From the classic dinner and a movie to exploring Vancouver’s historical treasures, Valentine’s Day is a time to reconnect with the people you love or try something new. Check out these date ideas from Vancouver USA insiders.
Fit for the Foodie:
Ashlyn – Millennial, in a relationship
“I want the food and experience to be special since my boyfriend and I go out to eat a lot anyway. I think the best place to find this combination in Vancouver is at Nom Nom Restaurant & Grill. Their Valentine’s Day menu caught my eye because it includes four courses of unique and authentic Laotian dishes, as well as a mix of the Thai and Vietnamese classics that we all know and love. As a bonus, when you make a reservation you also receive two movie tickets to the theater next door, so you can really make a night of it.”
Another dinner-date idea: Mt. Tabor Brewing is hosting a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner with “not your typical pub food” and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Enjoy potato leek soup with parsnip croutons, Dungeness Crab arancini, and wood fire scallops with local mushroom risotto. (Reservations required; vegetarian options available.)
Jan and John – Married, retired, long-time residents of Vancouver
“A great Valentine’s Day for us would be walking around Officers Row and the Fort Vancouver area—we actually enjoy strolling through the vegetable garden in front of the Fort—and then grabbing a drink at The Grocery. Depending on the weather, a drive in the Columbia Gorge with a hike up Beacon Rock and an afternoon coffee would also be lovely.”
Another adventure idea: Check out our Heritage and Wine Trail itinerary that guides you to historical landmarks in Clark County with stops for a glass of vino at local wineries. Many vineyards and urban wineries are participating in Southwest Washington Winery Association’s Wine and Chocolate pairing event the weekend before V-day.
Call the Babysitter:
Erik – Married, Dad of 3 young boys
“My wife and I will be hitting The Grant House for drinks and then heading downtown for dinner before catching a movie at the Kiggins Theatre. We love everything downtown and really love the assortment of local beers and wines that Scott and Sarah Flurry (the new owners of The Grant House) have added and are constantly rotating through their selection.”
Another local beer idea: This month’s Science on Tap event is titled, “The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love.” Learn the language of love while sipping a local brew. Also, swing by Final Draft Taphouse for a beer-spin on chocolatey pairings.
This One’s for the Girls:
Cadie – Recently engaged, but still enjoys a ladies’ night out
“My girlfriends and I love to get together for Galentine's and are usually looking for something low key, delicious and entertaining. This year we're thinking of tacos at Little Conejo and then heading to Burnt Bridge Cellars or Niche Wine Bar for chocolate, wine, and maybe some live music! I recently found out Burnt Bridge offers growlers for us to be able to take our wine home to end our night with games and girl chat. We may have to make a stop at Treat or Ice Cream Renaissance to add to our take-out.”
Another treat yo’self idea: Latte Da Coffee House’s February drink specials are a perfect start to a love-filled day. Try the Lover’s Lane Hot Chocolate with hints of raspberry and blackberry, or the Bananas for You Latte with a touch of cinnamon, gingerbread, and banana.
Get Your Heart Racing:
Sherri – Active Mom and Business Owner
“A Valentine’s Day workout with your sweetie will make Valentine’s Day dinner and chocolate taste that much better! Plus, they say ‘Couples that Sweat Together, Stay Together!’”
Another partner workout idea: In addition to Sherri’s workout at Northwest Personal Training, Barre3 Vancouver is hosting a post-work date night class for you and your honey. Get your sweat on, calm your mind, and enjoy drinks and snacks afterward.