A traditional Valentine's Day celebration typically includes flowers, chocolate, and a meal at a romantic restaurant. But why not do something more creative with your love instead?
Check out some fresh ideas for interesting, alternative, and non-traditional Valentine's Day dates if you're living in or visiting the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Pack hot chocolate, or just warm your hands over the scorching hot molds at Franconia Sculpture Park's Valentine's Day Iron Pour. Several Minnesota sculptors will be pouring molten metal in what could legitimately be called the hottest event for Valentine's Day. Franconia Sculpture Park is about an hour north of the Twin Cities.
Hitting the slopes can certainly be romantic -- though ski pants are not especially attractive, you can help your date up when they fall over, and if you are feeling especially full of love, share a smooch (or a few) in the chair lifts. There is usually plenty of snow during this time of year, and if it's not too cold, conditions are great.
For the most romantic experience, book a cabin at Lutsen Mountains in Northern Minnesota -- the North Shore is always a good romantic getaway.
Burlesque and Cabaret Shows
Minneapolis performance and burlesque artists have dragged old time entertainment into this century. Tickets to burlesque acts such as the Wicked Wenches are available year round, and appropriately includes Valentine's Day as well.
Another option is The Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis features Ballet of the Dolls shows, full of theater, poetry, and romance.
Blood donations tend to be down during the winter, though the need for blood remains the same. Visit one of the four metro area locations, all are open on Valentine's Day with your sweetie and give someone else a gift that's truly from your heart.
There are Red Cross blood donation centers in downtown Minneapolis, Arden Hills, Blaine and St. Paul, and frequent blood drives held across the metro area. You can make an appointment online, and find traveling blood drives near you at the Red Cross website.
Learn a new skill together at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. This ceramics studio runs a monthly Clay for Couples class, an evening class where the two of you can learn to sculpt clay and throw pots on the wheel.
One class costs $65 per couple, which includes instruction and materials. The artwork you make together will be fired and ready to be collected two weeks after the class.
Add a new skill to your resume by taking a pole dancing class at a pole dancing studio in Minneapolis. Knockout Bodies offers several pole dancing and non-pole dancing fitness classes every week, marketed as cardio strength training -- which they are indeed. Your man will appreciate what you learn as much as your abdominal muscles will thank you.