A pandemic simply can’t stand in the way of L-O-V-E in all its forms! Here are some fun, COVID-compliant ideas to make Valentine’s Day special, no matter your relationship situation.
For culinary-loving couples: Savor the Couve
- You may have heard of this awesome “takeout experience for two,” organized by the GVCC and Visit Vancouver USA to support local restaurants and deserving nonprofits. It’s ongoing through March, but Feb. 11’s installment is date night-themed, so it’s perfect for V-Day.
- Date: February 11, meal pickup from 5:00-5:40p
- Location: Warehouse ’23 (event venue entrance), 100 Columbia St #102, Vancouver, WA 98660
- Price: $100 for a five-course meal for two
For spurned singles: The Moth’s StorySLAM: Love Hurts
- The Moth is a nonprofit based in New York City dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, best known for its national public radio show. For this Pacific-region virtual event, they’re inviting participants to “prepare a five-minute tale about a love that made you go OUCH. The agony of deferred love! The misery of good love, gone bad! The anguish of one-way love! Bring stories of your heart, kicked to the curb by the people or places or things you love…or used to love. Love that ‘Hurts So Good’ also welcome.”
- Date: February 8, ‘doors’ at 7:15p, storytelling begins at 7:30p
- Location: online, see link
- Price: $10
For film fans: Love Struck Drive-In
- Washington Square Mall is hosting a series of Valentine’s-themed drive-in movies! Basic admission includes two films and a bottle of wine, with a higher admission option that includes dinner for two. (Pro-tip: you can also bring your own food and snack to your heart’s content all through the screening!)
- February 12 – ‘P.S I Love You’ and ‘The Proposal’ – gates at 4:30p, first show at 6:00p
- February 13 – ’10 Things I Hate About You’ and ‘She’s All That’ – gates at 4:30p, first show at 6:00p
- February 14 – ‘A Walk To Remember’ and ‘The Notebook’ – gates at 4:30p, first show at 6:00p
- Location: 9585 SW Washington Square Rd, Portland, OR 97223 (near the parking structure/old Sears building)
- Price: base admission for one vehicle is $74.99, dinners add $55
Not inclined to spend any dough this Valentine’s Day? No problem!
- Families with young kids can check out this virtual craft-making event from the New York Public Library, available to everyone. BYO construction paper and crayons/markers and you’ll leave with a Pete the Cat valentine card! February 12, 1p (event is shown in ET on webpage)
- Have a sweet tooth but don’t want to spend ages on a complex recipe? You might try these impressive no-bake chocolate peanut butter cups from Martha Stewart
- And don’t forget your dog! Our canine friends are arguably the biggest proponents of unconditional love, so treat yours with these heart-shaped biscuits by Rachael Ray, which use beet juice to achieve their cute red color