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 this sentimental February day in the Twin Cities, whether you are seeking a massage for you and your love or a horse-drawn carriage.
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. 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.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area has a handful of salons and spas that offer 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 honey a tranquil massage, which can be done outside, depending on the weather.
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 Stillwater has plenty of options for dining after your treatment if that suits your mood.
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.
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 both the St. Paul and the Minnesota locations, covering topics from wine pairing and serving to prepare a romantic dinner or a special brunch.
- Kitchen Window in Calhoun Square, Uptown Minneapolis, has a large selection of cooking classes. For the holiday, you can learn to cook a five-course Valentine's Celebration Dinner
- Whole Foods in Uptown Minneapolis offers Valentine's themed cooking classes this month, some for adults and others for kids, with themes from preparing steaks to the Chef's Table, a course using fresh and seasonal items.
- The University of 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 wine-making class.
- Lunds & Byerly's in St. Louis Park has cooking classes and events throughout the year at their numerous locations.
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 experience couples' caricatures as well as food and beverages.
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 Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary at Lyndale Park. An undeveloped 31-acre natural area where over 130 types of birds have been spotted, the park is located in the north edge of Lake Harriet in southwest Minneapolis. Afterward, you two and your new friends can warm up with some hot chocolate as you sit around a bonfire.
For a free, fun, and arts-filled day with your sweetie, head to the Valentine's Arctic Market at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company in downtown Minneapolis. Part of the mobile Minneapolis Craft Market in the Twin Cities, this event will have about 30 local makers selling woodwork, home goods, jewelry, apparel, and other items you can give your sweetheart as a gift. Farm-to-table beers are available in the taproom, which is kid- and dog-friendly.