For an intimate Valentine's Day vacation, nothing says romance like the mountainous backdrop of Salt Lake City. From beautiful restaurants featuring top chef specials to sleigh rides over the snow and special events like the Salt Lake Symphony Vienna Ball, there are plenty of great ways to spend the holiday with your loved one. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, as many couples will be fighting for a date night at some of Salt Lake City's most popular romantic attractions.
Many of Utah's best restaurants offer striking decor and special menu items that make for a romantic Valentine's Day. Check out places with dining specials in 2021 such as La Caille, a lovely French chateau with a garden setting that serves a white truffle risotto appetizer and entrees like lobster fondue or beef tenderloin. The Melting Pot is also dishing out fondue—featuring both savory cheese and decadent chocolate—and other fine dining choices for the holiday.
Early reservations are even more important on Valentine's Day, regardless of where you choose to eat.
Get Cozy With Your Sweetheart at DF Dance Studio
If you want to surprise your partner with some new dance moves, join other couples at DF Dance Studio for a fun waltz class, salsa class, or swing class on February 12, 2021. No experience is required to take part, so you can join in even if dancing is not your forte.
The following evening on February 13, 2021, couples can continue their lesson with classes in rumba, cha-cha, and foxtrot. The Saturday event is semi-formal, and a professional photographer is on-premises to catch those special moments.
The classes are exclusively for couples since a partner is needed, but on the evening of February 12, 2021, the studio is also hosting a Red and Black Ball that is open to everyone. Dance to salsa and bachata all night long, and you can even show up early for a quick lesson on how to dance before the event starts.
Stay at the Luxurious Grand America Hotel
Valentine's packages at Grand America include luxury rooms and suites with special extras such as a sweet treat in your room from the Parisian bakery La Vie Bonne and a five-course romantic dinner at the Garden Cafe. Other perks are also available such as complimentary valet parking. These holiday package deals are available for stays throughout the weekend from February 12–15, 2021. Apart from Valentine's Day, it's also Presidents Day weekend, so be sure to make your reservations well in advance because it's likely to book up.
Try a Sleigh Ride Adventure
An old-fashioned winter sleigh ride can be the height of romance, depending on whom you take along. Various Utah companies offer rides available to match any interest—long or short, with or without dinner, and some with overnight resort stays. For sleigh rides in 2021, group options are not available and you must book a private sleigh ride (which is much more romantic, anyway).
Canyons Village Resort in Park City, about a 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City, has sleigh rides throughout the winter going through a beautiful and snowy area from Canyons Resort through Willow Draw.
Or ride one of the Clydesdales with KB Horses in Heber City. It's approximately 45 minutes by car from Salt Lake City. However, all sleigh rides come with complimentary hot drinks, homemade cookies, and a blanket to stay warm.
Enjoy Women Rock at the Utah Symphony
As of January 2021, Utah Symphony concerts were canceled until further notice.
The Utah Symphony typically plays a special holiday concert at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City for you and your valentine to enjoy a romantic show. In 2020, the concert "Women Rock" was conducted by Sarah Hicks who has worked with ensembles around the world. The Utah Symphony honored famous rock female singer/songwriters such as Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Minnie Riperton, Heart, and others.
Experience Giselle at Ballet West
As of January 2021, all Ballet West performances were canceled until further notice.
Catching a Ballet West performance of "Giselle," a love story that premiered in Paris in 1841, would be a great way to spend an evening with your special someone this Valentine's Day. Shows take place at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City.
The AC Marriot is the host hotel for the event; there are discounts on rooms booked during the "Giselle" performance dates.
Attend Salt Lake Symphony's Vienna Ball
The Vienna Ball was postponed in 2021. Check the official event webpage for updates on a show later in the year.
If you and your date would enjoy a uniquely romantic and fun Valentine’s day, then try the Salt Lake Symphony's annual Vienna Ball at the University of Utah's Union Ballroom. Enjoy dancing, food, live music by the Salt Lake Symphony and the Mark Chaney Jazz Trio, floor shows by the BYU Ballroom Dance team, and a silent auction. If you'd like to brush up on your dancing, a class starting before the event is also available.
This is a dry event, so no alcohol is allowed.
See James Blonde - License to Thrill at Desert Star Playhouse
As of January 2021, all shows at the Desert Star Playhouse were on hold until further notice.
You and your sweetie may choose to spend your Valentine's Day watching a fun theater performance that parodies James Bond, the famous character in spy movies. "James Blonde - License to Thrill" plays at the hilarious Desert Star Playhouse. The theater in Murray, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City, offers a full menu, including wraps, hamburgers, pizza, desserts, and more. It is always a wise idea to buy tickets in advance for the show of your choice.
Have Dinner and Dance at Thanksgiving Point
The Valentine's dinner at Thanksgiving Point was canceled for 2021.
Enjoy a special evening dancing to live entertainment and feasting on a three-course dinner at the Thanksgiving Point Show Barn in Lehi, about a 30-minute drive south of Salt Lake City. Previous bands include Gold Standard, playing a mix of jazz and pop vocals with drums, a DJ, saxophone, and flute.