We all know that February has long been celebrated as a “month of romance”. The history and origin are shrouded in mystery. One story suggests that a Catholic priest, Valentine or Valentinus, who during the third century, performed “secret marriages” in defiance of the Roman Emperor Claudius II, and was put to death when his actions were discovered.
Still another story has it that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape from harsh Roman prisons. Possibly, it was originally a pagan “fertility festival” known as Lupercalia, which was celebrated on February 15th, the “Ides” of February. During this festival, available young women would place their names into an urn from which names were drawn by the available bachelors, who would be paired for the year with their chosen women. The matches often resulted in marriage.
During the Middle Ages in France and England, February 14th was believed to be the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the belief that February 14th should be known as Valentine’s Day, a day for romance.
In the 1840’s, a lady known as “Mother of the Valentine”, is accredited for popularizing the first Valentine’s Day greeting cards in America. Esther A. Howland, born August 17th, 1828 in Worcester MA., made her creations using lace, ribbons and colorful pictures.
Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, the United Kingdom and many countries in Asia.
If you are looking for THE romantic, exceptional experience this Valentine’s Day, why not treat them to a weekend in Annapolis, voted one of “America’s Most Romantic Towns” by Travel and Leisure magazine, by being our guests at Gibson’s Lodgings. With so many attractions available for your combined pleasures, why not reserve one of Gibson’s Lodgings’ 20 historic and fully furnished guest rooms.
Gibson’s Lodgings offers romantic couples dinners, wine tastings, couples massages and much more. Gibson’s Lodgings has free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, FREE PARKING, non-smoking rooms and a select number of rooms that are “pet-friendly” with a $35.00 fee.
Make it a Valentine’s Day you both will cherish for many years to come.
Contact us at 877-330-0057.