St. Louis Valentine's Day Guide

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Picking the right gift or planning a romantic evening for Valentine's Day can be a daunting task. But St. Louis has some great options for a special day with your special someone. This handy guide can help you find the best romantic restaurants and top Valentine's Day events in the St. Louis area. If you're looking for the perfect gift, don't miss recommendations for sweet treats and weekend getaways.

Romantic Restaurants

Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days of the year for dining out. It's a great reason to try a cozy new bistro or neighborhood cafe. If you're really trying to make an impression, consider a reservation at one of  St. Louis' finest restaurants. Whatever your style or budget, check out the top romantic restaurants in St. Louis for an evening out that your date's sure to love (and you will too).

Valentine's Day Events

If you're looking for something less traditional than dinner at a romantic restaurant, why not start a new Valentine's Day tradition this year? St. Louis has everything from moonlight hikes and couples cooking classes, to live music and comedy tours. For more ideas on unique ways to celebrate, check out these 25 Valentine's Day events in St. Louis.

St. Louis' Best Chocolate

There's a reason chocolate is a favorite gift on Valentine's Day. It's sensual and delicious, but not if you buy the boxes at the supermarket checkout.

If your Valentine has a sweet tooth for truffles, caramels or gourmet chocolates, visit one of these top chocolate shops in the St. Louis Area for a wonderful gift that's sure to please.

Getaways to Hermann or Grafton

Valentine's Day is a great excuse to plan a weekend getaway. St. Louis has some good options that are just a short drive away.

You can head east along the Mississippi River and the Great River Road to Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton. The Lodge is located on the grounds of a state park and overlooks the Mississippi River. Or head west to Gasconade County and the quaint German town of Hermann, Missouri. Hermann is a popular destination filled with B&Bs, shops, restaurants and wineries.

A Visit to Missouri Wine Country

If you can't get away for an entire weekend, then consider a day trip to Missouri wine country. There are dozens of wineries located just a short drive from St. Louis. Many are nestled along the banks of the Missouri River. You can sip a glass or two with your Valentine while taking in the local scenery. Here's information on the the best Missouri wineries near St. Louis.