It’s time to get creative people.  Pick up those candied hearts, buy some roses, balloons, wine, Hallmark cards or book a romantic weekend getaway, but whatever you do, don’t forget your special someone on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is a special day for anyone who appreciates love and romance. In Greater Phoenix and the Arcadia neighborhood, you can find quite a variety of events and activities celebrating Valentine’s Day.

One thing is certain, if you don’t yet have a dinner reservation, you’d better act fast!

Mowry & Cotton

The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Road Scottsdale, AZ

Mowry & Cotton’s Chef de Cuisine Tandy Peterson has cooked up some lovely features with à la carte offerings, such as duck pastrami, grilled prawns and smoked sweetheart strip steak, to accompany the eatery’s traditional dinner menu.

Diners can also enjoy two glasses of The Phoenician’s indulgent Gruet Luxury Cuvée sparkling wine, for only $14 (normally $13 per glass) as part of the Sweetheart Bubbly promotion.

J&G Steakhouse

J&G Steakhouse

6000 E. Camelback Road Scottsdale, AZ

Treat your significant other to a romantic, view-filled Valentine’s Day dinner at J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician. Handcrafted by J&G’s Jacques Qualin, the dinner kicks off with a stunning, ruby red beet tartare with hackleback caviar, and then guests can choose from one of two different starters, entrées and, of course, J&G’s famously decadent deserts.

The Gladly

2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

A three-course menu ($55 per person) could start with the Original Chopped Salad; followed by entrees like duck meatloaf or coffee-rubbed boneless short ribs; and sticky toffee cake with butterscotch ice cream for dessert.

Beckett’s Table

3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

A three-course prix-fixe menu ($55 per person) starts with smoked trout and asparagus. The surf-and-turf entree features prime flat-iron steak and seared sea scallop with parsnip sweet potato puree. The chocolate lover’s trio combines chocolate mousse, chocolate bread pudding and flourless chocolate cake. Add wine pairing for $25.

The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

An amuse of ahi tartare crostini is followed by a three-course dinner for two ($120 per couple) with starters like lobster bisque; mains like classic beef Wellington; and creme brulee for dessert. Save room for a treat of dark-chocolate truffles from the Market. Seatings at 5, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Helio Basin Brewing Co.

3935 E. Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ

A three-course menu ($65 per person) features a bruschetta or burrata appetizer; main dishes like manicotti with quail and winter squash or rib eye with roasted potato and baby carrots; and desserts like Champagne-vinegar pie with Pavlova meringue mascarpone, candied pear and raisin syrup. Served from 3 to 11 p.m.

T. Cook’s

Royal Palms, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

The five-course dinner ($170 per person) features dishes like lobster bisque; Maine diver sea scallops and braised beef short rib surf and turf; grilled petite filet mignon; tomato-braised Spanish black mussels; and chorizo strawberry shortcake.

If you don’t want to contend with crowds or spending money there are other romantic ways to spend your Valentine’s Day.  In the Valley of the Sun, there is always a beautiful sunset to be had.  Plan a picnic and watch a sunset.

No matter how you spend the day, cherish the time you have with your chosen special someone and acknowledge the love you share.

Happy Valentine’s Day readers.