February 6, 2015    //    James Feist
If you go out and look around you’ll probably notice it’s that time of year again. Nope, I’m not talking about the chill in the air……. it’s love in the air! Every year we celebrate love, romance and friendships with a holiday that’s filled with fine chocolates, flowers and surprises. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, it may be a perfect time to break out of the ordinary and catch cupid’s arrow with a spontaneous get-away! There is plenty of great lodging in Alexandria to offer that perfect romantic flare….. and remember that everyone loves a surprise! Some properties also may have specials for this weekend, including the historic Cedar Rose Bed & Breakfast which is hosting a special Valentine’s Day package. We’ll leave the planning to you, but here are some fun events and suggestions going on to add some extra sweetness to the weekend.
You may want to pop into all the great local shops during a stroll Downtown. You are sure to find something you’ll fall in love with, besides the person with you of course. Shop for great clothing, home furnishings, antiques, books, gifts and even hardware! Let’s not forget about food. If you haven’t already heard, Bella’s Italian Restaurant was voted as the Most Romantic Restaurant in Minnesota! Make your reservations soon as they may fill up fast. Other great options to dine downtown could be the local fare at Broadway Bistro, the historic Traveler’s Inn, The Depot Express or the casual atmosphere at Raaper’s.
The award winning Carlos Creek Winery will definitely put some flavor into your weekend. On top of their regular tastings and tours, they will also have Valentine’s Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing options when you visit on Feb. 13, 14 & 15. Sample 5 wines paired with 5 different chocolates and 5 different cheeses for only $30 per couple. If that’s not enough fun, they will also be hosting very special Valentine’s Murder Mystery Dinners. Featuring a delicious 4 course meal, this Murder Mystery also includes entertainment to die for… almost literally! The story will revolve around mystery, love and ZOMBIES! These dinners usually sell out so reserve your tickets today! One dinner on Friday February 13th, and the other on Saturday February 14th.
Bring your sweethearts to Lakes Area Radio Theatre and be part of the live studio audience for a special Valentine’s show on Friday February 13th at 7pm. Two shows will be performed on top of musical entertainment by the Morris Kiwanis Barbershop Quartet. Find out what happens when a man obtains the ability to turn anything he touches into chocolate in “The Touch.” Then enjoy the bittersweet tale of someone able to relive the past in “The Wool Cap.” All of this is only $5 at the door!
Enjoy a fabulous dinner and comedy show with the popular singing comedy duo, Tina and Lena. They have been performing together for over 3 decades and will definitely fill your evening with fun and laughter. The dinner begins at 7pm on February 14th at Phoenix events center.
These are just a few things to enjoy during Valentine’s Day weekend. With the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, it’s a great opportunity to find something unique to do with a friend or that special someone. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!