Valentine’s Day is a day of romance, for sure, however, it can be nerve-wracking trying to come up with the perfect activities. You want to create the right mood of romance, but you also want to have a fun, memorable experience. Dinner and drinks are always a good idea, but other activities include live music, dance, or creating something together. Valentine’s Day isn’t just about couples in love either. It can include a night spent with friends too. Here is a list of activities you can do with your significant other or a group of friends in Vancouver, WA this Valentine’s Day?
Do an Activity
Valentine Paint and Sip
Painting and wine seem to go hand in hand, so why not make a date of it this Valentine’s Day? Art with Hope is sponsoring a special Valentine Paint and Sip event. For the price of admission, participants get a glass of wine, a snack, and the chance to create a masterpiece. The iconic symbol of romance, the Eiffel Tower, is the theme for this year’s event. Paint, supplies, and instruction are also included. The event location is the Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery, which is a family-owned and operated winery in Ridgefield, Washington.
Valentines Special Couples Make & Take Event
For another chance to show your love on canvas this Valentine’s Day, invite your date to the Vancouver Art Space on Sunday, February 13 to participate in a painting project for two painters. It doesn’t have to be a date, necessarily, you can bring your bestie and celebrate Galentine’s Day at this two-hour event. Choose from three projects and leave with your creation at the end of the evening. It’s only $95 per couple and all art supplies and materials are provided.
Valentine’s Night Market Vancouver
Before you head off to dinner on Friday, February 11, make a stop at the VIC and visit the Night Market Vancouver. If you’re not familiar with The Night Market, it’s a family-friendly, maker market that takes place at The Vancouver Innovation Center aka, The VIC on 18110 SE 34th Street. The market features the talent of regional artists as well as live music, a DJ, and a dance lesson. Over 80 vendors will be on hand from 4:30 to 8:30 pm and it’s only six bucks at the door. Save a dollar with online entry. Food and drinks are also available. Support local businesses and buy a sweet Valentine’s gift for that special someone.
Smut City Jellyroll Society
Here’s a unique Valentine’s Day idea: take your date back to the era of prohibition with a night of blues, jazz, and swing performed by a live band. The Smut City Jellyroll Society is a wild band of musicians who perform music from the ‘20s and ‘30s that will get you and your date up and moving on the dance floor. Performing bands include the music of Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, The Harlem Hamfats, Memphis Jug Band, Blind Boy Fuller, and more plus a few original tunes and well. Food and drink are also available. The performance starts at 7:30 pm. This special performance takes place at Victorian Belle Mansion across the river in Portland.
Dinner and Drinks
Dinner at Hudson’s Bar & Grill
Hudson’s Bar & Grill is a favorite for lovers on Valentine’s Day and there’s a lot to love about the restaurant’s location in the rustic and romantic Heathman Lodge. Don’t worry, you don’t have to spend the night to dine at Hudson’s. If you do, however, The Lodge Romance Package gets you a $50 credit at Hudson’s. Enjoy a cocktail in the Fireside Lounge before dinner and be sure to share a delicious dessert of New York cheesecake made with peanut butter powder and chocolate or Hudson’s famous croissant bread pudding.
Cocktails at The Grocery Cocktail and Social
The low lighting and low-key atmosphere of the Grocery is a great place to spend a romantic evening. Make it the first stop of your night and enjoy a cocktail or two or stay for a casual dinner of Grocery Burgers, wings, and hand-cut fries. The Grocery sources ingredients from local farms and serves wine, spirits and beer from local makers as well so you can support area businesses while you drink a toast to your sweetheart.
Dinner at Amaro’s Table
After a romantic stroll over the Vancouver Land Bridge, happy couples often make it a point to dine at Amaro’s Table for dinner and a cocktail made with Amari Italian bitters. The menu items at Amaro’s are comfort foods made from scratch. Beef tenderloin medallions or chicken marsala are particular favorites. Start your night off right by taking advantage of their happy hour which features an ever-changing cocktail menu.
Frontier Public House
For many Vancouverites, the Frontier Public House is their spot to celebrate special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, and big announcements. It stands to reason then that it’s also a great spot for a Valentine’s Day date. Maybe that’s because it’s run by a husband and wife team. Together they have a combined experience of over 30 years in the business. They use that experience to create a warm and welcoming neighborhood spot. Make this place your stop before a movie or a show and toast your Valentine date with a cocktail or glass of wine.
The Pacific House has two locations, but the downtown spot is the perfect place for a pre or post-dinner stroll. It’s also a great spot to enjoy a starter of fried Brussel Sprouts or a plate of Castelvetrano olives and a cocktail before heading to dinner at a nearby bistro. If you do decide to make the Pacific House your casual dining spot, split an order of elk tacos, fish and chips, or green chile mac and cheese as you take advantage of options of IPAs, pilsners, ales, stouts, and lager beers or red or white wine by the glass.