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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Date ideas for valentine
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you celebrate the “Hallmark Holidays” or not, it’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy with someone you love.  Or, if you’re not feeling particularly lovey, you can always grab some friends and go out anyway. Really, who needs an excuse to get out on a Friday night?

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are just a couple of thoughts I had when trying to come up with something fun to do. Having been married for 10 years, I thought I’d break them into some relevant relationship categories for you all – lol!  I’d love to hear what your plans are – leave a note in the comments!

1. The Sure Thing
2. Spice Things Up
3. Rediscover

The Sure Thing
Call me traditional or boring, but I still think that going out for a nice dinner is a great way to celebrate!  Especially if you don’t get to do it that often.  For Matt and I, we’re out a few times a week so in that case, we’d just pick a nicer or more “special occasion” place to dine.  I was just reading an article by a local restaurant critic who was offering a counter-argument for all of the restaurant staff out there who believe Valentine’s Day is just “amateur night”.  Her point was that although many “newbies” to the foodie world may be out in droves taking their dates to places they may only get to once or twice a year, that people shouldn’t be judged for doing that.  They should be applauded for taking the time to value the restaurant as a special occasion place and that the restaurant staff could delight in showing them something new and exciting rather than the same ol’ same ol’ with the regular foodie crowd who may not appreciate it as much.  I totally agree.  It’s a great chance to try someplace new and be enticed by the colors and aromas of great food presentation.  Hopefully you’ll find the service exceptional and welcoming and it may even make a repeat customer out of you.  So get out there and prove those snobby restauranteurs wrong – make that reservation at the hot spot in town and savor the whole unique experience!

Diner en rouge

Spice Things Up
Okay, so I know some of you are going to challenge me on this one.  Take your date to the shooting range!  One of the best and most memorable dates that Matt and I shared was at a gun range.  I was at a fundraiser a couple of years ago and my friends talked me into bidding on a “Spy Date” package that included a private gun lesson, shooting range competitions and the opportunity to show off your best spy moves.  I thought it would be a blast – something I could surprise Matt with that he would have never seen coming.  It offers up the chance to do a little role-playing (you pick your character name and are even encouraged to dress in costume), have a little mystery (you’re texted rendezvous information and need to arrive in character ready for whatever mission you are assigned) and compete in a little friendly competition against each other.  So, a little of everything needed to keep a relationship alive, right?  See, the idea isn’t so crazy after all!

In the end, Matt and I didn’t do the actual “Spy Date”.  We opted for private lesson in defensive shooting with an ex-military sniper – even better!  We learned everything we needed to know about the guns we were using including how to take them apart and put back together.  We trained with fake guns first and then graduated to the range.  There we did some target practice followed by playing out “real” scenarios involving intruders, attackers and the like.  I can’t tell you what an adrenaline rush it was.  No matter what you know/don’t know about guns may be challenged in these situations and the way the training was done really made me feel confident and empowered.  And, I don’t know about you, but I say that’s awesome for any relationship!

If you’re interested in a little spontaneity, intrigue and empowerment, check out your local gun range to see what they might offer for date night opportunities.  We live in Minneapolis, and if you’re nearby, I highly recommend Sealed Mindset.  They have all kinds of unique packages and date-night specific events that may interest you.  (And no, they don’t pay me to say this – it was just such an awesome date, I can’t help talk but it up!)

When we were living in Belgium, we tried to explore or discover something new in the city or the country each weekend.  We were always going to random places for events, beer tastings, concerts and festivals. Sometimes, we’d just go wander around a museum for a while and inevitably I’d ask why we never bothered to do any of these things when we were home in Minneapolis. I think a lot of people have a tendency to take their own cities for granted – saving these kinds of outings for when they travel, etc.  We get so busy here at home, it can be hard to remember to stop and look around.  So, as a final idea for a Valentine’s night out, why not rediscover a local museum, theatre or concert venue?  You might rediscover and fall in love with a  few things about your city and yourselves in the process.  What could be more romantic than that?

Wondering what we decided to do this Valentine’s Day? I think we’re going to check out the After Hours at the Walker Art Center.  It’s an event to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition by Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take and catch a cameo appearance by  musical guests Sisyphus (formerly S/S/S)—Serengeti, Son Lux, and Sufjan Stevens. We’ll be enjoying small bites and cocktails while we dance the night away to DJ sets from Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors) and Angel Deradoorian.  We’ve had awesome experiences at these events in the past and this one is looking like another top hit!

Thanks for reading…I’d love to hear some of your ideas/plans for celebrating Valentine’s Day or just a regular date night.  Please share in the comments!

Amy - February 7, 2014 - 7:31 am

Hi Camile! What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Want to join us at the Walker?!

Camile - February 6, 2014 - 7:29 am

Great ideas Amy! I love the Walker idea

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