Dis­cov­er­ing Ro­mance in DFW

Where Dallas - - CONTENTS - — J. S.

Unique gifts for Valen­tine's Day and one-of-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ences for an un­for­get­table date night

1 THAT’S AMORÉ

Un­doubt­edly one of the most ro­man­tic spots in DFW, the Man­dalay Canal in Las Coli­nas is an in­ti­mate, Venice-like wa­ter­way nes­tled along the shores of Lake Carolyn. En­joy pic­turesque views of wa­ter­falls or a ro­man­tic din­ner cruise at sun­set for two; the only catch? The folks at Gon­dola Ad­ven­tures en­cour­age cou­ples to kiss un­der ev­ery bridge. 855.466.3652; www. irv­ing.gon­dola.com

2 UNCORK THE RO­MANCE

Book an af­ter­noon with Grapevine Wine Tours, which gives pa­trons a closer look at Dal­las and Grapevine-area winer­ies. Each ticket in­cludes either lunch or din­ner, trans­porta­tion and tast­ings at three area winer­ies. 817.259.9463. www. grapevinewine­tours.com

3 LOVE POTIONS

Ex­quis­ite, hand­painted truf­fles from Kate Weiser Cho­co­late? Check. Gourmet co­coa con­coc­tions from Dude, Sweet Cho­co­late (like the ‘Tub of Love’ or the ‘One Night Stand Po­tion’)? Check. All that’s miss­ing now is some good com­pany. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions. www.kateweis­er­choco­late.com, www.dudesweetchoco­late.com

4 LIFE IMITATING ART

Ro­mance takes cen­ter stage in the Tony Award-win­ning Broad­way pro­duc­tion “An Amer­i­can in Paris,” which runs through Feb. 12 at the Mu­sic Hall at Fair Park. 909 First Ave., www.dal­las­sum­mer­mu­si­cals.com

5 LA VIE EN ROSE

Lux­ury fra­grance la­bel Le Labo’s new down­town bou­tique boasts some of the most in­tox­i­cat­ing aro­mas in the city, plus the ex­clu­sive-to-Dal­las Alde­hyde 44 scent. Le Labo’s min­i­mal­ist dif­fuser, made with re­claimed wood and an Edi­son light­bulb, will not dis­ap­point. 1604 Main St., 214.261.4595, www.lelabofra­grances.com

6 (DATE) NIGHT AT THE MU­SEUM

Get cul­tured with your com­pan­ion at the DMA’s speakeasy event (password re­quired for en­try) on Feb. 4, which co­in­cides with its most re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion “Shaken, Sy led and Stirred: The Art of the Cock­tail.” 1717 N. Har­wood St., 214.922.1200, www.dma.org

7 “BEAU” TIES

At lux­ury cus­tom menswear re­tailer J. Hil­burn’s new­est brick-and-mor­tar stu­dio, pa­trons can cus­tom­ize pretty much any­thing, in­clud­ing the Dal­las-based brand’s new line of ties. Pick the fab­ric, pat­tern and style of the tie, then make it per­sonal with a love note sewn dis­creetly on the back. 5350 W. Lovers Lane, Ste. 122, 972.338.2210, www.jhilburn.com

8 SUITE LIFE

Ho­tel Zaza’s sig­na­ture suites are the ideal set­ting for a Valen­tine’s Day get­away. Choose from themed suites like “Villa Cham­pagne,” “Shaga-delic” Valen­tine’s Day pack­ages in­clude cham­pagne upon ar­rival, din­ner at the Drag­on­fly and more. 2332 Leonard St., 214.468.8399, www.hotelzaza.com

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