Around Town: Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a time to treat your sweetheart ― or yourself! ― to something special. Whether you’re looking for a traditional activity (like a romantic dinner for two) or a unique adventure (perhaps a goat yoga class), we’ve got the perfect Valentine’s plans for you.
MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS
Escape the winter chill this Valentine’s Day with a date night at Denver’s Museum of Illusions. Nestled on the 16th Street Mall, this captivating museum, recently enjoyed by popstar Ciara and Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson for their own, private date night, offers over 50 mind-bending exhibits that promise to spark meaningful conversations and provide an abundance of fun photo opportunities. This Valentine’s Day, immerse yourself in a world where love and life take on new perspectives, making it the ultimate destination for creating cherished memories. Additionally, it’s the perfect spot to celebrate Galentine’s Day with friends, offering a lively atmosphere for capturing the best group shots together. Tickets can be purchased online.
THE MINING EXCHANGE
This Valentine’s Day, treat that special someone to a staycation at The Mining Exchange Hotel, a historic fixture of Colorado Springs. Escape from daily woes and indulge in a luxurious couples’ massage in the in-house spa. Pop the champagne and embrace your inner sweet tooth with complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries, both gifted upon check-in. Finish out the perfect night with dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Springs Orleans, which brings Creole soul to Colorado.
The hotel’s Valentine’s Day package includes:
- A one-night stay at the Mining Exchange Hotel
- A couples’ massage and spa package
- A bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries
Toro is offering a special menu for Valentine’s Day that includes pan-Latin dishes inspired by romance and passion. The three-course prix-fixe menu begins with a tuna bonito ($23) appetizer featuring leche de tigre, lychee, mango, cucumber, orange and cilantro. For the main course, couples can share a roasted chicken ($35) topped with an almond pink mole, brussels sprouts, blood orange and purslane salad. Then of course, no Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day celebration can be completed without dessert. Toro’s mi dulce amor ($15) is a crispy brioche topped with lychee foam, amaretto and strawberry sorbet.
Toro’s St. Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day menu is available the week of Valentine’s Day and is $70 per person or $140 a couple. The menu can also be viewed online here. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made online.
Surprise your special someone with Tamayo’s three-course meal, starting with pan-seared scallops or kale salad. For entrees, Chef Tony has whipped up filet mignon, grilled pork chops and wild mushroom enchiladas to choose from. End dinner on a sweet note by indulging in a choice between chocolate cake finished with vanilla anglaise sauce or tres leches with a strawberry compote.
The experience is priced at $65. Reservations can be made here.
MY NEIGHBOR FELIX
Reignite that spark at My Neighbor Felix with the restaurant’s tablas fuertas, which are fiery dishes best enjoyed by parties of two or more. Guests pick their choice of protein, which is served on a cast iron skillet with Mexican fried rice, smoky black beans, an assortment of fresh salsas, a queso trio, creamy cilantro crema and a variety of fresh vegetables.
Guests can wash it all down with one of the many cocktails offered at the restaurant. A signature of My Neighbor Felix’s drink menu is its Megarita, a 56-ounce, shareable margarita in a communal glass. What’s not to love?
For pasta enthusiasts and foodies alike, Restaurant Olivia covers all the bases. This Washington Park institution is offering Valentine’s specials twice in February, ensuring even the most forgetful minds can participate.
On Friday, February 3, the restaurant will host a beginner course of its highly coveted pasta classes with a three-course dinner to follow. This class will focus on the basics- pasta dough making, rolling out classic shapes, etc.
On February 10, the restaurant’s wine director and Colorado’s only Italian wine expert, Scott Thomas, will host an apericena and wine class event which focuses on the Piedmont region’s hidden gems. The class begins at 4:30 p.m. and includes a light dinner with Piedmontese pastas, paired with typical wines of the region.
On February 17, the restaurant will host another installment of its pasta classes, this time catering to more advanced techniques. The class will be offered to those who have either taken a class before or who have mastered the basics and will teach all participants to make filled pasta pillows of perfection. A three-course dinner is scheduled to follow this class, as well.
For those interested in participating in a class and indulging in dinner afterward, purchase a ticket here starting at $125 each.
ACTIVITIES AT ORCHARD TOWN CENTER:
SUGAR BLOOM COOKIE
Grab the gals and get ready to be creative! In celebration of the joy of girlhood and friendship, Sugar Bloom Studio is hosting a Galentine’s Cookie Decorating Class on Friday, February 9th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.
The fun doesn’t stop there! For those looking to add a little Western flair to their Valentine’s festivities, head to Sugar Bloom Studio on Tuesday, February 13th, for the “You’re the Yee to My Haw” cookie decorating party! Don those cowboy boots and prepare for a rootin’ tootin’ good time! Tickets can be purchased here.
CUPID GOAT YOGA
Love is in the air with the goat gang! Whether celebrating Galentine’s Day with the girls, Valentine’s Day solo, or with a partner, Cupid Goat Yoga is fun for everyone. Join the goats as they take over the Orchard Town Center on February 3rd from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and bask in all the love they have to offer. Tickets can be purchased here.
GOATFLIX & CHILL
Notebook fans, rejoice! The Orchard Town Center will be hosting Goatflix & Chill on February 3rd from 6-8 p.m. Head on over to the Orchard to watch Allie and Noah fall in love while hanging out with some cuddly goats. The perfect, unique Valentine’s Day date night! Tickets can be purchased here.
WHIMSY PAINT & SIP
Nothing like sipping on some wine and getting creative with a canvas! Whether painting with a group of girlfriends or a significant other, Whimsy Paint & Sip is offering 20% off classes for both Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day. Use code love24, active from 2/10 through 2/14, and book a class for date night or girl’s night out!
LITTLE MONKEY BIZNESS
On the hunt for Valentine’s Day plans that are kid and parent-approved? Look no further than Little Monkey Bizness! The indoor playground and party center has planned a special Valentine’s Day “Parents Night Out” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14. For just $35 per kid or $25 for siblings, Little Monkey Bizness will provide pizza, juice and endless amounts of fun for the kiddos so that parents can enjoy a romantic and, more importantly, kid-free night out on the town – everybody wins! To reserve a spot, click here.