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Celebrating Valentine’s Day for every budget

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SDSU Flowers displays Valentine's Day products.

SDSU Flowers displays Valentine's Day products.

Photo by Stacy Marquez

Photo by Stacy Marquez

SDSU Flowers displays Valentine's Day products.

by Stacy Marquez, Staff Writer

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Cupid is making their way down to the sunny city on Wednesday. In honor of the day of love, here are a few things to do in San Diego for every budget:

These activities are not limited to couples however, this can also be a time to appreciate platonic or self-love.

$$$: Big Baller

Got the money? Flaunt it. There are plenty of luxurious hotels for a quick getaway or exquisite restaurants for a fancy dinner.

Balboa Park offers a romantic art tour and garden picnic where guests can learn about the love behind the artwork. The tour will be followed by a gourmet picnic for two at the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden at Panama 66, nestled among sculptures and greenery.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park

When: 6:30-8 p.m.

Price: $110- $125

Looking for something even more fancy? Downtown San Diego is the place to be.

Enjoy Shigoku oysters, roasted cauliflower and romanesco, “surf and turf” with California spiny lobster and dry aged New York strip, Marin French truffle cheese “en croute,” deconstructed red velvet cake and more at Grant Hill in downtown.

Located on Broadway Street, there are plenty of bars and clubs to go to after Grant Hill.

Where: Grant Hill, Downtown San Diego

When: 5:30-10 p.m.

Price: $105

$$: Can’t Break the Bank

For those with a more modest budget, there are still many options for celebrating. San Diego is a never-ending party, and Valentine’s Day on a Wednesday will not stop San Diegans from going out.

For those who choose the single life, Bankers Hill will have a singles game night. Sip free champagne and play games with other singles in a classic mansion that was once the most expensive home in San Diego.

Where: Britt Scripps Inn, Bankers Hill

When: 7 -10 p.m.

Price: $49-$59

If there is a vegan in the mix, EVE Encinitas will have four course vegan dinners with a live performance by Miss Violette. Non-vegans welcome, of course, and they might not even taste the difference.

Where: EVE Encinitas, Encinitas

When: 5:30 p.m.

Price: $45

$: The College Budget is REAL

Money may be tight, which is fine, but it should not prevent anyone from enjoying a nice day with a loved one. Here are a few free or low cost ideas for the special day.

The forecast calls for rain this week, so the typical San Diego activities like hiking and laying on the beach might be out of the question, but nothing is more relaxing than staying in and cooking a meal at home.

Purchase flowers from a local florist, or support street vendors and surprise a loved one with their favorite flowers. Plan ahead, as this is a busy time for florists.

Craft stores like Michael’s, Artist & Craftsman Supply and Blick Art Materials are the perfect opportunity to tune in those artistic skills and make something for the people that matter while keeping the spending at a minimum.

Business junior Bryana Perez will spend her Valentine’s Days in class but it will not deter her from enjoying the day.

“I enjoy the holiday, even though the majority of my life has been spent single on this day, but if I had a boo-thang, (the day) would be with them,” she said.

She does however think practicing self-care is important, especially on this day of love.

“I would get my nails done and do a face mask. If I had a nice bathtub I would probably take a bath with some little Lush bombs,” she said.

Whether it’s spent at an extravagant restaurant, chugging drinks at a singles bar, cuddled in bed with Netflix or in class, celebrate the love everyone deserves to experience.

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