Forget the wedding plans for one hot minute this Valentine’s Day and spend a romantic night out with your soon-to-be spouse. Here are five ways to have fun with your beau in our grand twin towns.
1. Weddings are expensive business. Instead of a spendy night on the town, head over to St. Paul for a romantic skate under the twinkle lights of Rice Park. Skate rental is only $4, but if you have a Wells Fargo check or credit card, it's free.
2. Skip the presents and get a couple's massage. You're both bound to be feeling some stress, so this is the perfect way to relax and unwind. Sanctuary SalonSpa in Eden Prairie is offering a couples massage for $150. Plus, it's a great way to test the couple's massage waters so you know whether it's something you're interested in for the honeymoon.
3. Staying in doesn't necesarily mean you have to cook. If you opt for a quiet night at home, sans budget talks and seating arrangements, turn to Byerly's Valentines Dinner for Two. For $65, you'll get a salad, beef Wellington, lobster pasta, green beans, a baguette, and mini cheesecakes for two. Pick-up or delivery is available on Friday or Saturday.
4. Practice your future marital bliss at a cooking class. Cooks of Crocus Hill offers a "Cozy up with Cupid" class, where you and your betrothed will learn to prepare a Caesar salad, crab cakes with remoulade, garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise, New York strip steaks, and flourless chocolate torte. Keep the recipe and try it on your own next year, when you can call yourself a married couple.
5. If you just can't set the to-do list aside, plan a fun wedding-related activity like ring shopping or cake tasting. Max's at Excelsior & Grand is hosting a trunk show—chocolates and jewelry, what's better?—while Nadia Cakes offers Valentine-themed flavors such as My Bloody Valentine and Be My Lemontine.