Love is in the H-Town Air: A Valentine’s Day Guide
The Outdoorsy Pair
One of Houston’s most notable parks, Hermann Park will host Valentine’s Day At Hermann Park’s Pinewood Café. The café’s patio overlooks beautiful McGovern Lake and where diners can also enjoy a half-hour pedal boat cruise. The three-course menu includes appetizers, entrée options and a dessert sampler. The price is $65 per couple. Beer and wine available for purchase.
Looking for an overnight with that special someone? It’s not quite what you think. Join the Houston Zoo for a fun and frank evening to discuss the wilder side of the “birds and the bees.” Guests will learn about animal mating tendencies and behaviors at the zoo. Zookeepers will share some fun stories and explore how we can all help save our favorite wild animals. Please note this program contains mature content and is designed for adult audiences, ages 18 and up. For more information, click here.
The Art Aficionados
Described as a musical aphrodisiac for the mind, body and soul, MATCH invites you to enjoy its Jazz on Valentine’s Concert featuring Raquel Cepeda. This year will be Cepeda’s fifth time performing on Valentine’s Day in what is quickly becoming a V-Day tradition for a number of couples. From timeless standards to original work Cepeda’s featured compositions and arrangements make known songs feel new and new songs feel timeless.
The Houston Symphony’s Schumann Festival will take place over Valentine’s Day. Making for a perfect date night, the concert is a part of the Chamber Music Series and promises romance. The concert features a small ensemble of Houston Symphony musicians and Alisa Weilerstein (cello) performing Schumann’s most romantic works. For tickets and time, click here.
The Thrill-Seeking Duo
How about crickets for your Valentine’s dinner? Head to the Health Museum’s Love Bugs & Love Bites event for a thrilling dinner of crickets! The event is $59 per person or $75 per person with wine pairings and includes a delicious three-course meal that’s good for the heart and the planet. Each course will feature cricket and non-cricket options, so you can decide just how adventurous you want to be.
Pitting males against females on Valentine’s Day could be pretty risky! Join Pub Fiction for its 7th Annual Valentine’s Day Battle of the Sexes comedy show. The lineup of male and female comics is full of notable comedians like Keisha Hunt, Charles Allen, Kristin Linder, Jesse Peyton and more. The event starts at 6 p.m. and general admission tickets are $20.
The Food and Drink Lovers
If you’re a true fan of mixology, you have to attend the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Valentine’s Day Dinner and Lecture. Drayton Dupree will lead attendees through the science of mixology. Guests will learn how to craft a cocktail and what ingredients work best together, but the best part will be when you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The event includes a three-course meal with wine service and a chance to enjoy the museum’s new Hall of Technology. Tickets are $90. For more information, click here.
Don’t want to fight the Valentine’s Day revelers? Make your special day Feb. 15 by enjoying the Houston Oaks Wine & Food Classic. Guests will taste an exciting array of fine wines from around the world with both new and old-world selections featuring over 50 top vintners. Guests will also be able to purchase wines that are ready-to-drink, as well as allocated, cellar-worthy collectables.
The Cost-Conscious Couple
Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be a big, splurge-worthy event. For $25 you can catch El Big Bad’s Love Deluxe Valentine’s Day Comedy Show featuring Corey Mack as the headliner. Casual, funny and a reasonably-priced menu are the perfect way to spend the evening with your friends or significant other. For tickets, click here.
A great option for a luxurious and reasonable V-Day meal is Liberty Kitchen’s Surf ‘n Turf Meal. From Feb. 13-15, guests can enjoy a prix-fixe three-course meal of Gulf Coast shrimp bisque with creamed sherry, a succulent surf ‘n turf plate with four ounces of petite filet mignon, butter roasted lobster tail, and a loaded baked potato. Dessert includes a sweet red velvet cheesecake with rosé gold marinated raspberries. The cost is $29.95 per person, but reservations are encouraged.
Outdoor space in H-Town is plentiful, so picnics are a great way to get outdoors and bring your favorite eats. For a list of the best spots to picnic, click here. Not sure what to pack? We’ve got you covered there too, click here.
The Big Spender
Houston’s AAA 5-Diamond hotel, The Post Oak Hotel, has a Valentine’s Day special that will make any significant other feel amorous. Enjoy a luxurious room with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, set of silk robes, $250 toward food and beverages at one of the hotel’s signature on-site restaurants, and two massages at the Royal Lomi spa. Packages start at $5,000. To book, click here.
Looking to go all out to celebrate with your special someone? Houston has it all, from four-star hotels, luxurious spas to award-winning restaurants. Spoil your sweetie with a weekend stay at one of Houston’s newest hotels or book a couples massage at one of the city’s many spas. Better yet, let this luxury travel itinerary help you plan your day.
The Singles Who Want to Still Mingle
Single in the city or just think of V-Day as a Hallmark holiday? Just skip Valentine’s Day altogether and head to Mardi Gras in Galveston! Parades start on Friday, Feb. 14 and roll through the entire weekend. Grab your friends or your significant other and laissez les bon temps rouler!
If you plan to just chill on V-Day, but need a Feb. 15 pick-me-up, head to Platypus Brewing for goat yoga! Does it get any better than exercising with cute, little baby goats? We think not. Head to Platypus Brewing for one of the two class options at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. There will also be specials like half-price beers with your yoga ticket and raffle prizes. For tickets, click here.