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Vero Vine Top 9 Things to do This Valentines Day

Have you made your Valentine’s Day plans? If not, we have you covered! Make this day special for your significant other and treat them to something unexpected. Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Vero Beach Food Wine Music

VBFWM has been specifically created to support more than just one non for profit focusing on the environment, education, health, human services, animals in distress, children and family. We have selected six charities for 2018 where two will be featured per day. 

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Sail Moonraker

Moonraker is a 40ft. Luxury Sailing Catamaran Available for Scenic Tours, Lunch & Dinner Cruises, Swim & Party Cruises And Sunset & Moonrise Cruises on the Indian River Lagoon or the Atlantic Ocean. Moonraker is located at the Vero Beach City Marina.

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Romantic Dinner at Ocean Grill

The landmark restaurant, Ocean Grill, is known for its consistent food and its precarious perch over the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, FL. 

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The Beach

Pack a special dinner for that special someone (don’t forget the flowers) and head to the beach to make this Valentines Day the most romantic yet!

Riverside Theatre

Producing quality works from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatres with an emphasis on high production values. Lombardi is an exhilarating new play you can catch now.

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McKee Botanical Garden

McKee Botanical Garden is known for its 18-acre subtropical jungle hammock, filled with plants appropriate for horticultural growing zone 9B. This dense and diverse collection also features several restored architectural treasures. Take a stroll through the gardens with your loved one.

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Couples Massage – The Spa at Costa d’Este

Get pampered with a signature massage, facial, manicure, or pedicure with your significant other at The SPA at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa. Get ready to feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to fulfill your vacation or conference objectives! 

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Beer Mine at American Icon Brewery

Enjoy craft beer and chocolate pairings at American Icon Brewery. Handmade chocolates from local chocolatiers and live music for your swooning pleasures.

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Valentine’s Special at Majestic 11

Share a The Majestic 11 Couple’s Combo with your Valentine for ONLY $12.00! Combo includes a large popcorn with free refills and two large drinks! Available February 7-14, 2018 at The Majestic 11’s Vero Beach location. Purchase a Couple’s Combo on Valentine’s Day and receive a special FREE VALENTINE’S PLUSH! 

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Fun Valentine’s Experiences

There are some who scoff at Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark Holiday” and put the kibosh on celebrating. Any bad holiday experience can trigger this Scrooge effect. To those, I usually reply: “I’m not quite sure who farted on your birthday cake, but you need to get over it.” Life should be celebrated in small and big ways. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to turn that frown upside down.. From as far back as I can remember, friends have always asked for my sage advice on gift giving. Here’s a few tips so you can be master of your own destiny.

Quick Tips on Valentine’s Day Gift Giving

Tickets to one or all of the fun events at Vero Beach Food Wine & Music, from February 16-18, help to support charities you love:

Romantic Matteo Bocelli concert. His voice is as yummy as his dad Andrea Bocelli. The scene is under the stars or a big tent in a supper club setting with gourmet bites and wine served at your table. Very post and perfect for a Friday night outing on February 16.

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Tip #1: Make it meaningful and relevant to that someone you love. After all, 
love is an outward emotion. Here’s an example: Chelsea, a birdwatcher and 
writer friend of mine, received a framed photo of two mated swans. Written 
within the matte inset was: “For this was Saint Valentine’s 
Day, when every bird of every kind comes to this place to choose his mate.” 
Geoffrey Chaucer, c. 1381 The handmade card explained it’s meaning. “This quote 
is from The Parliament of Fowls written in 1381 and it’s the first time Valentine’s 
Day was ever mentioned in print. It references the early tradition of this being 
the date when birds began to choose their mates.” By the way, Chelsea loves swans, 
swans mate for life and 1381 is way before Hallmark was around. Now that’s romantic! 
Believe me, Chelsea’s boyfriend Craig has been forever grateful to me for helping 
him through his gift block since it teed him up for a marriage proposal in late 
March that year. This wasn’t all my idea, but my tip and some thoughtful web 
browsing brought it to fruition. You can come up with something that will leave 
your loved one as awestruck as Chelsea.

Saturday night Celebrity Chefs Dinner, where you’ll be wined and dined by Graham
Elliot, Shaun O’Neale, Alex Thomopoulos and Christi Ferretti on February 17.

Sunday’s Pinots & Pups Fashion Show or Bark Bistro Interactive Brunch on February 18

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This Unprecedented Event Offers The Opportunity To Mingle With All The Amazing VBFWM Talent.

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Tip #2: Think back to past conversations, when you really listened to what your 
other was saying. Is there some gesture that you could do that relates back to 
that? Maybe it’s relaxation, adventure or a romantic interlude. There’s something 
for kids of all ages and all price ranges right here in Vero Beach this time 
of year. With Valentine’s Day landing on a weekday and schedules being sometimes 
hectic, you may want to do a little something special on the 14th with plans for an 
adventure on an upcoming weekend.

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Family trip to Brevard Zoo to have Donuts with Dinos on February 24:

Weekend spa package for two at a local beachfront hotel:


Tip #3: If you are new to a relationship and the path before you is a 
little uncertain, you may want to play it cool with the traditional card, 
candies and flowers. A huge romantic gesture can send the wrong message with 
false expectations on either end. Regardless of what you do, remember that 
thoughtful gifts or gestures are ways of telling someone that you are thinking 
about them when they aren’t with you and making a statement that is about what’s 
uniquely about your relationship. Have fun celebrating!

Stroll through McKee Botanical Garden and lunch at the cafe:


Bowling is America’s #1 participation activity with over 70 million people bowling each year! 


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Kid-Friendly Weekend Fun

Long weekend ahead – Have plans? Here are some local community kid- friendly events that will be fun for the whole family! There’s something for every one to enjoy. 

Winnie the Pooh Kids

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS is a delightful show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated film.  Featuring favorite songs from the film, as well as new hits by the Academy Award-winning Robert and Kristen Lopez (Frozen), this honey-filled delight is as sweet as it is fun. Event Details.

2nd Annual Fire Truck Pull

A one day event with teams competing to pull a Fire engine in the fastest time possible. It’s the ultimate tug of war challenge and great team building event. Event Details.

Kindermusic Preview Class

Kindermusik with Ocean Strings Studio – “Where music and minds wave together.” We welcome you to try a Kindermusik Preview Class! * Open to all NEW families to Kindermusik that have not experienced a Playdate or class before. Class Preview is $25 may be applied towards Enrollment the day of the Preview class OR participants may choose a Kindermusik instrument and CD/Playcard. Event Details.

Touch Tank Encounter

This is a true hands-on experience with the marine animals occupying our 145 gallon Touch Tank in the Discovery Station interactive museum. Our Touch Tank docent explains what each marine animal is and all the interesting facts about them. Free with ELC Admission. Event Details.

Atlantic Surfing Federation Championship Surf Contest

Come out and watch amateur surfing, featuring contestants from the East Coast of the United States, as they battle to find out who is the best during the Atlantic Surfing Federation Championship Surf Contest. The location of the surf contest is by the North Jetty. Event Details.

International Costal Cleanup

Join us at the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup in a worldwide effort to remove litter off of beaches and coastal areas. In order to receive supplies and a FREE T-shirt (while supplies last), you MUST sign up through Keep Indian River Beautiful. Event Details.

Treck & Tracks Nature Walk

Come explore our Lagoon Island at a leisurely pace -great for all ages! A Nature Guide will tell you all about the plants and wildlife you’ll see on our boardwalks and nature trails. No reservations needed. FREE with admission. Event Details.

Kashi Sunday Market

Hot Cinnamon Buns, Teas and Organic Coffees. Try a facial, a chair massage or a tarot card reading. Great gifts and bargains from many Vendors including Seasonal Organic Produce, local Artists & Crafters, Bric-a-brac, Jewelry, and vintage items. Children’s corner with painting, crafts & goat petting area. Event Details.

The 26th Annual Jungle Jog 5k

The Jungle Club is pleased to announce the 26th Annual Jungle Jog which will take place on October 7th, 2017. It will start and end at the Jungle Club  and is a very flat race. Registration starts at 6:15 A.M. and we have a special kids race at 7:15 A.M. The 5K begins at 7:30 A.M. Event Details.

Pelican Island Pontoon Boat Excursion

See the Indian River Lagoon up close with a Naturalist Guide! There’s nothing like being on the water for a close-up view of Lagoon nature, taking you by Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (the nation’s first national wildlife refuge.) Event Details.