Need an idea for your Valentine? We’ve come up with 5 great Delta-themed Valentine’s Day ideas to do for those who love the outdoors, history, food, and fun!
#1 Sunset and Stargazing
Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and take your sweetheart out for a night of amazing sky watching.
Sunsets in the Delta have amazing color. The reds, pinks, and oranges of the fading sun can light up the sky, not to mention the face of your sweetheart.
While you can usually get a good view of the sunset in most spots in the Delta, we think the best place for watching the sunset is along the levee in Issaquena County or in a field along Highway 1.
Spread out a blanket, unpack your picnic basket of goodies, and relax and enjoy the view.
Once the sun goes down, the night sky lights up with stars. There is little to no light pollution to block out the view of the night sky in the Delta fields, so you can enjoy the bright lights of the cosmos.
But, don’t forget the mosquito spray. Just in case. It is the Delta, after all.
#2 Walking Hand in Hand
Put on your walking shoes and take your sweetheart by the hand while enjoying the beauty of the Delta on Valentine’s Day.
Go for a romantic stroll down Helena Road. You’ll enjoy an amazing view of majestic Mont Helena on the mound.
The couple that built and lived at Mont Helena enjoyed a 49-year marriage! How’s that for inspiration on your Valentine’s Day?
For a closer look, make the short walk up the drive to the house and take a look around. Mont Helena is private property, so please be respectful.
What is more romantic than being outdoors and enjoying nature with your Valentine?
Go for a delightful walk on the boardwalk at Sky Lake WMA in Humphreys County. You’ll see magnificent, large, ancient cypress trees that are native to the Delta.
If you’re lucky (and quiet enough), you’ll see some birds or deer nearby.
#3 Get Away from it All
Take your Valentine for a romantic getaway on scenic Lake Washington. You can rent a house or cabin on the lake and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside.
Relax, unwind, and enjoy the company of your sweetheart while you canoe, boat around the lake, or fish on the banks.
When the sun goes down, you’ll catch a great view of the sunset reflecting on the water.
When it’s time for lunch, head on down to Roy’s Store for some down-home local cuisine while you sit among the collection of deer antlers and vintage memorabilia.
#4 Love is for the Birds
Take you sweetheart out for some birdwatching along the levee and catch sight of cranes, herons, egrets, spoonbills, and other wading birds feeding or resting in the shallow water.
The Lower Delta is great for birding – from migratory songbirds to wading birds and hummingbirds, we have them all.
Another great spot for birdwatching is along Deer Creek in Anguilla. The creek bed is alive with great blue herons, egrets, wood ducks, mallards, and song birds.
Mallards and turtles often share logs as they soak up the sun in this Delta creek. And sometimes you’ll catch sight of an occasional snake or alligator.
If you’re out for even better birdwatching and a little adventure, bring your canoe and see the sights away from the shoreline.
Launch your kayak or canoe from the shore and enjoy a different view of nature on the creek.
#5 Grab a Down-home Southern Meal
Take your sweetheart out for a down-home meal of favorite Southern foods at one of the local’s favorite eateries.
Chucks Dairy Bar is a Rolling Fork institution with its classic dairy bar food and daily plate lunches. Be sure to save some room for a tasty Chucks milkshake. They are delicious and perfect for sharing with your sweetheart!
For something unique and away from the crowds, try a meal in the Onward Store – located near the site of President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous 1902 black bear hunt.
The Onward Store offers daily lunch specials, short order and delicious entrees on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The ambiance of this store is accentuated with mementos of the famous hunt, Theodore Roosevelt and Holt Collier era items, and other hunting mementos on display.