Last-minute local ideas for Valentine’s Day

From flowers to happy hours to meteor showers, we’ve got ideas to make your Valentine’s Day special.

Heart-shaped desserts from Mitchell's Coffee House

Don’t underestimate a coffee date — find these treats at Mitchell’s.

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There’s no dodging Cupid’s arrow — Valentine’s Day is here. Whether you’re celebrating your friendships or sugaring up your sweetheart, we’ve got last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas that will have you loving love.

🌵 Get fantastical with botanicals

If you’re quick, you might have your pick of bouquets using Floom, an online marketplace that partners with florists that deliver locally.

Or, get creative and nab a potted plant from these plant spots. Nothing says forever like a hardy succulent.

Or check out this roundup of where to buy plants.

      🥂 Do brunch

      If you didn’t manage to score reservations, try brunch instead:

      • Garden Bistro, 702 E. Orange St. | Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Bistro | $$ | Enjoy your brunch with a scenic view of Lake Mirror.
      • Divicious Deli & Coffee Shop, 128 E. Main St. | Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday) | Delicatessen | $ | This spot offers pastries and breakfast sandwiches all day long — try the Western Omelet with ham, tomatoes, peppers, and onions.
      • Egg Station, 1625 Shepherd Rd. | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (stays open until 7 p.m. on Friday) | Diner | $ | We recommend the Southern French Toast (made with biscuits) and a side of home fries if you’re feeling extra hungry.

      For more options, check out our brunch guide.

      🌟 Go stargazing

      It doesn’t get much more idyllic than bundling up and looking at the stars. Grab some blankets (and maybe a hot drink) and head to Lakeland Highlands Scrub (6998 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland) for early morning viewings of the stars away from man-made light.