Unique Valentine's Day Ideas 2016

A Box of Candy is Fine -- But We've Got More Ideas in Store for You!

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
••• The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Wes Thompson/Getty Images

Hey lovers. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. Here are some unique Valentine's Day suggestions--because not everyone wants a dozen red roses or candy from the grocery store.

Happy Valentine's Day DFW. Smooch!

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    chocolate truffles in box
    ••• Delicious treats I sampled on the DallasbyChocolate.com tour. Angela Patterson

    This is a don't-miss activity if you are as enamored with chocolate as I am. Tour four chocolate-related venues (about 3-3 ½ hour trip) on a very nice bus. Wine is also served while traveling between venues. Enjoy samples of chocolates, pastries, ice cream and other delicious treats. Learn some fun facts about chocolate, how it is made and play chocolate trivia for prizes.

    Featured Item: Check out the Sweetheart of a Chocolate Tour -- Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    It's the perfect way to remember your significant other...or just spend an awesome afternoon with girlfriends, family members or the whole family (all ages welcome!). Visit CocoAndre Chocolatier, Chocolate Secrets, Annie's Culinary Creations and much more.  Then win some chocolate as we ride and test your knowledge playing Chocolate Trivia. Price includes bus transportation, samples, beverages on the bus (you can also bring your own), tour guide who is one of Dallas' top food experts and...MORE more.

    Other Valentines-themed events include: 
    Pass the Chocolate NOW Tour
    Valentine Rhythms Winery, Chocolate, Pizza and Jazz Tour 
    Valentine Chocolate Temptations Tour
    My Funny Valentine Winery/Chocolate/Pizza/Comedy Tour

    Visit the website for more events and details. 
     

    Cost: Regular cost is $30-$40 per person (plus tax and tip) but some special Valentine's Day events may cost more based on special activities. 

    Details: Call Jeanine Stevens at 972-442-6963 or 972-814-5997 or email tardam@aol.com

    Check This Out: 50 Shades of Chocolate Tour, Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Venues will include Village Baking Company, CocoAndre Chocolatier and Great One Cookie Company.

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    Impress your Valentine this year and visit Delta Charlie’s Bar & Grill for its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner & Flight offering a three-course dinner and spectacular views of Dallas for $175 per couple.

    Couples will enjoy a 30-minute, private sightseeing flight with breathtaking views of Dallas’ iconic skyline. After touch down, a three-course dinner is served beginning with your choice of salad. Entrée selections include 8 oz. Grilled Ribeye with Cabernet mushroom sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables; Tilapia served with rice and sautéed vegetables topped with pico de gallo and a balsamic glaze; Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast served on a bed of linguini topped with an artichoke, mushroom, onion and garlic cream sauce; and Tri Colored Rotini Vegetable Pasta tossed in a light marinara sauce with zucchini, squash, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli and carrots. Dessert choices include Chocolate Brownie Sundae, Cheesecake or Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

    The...MORE Valentine’s Day Dinner & Flight is offered The Valentine’s Day Dinner & Flight is offered Wednesday, February 12 through Sunday, February 19 from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. Reservations are required and must be made by phone. Please call 214-623-9944 to reserve a flight.

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    Hot air balloon in the blue sky
    ••• Yuri Kriventsov/Getty Images

    We've all seen beautiful hot air balloons in flight over the Metroplex -- and maybe even gone to the annual hot air balloon festivals. But have you ever thought of taking a romantic ride in one? That would be an incredible Valentine's Day adventure.

    Rohr Balloons specializes in sunrise or sunset balloon rides complete with champagne. Want to pop the question? They can help you out with something extraordinary. It's safe (each balloon comes with an FAA commercial licensed pilot) and it's thrilling.

    In 2015 the cost is $225 (per person) for a group flight (2-10) in a larger balloon or $750 for a private flight (with the pilot) and it includes champagne after the flight. Photos of your flight are included in the price.

    Balloons depart from McKinney. For more information or to schedule a balloon flight, contact Brian Rohr at 214-733-9915.

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    What: A wicked kind of love will be introduced at Moxley Manor’s Valentine’s Day Massacre Haunted House in Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas. The haunted attraction will be open for two nights of fright for those of you looking for an alternate way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday.

    When: Open February 12-13, 2016 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m..

    Where: Moxley Manor, 510 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021.

    Cost: $17.00 GA, $25 Fast Pass. Free Paved Parking. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for Haunted House discounts.

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    Keith & Margo's St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    There's a series of murders at a romantic Valentine’s Party. It's up to you to weigh the evidence, interrogate the suspects, match wits with the detective and solve the dastardly crimes. This fun evening includes hors d'oeuvres and a three-course gourmet meal, along with the show, plus the opportunity to shake that groove thing to the hits.

    The evening brings together the elements of an Improvisational Comedy Show, an intriguing Murder Mystery, a dining venue and bar, and a dance nightclub complete with disc jockey... giving the audience the unique ability to celebrate Valentine’s in a memorable and enjoyable fashion.A very realistic, live action, interactive murder mystery unlike any you've seen before.

    When: Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    Locations: Omni Dallas Park West Hotel, 1590 LBJ Freeway @ Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75234.

    Cost: $89

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    The Bridges of Madison County is running from February 2-14, 2016.

    The Music Hall is located in Fair Park just Southeast of downtown Dallas. Parking is available on the Fair Park grounds or, with a charge, is available in the lot just South of I-30 in between First and Second Aves. This lot offers better access to the freeway.

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    Adopt a Koala Dallas Zoo
    ••• Adopt a Koala for your sweetie!. Courtesy of the Dallas Zoo

    Awwww. Here's something really unique. Greet your loved one with a g'day and the gift of a cuddly koala on Valentine's Day. The Dallas Zoo is the only place you'll find koalas in Texas and one of only 10 zoos in the nation with these cute creatures. When you adopt a koala, your Valentine gets all of the parental pride without all the work. We'll handle the cleaning, feeding, and housing for the koalas. You'll receive the satisfaction of knowing that your gift helps support animal care at the Zoo.

    The cost for this Aussi-some gift is $50 ($40 for DZS members). No charge if you pick it up at the zoo; shipping prices are additional cost.

    The temperature has dropped and so has the price of admission to only $5 for the entire month of February ($8 parking). So make like a penguin and enjoy the cooler temps.

    The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    Gourmet heart-shaped chocolates
    ••• Dave Carlin
    Here you can find everything from chocolate handcuffs to chocolate cigars. Seriously. Don't just make a quick stop by the local supermarket. Check out some of my favorite places for gourmet chocolates. These are fancy, delicious and they show you spent the time to plan a great gift! PS: I prefer dark chocolate.
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    The Dallas Museum of Art
    ••• Jon Hicks/Getty Images

    Hipster? Art enthusiast? Put on your chunky glasses and check out the extensive collection of art-related titles, the latest offerings and ideas in contemporary design, or just check out the really cool collectible treasures at the DMA. You'll find a wide variety of children's items, gifts, jewelry, textiles and prints. The Museum Store is a valuable resource to nourish the art enthusiast in us all.

    Store Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. 214-922-1200.

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    Want to race your Valentine? On Saturday, February 7th, 2015 more than 10,000 runners and walkers will participate in America’s Sweetest Race, the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k.

    Join your fellow runners, walkers and chocolate lovers for the most scrumptious post race party in the nation! Enjoy your Finisher’s Mug filled with Chocolate Fondue, Dippable Snacks and Hot Chocolate, a classic winter treat!

    Fair Park. Runner’s Expo & Packet Pick-Up: Fair Park – Automobile Building, 1010 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210.

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    Give the gift that really does keep on giving this Valentine's Day. The Dallas Foundation’s Giving for Good card program is the first of its kind in North Texas. Much like a retail gift card, a Giving for Good card can be redeemed to benefit any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States, including schools, churches and synagogues. You can order a Giving for Good card and give the card to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, holiday or a job well done. No more searching for the perfect gift, and you get the tax deduction! More than 1,000 cards have already been purchased by generous gift-givers. Learn more here.

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    Valentine's Day cookies
    ••• Courtesy of Amyscookies.net

    If you want to surprise your coworkers (or your loved one) this Valentine's Day, check out these cute, personalized cookies from Amy's Cookies. Made-from-scratch, iced cookies can be personalied with almost anything imaginable. Whether you want to celebrate with coworkers or your sweetie, these sweet treats are sure to be a hit.

    Amy's Cookies. 972-712-9343.

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    DFW's restaurants are offering up special menus for Valentine's Day and the weekend prior to the big day. Treat your special someone to a night away from the kitchen.

    Restaurant Menus and details.

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    Rocky Road Caramel Apples
    ••• Rocky Road Caramel Apples. Angela Patterson

    There's nothing wrong with hitting the local grocery store on your way home from work and buying a box of assorted chocolates. But you can make your Valentine feel exta special by going to the extra effort of stopping by a specialty shop like the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for your Valentine's favorite treat. They have something for every chocolate lover like Gourmet Truffles ($19.25). Or try something new (even healthier if your sweetie is a fitness buff) like a Rocky Road Caramel Apple. Locations throughout DFW.

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    Spend an Artsy Evening at The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth

    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
    ••• Wes Thompson/Getty Images
    If your true love is into art, check out the Tuesday Evenings at the Modern Lecture Series. On February 12, 2013, the featured speaker is Gary Simmons.

    Simmons is a New York-based artist recognized for his forthright address of race and culture. He's probably best known for his expansive erasure drawings, originally made in chalk on blackboards that he smeared and obscured by hand to create ghostly images. One such piece, Wall of Eyes, was commissioned for the 1993 Whitney Biennial, and, more recently, the artist received critical attention for his solo exhibition Black Marquee at Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, that referenced "blaxploitation" films of the 1970s. With an impressive exhibition record and a full-scale monograph, Gary Simmons: Paradise, Simmons is one of the Modern's 2013 FOCUS show artists. FOCUS: Gary Simmons is on view through March 14, and for this Tuesday Evenings talk, the artist presents recurring ideas and new developments in his work.

    The...MORE event's in the Modern's auditorium and begin at 7 pm. Free admission tickets (limit two) can be picked up at the Modern's information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to the first 250 ticketholders. The Museum galleries remain open until 7 pm on Tuesdays during the series (regular gallery admission charge applies).

    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. 817-738-9215.

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    Pork belly gorditas
    ••• Pork belly gorditas at Dallas's Resto Gastro Bistro. David Hale Smith/Flickr/CC BY SA 2.0

    DFW is known for it's fabulous restaurants. Treat your Valentine to a fantastic meal prepared by some of the metroplex's greatest chefs. Did you know we have official "Iron Chefs" in DFW?

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    Edible Arrangements offers long stemmed, mixed white and gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries available in boxes of one or two dozen. The cost for one dozen is $49. They are sure to melt hearts everywhere. With Valentine balloon bundle, the cost for two dozen is $77.

    Call 1-877-DoFruit.

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