Valentine’s Day at Stonehurst Place
Stonehurst Place is all about romance, and nothing tops the romance of Valentine’s Day! Over sixty-two percent of Americans confess to celebrating Valentine’s Day, whether it’s as simple as a home-made card or as extraordinary as a night in one of our suites!
According to statistics, approximately 180 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday, Christmas being the first. Of all those cards, eighty-five percent of them are purchased by women. An estimated 250 million roses are produced for this single holiday, and almost seventy-five percent of them are purchased by men. Americans will purchase about 58 million pounds of chocolate prior to February 14th, and almost 200 million gallons of sparkling wine.
The history of Valentine’s Day, and its patron saint, is murky. There is more than one St. Valentine, but two of them are attributed to deeds regarding romance and love. In 496 AD, Pope Gelacius proclaimed that February 14th was St. Valentine’s Day . The association of that day with romance and courtship continued through the Middle Ages, and by the 18th Century, gift-giving and handmade cards had become common in England. In the 1840’s greeting cards began to be commercially produced in the United States.
As with many of our holidays, food plays an important role, and most people think about how much of that 58 million pounds of chocolate they will purchase. But there are other ‘love’ foods . Did you know that three specific herbs are associated with Valentine’s Day? Basil is a traditional symbol of fertility and was often worn by women to signal their single nature. The scent of lavender is said to be an aphrodisiac. Rosemary has long been a symbol of love, with it being used frequently in wedding bouquets during the Middle Ages.
The red color and heart shape of strawberries make it the perfect fruit to celebrate love. Strawberries are also the symbol of Venus, the goddess of love. Chocolate-covered strawberries make the ultimate Valentine’s combination!
And then there’s that 58 million pounds of chocolate! Chocolates became a common gift in the Victorian Era. Richard Cadbury, whose British family manufactured drinking chocolate, found a way to use the pure cocoa butter leftover from the process. His solution was “eating chocolates,” which he packaged in lovely boxes he designed himself. When the chocolates had been eaten, people could use the beautiful boxes to save mementos such as love letters.
Whether it’s a proposal, a honeymoon or anniversary, a babymoon or just a night on the town, Stonehurst Place is the perfect place for romance. We’ve even created the Candlelight Romance package, complete with rose petals and Godiva chocolate, to add to your reservation. A couples massage can also be arranged, if you desire. And, of course, there’s always an intimate, candlelit restaurant within walking distance! Just ask, and we’ll recommend a few.