Love is in the air here in the Cedar Valley! With a little over a week until Valentine’s Day, you may be wondering what to do or where to go. That’s where we come in. We’ve got some simple and stress-free ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re shopping for your sweetheart or treating yourself to something special, these events will give you the much-needed retail therapy your hearts been longing for this winter.
Enjoy sweet savings on all kinds of gift items during the Valentine’s Gift Store Sale at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. You’ll find sparkling jewelry, earthy woodworks, beautiful and functional pottery, kid’s books, toys, puzzles, games and more. Shop and save 20% off your purchase, February 9-13.
Wine, chocolate and shopping…sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Grab your girlfriends and head to downtown Cedar Falls for their Downtown Delights: Wine & Chocolate Walk on Thursday, February 11. You’ll sample delicious wines and decadent chocolates all while shopping local.
Or, stop by Calico Hen House, February 12-13, for their Cabin Fever Days. Shop sales, plus save 10% off antiques and preview their new spring items. Calico Hen House has tons of antique, vintage and repurposed items you're sure to love.
Spend the day of love with the ones you love. From a fun night with the family to a romantic evening with your sweetie, make it a Valentine’s Day to remember.
What better way to kick-off Valentine’s Day than with one of Iowa’s most eligible bachelors. This Saturday, February 6, Waterloo Black Hawk fans will have the opportunity to meet Chris Soules, star of ABC’s romance reality series “The Bachelor”. Special Bachelor Night ticket packages are available and range from $10-$35 (only limited quantities of each option will be sold). The Black Hawks will host the Madison Capitols and the puck drops at 7:05pm.
They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Surprise the man in your life with a unique twist on a traditional Valentine’s Day dinner at one of the following establishments.
Valentine’s Dinner & Beer Pairing
Feb 11 | 6pm
Jameson’s Public House, Waterloo
Cost: $50 per person
A five-course meal and pairing each course with a beer selection from Millstream Brewing Co. Tickets are limited.
Show the Love Beer Dinner
Feb 14 | 5pm
SingleSpeed Brewing Co., Cedar Falls
Cost: $55 (includes dinner, paired beers, tax and gratuity)
Five courses + six beers. 5pm is Beer Hour (cash bar), first course served at 6pm. Reservations required with very limited availability.
Feb 12-14 | 4-9pm
Beck’s Taproom Grill, Waterloo
Cost: $11.99 (dinner special only)
Baked lasagna with garlic toast and side salad. $1 off wine by the glass, plus try beer samples by the ounce from their Beer Tapwall.
There are also a variety of other area restaurants offering dining specials to celebrate Valentine’s Day. As always, we recommend making your dinner reservations in advance to guarantee a spot.
And, let’s not forget about the little ones on Valentine’s Day. Bring them to Crossroads Mall this Saturday, February 6 for a Valentine’s-themed Krafty Kids. They’ll make a Valentine’s Day craft, plus get a free cupcake. While you’re there, be sure to register for their Valentine’s Day Giveaway. The prize package (worth $1,000) includes a Coach purse, sterling silver and diamond heart pendant, gift cards to shops and restaurants, and much more. Entries will be accepted February 1-10, with the drawing taking place Friday, February 12 at Noon.
The Grout Museum District will be hosting a special Valentine’s Tea on Saturday, February 13 at the historical Snowden House in Waterloo. Enjoy a British low tea, while learning about the history of Valentine’s Day. Plus, create a Danish Heart Basket, paper roses, Valentines and more.
Or, sit back and sing along to one of the world’s best-loved feel-good family musicals – “Annie”. It’s the story of a remarkable red head and her relentlessly optimistic pursuit of her dreams, and it’s coming to the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 14.
Go Share the Love
‘Tis better to give than to receive and we have some simple ideas to help spread some love to others this Valentine’s Day.
Send a Valentine. Valentines can come in a variety of formats – cards, calls, texts, emails...even hugs. The list goes on and on. And, you don’t have to spend a lot (or any money) really to let someone know they’re loved this Valentine’s Day. Here’s a few resources to help spark your creativity.
Volunteer. There are so many great local organizations that are always looking for a helping hand. Grab your co-workers, family or friends and spend a couple hours giving back to your community. After all, a little love goes a long way.
- Beth Keeney, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau