Stuck in the same Valentine’s dinner-and-a-movie routine? Do something different this year! Show your significant other how much you care with these out-of-the-box Valentine’s day ideas, specifically tailored to the Twin Cities. Have fun!

1. Take a Cooking Class

Love spending time together in the kitchen? Need some fresh ideas? Or maybe you and your S.O. have resolved to eat healthier this year? A cooking class is just the ticket! Work closely with local chefs and master the art of Thai curry or chimichurri steak or white chocolate truffles.


Check out:

Kitchen in the Market

920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Includes classes from master chefs from acclaimed restaurants such as the Bachelor Farmer, Brasa, and Spoon & Stable.

Kitchen Window

3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

An excellent lineup of classes from master chefs. Includes basic classes such as “knife skills” and “fundamentals of sauces.”

Whole Foods  Market, Calhoun

3060 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Affordable and fun classes, starting at $30. Upcoming classes include “Death by Chocolate” on February 11th and “The Great American Steakhouse” on February 13th. For a complete list, visit the Whole Foods website.

Cooks of Crocus Hill

Multiple locations across the Twin Cities

Classes offered almost every night in February, focused on a variety of dishes, from bread pudding to Szechuan spiced shrimp.


2. Go Snowshoeing

For the outdoors-loving couple, nothing says romance like a trek through an illuminated forest on snowshoes. If flickering candles, plenty of peace and quiet, and a mug of hot cocoa or spiced rum afterward sounds like your idea of a good time, check out the following locations for this year’s V-Day:


Check Out:

Trails by Candlelight

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan MN 55123

More than 1,500 luminaries will line over 2 miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails and nearly 4 miles of cross-country ski trails. Register in advance.

Gateway State Trail Candlight Walk

Gateway State Trail, North St Paul, MN 55109

A short trail in North St. Paul. Easy trekking along a candlelit path. Warm up afterward with refreshments by a crackling fire.

Richardson Nature Center

8737 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438

In addition to hiking the trail, your $15 fee includes chocolate and live music. Reserve by February 8th.

BONUS: Lowry Nature Center

7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386

If you want to ditch the snowshoes and just take a candlelit walk in the woods, the Lowry Nature Center is offering a hike, bonfire, complete dinner, and live music by the Roe Family Singers. $35/person.


3. Go Bowling

For the couple who enjoys a little competition! Bowling halls across the Twin Cities are distinguishing themselves by providing top-notch menus, great beer and wine lists, and low-key, retro atmospheres.


Check Out:

Bryant Lake Bowl

801 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408

Arrive early! There are only a few lanes at Bryant Lake bowl, but you can always put your name on the list and enjoy a meal featuring locally-sourced meat and produce. And be sure to have a drink or two from their superb beer or wine list. BONUS: There will be a cabaret show in the Bryant Lake theater over V-Day weekend. Check it out!

Park Tavern

3401 Louisiana Ave S., St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Serving a prix fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day. You can enjoy seared scallops, rib-eye or salmon, truffles, and champagne before you bowl. An absolute steal at $25.95 per person.

Townhall Lanes

5019 34th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55417

A great atmosphere, fun decor, and a must-go destination for craft beer fanatics.


4. Comedy Show

Don’t take yourselves too seriously this Valentine’s Day. If you and your loved one enjoy funny movies or love making each other laugh, why not check out a comedy show?


Check Out:

Acme Comedy Club

708 N 1st St G31, Minneapolis, MN 55401

On Valentine’s Day this year, comedian Ryan Stout will be performing some stand up. Enjoy the show with the 4-course meal package.

The Joke Joint

801 Sibley Memorial Hwy, St Paul, MN 55118

The Joke Joint is holding a special comedy show this year featuring Tony Deyo and Karen Pickering. VIP tickets available.

HUGE Theater

3037 Lyndale Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55408

HUGE Theater specializes in improv comedy and is known for its stellar lineup of improv groups. You might want to check out Manners & Misconduct: Improvised Jane Austen on Feb. 13th.

BONUS: The Dinner Detective

1500 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Have you ever been to a murder mystery dinner party? They’re incredibly fun and a great way for you and your S.O. to meet other couples. Better hurry! Seats are going fast.


5. Ice Skating

Give skating a “whirl” this year! Even if you and your partner are complete novices, skating (especially at night) can be fun, romantic, and great exercise. Plus, you can enjoy a hot meal or beverage afterward.

couple skating


Check Out:

The Depot

225 South 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Depot in downtown Minneapolis has been around for well over 100 years. Enjoy the magnificent architecture and the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that give you a great view of the city.

Bloomington Ice Garden

3600 West 98th Street Bloomington, MN 55431

This venue offers skaters of all levels three different rinks, including an Olympic-sized rink.

Lake of the Isles

Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis MN

Get outdoors and skate under the moonlight! Lake of the Isles is groomed every year for ice skating. It’s a beautiful, peaceful setting for your V-Day outing.

Your Local Park

Various locations

You might be amazed by how many local parks have an open skating area. Visit your city’s parks & rec website for details. Here are the listings for Minneapolis and St. Paul rinks.

Whatever you choose to do this Valentine’s Day, have fun and make it you. There are plenty of opportunities for fun-filled, unique V-Day outings. Which one will YOU choose?

Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

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Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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