Looking for fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones? Here are some ideas, ranging from the traditional – a lovely meal or dancing – to the unusual – snowshoeing or Victorian poetry, anyone?
HDR – Sunken Garden Como Park Conservatory by Jucadima is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Though February 14th is sold out, they’ve added a seating on the 13th for this romantic candlelit dinner among the indoor gardens of St. Paul’s lush conservatory. String music, limited wine and beer, and animal ambassadors will enhance your experience, as will the opportunity to bask in the humidity and warmth in the midst of a dry St. Paul February.
February 13, 2017, 8:00 pm
$170 per couple, all-inclusive.
If you want to make Valentine’s a full day experience, or enjoy the atmosphere of the conservatory and have dinner elsewhere, there are other events during the day, including the Winter Flower Show, and a chance to meet the conservatory’s gardeners at 1:00.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Winter Hours: 10-4
Sleigh Ride by Bill Burris is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Looking for something a little unusual to do with your loved ones? Maybe something outdoors? The Three Rivers Park District offers events ranging from Candlelit Trails to a Victorian Valentine’s Dinner to a Valentine’s Snowshoe Hike to a Lovebirds’ Local Foods Dinner and Sleigh Rides. All their events but one (which is sold out) are happening the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so you could choose off Three River’s menu and do something on the day, if you want to make an extravaganza of the holiday this year.
Three River Parks District is in Hennepin County, so a little bit of a drive from the B&B, but well worth it. Check out the webpage for more information on individual events.
Big Bay Ballroom – Salsa Spice by Port of San Diego is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Love is in the air, so join us for a special night of ballroom dancing with The Dancers Studio Family! Includes complimentary glass of champagne at the door, dessert and cash bar throughout the evening.
“FREE Beginning Salsa Class @ 7:00pm
“Both singles and couples welcome!”
$15 per person
Purchase tickets online.
415 Pascal St. North, St. Paul, MN 55104
James J. Hill House, circa 1895, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
“Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the James J. Hill House drawing room. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports and war—even poems about James J. Hill! Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening.”
Tue., Feb 14, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$12/$10 MNHS members
OutFront justFair LGBT Lobby Day 2006 by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Historian Stewart Van Cleve blends oral history, archival narrative, newspaper accounts and fascinating illustrations to paint a remarkable picture of Minnesota’s queer history. Van Cleve will present from his book “Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota,” which explores the sacrifices, scandals and victories that have affected and continue to affect the lives of queer Minnesotans.
“Stewart Van Cleve is a former assistant curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota.”
Tue., Feb 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
$5/$3 MNHS members
However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day, have fun, be safe, and celebrate all the love in your life.