Here Are 14 Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in St. Louis

Creative Ideas for a Memorable Day (or Night)

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Celebrating Valentine's Day usually means a romantic dinner out, chocolates, and red roses. That's always appealing, but another way to make it special is to plan something a bit more unusual to mark the day. Here are some ideas that might knock the socks off your partner for Valentine's Day 2018 in the St. Louis area. 

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    If your valentine is a chocolate lover, don't just give him or her a heart-shaped box; go on a full-on tour of the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company at Interstate 44 and Kingshighway. 

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    Cook up some romance with your sweetheart at a cooking class for couples at the Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton. Learn to prepare a special meal for Valentine's Day or any other day of the year. For Valentine's Day 2018, the class will make a special meal of crab fritters with red pepper ketchup, lobster corn chowder with parmesan cheese straws, red wine poached pear salad with goat cheese and pistachios, and seared scallops on lobster risotto. And for dessert, hot chocolate souffle with caramel cream. 

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    Treat your Valentine to sweets and shopping during the annual Chocolate Walk in Ste. Genevieve, about an hour's drive south of St. Louis. Shops in the historic district will be offering chocolate samples from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3.

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    For Valentine's Day 2018, the Fox Theatre in Grand Center is putting on "The Price Is Right Live," an onstage version of the long-running TV game show. If your honey is a fan, this will make for a special evening. See it at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14.

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    St. Louis's historic Lemp Mansion is serving up a special Valentine's dinner for two. A setting can't get more romantic than this. The four-course meal includes champagne and a treat for each couple. Make a reservation for Feb. 8, 9, 10,  14, 15, 16, or 17.
     

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    Dust off your dancing shoes, grab your partner, and head over to the legendary Casa Loma Ballroom for a Valentine's Day celebration. Get in the groove with Sweetie and the Toothaches on Feb. 9 and the Fabulous Motown Revue on Feb. 10. Or dance to the music of Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers on Feb. 16 or get down at the Rock 'n' Roll Valentine's Dance with Facts of Life on Feb. 17. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and you can dance from 8 p.m. to midnight.
     

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    If you both love jazz, spend Valentine's Day at one of St. Louis's premier jazz clubs. Jazz at the Bistro in Grand Center welcomes rising artist and St. Louis native Alicia Olatuja for an evening of modern vocal jazz Feb. 14 through 17. She'll perform two sets, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each night.

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    Spend time with your Valentine in Missouri Wine Country at a port tasting and dinner at Mount Pleasant Winery. First comes the sampling of six different ports accompanied by appetizers. A three-course dinner of Pasta e Fagioli, beef medallions or scallops, and double chocolate (of course) torte for dessert. The band Dressed and Unplugged will entertain during dinner. Save the date: Saturday, Feb. 10, with the port tasting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30. You can make your reservation for one or the other or both. This event is limited to 40 people, so book your places as soon as possible.

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    Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Illinois, is a romantic spot any day of the year. Its great room, with its huge fireplace, is a prime location for a cozy Valentine's Day celebration. On Valentine's Day 2018, there will be live music from 6 to 10 p.m. in the great room, where you can have a glass or two of wine to celebrate and then adjourn to the dining room for dinner if you'd like.

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    If you're in the mood for live music, the always cool Blueberry Hill is hosting Marleyfest 11 on the Friday and Saturday before Valentine's Day, Feb. 9 and 10. If you want to make it a post-Valentine's Day party, Over the Rhine will be in the Duck Room on Feb. 16. Marleyfest starts at 9 p.m. and Over the Rhine at 8.

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    You can't put on the Ritz for Valentine's Day any more authentically than at, yes, the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. Stop in for an evening of cocktails and music in the glam Lobby Lounge, which serves light appetizers and has a drink menu featuring more than 200 martinis.
     

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    Candlelight. Romance. Sliders. You'll find it all at White Castle on Valentine's Day. Once again, the burger chain is serving up a special Valentine's meal complete with candles, tableside service, and romantic decor. Money can't buy love, and you don't need to drop a bundle to celebrate with your honey. Dinner will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 14 at all local White Castle locations. You do need a reservation; call ahead or make it at Open Table.
     

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    Give your sweetheart a banquet of flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Show, which features exotic flowers from around the world in a naturalistic tropical setting. Afterward, buy her an orchid in the Garden Shop. The show runs daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Feb. 3 through March 25.

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    Music stirs the soul, and Carl Orff's magnificent  "Carmina Burana" is on the St. Louis Symphony's playbill for Feb. 9, 10, and 11 at elegant Powell Hall in Grand Center. It's at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 10 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 11. Or mark Valentine's Day at Rufus Wainwright's one-man show at Powell on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.