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Unique Valentine's Day Ideas 2014


Hey lovers. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. Here are some unique Valentine's Day suggestions--because not everyone wants a dozen red roses or candy from the grocery store.

Happy Valentine's Day DFW. Smooch!

1. Dallas by Chocolate

Angela Patterson
Attention chocolate lovers. This is a don't-miss activity if you are as enamored with chocolate as I am. Tour four chocolate-related venues (about 3-3 ½ hour trip) on a very nice bus. Wine is also served while traveling between venues. Enjoy samples of chocolates, pastries, ice cream and other delicious treats. Learn some fun facts about chocolate, how it is made and play chocolate trivia for prizes.

Locations throughout the Metroplex including Dude, Sweet Chocolate; CocoAndré Chocolatier; and Sublime Chocolate.

Cost: $30-$40 per person (plus tax and tip)

Details: Call Jeanine Stevens at 972-442-6963 or 972-814-5997 or email tardam@aol.com

Check This Out: 50 Shades of Chocolate Tour, Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Venues will include Village Baking Company, CocoAndre Chocolatier and Great One Cookie Company.

2. Spend Valentine's Day in the Sky

Impress your Valentine this year and visit Delta Charlie’s Bar & Grill for its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner & Flight offering a three-course dinner and spectacular views of Dallas for $175 per couple.

Couples will enjoy a 30-minute, private sightseeing flight with breathtaking views of Dallas’ iconic skyline. After touch down, a three-course dinner is served beginning with your choice of salad. Entrée selections include 8 oz. Grilled Ribeye with Cabernet mushroom sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables; Tilapia served with rice and sautéed vegetables topped with pico de gallo and a balsamic glaze; Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast served on a bed of linguini topped with an artichoke, mushroom, onion and garlic cream sauce; and Tri Colored Rotini Vegetable Pasta tossed in a light marinara sauce with zucchini, squash, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli and carrots. Dessert choices include Chocolate Brownie Sundae, Cheesecake or Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.

The Valentine’s Day Dinner & Flight is offered The Valentine’s Day Dinner & Flight is offered Wednesday, February 12 through Sunday, February 19 from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. Reservations are required and must be made by phone. Please call 214-623-9944 to reserve a flight.

3. Take a Romantic Hot Air Balloon Flight

Photo courtesy of Rohr

We've all seen beautiful hot air balloons in flight over the Metroplex -- and maybe even gone to the annual hot air balloon festivals. But have you ever thought of taking a romantic ride in one? That would be an incredible Valentine's Day adventure.

Rohr Balloons specializes in sunrise or sunset balloon rides complete with champagne. Want to pop the question? They can help you out with something extraordinary. It's safe (each balloon comes with an FAA commercial licensed pilot) and it's thrilling.

In 2014 the cost is $225 (per person) for a group flight (2-10) in a larger balloon or $750 for a private flight (with the pilot) and it includes champagne after the flight. Photos of your flight are included in the price.

Balloons depart from McKinney. For more information or to schedule a balloon flight, contact Brian Rohr at 214-733-9915.

4. Valentine's Day Massacre 2014

What: A wicked kind of love will be introduced at Moxley Manor’s Valentine’s Day Massacre Haunted House in Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas. The haunted attraction will be open for two nights of fright for those of you looking for an alternate way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday.

When: Open February 14-15, 2014 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m..

Where: Moxley Manor, 510 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021.

Cost: $17.00 GA, $25 Fast Pass. Free Paved Parking. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for Haunted House discounts.

5. Keith & Margo's St. Valentine's Day Massacre

There's a series of murders at a romantic Valentine’s Party. It's up to you to weigh the evidence, interrogate the suspects, match wits with the detective and solve the dastardly crimes. This fun evening includes hors d'oeuvres and a three-course gourmet meal, along with the show, plus the opportunity to shake that groove thing to the hits.

The evening brings together the elements of an Improvisational Comedy Show, an intriguing Murder Mystery, a dining venue and bar, and a dance nightblub complete with disc jockey... giving the audience the unique ability to celebrate Valentine’s in a memorable and enjoyable fashion.A very realistic, live action, interactive murder mystery unlike any you've seen before.

When: Saturday, February 15, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Locations: Omni Dallas Park West Hotel, 1590 LBJ Freeway @ Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75234.

Complete details here.

6. "Ghost" - Dallas Summer Musicals

Oh....my love....my darlin.........

Take your sweetie to a romantic show at the Music Hall at Fair Park. "Ghost" is running from February 9, 2014.

Dallas Summer Musicals, Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.

7. Take a Romantic Cooking Class

Dallas Central Market Cooking School Presents Food is love. Well, it is at my house. Why not take an exotic cooking class? Central Market is offering Asian Cooking with Chef Patton Robertson from Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck.

It's Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Central Market, 5750 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas, Texas.

The Menu:

  • Chinese Chicken Salad
  • Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls
  • Five Sixty’s Signature Crab Cakes
  • Stir-Fried Chicken Lettuce Cups
  • Tandoori Arctic Char
  • 8. Adopt a Koala at the Dallas Zoo

    Courtesy the Dallas Zoo

    Awwww. Here's something really unique. Greet your loved one with a g'day and the gift of a cuddly koala on Valentine's Day. The Dallas Zoo is the only place you'll find koalas in Texas and one of only 10 zoos in the nation with these cute creatures. When you adopt a koala, your Valentine gets all of the parental pride without all the work. We'll handle the cleaning, feeding, and housing for the koalas. You'll receive the satisfaction of knowing that your gift helps support animal care at the Zoo.

    The cost for this Aussi-some gift is $50 ($40 for DZS members). No charge if you pick it up at the zoo; shipping prices are additional cost.

    The temperature has dropped and so has the price of admission to only $5 for the entire month of February ($8 parking). So make like a penguin and enjoy the cooler temps.

    The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis). The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    9. When in Doubt, Buy Gourmet Chocolate!

    Photo credit: Dave Carlin
    Here you can find everything from chocolate handcuffs to chocolate cigars. Seriously. Don't just make a quick stop by the local supermarket. Check out some of my favorite places for gourmet chocolates. These are fancy, delicious and they show you spent the time to plan a great gift! PS: I prefer dark chocolate.

    10. Guys: Check Out a Special Gift from Dry Bar

    Dry Bar
    Here's a suggestion for the guys to look into for their girls. Blow her away with this gift from Dry Bar.

    Watch the video for complete details.

    The Shops of Highland Park, 4222 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219, 214-989-6136. Shops at Legacy North, 7300 Lonestar Dr. Ste. C126, Plano, TX 75024, 214-989-6136.

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