Published in the January 16 – 29, 2019 issue of Morgan Hill Life

Anna-Liza Anderson

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While romantic gestures go a long way on any occasion, there’s something extra warm and fuzzy when you give a sweet bouquet of roses, a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries or a Hallmark love note on this day of playing cupid.

I’d like to give you some fun suggestions to help you plan the perfect Feb. 14 itinerary. Whether you celebrate before, on, or after the actual holiday date, I wish you all things love, love, love in the heart of downtown Morgan Hill.

If you’re looking for a unique floral arrangement, the Flower Cottage will give you the flexibility to have roses delivered to your special someone — or simply order an unforgettable arrangement you can deliver yourself.  GVA Cafe also makes it easy to find something sweet for the one you love, whether you come in to share a scoop of ice cream or a box of yummy treats.

If it’s unique you’re looking for, there’s Murphy’s Mercantile for antiques and curios. And if your loved one enjoys the outdoors, stop by Bike Therapy where you’ll find a selection to keep their heart pumping.

However, if traditional gift giving for Valentine’s Day is what your loved one desires, head over to Jewel Box to find fine fashion jewelery for men and women including rings, necklaces and chains.

If you really want to treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable night, what better way than through their stomach? After all, Valentine’s Day is the day of feasting. And there are plenty of dining options in our downtown to make it memorable. I suggest getting started with appetizers at Rosy’s at the Beach. It might be mid-winter, but walk in and you’ll feel like you’re at a resort on a tropical island sharing drinks and appetizers with your special someone. And if you want to make it a longer night, stay for dinner

If you’re looking for a more romantic candlelight setting, I heartily recommend that you opt for fine dining at Odeum, Willard Hicks, or Ladera Grill. These three eateries allow for a memorable Feb. 14 experience.

If your Valentine’s Day celebration means you might be looking for a more casual dining experience, may I suggest you and your sweetheart visit Siam Thai, Trail Dust BBQ, or Huntington Station, just to name a few of the many wonderful restaurants in our downtown.

Keep in mind that the list of places to dine in downtown Morgan Hill is long. They can be found at

One thing about our community that stands out is its friendly hospitality. Make your evening end with a special romantic “staycation” at a local hotel. La Quinta Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn are a five-minute drive away.

This Valentine’s Day show the one you love how special they are in your life. But it’s also good to share the romance every day. The shops and restaurants in our downtown can help you do that on Feb. 14 and all the other days of the year.

Anna-Liza Anderson is a member of the Morgan Hill Downtown Association board.