Best Valentine’s Day Dates For Parents In Minnesota

February 7, 2014 7:00 AM

Longing for a kid-free night out? Sweet talk the grandparents or shell out some bucks for a babysitter and enjoy an adults-only date with your honey. These five picks for a Valentine’s evening in Minnesota are places you’ll want to leave the kids home for. Just try to leave the parent guilt at home too.

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(credit: CBS)

Burch Steak House
1933 Colfax Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 843-1515

For a kid-free evening out, head to the Lowry Hill area of Minneapolis for an evening of delicious wine and steak. Stop at Lowry Hill Liquors located where I94 and Hennepin Avenue meet in Minneapolis to peruse the fine wines and learn from the knowledgeable and friendly staff. Once you’ve picked out a well-priced bottle from Lowry Hill Liquor, venture to its new neighbor in the Burch Pharmacy building to splurge on a 100-percent grass-fed filet or Wagyu ribeye from Burch Steak House. The new hotspot for meat has quickly become the best new restaurant in the Twin Cities.

Walker After Hours
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 375-7600

Date: Feb. 14, 2014 from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m.

A stone’s throw away from the above-mentioned Lowry Hill Liquors and Burch Steak House is the Walker Art Center. From 9 p.m. to midnight on Valentine’s Night, enjoy an adult night of music, art and cocktails for $30. You’ll be able to catch the new “Give More Than You Can Take” exhibition by American artist Jim Hodges before it opens to the public. Multiple DJs are on hand with dance music while D’Amico whips up some indulgent drinks. Party-goers can even enter to win two round-trip tickets from Delta so you can enjoy some more kid-free time.

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Candlelight Ski
Old Mill State Park
33489 240th Ave. N.W.
Argyle, MN 56713
(218) 437-8174

Date: Feb. 14, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For the parents who need to break loose from the confines of their homes and breathe in the fresh air, try cross-country skiing by candlelight. All levels are welcome for a moonlit ski further illuminated by candles at Old Mill State Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Valentine’s night. Hot drinks and snacks are available, but bring your own skis. Purchase your $6 ski pass at the park, online or by calling ahead.

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Five Course Love
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 455-9501

Date: Jan. 24 – Feb. 16, 2014

For parents that need a good laugh about the things that made you fall in love in the first place, check out the romantic comedy “Five Course Love” at the New Century Theatre. Three different actors play 15 various characters in five restaurants and take the audience on a hilarious hunt for true love. Tickets are $24 to $29 and the February 14th show starts at 7:30 p.m. Plan to make a night of it by staying at the luxurious Graves 601 Hotel just one block away.

Number 4
124 E. Walnut St.
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 344-1444

You’ll find this gem of a restaurant tucked near Main Street and the river in downtown Mankato. Make sure to request a cozy and secluded booth for this delicious dinner with your sweetie. A must-try to start off your meal are the homemade truffle and parmesan tater tots in a beer cheese sauce. And don’t forget to save room for dessert. Number 4 is nestled amongst the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour so you can walk off your dinner while checking out the 30+ outdoor sculptures.

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Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. She is also a public relations and event planning professional. Her most important job is mother to her young daughter, who is her partner-in-crime when checking out the family entertainment scene in the Twin Cities. Her work can be found on

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