GLEN ROSE - It is that time of year to indulge your love with flowers, chocolates and fancy dinners. Celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day weekend at a few places around Glen Rose. 

Flowers

Wild Heart Offering: Located inside Miss Dixie’s Cottage, Wild Heart Offering is offering 10-percent off of any floral arrangement pre-ordered by Feb. 8. If you are looking for something outside of the standard bouquet of roses, owner, Kari Quinlan will create a custom made arrangement for your one and only. Contact Kari Quinlan at 254-898-0200.

Wiley Flowers and Gifts: Glen Rose’s favorite flower shop has everything, from roses to balloons, to make Valentine’s Day one to remember for your sweetheart. The flower shop will be opened Valentine’s Day. Call Wiley Flowers at 254-897-2400.

Dinner

Inn on the River: Looking for a romantic dinner with live music on the River? Look no further than Inn on the River. Chef Lupe is preparing an amazing dinner for the night and guitarist, Maurits Smit, will playing all evening long. The B&B will provide all the necessary romance for your special someone. Call 254-897-2929 or message Inn on the River on Facebook for reservations.

Riverhouse Grill: The restaurant will be featuring a Valentine’s Day weekend special menu. On Friday and Saturday evening, lovebirds will enjoy a four-course dinner menu created by Chef Milan Olejnik, Jr. Menu highlights include salmon with mushroom parmesan risotto, a bone-in pork chop with a Jack Daniels glaze, which is Chef Olejnik’s specialty and pink champagne cake for dessert. Riverhouse Grill will be opened for brunch on Valentine’s Day from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 254-898-8514 to make reservations for the special weekend. 

Stay

Inn on the River: Couples can enjoy the Romantic Getaway package. Spend the night in the Deluxe Featherbed Guest Room that overlooks the gardens. Couples will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The package also includes a romantic four-course dinner and breakfast in the dining room overlooking the gardens.

Country Woods Inn: Book at this B&B over Valentine's Day weekend and you and your sweetie will receive two complimentary cupcakes and souvenir coffee mugs to remember your romantic getaway.  

Now that you know where to go for Valentine’s Day why is it even a holiday in the first place? According to history.com, Valentine’s Day contains vestiges in Christian and ancient Roman tradition and the Catholic Church recognizes three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus.

One legend contends that during the third century, Emperor Claudius II declared that single men made better soldiers than those married and outlawed marriage for men. Valentine, who was a priest, continued to perform marriages. When the emperor, discovered Valentine’s actions he was ordered to be put to death.

Another story proposes that Valentine was killed for attempting to help Christians escape Roman prisons where they were beaten and tortured. Yet another legend suggest that Valentine was the one imprisoned and he sent the first valentine greeting to a girl he fell in love with.

It is alleged that before his death he signed a letter, “from your Valentine.” An expression still used today.

The oldest known Valentine greeting in existence, is a poem written in 1415 by Charles Duke of Orleans. He wrote the poem to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. 

With so many legends, the true origins of Valentine’s Day are not clear, but one thing is certain - the day is big business for modern day society.

Valentine’s Day is the second most popular card-giving day after Christmas - with approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards exchanged annually. When it comes to giving flowers, Valentine’s Day ranks just below Christmas and Mother’s Day.

Proflowers.com stated that in 2010,198 million roses were produced for the day. According to a 2015 survey by the National Retail Federation, 37.8-percent of Americans bought flowers for Valentine’s Day, spending a total of $2.1 billion on the holiday.

After the amount of money spent on the holiday the old adage “love don’t cost a thing” doesn’t seem to hold much weight.