Check out our 2014 Valentine's Day Guide complete with dining and date options, nightlife events, hotel packages and more. Events take place Friday, February 14, unless noted.


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Dining

Bar Divani - The four-course Valentine menu will be available on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Choose from items like beet carpaccio, bay scallops, wagyu sirloin and the dessert trio. Cost is $45 (before tax & gratuity); reservations required.

Bay Pointe Inn - The restaurant and resort on Gun Lake will have a special Valentine's menu, along with live music from 6-10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Reservations required.

The Belvedere Inn - The romantic setting of the Belvedere mansion in Saugatuck sets the scene for a five-course candlelit dinner event for lovers.

Boatwerks - The eatery on the shore of Lake Macatawa will offer a special Valentine's menu with shrimp bisque, diver scallops, mushroom risotto and a dark chocolate & raspberry parfait. Reservations encouraged.

The B.O.B. - Spend a special dinner while enjoying live music and more. Bobarino's, Judson's and Gilly's will each have Valentine's menus with special pricing. Reservations accepted.

Butch's Dry Dock - The restaurant in downtown Holland will offer a four-course tasting menu to include oysters, duck, pasta, salmon, chocolate mousse and more for $55 per person.

Derby Station - The Valentine's Dinner menu is priced at $39.99 per person and includes salad, choice of entree like wild onion & mushroom lasagna, and dessert.

Double JJ Resort - Priced at $35 per couple, choose two entrees from lobster lasagna, herb crusted NY strip, roasted chicken half, and two desserts from peanut butter cream pie, triple chocolate mousse cake or blueberry lemon pie.

FireRock Grille - The three-course dinner will offer a choice between salad and lobster bisque, halibut and filet mignon and cheesecake and creme brulee.

The Kirby House - The surf & turf highlights the special Valentine's Day menu at the Grand Haven eatery.

The Melting Pot - Have a "Perfect Night Out" with rose petals, candlelight, teddy bears, champagne and a special menu that includes chocolate fondue.

Reds on the River - The downtown Rockford eatery will have a fixed menu with oysters, shrimp and pasta, grouper, steak and crab and orange chocolate baklava.

Reserve - Reserve's prix fixe menu will feature grilled beef heart, potato dumplings, bay scallops, and a chocolate terrine pound cake. Cost is $35 per person.

Rush Creek Bistro - For $40 per couple, can choose from crab cakes, prime rib, salmon, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and molten lava cake.

San Chez's Dinner in the Dark - Heighten your senses while enjoying tapas and alcoholic beverages at San Chez Bistro -- all while blindfolded. Tickets are $65 per person.

Shiraz Grille - The Persian restaurant on Breton just north of 28th St will have a four-course dinner paired with wine priced at $79 per couple.

Sietsema Orchards - Saburba will host a seven-course Valentine's evening dinner at Sietsema Orchards in Ada. Cost is $75 per person.

Watermark Grille - Indulge in twin lobster tails or a full pound of crab legs at the restaurant on Cascade Road.


Parties/Nightlife

A Pink Tie Affair - The breast cancer charity event February 14 inside McFadden's Pearl Room starts at 8 p.m. with food, a raffle and prizes.

The Red Party - Back again at Cygnus 27 atop the Amway Grand Feb 13, the party and fundraiser will feature drinks from Valentine Vodka, live rockabilly music with Delilah Dewylde and a pin-up contest. No cover charge; ages 21+ welcome.

SpeakEZ Lounge - Following Love Bird dinner specials, the Kathy Gibson Band will perform swing and cabaret standards through the evening. No cover charge; seating is first come, first served.

Valentine Comedy Explosion - Actor and comedian Eddie Griffin headlines the stand-up show at DeVos Performance Hall. Before the show, DeVos Place will host a special Valentine's dinner.

Twisted Pink - The third annual benefit at the Twisted Bull will feature live country music throughout the day, with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Cupid's Camera - Gina's Boutique on Monroe Center will have a night of shopping, sweet treats and fun professional photography on February 13. Free.

Logan's Alley and Short's Valentine's Day - Logan's Alley on Michigan St will be tapping 17 Short's Drafts on Valentine's Day, including some extremely rare beers.

Screw Cupid - Singles unite at Bar Louie for drink specials and chocolate martinis throughout the day.


Date Ideas

Rubies for Valentine's Day - The Grand Rapids Ballet Company performs three remarkable works for the romantic holiday at the Wege Theatre: "Rubies", "The Moor's Pavane" and "Bolero". Ticket prices range from $12 to $40.

Lovers Holiday Tour - The Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon hosts the R&B concert with featuring the group Surface and special guest O'Bryan. Show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets: $27.50+.

Valentine's Cocktail Party - Make it an evening to remember at the Downtown Market as Chef Molly Crist prepares three specialty cocktails and six delectable small plates from 6-8 p.m.

Skate with Your Mate - Walker Ice Arena hosts the Valentine's Day open skating from 7:30 p.m. to 9:20 Feb 14.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides - Trot through downtown Grand Rapids on a white horse-drawn carriage decorated with red flowers and heart lights. Reservations can be made in advance.

Snowshoe with your Sweetie - Take a romantic candle-lit hike through the snowy woods of Blandford Nature Center and warm up a with a campfire and hot chocolate after. $15-$24.

Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle - The rink located at Monroe and Monroe Center will have open skate from noon until 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day.

Romantic Dinner for Two - At D&W's Culinary Classroom in Grandville, Chef Terri Rees will prepare the beef tenderloin, while you and your sweetie learn how to make the sides and dessert. Enjoy your creations with a wine tasting.

The Baroque Concert - St. Cecilia Music Center provides the setting for the Grand Rapids Symphony's intimate look at the music of The Baroque Period. Hear pieces composed by Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel and many more. Tickets: $26+.

Prints Charming - Create whimsical linoleum block prints at the Grand Rapids Art Museum to share or display. Cost is $40/couple; registration required.

Art+Chocolate: Love, Lust, and Desire - Celebrate the romantic holiday at the GRAM with a guided tour that focuses on artists' depictions of love, lust, and desire. After the tour, sample a decadent selection of M.A.C. chocolate bars.

Love, Wine & Chocolate - At the February 8 event at Robinette's, $10 per couple includes wine tasting, souvenir glasses and access to the chocolate and snack bar. No reservations needed.

Me and You... - At the couples cooking class at Thought Design in downtown Rockford, learn to make dishes like Fennel Risotto and Lamb Sausage, Green Beans with Miso and Almonds andApple Croustades with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Ice Cream. $100/couple.


Family Events

Valent-ICE: Family Ice Day - At Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.'s new event February 13 at Rosa Parks Circle, see a giant carved ice sculpture, skate for free (ages 17 and under) and enjoy free hot chocolate from 6 to 8 p.m.

Valent-ICE: Love is in the ICE - Have your photo taken with the giant ice sculpture downtown by a professional photographer from 6-9 p.m. on Valentine's Day.

Roller Derby - The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls will again be raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the February 15 double header bout in Grandville. Fans are encouraged to wear pink, can win perfectly pink prizes and one fan will go home with a custom handmade quilt.


Local Floral Shops

Ball Park Floral - 8 Valley Ave NW. 616.459.3409.

Burgett Floral - 868 Fuller Ave NE. 616.456.1999.

Eastern Floral - Four Grand Rapids locations: 818 Butterworth St SW; 2836 Broadmoor SE; 5150 Northland Dr NE; 40 Monroe Center. 616.949.2200.


Hotel Packages

Amway Grand Plaza - The Romance Plus Package features an overnight stay in a Classic Guest Room, a complimentary bottle of wine, a food & beverage voucher, truffles, late checkout and more. Prices start at $214.

JW Marriott - The Love package at the JW includes an overnight stay, complimentary bottle of wine, gourmet cheese and cracker display, chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast for two, late check-out and complementary valet parking. Rates start at $289.

The Hilton/Spinnaker - The Hilton's Romance Package includes a candle-lit dinner at the Spinnaker, overnight accommodations, a bottle of champagne, gourmet chocolates and breakfast.

Double JJ Resort - Select from the Sweetheart Package (includes Valentine's dinner for two) or the Romance at the Ranch package that features a private sled ride.

All Valentine's Day events (February 14)


Last Updated: 02/14/2014
Published: 01/31/2014