Lovebirds in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, can take the typical path and buy flowers, cards, chocolates, jewelry, and romantic gifts for Valentine's Day. But you may want to try a different experience or learn a new skill to enhance your relationship, something that will certainly last longer than red roses. There are a variety of options for enjoying the holiday in the Twin Cities, whether you are seeking a couple's massage for two or a dinner date at one of Minneapolis' most popular breweries.
A Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Riding in a horse-drawn carriage by the Mississippi River could be the ultimate romantic experience for Valentine's Day. The Hitching Company will take you and your date for a 30-or 60-minute ride featuring cobblestone roads and skyline views around downtown Minneapolis. Each tour is personalized based on the type of experience you're looking for, whether it's romance, a historical tour, or riding by specific landmarks. You'll also be able to check out historic Nicollet Island, a former Sioux birthing site listed on the National Register of Historic Places and its Victorian homes.
A Craft Beer Valentine
Local craft brewery Lakes & Legends is teaming up with professional chef Todd MacDonald to bring an extra special Valentine's dinner for beer loving couples or friends. After starting with a pint of your choosing, enjoy a four-course prix fixe dinner including items like lobster bisque, roasted beet salad, braised short ribs, and chocolate caramel brownie banana bread pudding to finish. Each of the four courses is paired with a hand-picked beer made right at the brewery.
The event takes place on February 13, 2021, and buying tickets in advance is required in order to join.
Instead of taking your date out to dinner, you can learn how to cook a romantic meal for them at home or take a culinary class with your partner. Minneapolis/St. Paul has a diverse set of options to help you spend the holiday creating the perfect meal in the perfect setting, regardless of your skill level.
Cooks of Crocus Hill's packed course schedule includes several Valentine's Day classes at locations in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Stillwater, and also virtually in 2021. Class options cover topics from wine pairing and macarons to preparing a romantic dinner or a special brunch.
The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts cooking classes with some of the Twin Cities' leading chefs, which are all being offered virtually in 2021.
For lovebirds seeking a unique activity for Valentine's Day, put on some winter clothing and boots and go snowshoeing with a naturalist guide through the lovely North Mississippi Regional Park. This evening hike, scheduled for February 14, 2021, includes your snowshoe rentals and a guide to lead you through the tree-lined park along the Mississippi River. It ends with a roaring campfire to warm back up after the trek, so pack along something hot to drink to enjoy.
Massage and Spa Treatments for Couples
The Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area has a handful of salons and spas for the perfect way to relax with your loved one on or around Valentine's Day, including some that offer holiday packages. Sabai Body Temple in Uptown Minneapolis has a full menu of services for duos including candlelit massages with flowers, rubs with chocolate oil, or herbal mud treatments.
With several locations in Minneapolis and the surrounding area, Sanctuary SalonSpa can provide you and your partner a tranquil couple's massage. Just For Me Spa close to historic downtown Stillwater (about a 30-minute drive from Minneapolis) also offers side-by-side massage for couples, and downtown Stillwater has plenty of options for dining to fill out your date.
All Paint Nite events are taking place virtually in February 2021.
Creative folks or those hoping to cultivate their inner artist might enjoy a two-hour Valentine's Day Paint Nite which takes place each year at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel: The Depot downtown in a building that was once a train station. Start with cocktails and then experience painting as a pair and have fun at a free photo booth. For an extra charge, you can also have an artist paint you both in a couples' caricature.
The Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink is closed for the 2020–2021 season. The outdoor ice rinks are open for skating, but rental services are not available for the 2020–2021 season.
Ice skating reminds some people of lovely childhood memories and it's friendly on your budget too. The Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul has a free, artificially-chilled ice rink, open day and night and offering skating lessons for you and your sweetie at no charge.
If weather permits, try one of the Twin Cities' many other outdoor ice skating lakes and ice rinks such as Lake of the Isles Park, where you can soak up the natural beauty and enjoy the walking and biking paths.