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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: February 6, 2018

Portland’s ultimate Valentine’s Day dates for every kind of couple

Written by: Ray Routhier

What are the best Valentine’s Day date options in Greater Portland?

It depends a lot on who you are and where you’re at, romance-wise.

Hipsters might pick a spot for the year’s most romantic date that’s very different than someone who is all about the food. People with deep pockets probably won’t seek out the favorite spots of the ultra budget-conscious. And someone very much in love might not pick the same Valentine’s activities as someone whose amorous intentions are waning.

Here, then, are some Valentine’s Day date suggestions for people of different tastes, budgets and romantic status. For each we suggest a place for drinks or dessert, dinner and some sort of activity designed to bring two people together. Or not.

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