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12.20.-32. 2012 Valentines Day Ideas

February 5, 2012

Valentines Day is less than 10 days away and falls on a Tuesday, so for some of you if you are planning a hot date weekend you have less than 10 days. Are you ready? Do you have a reservation? Did you order flowers? I am sure most of the guys have answered no and will be in Meijer 20 minutes before your date looking for  a card and flowers. Do something different for that special one in your life and here are a few ideas.

12.20 Bar Divani – The Ionia Ave wine bar & restaurant will have two seatings on February 14, 5:30-6 p.m. and 8:30-9 p.m. The four-course menu with sparking wine paired with the dessert course is $59 per person.

Bar Divani
15 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

12.21. Valentine’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides through Downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Carriages, LLC will be offering special horse-drawn carriage rides in downtown Grand Rapids on Feb. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2012 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Their three white  carriages will be decorated especially for Valentine’s Day with red flowers and heart lights. Rates are $60/half hour. Reservations are required and will be taken from 6pm to 11pm. Departing from the corner of Monroe Ave. and Lyon St., guests will pass by Rosa Park Circle skating rink, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, over the lighted bridges crossing the Grand River, and through the park in front of the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum. Sit back and enjoy the sound of horse hooves while wrapped warmly in Amish carriage blankets. Reservations can be made in advance by calling (616) 893-4984 or emailing

For more info visit:

12.22. Real Cool Cooking School

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Real Cool Cooking School – 735 Washington, Grand Haven
Valentine’s Day @ Real Cool Cooking School
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 (6 PM – 9 PM)
$45 per person
Skip the expensive restaurant this year and treat your significant other to a delicious, romantic dinner that we will prepare together in class. Leave with the skills to make this seductive, stress-free, meal any day of the year.
Advanced registration and payment is required for all cooking classes. We cannot accommodate
walk-ins, audits, or unpaid guests.

You may cancel your registration up to 1 week prior for an equal value class credit. No cash
refunds. Cancellations within 1 week are not refundable, although you may have someone
take your class reservation.

You are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice. We have wine glasses and cork pulls
available for your use.

Classes are designed for adults, however minor children over the age of 16 are allowed with an
accompanying paid parent or guardian.

Contact Information:
Real Cool Cooking School
Phone: 616-842-2743

12.23. Ski & Smooch

February 11th, 2012
Ski & Smooch
Location: Riverside County Park – Robinson Township, Grand Haven
Adult couples can enjoy cross-country skiing by candlelight, hot cocoa, a blazing bonfire,
and a photo memento! $10 per couple.

Contact Information:
Ottawa County Parks
Phone: (616) 738-4810

12.24. Lemon Creek Winery: A Valentine Event- Wine, Chocolate, Art & Music

12:00 to 8:00pm
Location: Lemon Creek Winery – 327 N Beacon Blvd
Lemon Creek Winery’s Grand Haven Tasting Room will be hosting their 2nd Annual Valentine Event, February 11th and 12th, 2012 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.

The main event will feature a wine and chocolate tasting starting Saturday February 11th, 2012 at 12:00pm. Five award winning Lemon Creek wines will be specially paired with five handcrafted artisan chocolates by Patricia’s Chocolates.

An artist reception for Jon Workman will feature a combination of sculptures and acrylic paintings, Saturday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm,with live music performed by the artist around 7:00pm. All art will be available for viewing throughout the weekend.

Sunday, the wine and chocolate tastings will continue from 12:00pm until 8:00 pm. From 2:00-4:00 pm Patty, from Patricia’s Chocolates will be available to share the story of ‘Fortunato No. 4’, an extremely rare chocolate from Peru that she and only a handful of chocolatiers around the world have been entrusted with. This extraordinary chocolate, along with Lemon Creek’s award winning wines will be available for tasting.

To finish out the weekend events, musicians Dana Gretzinger and her husband Jimmy will be performing live on guitar and African hand drum, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

The events of the weekend are free to attend, with a $10.00 charge for the wine and chocolate tastings. You must be 21 to participate.

Contact Information:
Lisa Paulus
Phone: 616-844-1709

12.25. JW Marriott Pink Love Package

Show that special someone just how much you care and experience the love at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. Rates start at $274 plus tax and is available for the entire month of February. The JW Pink Love Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations for two
  • Complimentary bottle of red wine with a gourmet cheese and cracker display
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Breakfast for two at
  • Late checkout (2 PM)
  • Complimentary valet or self-parking
  • Pink flower in room
  • Turndown service

Make your reservation now. (Online booking code ZJ7.)

12.26. Amway Grand Plaza Romance Plus Package

Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations for two in a Classic Guest Room featuring a plush Concierge bed with pillow top mattress, down pillows and cozy linen sheets for one relaxing evening
  • Complimentary bottle of wine; choice of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, White Zinfandel or Sparkling Wine
  • One (1) $50 Food & Beverage Voucher
  • Truffles
  • Complimentary use of the Plaza Fitness Center
  • Valet or Self parking
  • Late check-out (2pm)

Click here for rates and availability
Starting at $204 plus tax.
Available Friday and Saturday evenings only.
Please contact us at 800.253.3590 for package reservations.

Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

12.27. Bay Pointe Inn’s Inn-Love Package

Treat your loved one to an evening of romance!
Package Includes:
A chilled bottle of champagne, fresh rose petals scattered on your bed & dinner for two at The Terrace Grille Restaurant ($50 voucher).*
Package Rate: $85.50 in addition to room rates.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Starts at 06:00 PM

Bay Pointe Inn
11456 Marsh Road
Shelbyville, MI 49344

12.28. Valentine’s Day Cirque Style!

Valentine’s Day Cirque Style!
Tuesday Feb 14th
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Innovative Martial Arts, Grand Rapids MI

Designed to be suitable for everyone regardless of experience. This 90 minute workshop will guide you through fun and playful exercises in a supportive atmosphere. While going through partner exercises on the hoop, silks and stretching, couples will practice communication, trust and how to give attention to each other.

That special someone could be your S.O., spouse, sister, mother, best friend, or anyone special in your life.

Each couple will leave with a gift bag of goodies!

Cost: $40 a pair or $20 for individual
Space is limited so please register via email

12.29. Romantic Piano

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with the music of two Romantics: a Brahms symphony and a Saint Sans piano concerto, performed by a French pianist.

Tickets: $18
Friday, February 10, 2012
Starts at 08:00 PM

DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

12.30. In the Heat of Passion: Murder Mystery

San Chez, A Tapas Bistro – III Floor

It’s Valentine’s Day. Do you know where your lover is? Get in on the fun and take a stab at identifying the killer in this nail-biting whodunit compiled by The Red Hand Company, West Michigan’s most exciting Murder Mystery/Interactive Theatre Troupe!

Advance Reservation Required / General Admission
PRICE: $65 per person – Tickets sold through San Chez, A Tapas Bistro

For more information check out…
Phone: 616.774.8272 or…

Produced by MP Talent Management
Friday, February 10, 2012
07:00 PM – 10:00 PM

12.31. Grand Rapids Ballet Company: Amore and More

Featuring Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels

February 10, 12 & 17 – 19, 2012 Peter Martin Wege Theatre

What makes us tick? Laughter, grief, love, anger, compassion? Join us for the ups and downs of human emotion in a diverse program that will stir your senses. Bring your Valentine to this incredible production of love, laughter and passion featuring works never before seen in Grand Rapids:

Originally created for New York City Ballet, Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels is a “visually dramatic, dynamically charged, abstract ballet that highlights the dancers’ power and athleticism. Red Angels is a ballet of intense color, sound and sensual impact. Against a jet-black curtain, the dancers, dressed in scarlet leotards, are bathed in spots of blinding white or red-hot light; the music is a riveting score for electric violin.” [New York City Ballet website]

The Envelope “is David Parson’s hilarious signature work, which pits seven dancers against a persistent piece of stationery. You won’t want to miss this hallmark of contemporary ballet, described as “ingenious” by Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times.” []

Slapstick comedy meets classical dance in Lew Christensen’s Con Amor. Using the operatic music of Rossini, this humorous story takes on two hilarious and seemingly unrelated tales that come together in a spirited close. This ballet is one of Christensen’s best-known works, and the perfect comic valentine for the audience.

The charm of youthful love is brilliantly danced in The Flower Festival in Genzano. This beautiful ballet was choreographed by August Bournonville and premiered in 1858 in Denmark. Known for having a more sunny and optimistic flair in his ballets, Bournonville’s characters are relatable people with recognizable foibles.
Friday, February 10, 2012
All Day Event

Peter Martin Wege Theatre
341 Ellsworth Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

12.32. Kissing Rock Kitchens

February 10th, 6:00PM -9:00PM FEE $50.00 Be ready to put on your aprons and work as a team to prepare a very special Valentine’s Dinner for yourself and your special someone or just make it a fun night out to celebrate Love!
You’ll be greeted with Appetizers to enjoy while preparing your special Valentine’s Dinner of Roasted Red Pepper Bisque, Pear and Pomegranate Salad, Pecan Crusted Chicken with Frangelico Cream Sauce, Chili Lime Shrimp with Jicama-Orange Salsa and for dessert, Rum Truffles and Whoopee Pies. Complimentary Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for each guest and as usual, bringing your own adult beverage is permitted. For wine suggestions and to register, call 616.987.9597.

Lowell, MI

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