Bob and Kathy Walters of Greencastle, Pa., plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day by traveling to Hawaii.
They also will be celebrating their one-year anniversary, and Kathy Walters, 62, described the trip, which will begin Friday, as “romantic” and a chance for them to show their love for each other.
“We got married out there so it’s a special place for us,” she said.
The couple, who got married on Feb. 21, 2012, is heading for Kona, Hawaii, which Bob Walters, 67, said is “as close to paradise as you could get.”
Not everyone is setting out for exotic places, but couples across the Tri-State area have a variety of plans for celebrating Valentine’s Day, ranging from vacations to dinner and flowers.
“A lot of guys have a tendency to put things off, and this is that one special chance for them to express their love to their significant other,” said Denny Warrenfeltz, owner of Roostervane Gardens in Funkstown.
“When (Valentine’s Day) hits on a weekday like this, the gentlemen want (the flowers) sent to the office or where (the women) work so that they can enjoy it and to kind of show off so that their girlfriend or wife can get all that attention, and it puts them in a very good spot as well.”
Dennis and Ginger Church of Williamsport, who have been married for 46 years, will spend the holiday with family in Ohio, but they said they have plans to go out to dinner.
“I believe you can find a wonderful person you can spend a long time with, and Valentine’s Day signifies that,” Ginger Church, 67, said. “I also like the holiday because my favorite color is red.”
Dennis Church, 67, said that he wishes the holiday came at a different time of year.
“It would be perfect if it was in April,” he said. “It seems it should be a spring holiday. The weather would be better.”
Not all area residents buy into the traditions of the holiday.
Kirk Hutzell, 41, of Hagerstown, and Alena McKenzie, 39, of Meyersdale, Pa., plan to go out to dinner to celebrate the day.
But Mckenzie described the holiday as “overhyped.”
“The love should come from your heart, not your wallet,” she said. “If you’re going to buy flowers, do it year-round, not just on Valentine’s Day.”
Hutzell said that it is still “a great holiday to express yourself to the one that you love.”
Matt and Sherry McLaughlin, of Gettysburg, Pa., who have been married for 45 years, do dinner and a movie.
Sherry McLaughlin, 60, said her husband gave her a heart necklace five years ago and it is her favorite.
Memories for some couples are a big part of the holiday.
Vance Adams, 29, proposed to Rachel Payne, 29, on Valentine’s Day in 2011. Adams had the couple’s three children help him propose.
“They said ‘Will you marry our daddy?’” Payne said. “That made the holiday even more special.”
Adams said he had the children take the ring to Payne.
“They went to the living room where she was and got down on one knee,” Adams said.
Gregg and Crystal Wolford of Hagerstown said that they plan to find a nice place to eat, but they do remember celebrating it when they had children in the house.
“When our kids were little, it was fun to do things for them, but it’s even more fun now because we can just focus on ourselves,” Crystal Wolford, 47, said.
Gregg Wolford, 52, added, “It’s a good time of year for couples to strengthen the bond.”