Valentines

Valentine’s Day in Maine

History of St. Valentine & Valentines


It is believed that over one billion valentine cards are sent annually. How did this feast day celebrating a martyred Catholic saint become the holiday celebrating love and lovers?

Originally, February 15th was a Roman pagan holiday. It was known as Lupercalia and celebrated Faunus (the Roman god of agriculture), the beginning of spring, fertility, and the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. On this day unmarried women’s names were put into a pot. Unmarried men would choose a name and the pair would become romantic couples for the year. These matches often ended in marriage. If you’re thinking about spending Valentine’s Day in Maine follow the links below. Ask us about visiting Maine or share your Maine comments. To feature your business in Maine’s Internet Magazine, contact us.

Maine For Valentine’s Day



kennebunk inn
The Kennebunk Inn, 45 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 | 207-985-3351
If you are searching for an historic inn with affordable class and fabulous food in southern coastal Maine - The Kennebunk Inn is the place. Beautiful beaches, nature preserves, museums, galleries, antique shops, and more. We look forward to sharing our special place in the land of the pointed firs.
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DiMillos Restaurant on the Water
DiMillo's on the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, ME 04101 | 207-772-2216
DiMillo's is where you'll dine on lobster, clams, shrimp, scallops and fish that are absolutely the freshest on the waterfront and prepared with ingredients that enhance rather than disguise their flavors. The perfect place for dinner, weddings, parties and office functions. Simplicity, freshness and quality are the recipe for DiMillo's amazing menu choices since 1954.
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Maine Diner Wells Maine
Maine Diner, 2265 Post Road (US Route 1),Wells, ME 04090 | 207-646-4441
Featured on "The Today Show", Phantom Gourmet, Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and others. Maine blueberry pancakes, pies, lunch and dinner specials and more. World Famous Food Like Grandma Used To Make. Try Maine Diner's famous Lobster Pie, Seafood Chowder, Codfish Cakes. Breakfast anytime. Remember the Maine Gift Shoppe, Maine Products. Open Daily at 7AM..
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Beachmere Inn Ogunquit Maine
Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | 207-646-2021
Ocean front accommodations in the heart of Ogunquit on the Marginal Way with breathtaking ocean views. Luxury suites and unique rooms, fireplaces, kitchenettes, private balconies or patios. Enjoy an on-site spa, exercise room and hot tub. Reception rooms for weddings, meetings and events. Beachmere Inn is a leader in guest services, event coordination and hospitality. A stunning location perfect for weddings, elopements, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and even bachelor - bachelorette weekend getaways. Open year round. Walk to everything in town or enjoy drinks from our ocean view Blue Bistro.
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Stones Throw Hotel York Beach Maine
Stones Throw Hotel, 123 Long Beach Ave, York ME 03909 | 207-361-3116
Stones Throw offers the perfect Maine beach vacation. Located on Long Sands Beach in York Maine. Stones is your one stop Maine coast vacation destination. Oceanfront rooms. Maine Lodging and Casual Dining - with a luxurious view and scrumptious food! Specialty cocktails, Serving Breakfast and Lunch. Open 7 Days a Week - Hours Subject to Change.
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The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 800-248-2621
The Burleigh – Kennebunkport’s hottest new restaurant. The Burleigh Menu features the freshest Maine seafood including signature dishes, blue cheese Maine mussels, garlic shrimp, bourbon roasted half chicken, and bacon-creamed corn. With its lively bar, spacious outdoor deck and cozy fireplace, The Burleigh is one of Kennebunkport’s premier nightspots, drawing in diners seeking creative cocktails, live music, and a social, energetic vibe.
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The Boathouse Kennebunkport
The Boathouse, 21 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 207-967-8223
The Boathouse Restaurant has a “classic Maine” menu that focuses on fresh seafood with a sprinkling of Asian influences. Signature dishes such as Seared Shrimp and Scallops with Lobster Fried Rice and Lobster Spring Rolls are on the menu. The waterfront restaurant, located on the Kennebunk River just steps from Dock Square, features both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Reservations are accepted for indoor dining room seating. Outside seating is on a first come, first serve basis only. Serving Lunch and Dinner daily.
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Ocean Restaurant at The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort
Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, 208 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-346-5700
Aptly named, Ocean is located within the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport’s beautiful oceanfront inn, with panoramic windows offering 180 degree views of the Atlantic. Ocean is the ideal venue to enjoy a memorable meal or cocktails and bites at the bar. Ocean’s menu features ocean inspired fine cuisine, beautifully presented and enhanced by the fresh sea air and stunning scenery.
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Earth Restaurant at Hidden Pond Maine
Hidden Pond, 354 Goose Rocks Road, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 207-967-6550
The cuisine at Earth takes advantage of the bounty of the property’s 800 square-foot organic farm, where herbs, flowers, and heirloom vegetables are picked daily. Earth’s “farm-to-fork” menu is comprised of house-made pastas, cheeses, breads, charcuterie and desserts with locally sourced meats and seafood.
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The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn
The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 800-248-2621
The Burleigh – Kennebunkport’s hottest new restaurant. The Burleigh Menu features the freshest Maine seafood including signature dishes, blue cheese Maine mussels, garlic shrimp, bourbon roasted half chicken, and bacon-creamed corn. With its lively bar, spacious outdoor deck and cozy fireplace, The Burleigh is one of Kennebunkport’s premier nightspots, drawing in diners seeking creative cocktails, live music, and a social, energetic vibe.
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Tides Beach Club Resort
The Tides Beach Club, 254 Kings Highway, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-632-3224
Just steps away from Goose Rocks Beach, Local seafood is the focal point of the menu at the Tides Beach Club with native Maine classics getting top billing. Stop in to try the pan-seared salmon with red quinoa, Maine crab cakes, and lobster rolls served either hot with lemon butter or chilled with garlic aioli. Or slide up to the bar to partake in specialty cocktails infused with fresh juices, fruits and herbs, New England artisanal beers and an extensive wine list.
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Ocean Restaurant at The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort
Ocean Restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, 208 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 855-346-5700
Aptly named, Ocean is located within the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, Kennebunkport’s beautiful oceanfront inn, with panoramic windows offering 180 degree views of the Atlantic. Ocean is the ideal venue to enjoy a memorable meal or cocktails and bites at the bar. Ocean’s menu features ocean inspired fine cuisine, beautifully presented and enhanced by the fresh sea air and stunning scenery.
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When Christianity took over, this holiday was altered. The Church instituted the feast day of Saint Valentine who was martyred on February 14th. Saint Valentine was already considered the patron saint of betrothed couple, greetings, happy marriages, lovers, and young people, so the tradition from the pagan custom transferred in. Valentine’s Day became known as the day for young men to gain their chosen gal’s affection.

Around this same time it was believed in England and France that birds began to choose their mates around the middle of February. This helped lead to the romanticizing of Valentine’s Day. Superstition says that the bird you watch on Valentine’s Day will hint at the man you will marry. If you see a squirrel, it means you’ll marry a cheapskate. Seeing a goldfinch means you will marry someone wealthy. Seeing a robin means you will marry a crime fighter. And if you see a flock of doves, that means your marriage will be peaceful and happy.

The tradition of giving cards on Valentine’s Day has been around since the Middle Ages. It is said Valentine sent his love a letter from prison and that is what started the tradition. Or maybe it began from the letters children gave to the saint. Either way, the tradition was popularized in the 17th century with handwritten notes and tokens of affection being exchanged on Valentine’s Day. This tradition became even more popular at the end of the 18th century when the printing press allowed cards to be mass-produced.

Another tradition that got its start in the middle ages was giving roses. The Greeks and Romans believed Eros (Greek, the son of Aphrodite) or Cupid (Roman, the son of Venus) was bringing sweet nectar to the gods on Olympus when he dropped some of the nectar on the ground. Out of the spilled drink grew a rose. Because Eros/Cupid is the god of love, the rose became considered the flower of love. As such, it became the signature gift of Valentine’s Day.

Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries including America, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Australia, and Denmark. The holiday is no longer restricted to couples but is seen as a day to honor anyone special.

-Tabitha Fitzgerald for MELiving.com

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