ORLANDO, Fla.— You probably heard that WalletHub just named Florida as the best state in the country for singles looking to mingle. It is worth mentioning that after Florida, the other top states for singles are California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania while West Virginia, Arkansas, North Dakota, Wyoming and Kentucky were ranked the worst states.
WalletHub compared the 50 states across 28 key indicators of dating-friendliness from share of single adults to movie costs to nightlife options per capita. Here are highlights of how the Sunshine State fared:
No. 3: Dating opportunities
No. 1: Restaurants per capita
No. 9: Movie theaters per capita
No. 3: Romance and fun rank
No. 34: Dating economics rank
But romantic dates are important not only for singles, according to a couples therapist from Psychology Today, for married couples romantic dates every now and then are a necessity not a luxury. The initial romantic love relationship lasts less than two years for most couples. Inhibited desire affects one in three couples (McCarthy, 2013). Putting date night back into the routine can help couples work as a team to rekindle desire.
Strong relationships must be continually nurtured with care and good communication. Certain traits seem to be extremely important for healthy relationships, such as: Both individuals should feel confident that their partner is willing to devote time and attention to the other, and that they are committed to accommodating the differences and challenges that will emerge such as financial difficulties, exhaustion due to work / family duties, time that needs to be dedicated to the children and maybe not finding the right babysitter, etc.
Now, knowing that Orlando is such an interesting place for couples with so much to offer, be it Spas for couples, resorts, nightlife — we must not leave behind the amazing shopping options that we have surrounding the Orlando area, and the entire State of Florida. A weekend getaway down south for a routine change can be really liberating and reenergize your business together as a couple. We know dozens of excuses will always get on the way, but our fabulous weather during the season of love, combined with world class restaurants and services we should just get out, look around, and enjoy everything that is “given” to us who live in this fabulous state!
If you are thinking of what makes a nice Valentines gift, there’s the usual like jewelry, flowers (of course), a couples massage, a Spa Day at one of our many luxury resorts and vacations at an exotic travel destination. Those with a heftier budget can also think of a car, a second home — so on, and so forth.
If you still haven’t made plans for this Valentines Day, Orlando has no shortage of excellent romantic restaurants around.
This is the top 10 list, according to Trip Advisor
Ciao Italia Ristorante
Victoria & Albert’s
The Melting Pot
Bull & Bear Steakhouse at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Better Than Sex - A Dessert Restaurant
A Land Remembered
ENJOY LIFE RESPONSIBLY!