Traditional, Romantic Valentine's Day Things to do in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Where to buy flowers, cards, chocolates, jewelry, and romantic gifts in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Or why not give an experience or learn a new skill to enhance your relationship - certainly something that will last longer than long-stemmed roses.

Here's where to get the best Valentine's Day gifts in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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    High on the romantic experience wish list, a horse-drawn carriage ride could be the ultimate romantic experience. The Hitching Company will take you and your date for a 30 or 60-minute ride around downtown Minneapolis or Nicollet Island.

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    Romantic Music and Performing Arts

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    Romantic music goes without saying. If you'd like to take your sweetheart out, here's some suggestions.

    Can you wait until March? If so, then the Minnesota Opera presents The Dream of Valentino, inspired by the hearthrob of the silent screen, Rudolph Valentino is at the Ordway Center in Downtown St. Paul, March 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9.

    The Metropolitan Ballet present the classic love story, Swan Lake.

    The Minnesota Orchestra usually has a performance suitable for Valentines Day, but the Orchestra's dispute with the musician's union is still underway - hopefully, all will be resolved soon.

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    Couples' Massage and Spa Treatments

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    Relax together with your loved one at one of these salons and spas in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area.

    -Sabai Body Temple in Minneapolis has a full menu of couple services - massage, plus many spa treatments.
    -Sanctuary SalonSpa in Eden Prairie, Excelsior, and Minneapolis, would love to welcome you and your honey for a couples massage.
    -Just For Me in Stillwater also offers couples' massage, and Stillwater has plenty of options for dining afterward if that suits your mood.

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    Ice Skating

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    Nostalgic and sweet, and friendly on your budget too. The Winterskate ice skating rink in Landmark Plaza in downtown St. Paul has a free, artificially chilled ice rink to skate surrounded by twinkling city lights, open daytime and evening.

    The Depot, in downtown Minneapolis, has an entry charge but it's housed in a beautiful Victoria train depot, and the Depot's other amenities include a bar and restaurant.

    Or if weather permits, try one of the Twin Cities many other outdoor ice skating lakes and ice rinks.

    Wherever you choose, skate holding hands, then warm up together afterward with hot chocolate.

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    Cooking Classes

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    Instead of taking your date out to dinner, why not learn how to cook a romantic meal for them at home? Or, take a class together with your partner.

    Cooks of Crocus Hill's packed class schedule includes Valentine's Day classes at both the St. Paul and the Edina locations. ​Kitchen Window in Calhoun Square, Uptown Minneapolis, has a large selection of cooking classes too.

    Minneapolis' Whole Foods several Valentine's themed cooking classes this month, some for adults, some for kids.

    The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts cooking classes with some of the Twin Cities' leading chefs. Learn how to make a complete romantic dinner, or attend a chocolate lovers class.

    Byerly's in St. Louis Park has the best bargain cooking classes at $15 each.