From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to unique movie ideas, there’s plenty to do in northeast Ohio this year.
CLEVELAND – Valentine’s day will look a little different this year. It’s certainly not an easy holiday to celebrate in a socially distant way – but the Greater Cleveland offers lots of fun, affordable, and safe ways to party. You just have to think outside of the (chocolate) Box. Read 15 cute ways to say “I love you” Cleveland-style …
Exclusive to WKYC – Create your own bookstore night: Book lovers will be thrilled by the fantastic idea of Visible Voice: Book the entire Tremont store – a treasure trove of pop culture, art, music, fiction and non-fiction – for 90 minutes on Valentine’s Day for a private purchase and a sausage board for two from Larder ; two bars of chocolate from The Cleveland Chocolate Co .; and a bottle of wine or soft drink ($ 75). Times: 4 p.m., 5:50 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Only three slots available. CLICK HERE for details and booking.
Virtual production “Love Letters” with Leon Bibb and Sandra Bishop: Spend the evening at home with this online production of the classic two-person love story, AR Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated Love Letters. This adaptation is being led by Emmy Award-winning 3News presenter / reporter Leon Bibb and talk show host, minister and motivational speaker Sandra Bishop. The event, which will take place on Saturday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m., is presented by the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists. Free. to register HERE.
Igloo has two: I’m not going to lie, reserving a table in a local igloo or closed greenhouse is likely to be quite difficult at this late stage. Vosh / Georgetown is sold out for the year. However, if you want to call to dine outside of a deux, the restaurants and bars with heated outdoor seating are located at Lakewood Truck Park, 16900 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-715-4032;; Merwin’s Wharf, 1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland, 216-664-5696;; Dons Pomeroy House, 13664 Pearl Road, Strongsville, 440-572-1111;; Felice Urban Cafe, 12502 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, 216-791-0918;; Betts Restaurant outside of Kimpton on East Ninth Street, 216-357-2680;; the south side at Tremont, 2207 West 11th Street, Cleveland, 216-937-2288;; and Stonewater Golf Club, 1 Club Drive, Highland Heights, 440-461-4653. Most of the restaurants in Crocker Park also have heated greenhouses installed.
Prosperity Social Club, 1109 Starkweather Avenue, Cleveland: Support a local restaurant with a unique vacation offer at the signature Cleveland Prosperity Social Club. The Tremont favorite celebrates this year with a retro touch – they call it “VAL-en-TIKI-tini day”. From 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. they will offer their brunch menu, followed by dinner until 9 p.m. Specialties include Swedish Meatball Poutine, Big Kahuna Biscuit Sliders, and Hawaiian Pulled Pork Nachos. It’s served with classic tiki drinks, including hurricanes ($ 10). Reservations are strongly recommended and seats are limited. All tables are socially distant and separated with plexiglass. Bar seats are also separated with movable plexiglass partitions. So take off your Hawaiian shirt and give her a call: 216-937-1938.
I scream, you scream … for ice cream: Not convenient for dinner? Take your sweetheart for a sweet treat – or take away – at a local ice cream parlor. Include seasonal goodies Sweet moses‘(6800 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland) fabulous sundae with burning love – cherry chocolate ice cream, hot fudge and a homemade heart-shaped marshmallow, roasted golden brown. This year Sweet Moses also partnered with Door Dash to make a home delivery perfect for heating up a cold winter night. Younger kids may prefer Malley’s super-cute Puppy Luv sundae, two scoops of vanilla topped with candy to look like a puppy, available in places that serve ice cream. (Don’t forget to bring some of their famous chocolate-coated strawberries too.)
Cleveland Museum of Art: Spend a romantic day in the newly opened galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where love is everywhere but nowhere more visible than in one of the museum’s most famous pieces, Jacques-Louis David’s “Cupid and Psyche”.
Parma Animal Shelter Bake Sale, 6260 State Road, Parma: Show your love for all creatures big and small at this annual cake sale that goes to benefit the Parma animal shelter. All bakeries are lovingly prepared by volunteers, and all proceeds go to the cute animals for adoption. Sunday, February 14th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Homemade Valentines: What’s cuter than a homemade Valentine’s Day? Not much! The Cuyahoga County Public Library, Warrensville Heights Branch, would like to help you make your maps this year. The library is hosting a lesson on making zoom maps on Monday, February 8th at 3:00 p.m. They’ll even provide the materials. When you sign up for the class, indicate where you would like to collect your supplies. You will need your own glue, thumbtacks and tweezers. to register HERE.
Day trip to the Rock Hall: Love is all it takes Well, maybe not all … but the Beatles were up to something. Music lovers won’t find a better place to spend a few hours on Valentine’s Day than the newly opened Rock Hall (limited capacity, advance tickets only, door checked temperatures and masks mandatory). Fall in love with the hall again and get to know the bands behind the greatest love songs ever written: the Beatles, Beach Boys, Supremes and many more … tickets and information HERE.
Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600: Even COVID-19 cannot stop the orchids in the Cleveland Botanical Garden. The garden will open its annual orchid show entitled Orchids Forever this year on Saturday February 13th. It runs until April 11th. Advance reservations are required and tickets go on sale on January 30th. Thousands of exotic flowers are on display, including phalaenopsis orchids and a towering orchid sculpture by artists Mark Lagergren and Anthony M. Ball Reserve. More HERE.
Pretty in Pink: Surprise the Gen-Xer in your life with a Valentine’s Day weekend screening of John Hughes’ classic high school love story. On Thursday, February 11th, Fathom Events shows the teenage flick “Wrong Side of the Tracks” by Molly Ringwald, which is known for its excellent new wave soundtrack. Friday February 12th; and Sunday February 14th at various theaters in the area including Cinemark Valley View, Southpark, Solon and Cedar Lee. CLICK HERE for a full list of theaters and to reserve advance tickets. All theaters have limited seating and enforce social distancing and mandatory mask wear. This is the film’s 35th anniversary, which certainly makes this Gen-Xer feel pretty old.
Glow tube, snow trails, 3100 Possum Run Road, Mansfield: Are you hoping to get closer to your sweetheart? You can’t help but approach your date when you couple your tubes together. So why not head south this Valentine’s Day for some outdoor fun? Snow Trails in Mansfield offers glow tubing Thursday through Sunday with DJs and LED light strips over the hill. Must reserve in advance HERE.
Sweet Designs Chocolatier, 16100 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood: This artisan shop was opened by Croatian immigrant Ines Rehner in 1995 and has improved the chocolate experience in Cleveland. Her Valentine’s Day options include a variety of dark and milk chocolate boxes, foil hearts, and even vegan cocoa nibs. They introduced roadside pickup as well as window shopping. The full menu can be purchased without entering the store. CLICK HERE for details and order.
Film for two (and only two): What if you could see (almost) any movie you want and reserve a cinema just for you and your date? Well you can at Cleveland Cinemas. The local chain offers private theater rentals for Valentine’s Day or for every day. Both Cedar Lee and Chagrin Kino book rentals for one to 20 of your closest / socially distant friends and family members. You can bring your own DVD or watch a new version (also requires purchasing a ticket for each attendee). So pick your favorite love story – hmmm, love story, anyone? – and book. Packages as follows:
- 1-20 guests: $ 99 for a private theater auditorium on Monday plus a minimum of $ 50 for concessions.
- 1 to 20 guests: $ 149 for a private theater auditorium Friday through Sunday plus a minimum of $ 100 for concessions.
- Book your rental Here.
A shot of romance at the Cleveland Aquarium: Love isn’t just in the air – it’s underwater. Make an appointment to visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, 216-862-8803). The aquarium will be open on Valentine’s Day weekend with a romantic “I Spy” challenge, animal enrichment, a Valentine’s Day photo opportunity and mood music in the galleries. Reservation required. CLICK HERE For tickets and more information: One lucky visitor wins a prize package worth more than $ 500 as part of the aquarium Splash of romance giveaway.