Boston’s South End is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway.

Ooh la la… Love is in the air, and Cupid’s arrow is headed straight for you this Valentine’s Day. Boston’s South End is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. Whether you are riding solo, or spending time with a significant other, make sure you are taking the time to relax and treat yourself! Self-love is one of love’s most simplistic, yet truly beautiful, forms. Let’s break out of the idea that Valentine’s Day is a couple’s holiday – you don’t need to be in love to love yourself this February 14th!

As we all know, it always lands on the 14th day of the month, so try to do 14 good things for yourself this Valentine’s Day! Wake up and get a coffee at one of South End’s treasures - the Berkeley Perk Café  located on Berkeley St. Their Caramel Macchiato is hard to beat, and the barista will make an amazing heart design with the foam - so festive! Also, so Instagramable!

Spend a little on yourself and self-indulge - get your nails done at MiniLuxe located in the South End; they have a 5/5 stars on Yelp. From February 1st-14th bring your valentine in and join the salon for some pink bubbly, as well as some Valentine’s Day inspired nail art.  While you’re at it, why not touch up your highlight, or get a fresh cut at the South End salon, Elsewhere? It is an ecofriendly salon that recycles materials and uses biodegradable cans of hairspray. They minimize their eco footprint, and provide customers with personalized haircuts. They stay true to their moto, “Provide excellent haircare services in a comfortable environment, responsibly”.

Treat yourself to food and ambiance by grabbing lunch at Aquitaine Bar a Vin Bistrot.  They have French, European, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Basically, they have an option for everyone! They are known for their incredible entrees and intimate atmosphere. This is an absolutely wonderful place to grab lunch with a friend on Valentine’s Day.

Make sure you find a way to let loose and de-stress this Valentine’s Day! You can do so without breaking the budget at The Massage School, located at 63 Wareham Street. This would certainly be quite a relaxing way to spend Valentine’s Day. With hour long massages priced at just $30, this is an experience you cannot miss, and at a price you cannot beat.

End the day with a romantic dinner with friends and/or family at Barcelona - a lively restaurant and bar with excellent Spanish food and cultural vibes always present. The restaurant is sensitive to vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free eaters alike. They have options for everyone. They are known for their superior wine selection, and we all know that no Valentine’s Day is complete without at least one glass of wine.

Whether you are alone, or with a significant other, please be sure to make some time for yourself this Valentine’s Day, and remember to self-indulge in all the South End has to offer. Self-love doesn’t need to break the bank, but try to make this Valentine’s Day about YOU. Do something nice for yourself because YOU deserve it!

melissa flamburis