A dozen ideas to help you think out­side the (candy) box for a mem­o­rable Valen­tine's Day.


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Amer­i­cans spent $1 bil­lion on cards, $2 bil­lion on roses and $1.7 bil­lion on candy for Valen­tine’s Day last year, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Re­tail Fed­er­a­tion. It’s the day for hearts and flow­ers — and more than 36 mil­lion heart-shaped boxes of candy sold for the 2017 hol­i­day proved that fact.

Those tried-and-true ex­pres­sions of love are fail-safe gifts, but why not think out­side the (candy) box and try some­thing dif­fer­ent this year? Make a date to cel­e­brate Valen­tine’s Day at Lover’s Leap, try a cou­ples mas­sage, or have din­ner in a diner on a ro­man­tic train ride. Or do your best im­pres­sion of Cupid at a Valen­tine’s Day archery class led by Out­door Chat­tanooga.

Leave a Love Note on I-24

Where: The Barn Nurs­ery, 1801 E. 24th St. Place When: 10 a. m.- 6 p. m. Feb. 8-14 Fee: Free

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.face­book.com/ events/ 720084091514700/ Love is in the air — lit­er­ally, on The Barn’s bill­board be­side In­ter­state 24. Write a love note (45 char­ac­ters or less) to your sweetie, sub­mit it to LoveNotesTBN@gmail.com and watch for it to ap­pear on the sign. Par­tic­i­pants will be no­ti­fied by email the day be­fore their note ap­pears.

Valen­tine’s Day at Lover’s Leap

Where: Rock City Gar­dens, 1400 Pat­ten Road, Look­out Moun­tain When: 8: 30 a. m.-5 p. m. Feb. 14-18 Fee: $ 49, in­cludes two tick­ets to Rock City For more in­for­ma­tion: 706- 820-2531 Fudge, two glasses of wine (or sparkling cider) and a sou­venir photo to re­mem­ber your date are in­cluded in this Valen­tine’s pack­age. A pho­tog­ra­pher will be on-site from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. daily to snap you and your sweet­heart in front of Lover’s Leap.

Bessie’s Big 9 Re­vue Valen­tine’s Show

Where: Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter, 200 E. M. L. King Blvd When: 8-10: 30 p. m. Satur­day, Feb. 10 Fee: $ 15 per per­son For more in­for­ma­tion:

423-266- 8658. Bessie’s Big 9 Re­vue fea­tures the Eric Es­six Move Trio with Court­ney Reid open­ing. Each ticket in­cludes a com­pli­men­tary dessert and a glass of Bessie’s Sig­na­ture San­gria. Seat­ing is gen­eral ad­mis­sion, but re­served ta­bles of eight can be pur­chased by call­ing the cen­ter.

Valen­tine’s Day Cou­ple’s Mas­sage Work­shop

Where: Stu­dio 59 Aveda Salon & Spa, 2309 Hick­ory Val­ley Road When: 6 p. m. Wed­nes­day, Feb. 14 Fee: $60 For more in­for­ma­tion:

423- 894-1175 Learn how to pamper your sig­nif­i­cant other with a mas­sage in this class taught by mas­sage ther­a­pist Megan Stone. A wine and choco­late re­cep­tion sets a mel­low mood at 5: 30 p. m. be­fore the class at 6. The reser­va­tion fee can be ap­plied to­ward a fu­ture mas­sage sched­uled dur­ing the event.

Ro­mance at Ruby

Where: Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic High­way When: 9-11 p. m. Feb. 9-10, 14, 16--17; check in 30 min­utes prior to

Fee: $69.95 per cou­ple For more in­for­ma­tion: 423- 821-2544 Ro­mance at Ruby of­fers an in­ti­mate, lantern- lit tour of the cave and wa­ter­fall as guests hear the love story of Leo Lam­bert, who dis­cov­ered the wa­ter­fall and named it af­ter his wife, Ruby. Every­one leaves with a sou­venir photo and gift.

Valen­tine’s Mas­quer­ade Dance

Where: Brain­erd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brain­erd Road dist Church, 4315 Brain­erd Road When: 7: 30 p. m. tango les­son, 8: 30-10: 30 p. m. dance Fee: $ 5 first-time guests and USA dance mem­bers, $ 10 non­mem­bers

For more in­for­ma­tion: chat­tanoogau­sadance.com So maybe you don’t have the moves of “Danc­ing With the Stars” fan fa­vorites Maks Ch­merkovskiy and Peta Mur­ga­troyd, but learn­ing a few sexy tango steps is a start.

‘ Love Let­ters’

Where: Chat­tanooga The­atre Cen­tre, 400 River St When: 7 p. m. Satur­day, Feb. 10 Fee: $ 50 or $75 for VIP ticket that in­cludes af­ter- party with cham­pagne and dessert For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-267- 8534 In a highly an­tic­i­pated col­lab­o­ra­tion, CSO Mu­sic Di­rec­tor Emer­i­tus

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