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Valentine’s Day Date: Romantic Nature Hike

I’m sharing my Valentine’s Day Date: Romantic Nature Hike featuring BROOKSIDE Crunchy Clusters, wine and cheese board as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #DISCOVERBROOKSIDE

I have to admit that I have never been the typical red roses, movie, dinner on V-day type gal.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE going on date night with my husband, but for Valentine’s Day, that just all seems so…commercial.  I much prefer a more “natural” date, something I would enjoy doing alone but with my partner, even better.

While many of you are buried in snow currently, I’m basking in the sun in 70-80 degree weather.  Don’t hate on me because I will get my comeuppance in the summer when the heat soars to 120.  This is peak time for me and my family to enjoy the great outdoors, so when I got to thinking about my Valentine’s Day plans, a nice nature walk with romantic picnic came to mind.  But, what to pack?

#DISCOVERBROOKSIDE valentine's day date: romantic nature hike

* Dark Chocolate

I’m basing my V-Day nature hike pack around one very VERY special product.  BROOKSIDE Crunchy Clusters – have you tried them?  This was my first experience with them and holy smokes are they addictive!  I literally had to put them on the top-most pantry shelf so I wouldn’t scarf them down in handfuls.  BROOKSIDE Crunchy Clusters is a delicious blend of crispy multigrains and fruit-flavored centers with a smooth dark chocolate covering.  It is the most scrumptious chocolate snack ever… and I generally am a solid chocolate only type of girl.  The crunchy texture is so satisfying.  Dangerous, I tell you!!

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* Wine

This is a no-brainer, right?  Not only is it Valentine’s Day, but why pass up the chance to pair wine with chocolate?  Choose a dessert wine, a Port or a Vin Santo being my favorite options, to compliment both the dark chocolate and the berries.  I found and tried two bottles at Trader Joe’s that were perfection, both under $10!

#DISCOVERBROOKSIDE valentine's day date nature hike


If there is wine, there has to be cheese.  That’s a rule.  Now, I live my life dairy-free but come special occasions (and always involving wine) I break down and eat delicious cheese choc full of dairy.  I’m a rebel, you know it.  Since we are already bringing Port, we need to bring a cheese that will compliment.  Port requires a cheese that can cut through the sweetness – think SALTY and NUTTY (and maybe a bit stinky).  Stilton, a blue cheese, is the classic pairing, but you could go with Parmesan-Reggiano or Montgomery Cheddar if you aren’t an adventurous cheeser… the salt level will pair lovely.  Throw in some salty nuts and sweet dried fruits and you’ve got a meal!

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* Blanket + Journal

Maybe it’s just the writer in me, but I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go.


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Enjoy Valentine’s Day outside this year!  “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” Maori Proverb

How do you pair your dark chocolate?

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  1. January 29, 2015 at 7:42 am — Reply

    I’m with you, I don’t necessarily like the red roses, etc. of Valentine’s Day. My boyfriend and I are outdoorsy people so a nice hike or bike ride would be perfect and then to stop to watch the sunset would be perfect…of course with some wine and cheese!

    • January 29, 2015 at 1:36 pm — Reply

      Yes, the sunset would just be the cherry on top!

  2. January 29, 2015 at 7:46 am — Reply

    This does seem romantic! I would love to go on a hike this this with my husband!

  3. January 29, 2015 at 7:56 am — Reply

    This would be a perfect date idea for my husband. He really enjoys hiking. Cuddling up in front of a warm fire afterwards would be even more perfect….especially with some of that dark chocolate. Yummmm!!!

    • January 29, 2015 at 1:38 pm — Reply

      Not much better than a cozy fire cuddle!!

  4. January 29, 2015 at 9:08 am — Reply

    This would be just perfect for me and my hubby. We love getting out and getting active and we totallly love a sweet treat too!

  5. January 29, 2015 at 10:35 am — Reply

    The Brookside Crunchy Clusters looks so yummy! This is a great idea for date night with the hubby!

  6. michele t
    February 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    I like to be outside and quick treats on the go are great to have! I love candy too don’t get me wrong but I limit myself to 3 pieces so a snack bag of Brookside Crunchy Clusters is way more fulfillling.

  7. Anonymous
    February 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm — Reply

    This sounds amazing!

  8. February 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm — Reply

    Nothing like a romatic hike in the mountains looking at the stars by a nice warm fire enjoying wine&cheese and Brookside Chocolate Yummy!

  9. Anonymous
    February 12, 2015 at 9:51 am — Reply

    No roses here. Too costly n they always die within days. I’d rather just spend quality time with the 1’s I love.

    • February 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm — Reply

      I agree!! My mom was always a big advocate of potted plants for gifts… cut die so quickly = )

  10. fave88
    February 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    I’m not lucky with plants or flowers, or roses, so cuddling the one I love and my favorite chocolates is the best time for me on Valentine’s Day!

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