be pampered. I’d love to go on a one-day cruise and be surrounded by beautiful flowers, candy that wouldn’t put any pounds on me, beautiful music and sunshine — not too hot, not too cold. That’s what I would order.

DICK TYRRELL
Hilton Head BARBERSHOPPERS

On Valentine’s Day, (the Barbershoppers) go singing around the island. The joy is singing to people. The element of surprise is so much fun. We get to see so many different places, and we get to celebrate with our wives that night.

TIM HAGER
Marketing Director, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

We start with my wife and I in a jet that I bought with profits from my string of bestsellers. We fly to Paris for a private screening of “Casablanca” held in the Louvre and finish with a gourmet Indian meal at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

MICHAEL PASKEVICH
Hilton Head Comedy Club

This smacks of sacrilege, but I’d avoid the expected night on the town. Valentine’s Day is about who you’re with, not where you go. Instead, I’d agree on a menu of personal favorites and join forces to execute same, accented with wine and hands-on assistance. Add candles and music to taste. Savor.

MICHAEL MARKS
Coastal Discovery Museum President/CEO

Anything my wife Pat would like — dinner, dancing — plus a splash of Basil Hayden’s.

PATRICIA OWENS
Owner, Faces Day Spa

For me, an ideal Valentine’s would begin with a lazy morning with absolutely nowhere to go. Then, my husband and I would spend the day together, maybe taking a walk on the beach or spending the afternoon at the spa. We’d end with a quiet evening at home, watching old movies and eating popcorn by the fireplace.