This year don’t get caught asking, When is Valentine’s Day 2013? The answer is short and simple, Valentines Day is Thursday, February 14, 2013. Which means you only have 2 weeks left to formulate a plan of attack. But a plan of attack sounds to cold so this year we strategized with one of our favorite guest bloggers, Lane Blackmer (author of the popular White-Picket-Fence.com) to bring you a more loving approach to figuring out some fun 2013 Valentines Day date ideas in Grand Rapids.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you.”
Well, hopefully anyway.
While men everywhere groan in agony at the thought of this bull hokey Hallmark holiday, women usually expect to be doted on, swooned, and swept off their feet.
As my dad always says, “happy wife, happy life.” So you’d at least better do something as far as date nights go.
Luckily, there are plenty of options when it comes to painting the town red with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids.
The typical flowers, candy, and dinner will suffice, what may really impress your significant other is taking their interests into account. Here are some ideas.
For the classic Valentine’s date in Grand Rapids
What’s more classic of a date than dinner and a movie?
The fifth installment of Diehard, “A Good Day to Die Hard,” comes out on Valentine’s Day.
And for dinner, Terrace Grille (a well-known wedding reception host about 40 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids), will be featuring a violinist and a special Valentine’s menu. It’ll be open until 10 p.m. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
Shiraz Grill will also be featuring a special Valentine’s menu—at $79 per couple—including a 4 course Valentines Day dinner for two. This also features live violin music while you dine. Reservations for this restaurant will also be accepted.This includes wine, food, and great violin sounds.
For those who like to cook
If you’d like to do something more offbeat than just cook a nice dinner at home, then why not try a class?
Family Fare-Spartan Culinary Classroom will have cooking classes at $100 per couple on Valentine’s Day. Recipes include petit fillet crostini and fontina pancetta soufflé. Online reservation is available at www.shopfamilyfare.com.
A cheaper option, Artisian Cooking School is $34 per person and will teach Valentine’s Day-goers how to make a grilled beef tenderloin filet. The class is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required. You can call at 616-296-9200.
For the adventurous type
The perfect Valentine’s Date for the athletic or outdoorsy? Snowshoe hiking. Blanford Nature Center is offering snowshoe rental for the hike and a campfire and hot cocoa afterward. If you’re renting snowshoes, it’ll be $12 for non-members and $10 for members. It’ll be $5 for members and $6 for non-members sans snowshoe rental.
There’s also two options for ice skating. There’s skating at Jam N Bean Coffee until 9 p.m. at $1.50 to enter and an additional $1.50 for skate rental. Rosa Parks Circle also has ice skating until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $1 and skate rental is free with an ID.
For the history buff
The Grand Rapids Public Museum has a Great Lakes Shipwreck, Storms, and Stories exhibit open until 5 p.m. for a day date.
There’s also a Titanic exhibit open at the same museum until 5 p.m.
And don’t forget the 86th Annual Grand Rapids Boat Show, which is open until 6 p.m. at 303 Monroe Ave.
So there you have it! Enjoy your Valentine’s Day 2013 in Grand Rapids with some of these great date ideas and things to do.