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Real Live College Guy Andy: 5 Valentine’s Day Dates I’d Actually Love To Go On

Ahh, Valentine’s Day, every hopeless romantic’s favorite holiday. Well, err, then again, maybe not if you are single like yours truly.

In fact, and perhaps to some readers’ disbelief, I have never gone on a Valentine’s Day date. Of the few girlfriends/flings in my dating career, none of them were in action on February 14.

But please don’t feel sorry for me, think of the money I’ve saved on chocolate and flowers!

And speaking of those cliched Valentine’s items, I would suggest staying away from the old boring date ideas. Save dinner and a drive-in movie for another night. If it’s Valentine’s Day, do something that you rarely or never get to do together. Without further ado, here are five creative dates that would surely win over any guy.

1. A ride in a horse-drawn carriage

Yeah I know it isn’t super creative in the sense we’ve seen it in tons of romantic films, but how many people have actually gotten to do it? How many boyfriends out there have actually set it up for their girlfriend?

A horse-drawn carriage is only one of the most romantic outings ever. Cuddling up together in the warm seat while looking up at the stars and taking a ride around the park? Storybook!

2. Go out on the lake in a paddle boat

Again, it’s been seen in the movies but how many of us have gotten a chance to go out on one of those pedal boats? It’s a fun activity to share with your significant other and relax on a beautiful portion of open water. Heck, you can even make it a picnic out on the lake and bring some sandwiches. Depending on where you call home, you may want to make this a lunch date so you aren’t too cold!

3. Outdoor skating

Okay, I may be biased on this one being a hockey player and all, but skating is awesome fun and incredibly romantic. That said, anyone can go to the local rink and skate, but to change things up, hopefully there is an outdoor rink from the holiday season still up and running. And for those in the far north, you can go out on a natural frozen pond! I would be so jealous because I have never gotten to skate on a real frozen body of water!

4. Hockey game

Speaking of the fastest game in the world, it would only be the most awesome thing ever if I had a girlfriend take me to see my favorite hockey team! While it is a date that may not be overly creative (who hasn’t thought about a sports venue date), having the girl treat the guy is a nice Sadie-Hawkins-esque change of pace!

You know your man will appreciate being taken to one of his favorite places on the planet! And it’s V-Day! Maybe just maybe you will get on the “Kiss-cam”! How romantic!

5. Skiing/Log Cabin snuggle fest

For us college students, a day on the slopes may not be the easiest on our wallets but there is just something about the snow and romance. Take a day off of school and head up to the mountains for a nice day of exercise with your special someone. And when it’s late afternoon and the skiing is winding down, nothing is better than returning to a good old-fashioned mountain cabin. Take off that ski, girl, get a nice (two-person perhaps) shower in and then snuggle up by the fire and put on a movie? Priceless.

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Andrew Bensch

San Francisco

Andrew is a rising senior at San Francisco State University majoring in broadcast journalism. While he hopes to some day work in the sports media industry, becoming a professional columnist for a women's magazine is also on his radar. While in college Andrew has contributed sports columns to such sites like Foxsports.com, Insidehockey.com, and Bleacherreport.com. But don't be fooled, he isn't just your typical jock, after all he is willing to admit he actually loves chick flicks like "27 Dresses" "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days". He also enjoys shows like "The OC", "One Tree Hill", "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Teen Wolf" and wonders aloud why more college men don't open up about their love for these types of programs.