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    Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids

    This Valentine’s Day, all you need is love – Grand Rapids restaurants, attractions and hotels will take care of the rest. Surprise your sweetheart with a romantic date. Celebrate with friends and family. Or pamper yourself with an independent excursion. Grand Rapids makes it easy for everyone, on and around the holiday!

    Romance, Romance

    Check out our recommendations for Romantic Restaurants, Romantic Getaways and Romantic Hot Spots.

    Escape from your everyday life with a romance-themed hotel package, such as:

    What could be more romantic than ice-skating under the stars in downtown’s Rosa Parks Circle? How about sharing an after-skate coffee or hot chocolate at nearby Ferris Coffee & Nut, Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge, Local Mocha, Madcap Coffee or Mayan Buzz Café?

    Snuggle with your sweetie on a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Grand Rapids or a horse-drawn sleigh ride on the Fruit Ridge. Common Gentry has a Valentines Special: 30 min tour for $60. includes: chocolate, rose, stuffed animal. Warm blankets, enclosed carriage. Call to reserve your ride!

    Stroll hand-in-hand through Valent-ICE, a gallery of 50+ ice sculptures located all around downtown Grand Rapids. Feb. 9-14.

    Feast of Love

    Search our Restaurant Guide by cuisine and location to find the perfect spot for a memorable meal.

    Prefer to make your own dinner for that special someone? Take a cooking class to get ideas and hone your skills:

    • The Downtown Market gets into the spirit of the holiday with Valentine’s Couples Cooking and Wine (Feb. 14) classes.
    • The Local Epicurean offers a wide range of Italian-inspired cooking classes.
    • Sur La Table presents three classes tailor-made for lovers: Date Night: Italian Romance (Feb. 10-14) and Desserts for Your Valentine (Feb. 14).

    Are you in love with a beer lover? Arrange a brewery tour to surprise him or her. These breweries offer tours on or around Valentine’s Day – and most are FREE!

    Unique Dates

    Snowshoe with Your Sweetie at Blandford Nature Center is a romantic candlelit hike through the woods followed by a glass of local wine around the fire. Feb 14.

    Creativity Uncorked: Design-Your-Own Tattoo at Grand Rapids Art Museum lets you enjoy a glass of wine, see the tribal designs of Michigan tattoo artist Leo Zulueta, and create and print your own wearable temporary tattoos. Feb. 14

    Uncork your creativity with Arts & Carafes Studio. Our artist will lead you step-by-step through an acrylic painting while you sip your favorite beer or wine. No experience needed! We make it fun and easy to create a masterpiece all your own! Feb. 14.

    Heart & Culture

    A Valentine for Beaver at Ladies Literary Club is a night of cool jazz and warm classical music to benefit Beaver Island. Feb. 14.

    Swing Dance with Live Big Band. Spend your Valentines Day dancing to live music from the Hark Up Horns. Dress up for a romantic night with the person you love, or don't have a partner why not find one at the event.! Don't know how to dance? We will teach you!