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10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in 2021

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10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in 2021

By Jake Juliot

Whether it’s a fancy meal in an igloo, a romantic candlelight stroll beneath the stars or a virtual crafting class with your sweetie, here are 10 unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Minnesota.

  1. Have a Romantic Date Inside of an Igloo
    Have a Romantic Date Inside of an Igloo

    Embrace the whimsy and romance of winter by reserving one of Minnesota's cozy, domed igloos for your Valentine’s Day date night. The trendy, Scandinavian-inspired ninetwentyfive restaurant at Hotel Landing has several igloos available for lunch or dinner on weekdays, or for brunch and dinner on weekends. Next Chapter Winery in New Prague has four heated "wine globes" available for your very romantic date night. And if you’re planning a long weekend getaway, Grand View Lodge has heated igloos this winter as well.

    For a more traditional dining experience, some Minnesota restaurants are curating special prix-fixe menus for indoor dining, as well, including Madden’s on Gull Lake, Valentini’s Bistro in Duluth and The Melting Pot in Minneapolis.

  2. Celebrate at Home with Valentine's Day Takeout Specials
    Celebrate at Home with Valentine's Day Takeout Specials

    If you prefer to stay at home, plenty of Minnesota restaurants are offering Valentine’s specials to help you have the perfect night in. Some examples include the Valentine’s takeout package at Brasa (Minneapolis and St. Paul), which uses Creole flavors to take your taste buds on a vacation without leaving the house; the Butcher Box takeout package from Kendall’s Tavern and Chophouse in Coon Rapids; and a surf 'n turf takeout package from Union Hmong Kitchen in St. Paul that includes smoked trout, NY strip steak, khao soi and a "heartbreak playlist" curated by chef Yia Vang.

  3. Cozy Up for the Weekend at a Hotel or Resort
    Cozy Up for the Weekend at a Hotel or Resort

    With romantic places to stay across Minnesota, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for a staycation at a Minnesota hotel or resort. Toast to an anniversary, spoil that special someone, or just celebrate the simple pleasures of being together with the Valentine’s Day package at the historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing. For a different style of historic lodging, spend the weekend in a 1900s renovated barn at Round Barn Farm B&B. Or find romance on the North Shore with romantic getaway packages at The Inn on Lake Superior and Lutsen Resort

  4. Go Ice Fishing for a Minnesota-Style Valentine's Day
    Go Ice Fishing for a Minnesota-Style Valentine's Day

    Nothing quite says love in Minnesota like a romantic weekend of ice fishing! Imagine sitting comfortably on a frozen lake, sipping wine with your special someone as walleye nibble on your hook from beneath the ice. With over 10,000 lakes and fish houses available to rent across the state, there are countless places where you can celebrate Valentine’s Day the Minnesota way.

  5. Venture into the Enchanting Minnesota North Woods
    Venture into the Enchanting Minnesota North Woods

    Escape from the ordinary with a romantic trip to the North Woods of Minnesota. Places like Grand Ely Lodge and River Point Resort have weekend romance packages to make your serene getaway even more relaxing and special. Bemidji is home to many quaint lakeside resorts that are just a short jaunt away from a handful of local arts and craft stores downtown where you can find the perfect gift for your sweetheart.

  6. Craft Something Special for Your Sweetie
    Craft Something Special for Your Sweetie

    Tired of searching for the perfect gift? Make it yourself with a little help from a Minnesota crafting class! Appleberry’s Attic Craft Studio in Anoka is offering a special Valentine’s-themed craft crate, and Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth has special classes this month where you can make a glass heart or blown glass vase. Or, if you prefer to craft something edible, you can always surprise your special someone with an online brunch cooking class by Cooks of Crocus Hill.

  7. Say 'I Do' at a Pop-Up Wedding or Vow Renewal
    Say 'I Do' at a Pop-Up Wedding or Vow Renewal

    Originally built as the opulent home of George A. and Lillian Hormel, this year you can say “I do” Minnesota-style at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin. So if you want to get married in the house that SPAM built, the pop-up wedding package can accommodate up to 10 guests for an intimate ceremony that includes a cake and cake topper, photographer, officiant, bottle of wine and bouquet.

  8. Take a Romantic Winter Stroll Beneath the Stars
    Family on a winter walk along the luminary-lit Gateway State Trail

    Take a winter walk by candlelight along the Gateway State Trail / Minnesota DNR

    Take a Romantic Winter Stroll Beneath the Stars

    For a romantic Valentine’s stroll, head to Stillwater to enjoy a starlit walk with you partner on the luminary-lit Starlight Snowshoe at Saint Croix Vineyards. Of course, you don’t need luminaries for a romantic evening with your partner; check out some of the other snowshoe trails in Minnesota for more whimsical places to wander and take in the stars. 

  9. Attend a Virtual Concert
    Attend a Virtual Concert

    If you’re seeking a romantic musical performance, Valentine’s Day is a great reason to get dressed up and attend a virtual concert from home. From a concert series by the always romantic Jim Brickman, a weekend line-up of five virtual concerts at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, or any of the other virtual events in Minnesota, everyone gets a front-row seat to the show this year.

  10. Plan Your Next Minnesota Getaway
    Family on the Canal Park pier in Duluth, pointing toward something in the distance

    Go sightseeing with the whole family at Canal Park in Duluth / Paul Vincent

    Plan Your Next Minnesota Getaway

    Even if you spend this Valentine's Day at home, show some love to your future self by planning a trip somewhere in Minnesota. Whether you want to explore a new city, take a restaurant tour, attend a music festival or all-of-the-above, today's the day to start planning tomorrow's adventure.

Jake Juliot

Jake Juliot is a PR and communications specialist for Explore Minnesota. He loves attending shows at Minnesota's wonderful theaters and seeking out the latest and greatest craft cocktails and Minnesota beers.