Dinner and a movie is so passé: This year, go beyond last-minute flower deliveries and take your valentine, galentine or Bumble blind date out for a night on the town that won't be soon forgotten. Plus, the creativity could score you a few bonus points.
The Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas is undoubtedly one of the most romantic spots in DFW: It's home to 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. Book the intimate excursion for day or night, and don't forget the champagne. The only catch? The folks at Gondola Adventures—which operates only in Las Colinas, Las Vegas and Newport Beach, Calif.—encourage couples to kiss under every bridge.
Take the Ride
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably spotted the orange, green and yellow "shared" bicycles around town.. The recent boom of bike share companies that operate on a smartphone app has made getting from point A to point B via bicycle more accessible and less expensive. For groups of two or more, however, or those planning to ride for a longer period of time, we’d suggest Deep Ellum’s Local Hub Bicycle Co. Whether you’re in the market for a fixed speed cruiser, a custom build or a weekend rental, owner Kristi is your go-to gal for general advice and suggestions on bike routes or local points of interest. This shop is a local favorite for outdoor enthusiasts and visitors looking to #ridelocal (a.k.a. take the more scenic route to experience Dallas-Fort Worth).
Reach New Heights
Love is in the air, literally, with Valentine's Day packages from Delta Charlie's Bar & Grill, headquartered at Dallas Executive Airport in South Dallas. Reserve the "dinner & flight package" from Feb. 9-18 to treat your special someone to a three-course dinner followed by an intimate aerial tour of Dallas' most iconic sites. From Fair Park and White Rock Lake to Downtown Dallas, we've got to admit: we've never seen Dallas' landmarks like this. Upgrade the experience with champagne and flowers presented upon arrival to guarantee your sweetheart receives the "red carpet" runway experience.
(Free-) Fall in Love
For thrill-seeking couples, go one step further and head to Dallas Skydive Center. Located far north outside the city limits of the Metroplex, the center's staff members are knowledgeable skydiving enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies hailing from Texas and around the world. After all, why stop at at an aerial tour when you can and your "bae" can jump out of a perfectly good airplane?
The Suite Life
Signature suites at Hotel ZaZa in Uptown are the ideal setting for a Valentine’s Day getaway. From Feb. 9-18, book packages that include credits for breakfast or dinner at the award-winning Dragonfly restaurant, in addition to the hotel's signature "5 Senses" turndown amenity (think massage oils, bath bombs, chocolate-covered strawberries and glasses of bubbly). Choose from themed suites like “Villa Champagne,” “Shaga-delic" and "Out of Africa." Keep in mind there are only seven of these custom suites, so book accommodations sooner than later for a better chance of selecting your room of choice. Valentine’s Day specials include complimentary rosé and pastries on Saturday, Feb. 10 and Valentine's Day treats and entertainment the following weekend, Feb. 16-17.
Fall "In Love with the Cocoa"
Chocolates are a given this time of year, but chances are he or she has never sampled the exotic, intoxicating flavors dreamed up by the chocolatiers at Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Artisan masterpieces like Cocoa Puffs Marshmallows and Laphroaig Truffles are available alongside dangerous-sounding concoctions like the One-Night Stand Potion (a tequila-spiked, dark-chocolate sauce that’s incredible atop sorbets or as a fondue). Stroll the streets of the Bishop Arts District or Lower Greenville Avenue (where two Dude, Sweet outposts reside), then pick out a sampler together to take home. For those who happen to really, really love chocolate, try a Dallas By Chocolate tour for a diverse sampling of Texas' best confections—all while experiencing a pretty sweet tour of the city.
The Royal Treatment
For someone hoping to impress—or be impressed by—their significant other, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek has it all: award-wining fine dining, picturesque guest suites, a legacy of sophistication and impeccable service for which The Mansion is known. If you’re feeling especially fancy, go all out and turn Valentine’s Day into a Valentine’s stay; because after a multi-course meal and a few bottles of wine, who wouldn’t want to retire to a luxurious suite at The Mansion? Most importantly, we can't think of a better place to enjoy mimoas and breakfast in bed.
Spare Some Quality Time
Bowling is suddenly trendy, as evidenced by the influx of stylish alleys that double as upscale eateries. Bowl & Barrel, which bills itself as a boutique bowling experience, boasts exposed brick walls, hip light fixtures and eats from its modern American tavern. A classic European-style beer hall supplies the suds. Bowlounge, located in the Design District, Bowlmor in Addison and Pinstack in Plano also provide fun and funky backdrops for a fabulous date.