A dozen ideas to help you think outside the (candy) box for a memorable Valentine's Day.
IDEAS TO MAKE VALENTINE’S DAY MEMORABLE
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