Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and every year this holiday seems to be met with mixed emotions from so many. Whether you have a significant other to share the day with doesn’t seem to be a big factor in American’s growing disinterest with the holiday; however, cost does. According to a 2019 MarketWatch article, many Americans planned to cap their spending last year, if they celebrated, while others will planned to spend willingly on all of those who were special to them, including children, parents, friends, and even their pets.
Your choice on how to spend Valentine’s Day weekend is up to you, but if you’re looking for a special way to spend the day or weekend with your main squeeze, family, friends, or co-workers, we have some great ideas.
Of course, grabbing a quick flight from the Fort Leonard Wood Region to St. Louis will allow you to take advantage of many of these ideas and spend more time exploring the city. Once your flight is booked, run these ideas by your Valentine’s Day travel companions and make plans to enjoy these unique spots in the Lou’.
Food & Drinks
What’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate? If you’re looking for a blissful chocolate experience, you’ll want to head straight to Bissinger’s. The history of this chocolatier family dates back to 17th-century France! The shop in Plaza Frontenac Mall has been in business since 1927 and produces a variety of chocolate treats. We recommend the caramels and truffles, but don’t overlook their special Valentine’s Day confections.
Many know about St. Louis’ long-standing tradition of brewing great beer, but there are many other tasting options if you’re looking to imbibe. Though we still recommend stopping by breweries like Schlafly and 4 Hands Brewing, you might also consider adding some of these wine shops and distilleries to your list. Chateau Maplewood Wine Bar & Shop is a family-owned shop located in a great beer and restaurant neighborhood. Stop by and taste a few of their wines or add them to your itinerary on Sunday when they host a free yoga class at 11 a.m. We also recommend checking out 33 Wine Shop & Bar. They offer wine by the glass and some yummy snacks that pair well with your favorite wine. Their full bar also offers beer and spirits.
Setting up a cooking class with your spouse or partner, your children, friends, or co-workers is an excellent way to learn something new and bond with those people at the same time. Luckily, there are several cooking class options to choose from in St. Louis. Cozy Meal offers classes in the downtown area by professional chefs where you and your group can learn how to make a main meal or dessert. There are three classes available over the Valentine’s Day weekend, but they’re open throughout the year, so if you don’t get to this in February, keep it in mind for another time.
We are incredibly lucky to have quick flights to St. Louis so that we can enjoy the city’s wide and varied arts scene. In fact, many of the venues we recommend have been an active part of the St. Louis creative and performing arts community for over 90 years! Whether you want to catch a play or musical at the Fox Theater or you’re looking to learn some new moves by taking a dance class at Casa Loma Ballroom, you can always find something creative happening in St. Louis. This year, we encourage you to check out the Murder Mystery Dinner on February 15th or a performance of ‘Could This Be Love’ performed with the St. Louis Ballet and the Arianna String Quartet. If music is more your scene, look for some local live jazz music or grab tickets for Ben Folds or Bruckner’s Seventh at the St. Louis Symphony.
Nature:If you’d rather celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend in nature, St. Louis has you covered there, too. The Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis will be celebrating their Orchid Festival throughout February. Tickets are fairly reasonable, especially if you have young children and intend to check out the gardens as a family. Adult tickets are $14/each and children 12 and under are free. If you’d like to go a step further, you can grab tickets for the Orchid Nights Valentine’s Dinner at the gardens. The famous St. Louis Zoo is also getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit by hosting a special Untamed Hearts Valentine’s Dinner including a 3-course dinner, cash bar, and special animal greeters.