Love is in the cold, wintry air!
Valentine’s Day is one of the last things we got to celebrate “normally” last year, before we truly knew what was coming. This year, things will look different, but that’s no reason to give up on love.
Whether you’re with a significant other, a pal-entine, or just want to treat yourself, there are plenty of great Valentine’s offerings this year. Check it out:
With 25% capacity restrictions on dining right now, it will be even harder to get a table than the usual V Day rush. Our suggestion is to be OK with not dining in on February 14 itself.
For instance, Divani is offering a special Valentine 3-course meal, from Friday to Sunday. Polynesian shrimp, Scottish salmon, chocolate mousse — it’s a global feast. Wherever you go, reserve your table right now! Meanwhile, SpeakEZ Lounge is hosting a special dinner with cocktail features, complimentary chocolate strawberries and live acoustic music. And MDRD is a new restaurant at the top of Amway Grand Plaza extending hours just for V Day. Pro tip from the staff: Finish the night with the festive Instagram-worthy dessert, the Árbol de Caramelo, made from a chocolate soufflé with strawberry gelato and spun sugar.
If you can’t get a table or just want to stay home, order takeout from a local restaurant! We suggest going with one of your fancy faves, like steak from Mertens Prime or sushi from Jaku Sushi. On the other hand, pizza and hamburgers are form of love as well. Follow your heart!
For a drink, check out a local winery or grab a special package from Virtue Cider, offering three themed bundles now. The Bouquet of Roses, for instance, includes a dozen 16 oz. Rosé Ciders for your galentine. And Robinette’s annual Love, Wine & Chocolate event is take-out this year, offering great packages to-go. For instance, the $16 box includes a famous chocolate sauce, snack items to dip for two, and two wine glasses!
Smell the Roses
Local flower shops are ready to make your day special, with stores like Posh Petals offering extended hours and pre-orders for unique Valentine bouquets and packages including sweet treats. Add on a “cookie card” for just a few extra bucks!
Get Out and Active
There are plenty of events, mostly outdoors, around town this weekend! Here are a few ideas:
Snowshoe With Your Sweetie
Head to Blandford Nature Center to strap on some snowshoes and enjoy a winter wonderland together. After you hike, warm up on the outdoor patio with an adult beverage, and take-home sweets to enjoy later!
Axe Your Ex
FlannelJax wants to help you heal, in a highly cathartic way: Throwing an axe at a picture of your ex. While we definitely don’t suggest mixing axes and exes in the real world, it’s surprisingly therapeutic to chuck something heavy at a wall. Just bring in the photo of your archenemy and they’ll have the axes ready.
World of Winter
In Downtown Grand Rapids, the World of Winter rages on. There are various free events to take in, including Winter’s A Drag, a free drag show in the Calder Plaza at 4 p.m. on Saturday. And remember, you can have a drink in many parts of downtown now, when purchased from a local bar or restaurant. Or, if you want to watch at home, catch the livestream.
Also check out Valent-ICE, a showcase of more than 80 ice sculptures all throughout downtown; Seasons of Love, a free music and theater show at Canal Park on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.; or Love On Ice, where you can have your names carved into a giant interactive ice wall (along with a professional picture).
Seven Nights of Valentine’s Serenades
Farmers Alley Theatre is putting on a week-long series of singing, featuring seven amazingly talented vocalists performing music from Broadway, the radio, classic songs and more. One ticket purchase gets you all of the performances as they release daily!
Happy Hearts Luminary Park Series
From 6 to 9 p.m., three local parks will be lit up for night strolling this week. Check out Huff Park, Garfield Park Nature Reserve or Roosevelt Park for a luminary-lit winter walk.