Pine-Strawberry

Valentines abound in Pine, Strawberry

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Here are some great Valentine ideas for you and your sweetheart.

Gifts galore can be bought at any one of the gift shops. Buy bobbles at Brass Antiques, country gifts at Pine Gifts and Antiques and fine art at Pine Artisans.

How about painting a piece of pottery for that someone special to treasure or to replace the one she threw at you for buying an appliance for her last year?

Take a hike

If hiking is your loved one's gig, there is an abundance of trails with scenic backdrops for a Valentine's lunch in the woods. There's Pine trailhead at the south end of Pine and the Fossil Creek trailhead at the west end of Strawberry.

A trail linking the two towns starts at the east end of Strawberry.

Pack some bubbly, sausage, cheese and crackers and you have a romantic hike just for two.

Dine out

If fine dining is your pleasure, we have the best right here. For fine dining (reservations suggested) try these three popular eateries in Strawberry and one in Pine.

The Black Bear Steakhouse (476-3141) is serving Chateaubriand for two or chef's pork tenderloin or crab-stuffed shrimp.

At Giuseppe's (476-3355) lovers can get Chateaubriand or Alaskan King Crab Legs for two and with your meal comes a rose, chocolates and champagne.

The Strawberry Stetzan has dinner for two and it includes a six-ounce filet mignon with shrimp appetizer, baked clams or shrimp cocktail plus potato, vegetable, beverage and dessert.

The Randall House (476-4077) is offering four specials; prime rib with roast shallot and port wine sauce or a rack of lamb or a macadamia-crusted chicken breast with tropical salsa or a stuffed trout.

More standard fare might include; The Strawberry Lodge (476-3333) where Jean Turner's crew is serving up a stir fry special on lovers' day along with the rest of the home-cooked good stuff.

More homestyle cooking can be had at the High Country Inn (476-2150) and Cool Pines Cafe (476-4480).

The remaining three restaurants, Timberline Cafe (476-2087), Nifty 50s Diner (476-2748), Choo Choo's (476-2700), all in Pine, are only open for lunch.

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