We’re less than a week away from Valentine’s Day, if the in-store pink and red heart decorations didn’t give it away. But don’t panic if you haven’t made plans for you and your special someone yet. There’s still plenty of time to plan and plenty of ways to celebrate.
Plus, we’ve rounded up a few fun events for the weekend, if romance isn’t really on your agenda. Just remember, wherever you are and whoever you’re with, don’t forget to spread the love.
Make It a Mini Staycation
The fact that Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year shouldn’t deter you from celebrating. Why not go all out and schedule a mini, midweek vacation at The Lakehouse Inn? They’re offering a special Wine & Dine Package for a limited time, which comes with guest accommodations for two nights, full breakfast each morning, vouchers toward different restaurants, spa services, and a wine tasting—complete with chocolates. Sounds like the makings for a perfect local getaway, rolled up into one romantic package.
Whiskey Pairing Wednesday
Maybe you want to avoid February 14th altogether, since many restaurants and events have already been booked well in advance. You wouldn’t be the only one. We have a feeling people will be celebrating this weekend and into the next, which makes it a-ok to wait until Wednesday to have your celebration. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Pairing Dinner, hosted right here at Hard Rock Rocksino’s Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill, makes for an original date night or a perfect way to get through the rest of the workweek. Five food courses and five whiskey drinks later, we think everyone will be feeling the love.
Not Your Average Dinner Date
If low-lit dining just isn’t your style, then it sounds like Yuzu’s American Psycho “Bale-ntine’s” Dinner might be more your taste. The restaurant has touted the experience as “pretty much the exact opposite of a traditional Valentine’s Day at the Cheesecake Factory,” if that tells you anything at all.
The Asian-inspired menu will start with a martini made with garlic-infused vodka, vermouth, and an olive. Then, guests can enjoy a forbidden black rice ramen bowl, steak tips with vegetables, and a sweet treat of blood drip cupcakes for dessert. Whether coupling up or riding solo, this evening is sure to please.
Slow Jam Saturday
However you define your current relationship status, few can turn down the sultry slow jams of R&B throwback artists Ginuwine, Jagged Edge, Joe, NEXT! and Dru Hill. Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a ladies night out at Wolstein Center this Saturday, February 11, for Valentine’s Love Jam, a star-studded night of singing, dancing, and nostalgia.
Relive the Hits of Neil Sedaka at Hard Rock Rocksino
Breaking up is hard to do, especially if Neil Sedaka is involved. The American-born singer-songwriter has written and performed countless love-driven hits, including “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Laughter in the Rain.” And yes, he also released a little tune called “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” So grab your significant other by the hand and heart, and head out to see Neil Sedaka at Hard Rock Live. If Neil doesn’t sign, seal, and deliver you to a place of eternal embrace, you can catch Matt Johnson’s Piano Fiasco! at Rocksino’s own Club Velvet on February 17th and 18th.
Celebrate a Bromantic/Galentine’s Day with Brunch
We like that this love-filled holiday isn’t limited to only couples this weekend. Valentine’s Day is for celebrating love of all kinds, especially among friends. And brunch is the perfect way to do just that. Tabletop Board Game Cafe is a popular gathering spot for pal parties and this Sunday is no different.
The restaurant will be hosting a special brunch of eggs, potatoes, and a waffle bar for only $12 (sign up for the presale for $10 tickets). Add on mimosas and really toast to your friendship for an extra $10.
Cooking Class for Couples
Make your dinner date an interactive affair by signing up for Kitchen 216’s Pasta & Chianti Valentine’s Day class. Ticketed guests will learn to make homemade fettuccine and spaghetti. Each pasta will have its own special sauce; a shrimp and white wine herb sauce for the fettuccine and a carbonara creation for the spaghetti.
The meal also includes a caprese salad, garlic herb focaccia bread; and then, ice cream with balsamic marinated strawberries for dessert. Chianti and Prosecco will both be served with dinner. Slurp up your noodles Lady and the Tramp-style and cheers to a job well done.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Cleveland
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a cheesy holiday filled with inflated romance and store-bought clichés. Cleveland has a way of taking tradition and putting its own unique spin on it to offer something enticing for everyone. Whether you’re single, taken, or just want something new and exciting to do this February, we’ve got you covered.