Patch Picks: 5 Last-Minute Ideas for Valentine's Day

If you've ever been at Safeway—or even Draeger's—on Valentine's Day, fighting over the last droopy bouquet of roses, this list is for you. Arranged from Budget Romantic all the way to Money Is No Object, these ideas aim for the heart.

1. A book of poetry, beautifully wrapped.

The staff at  on State Street suggests Great Love Poems, which contains hundreds of romantic words that span four centuries of English and American poetry. It's hard to beat this kind of romance at any price.

2. A ride across moonlit seas.

Monterey Bay Kayaks offers full moon kayak tours. The next full moon paddle is on Friday. The cost is $50 per person and includes a two-person kayak, wetsuits and all gear needed for the ride. Call Monterey Bay Kayaks at 800-649-5357 or visit its website at montereybaykayaks.com and click on Guided Tours.

3. A middle-of-the-day hot tub.

Give your Valentine a coupon good for a week-day soak in the luxurious hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms at . Up the ante with a couples massage session.

4. A rustic cabin, a loaf of bread and thou.

Get away from it all just a few minutes from home by booking a night or two in the rustically romantic Josephine's Retreat at . A two-night stay on weekends is $175.

5. Arrange for some fireworks.

Fly your Valentine to Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel and watch the fireworks from your own private balcony. 


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