Picnic at Clairault Stricker Wines. Credit Russell Ord

Every day is a great day to let people know you love them, but Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to pull out all the stops and make it a little extra special.

And where better than the beautiful backdrop of the Margaret River Region to set a romantic scene. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque place for enjoying the most romantic feast day of the year, with quiet beaches, tranquil forests and awesome west coast sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

While Nature feeds the soul, our region’s beautiful wineries and restaurants will feed the stomach – which as we know, is the way to the heart!

Expect fresh produce, unpretentious flavours, fantastic wine and gorgeous surroundings, all served up in a laid back atmosphere that’s become a signature trait of this corner of Australia’s South West.

Take a look at the best of the Valentine’s bunch below.

Sunset at Sugarloaf Rock. Credit Russell Ord.

Feeling Fancy

Feeling a little fancy this year, and want to celebrate all things love by dressing up and heading out?

Reflections Restaurant at Abbey Beach Resort has got you covered if your ideal date night includes a romantic 3 course meal with matching wines. Book in for either the 11th, 12th or 14th of February, and let them take care of everything else. The delicious Valentine’s shared set menu includes such delights as fresh oysters (with the option for a matched sparkling wine), and grilled snapper with a citrus butter sauce.

Or what could be more sophisticated then a night being serenaded by the captivating sounds of acclaimed jazz vocalist Paula Renee. Take in sunset from the end of the famous Busselton Jetty with a drink in hand, before venturing 8 metres below the surface of the water to enjoy canapes featuring local seafood, accompanied by a selection of Margaret River Region wine and beers. This magical evening is taking place on Saturday the 12th of February, bookings essential.

Wine, dine and sail away with South West Cruises, who are hosting an extra special cruise on Monday the 14th of February. Celebrate love with the azure Cape Naturaliste coastline as your backdrop, and if the weather allows you can cool off in the water between courses. Relaxed yet luxurious, if you are looking for something extra special – this is it.

Xanadu Wines

Live Music Lovers

For those couples who have a shared love of live music, this Valentine’s weekend you are spoilt for choice.

Brewhouse is known and loved as a top-notch spot to take in some live music, and this Valentines weekend you can savour the sweet sounds of Reuben De Melo. Making his way down from Perth to serenade us, Reuben’s soulful tunes are the perfect backdrop to a bit of romance. Throw in a bevvie or two from their fantastic selection and you’ve got yourself a dream date.

Another local favourite for treating your ears is Beerfarm, who have a packed calendar of live music over summer. Sunday the 13th of February will see Stu Harcourt take the stage, while you gaze lovingly at your Angus burger / partner.

Bettenays Picnic - Nougat and Wine

Perfect Picnics

What could be more romantic than a selection of gourmet treats for two, matched with a glass of some of the regions finest.

The beautiful cellar door of Domaine Naturaliste is nestled right in the heart of Wilyabrup, surrounded by vineyards and shaded by towering gum trees. Enjoy an intimate and informative seated wine tasting, consisting of award-winning chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. For extra points add a delicious cheese board carefully designed to pair perfectly with the wines. There’s no need to rush, after your tasting grab a picnic rug and unwind on the lawn with a glass of chardonnay. Bliss.

Another winery that prides itself on being a perfect picnic spot is Bettenay’s. Graze your way through their nougat and wine tasting experience, or if you prefer simply bring your own favourite foods and purchase a glass or bottle of wine to share while you lounge lakeside. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Margaret River Region the estate is peaceful and serene, ideal for couples looking to relax.

Something Different

For something a little different this year, the Margaret River Region is perfect for those couples wanting to spend some quality time together while going a little outside the box.

Want to earn lots of brownie points? The Wine & Adventure Tour with Margaret River Discovery Co is truly an experience that you will remember forever. Local guide / legend Sean will ensure that you have the best day out, including a canoe ride down the Margaret River and lunch at one of the region’s most breathtakingly beautiful estates. It’s the perfect combination of romance, nature, luxury, and getting behind the scenes to really appreciate the best of the region that a lot of people never see.

Keen for something exhilarating? Feel the wind through your hair as you cruise through the south west with Coastal Trikes. They promise a ride on the wild side as you take in the sights from the back of a OzTrike ‘Chopper 4’, with the option to end up at Sugarloaf Rock just in time for sunset. As romance experts they have helped to plan a proposal or two in their time, and know exactly how to execute a perfect date.

If you and your partner enjoy unleashing your creativity together then Margaret River Printmaking is an ideal way to wile away an evening. You can bring your own special natural items to incorporate in your print, and sip on a glass of wine while learning and experimenting with different techniques. Plus as a bonus you get to leave with your beautiful piece of art at the end – a momento of your love, or at the very least a great way to jazz up the fridge.

Looking for the perfect drink for a sundowner with your love? The Grove Distillery have released a beautiful Strawberry Gin that’s a dream to sip on a balmy summer evening, with the delicate pink hue complementing your Valentine’s aesthetic. Pick up a bottle from their cellar door, or order online to have it delivered ready for cocktail hour.

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