Something novel We all love to see manatees in the wild around Marco, but have you ever thought of adopting one as a valentine's gift? It is truly environmentally- friendly and you do not have to kiss it! A $ 25 tax deduct-ible gift adoption includes a certifi cate and color photo of a real Florida manatee with a choice from 32 manatees featured in the adoption program. Check out their website at www. savethemanatee. org. How about a waterski lesson with Waterski and Wakeboard Charters or a helicopter tour with Island Hoppers? Or why not hire a surry from Scootertown or try a side- by- side parasail experience with Marco Island Watersports? Or maybe try personalizing a gift basket from Make- a- Memory. A Tweety for your Sweety This one- hour program at The Conservancy on February 13 at 2pm, explains why birds change colors, reptiles swim thousands of miles, mammals roar and fi sh leap - all in the name of love. It includes a visit from a barn owl, with its heart- shaped face. Take home a Valentine's treat and a hand- made craft for that special someone. Register online at www. conservancy. org. Dinner for two? If a romantic dinner is your gift idea for each other then all the fi ne Marco Island restaurants will be sure to be offering special menus. Our recommendation for the most romantic restaurants would be Café de Marco, Island Café, Sale e Pepe, Sasso's, Bistro Soleil, House of Mozart and Paradise Café. Or since it falls on a Sunday this year, how about brunch? Casa Mia or Capri Fish House spring to mind. If you want to start celebrating early, Jack's Lookout serves champagne and mimosas from 9am and if you stay long enough you can try a bowl of chili for lunch! If you want to stay home but don't want to cook, try one of Paradise Seafood & Gourmet Market's prepared meals ( they are so good you don't even have to tell your better half that you didn't prepare it!) or have Chefs' Express bring it all to your door. And why not fi nish your meal off with chocolate strawberries from ( you guessed it) The Chocolate Strawberry? For the man in your life Arrange a day of fi shing for him, offshore or backwater. He's bound to enjoy either, and if you're a real-ly considerate partner you should go with him - you'll enjoy it too. Or how about buying him a Porsche? ... no not a real one... Keep in Touch have a great little exotic car shaped wireless mouse called Motor Mouse - it's the perfect gift for the guy who has everything! Or maybe a massage for him and a facial for you, from any of the great spas on Marco. Or, most romantic of all, a couple's massage at Mailee's. A glittering memento of Marco If it's jewelry you're looking for, then look no further than Harbor Goldsmith, Island Woman, Jewelry by Laura or Schillings. They have gifts in all price ranges with mementoes of Marco Island, like sand dollars, dolphins, starfi sh and manatee adorning bracelets and necklaces. Cards, cards and more cards If you just want a valentine's day card, then Sunshine Booksellers and Watches Galore & More have some unusual and different ones to choose from. Keep in Touch also have a great selection and go that bit further with personalized cards. The artist, Betty Kimble will be in their store Mondays, Wednes-days and Fridays to help you create a really individual card for the love of your life. A Romantic Sunset Finally, one of the most romantic gifts for valentine's day is one none of us can give or control and - best of all it's free - a Marco Island sunset. Every one is different and as long as the weather is good, here are our suggestions for where to enjoy it... The beach - south beach, Residents' beach or Tigertail. A restaurant with a view - Stilts, Sunset Grille, the terrace at Sale e Pepe, Paradise Café, The Snook Inn, or Capri Fish House. Or, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, then try a sunset dinner cruise aboard the Marco Princess or a private sunset sail with Serenidad, Off The Hook, Cross Cruises or, if you happen to be in Naples, Sweet Liberty. Valentine's Day is February 14th and it's coming up fast. If you need some gift ideas ( some new and some as old as the hills) read on.... Whatever you decide to do, make sure you book early and make it something that will remind you of the great time you had on Marco Island. See our advertisers' index on page 131 for more details of the businesses mentioned above.
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