Cupid is on his way!
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
With less than two weeks till this amorous holiday, now is the time to start planning your Valentine’s Day celebration! There are many ways to enjoy this heart-felt day – some obvious ones, and some of which you might have never thought about. From the traditional romantic dinner to a more adventurous approach, there is definitely a way for everyone to enjoy the day.
Table for Two?
Share what has been called “the world’s most iconic burger” with a twist. A tradition since 1921, on Valentine’s Day only, the restaurant dons tablecloths, floral arrangements, and even table-side service from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. It’s so popular that reservations are required! www.whitecastle.com
LA Belle Vie
One of the Twin Cities’ most lauded restaurants, La Belle Vie and executive chef and owner Tim McKee have earned many awards of excellence for their nationally renowned French Mediterranean cuisine. The elegant location in the 510 Groveland building in Minneapolis is sure to impress! Butter Poached Lobster, Roasted Quail, or Warm Frangipane with Caramelized White Chocolate anyone? We know our mouths are watering! And for V-Day they are serving a special eight-course tasting menu. www.labellevie.us/
For other restaurant options, including menus, photos, reviews, and to see who still has reservations available, check out www.opentable.com. Hurry, places are filling up!
Make Your Heart Pump
Valentine’s Day TC 5K
Lace up and take part in the oldest winter run in Minnesota. In its 30th year, runners will enjoy the snowy beauty of Lake Harriet along with pre-race hot chocolate, finish line Valentine’s treats, a themed photo booth, and prize packs for top finishers and the best costumes. Post-race party at Cooper Irish Pub with drink and appetizer specials. www.tcmevents.org/
The Depot Ice Rink
Once home to a train shed, this historic building with its glass walls will keep you warm while giving you the romantic feeling of ice skating outdoors. The rink was named one of the top 10 places to skate by USA Today and MSNBC. To complete your evening check into the adjacent Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, dine at Charley’s Grill or the Stone Arch Bar, or try the onsite concessions from chili to locally crafted ale. http://www.thedepotminneapolis.com/ice-rink.php
On the Wild Side
Love Me Tender Weekend
Mystic Lake Casino is calling all Elvis Fans! On the 13th and 14th you’ll be entertained by Elvis and Priscilla Presley impersonators, prize drawings and stage games, a souvenir photo station, and dinner specials. Or get tickets to see “Elvis LIVES!” a live musical journey across Elvis’s life. www.mysticlake.com
Minnesota Zoo Love Tour
Animal lovers will adore the 10th annual Love Tour, which offers a glimpse into the private lives of a variety of animals. From courtship to breeding, the Zoo’s furry, feathered, and scaly inhabitants indulge in exotic romantic rituals! After the tour, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a romantic dinner, and champagne. Learn about nature and support a good cause — all proceeds go to the Zoo’s conservation programs. www.mnzoo.org
Be Your Own BAE
Cupid is Stupid Party
The Herkimer Pub and Brewery is hosting an even for those who have a date, don’t have a date, or want to meet a date. Gather your friends and head over for drink deals and a special Valentine’s menu. To heck with Valentine’s Day, cheers to yourself. www.theherkimer.com