According to an article on Sheknows.com, 64% of men in the United States do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts. Join that romantic minority group of 36% and plan a special evening in Alexandria with your significant other this Valentine’s Day. Here are our top 5 recommended dates to celebrate this romantic holiday.
Enjoy Live Music and Drinks at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale
We know that life can be hectic, so take some time to unwind, relax and enjoy live music and a wide variety of, as the name implies, wine and ale. The restaurant is hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner a few days before on February 11 with a special 4-course dinner and poems and live music about love with David and Marilyn Bengtson. The cost is $40 per person and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling 759-2277. On Feb. 14, the Funky Gumbo Jazz Trio will be performing. Either day you choose will result in eating delicious food, enjoying a drink and spending some time with the special person in your life.
Dinner at the Weston Station
If you are looking for a unique and delicious dining experience, try The Weston Station. Part of the restaurant’s seating is a renovated railroad car. This Valentine’s Day, The Weston Station will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a special menu. Some of the menu items will include oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail and a special steak and lobster dinner for two. Reservations are a must for Valentine’s Day, so be sure to call (320) 763-6677 or book your table online at the bottom of the home page.
15th Annual WCHH Valentine’s Dance and Fundraiser
On Saturday, February 16 the West Central Hunter’s for Habitat will be hosting their annual Valentine’s dance and fundraiser. The event will feature live music and games. They will also have a general raffle, silent auction and live auction. Admission is free and the event will be held at the Kensington Ballroom in Kensington, Minnesota. The dance starts at 6:30 p.m. so bring your dancing partner and help raise money for a good cause.
A Night in with Wine from Carlos Creek Winery
Carlos Creek Winery, located just outside of Alexandria has a wide variety of wines with names like “You Betcha Blush” and “Marquette”. Stop by and pick up a bottle or two for you and your significant other to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Set aside some special time away from the kids and the stresses of daily life and catch up while drinking a glass of wine. If you are looking for something fun and unique, take a tour of the Carlos Creek Winery with that special person in your life. Tours are offered daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you can’t make it because of your work schedule, don’t worry. They also have tours on Saturdays with an additional tour at 5:00 p.m.
Head to the Movies
It may be stereotypical, but going out a movie can make an awesome date night, so head to Midway Cinema 9 to catch a movie that you both have been dying to see. The theatre has a Sweetheart Special coupon available online. If you buy one paid adult or senior movie ticket February 11-14, you get one free. If you are looking for a romantic movie, check out the new Nicholas Sparks movie, Safe Haven. Other great date night movies include the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook or the new comedy Identity Thief. View the full list of movies playing during Valentine’s Day week and choose your favorite together.
Bonus Date Idea
If you are looking for something special, consider adding a night or two away from home to your Valentine’s Day date. Alexandria has a wide variety of hotels, motels, resorts and bed and breakfasts that you can escape to and range in price and amenities. Find the perfect one and plan a relaxing retreat for the two of you. It will be a Valentine’s Day you will never forget.