Friday, January 13, 2012


For the person who wants to treat their sweetheart to a valentine weekend to remember ~ try the weekend in St. Louis MO. 

Reservations at the Moonrise Hotel6177 Delmar In The Loop, St. Louis, MO 63112 is guaranteed to be the perfect overnight stay.  Romantic, beautiful rooms, great service and the added benefit of the wonderful Eclipse Restaurant.  314-721-1111 Front Desk and Eclipse Restaurant Reservations





For the nature lover, make reservations at the St. Louis Zoo for "Untamed Hearts:  An Intimate Valentine's Day Dinner.  February 11 and 14 - 6 and 8:30 p.m. seating.   A four course meal for two by candlelight at McDonnell Center at River Camp, followed by a look at some secrets of animal attraction.   $125 per couple (t&t incl.) 


Limited reservations. Call (314) 646-4857 by Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

The Missouri Botanical Garden (Ridgway Visitor Center) February 11, 2012, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Over 800 orchids are on display and you will be in the middle of this fragrant beautiful show.
Sweetheart's Dinner at Thornhill Mansion at Faust Park, February 11th.  Thornhill is the home of the Frederck Bates family (Missouri's first elected governor.)  The event includes a candlelit four-course dinner in a home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The meal is served by staff dressed in period clothing. 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Advance registration; (314) 615-8328
For the sports fans, the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team plays February 12th at Scottrade Center. 
St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks. 6:00, (800) 745-3000 or (314) 622-5400.

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors with your Valentine at the Shaw Nature Reserve in St. Louis County. The reserve is hosting a special evening hike for couples just before Valentine's Day. Couples will also enjoy hot chocolate and delicious desserts by the fire. The cost is $29 a person.  February 11th - 7-10 p.m.  314-577-5140.

Dust off your dancing shoes February 11, grab your partner and head over to the Casa Loma Ballroom for a Valentine's celebration. Get in the groove with the Fabulous Motown Revue featuring Velvet & Satin. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the dancing begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 a person.  314-664-8000.
Members of the St. Louis Symphony will be performing a free concert on Valentine's Day, February 14,  at the beautiful Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  314-286-4432


For the person who would really like to find alternate living space after Valentine's Day: 
Candlelight. Romance. Sliders. You'll find it all at White Castle on Valentine's Day. Once again, the burger chain is serving up a special Valentine's meal complete with candles, tableside service and romantic decor. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at all local White Castle locations.
And on the way or back, travel down the Great River Road and stop along the Mississippi River for some eagle watching.  Or take advantage of the February 19-21 eagles and much more at the National Great Rivers Museum, Alton. The World Bird Sanctuary will have eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey on display. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Kids 3 and under are free.

And the final suggestions: 

Do not and I repeat "do not" buy inferior chocolates.  It tastes like brown wax - bla -uck - gurf.  If you can't afford good chocolate, make a batch of chocolate chip cookies - oh be still my beating heart!  Some Big Lots carry Godiva Chocolates.

If your mate loves flowers and the only thing to satisfy is roses, check out local florists or discount stores.  Both have flowers waaaay cheaper than the call and order teleflora things.  If roses aren't her thing, consider a potted flowering plant or other garden related lovely. 

My all time favorite flower was the white gardenia wrist corsage when we were married.  I kept it in the car and wore it for days - heavenly fragrance.  Does anyone even wear wrist corsages anymore?  But still ~ it was heavenly!  

Side note:  I'm sorry for some of the unusual looking print and arrangments of text - Blogspot was doing odd things tonight and didn't want to be corrected.

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