Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and a time to reconnect with your spouse or significant other. This year, spend the holiday differently than years past. Use the holiday as an excuse to try something you wouldn’t normally do. Be a little adventurous, daring, and exciting on this day of love while you create new traditions and memories!
If you are looking for an alternative to a classic dinner date, TWE has you covered. Don’t let the day pass without doing something special with someone you love.
For the Artist
If you are looking to unleash your inner creative genius this Valentine’s Day, check out your local Sip and Paint. Sip and Paint combines two of our favorite things: painting and wine.
Here’s how Sip and Paint works: You sign up for a class online or over the phone, bring a bottle of wine, and follow along as the instructor gives you step-by-step instructions on how to paint a beautiful masterpiece.
Each class usually has a different theme, with instructors helping you create scenes such as a sunset, a mountainside, or a flower bouquet. While pricing varies based on location, classes typically cost between $35–$45 and run for two to three hours. You will walk away with a lovely painting and hopefully some fun memories with your partner!
Not a wine lover? Don’t worry – most locations will also allow you to bring beer.
Some Sip and Paint franchises include Painting With A Twist, Wine & Design, and Bottle & Bottega. However, be sure to check out your community’s recreation center class schedule or research smaller Sip and Paints in your area if you don’t have a big franchise nearby.
For the Energetic
Was your New Year’s Resolution to become more active? If so, consider taking a dance class this Valentine’s Day! Dancing can relieve stress and rekindle love. And, the next time you find yourself on the dance floor at a wedding or another event, you will have some new moves to show off!
Don’t let the fear of dancing keep you from trying. It’s called a dance class for a reason! You will be surrounded by beginners who are all attending for the same reason as you. No one is expecting you to dance like you are on the set of Footloose or Saturday Night Fever.
The idea is simply to learn something new, socialize with other couples, and have fun with your loved one!
For the Cultured
After a dinner date at your favorite restaurant, why let the night end after dessert? Instead, visit a local art gallery or museum.
A visit to a gallery is the perfect way to continue conversation and cap off the night. Recently, my parents and I went to an art gallery in my hometown one night. Gazing at fine art was enjoyable and left my parents talking about the experience for days. We admired the works of Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe, and more. Famous works from such artists have been in the gallery for years, but my family never took the time to visit, and are now glad we did.
A trip to a gallery is a nice way to spice up your Valentine’s day without taking too much time away from your other plans. Quickly walk through or stay for an hour or so, the choice is up to you.
For the Foodie
Instead of dining at a five-star restaurant, consider trading places with the chef and take a cooking class. Before you write off cooking as a daily chore, remember: If you are taking a class, you aren’t making a mess of your own kitchen!
A cooking class is your opportunity to experiment with food, learn a new recipe, and have some fun in the kitchen. Find a culinary school near you and spend the evening in a kitchen—followed by a delicious feast afterwords!
If your plan was to cook a meal for your partner at home, now you can cook a meal together! The experience will leave you with a new recipe to take home and fresh cooking techniques to use in your kitchen. The class will also give you the opportunity to try new foods. Your next favorite dish could be waiting for you.
For the Comedian
Looking for a laugh? A local comedy club might be the perfect date destination for you. Even if you aren’t in a metropolis, you will probably be able to find a local stand-up or sketch comedy venue. Comedy might not sound like the most romantic thing in the world, but laughing with your partner is!
Most clubs serve food, so a comedy venue could be a classic dinner date with a spin. Comedy isn’t your cup of tea? Restaurants with live music might be a nice alternative. Enjoy a nice meal with some delightful entertainment.
We here at Through Wolf’s Eyes hope that you do not shy away from trying something new with your partner all year round, regardless if a holiday is happening or not. And, of course, the suggested ideas are not exclusively made for two. Bring a few other couples or friends together for a fun night outside of the house!
Do you have any unique Valentine’s Day plans or traditions? Share your story with us!
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