Searching for the perfect Valentine’s date destination? It’s time to think outside the box. Try one of these five date ideas if you want to fight fewer crowds, save money and impress your partner with something different.
1. Treat your date to desserts at André’s Confiserie Suisse.
Who says you have to stick to tradition on Valentine’s Day? I say skip dinner and head straight to dessert at Andre’s Confiserie Suisse. The gourmet chocolate shop has a variety of heart-shaped pastries, chocolates and hot drinks for under $5. Plus, the South Plaza location offers a cafe with a full bar – including wine, cocktails and beer. Don’t miss the Andre’s Spiked Hot Chocolate ($7.50) made with the Bailey’s and the shops signature Swiss chocolate.
Andre’s Confiserie Suisse (South Plaza)
5018 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
Andre’s cafe is open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
2. Have cocktails at Bar Rosso inside Hotel Sorella.
The best part of celebrating Valentine’s Day at Hotel Sorella’s Bar Rosso? If the night goes well, there’s a convenient place to stay just steps away (hint, hint). The bar is located on the seventh floor of the hotel and offers incredible views of the Country Club Plaza, in addition to some serious romantic vibes. I suggest trying Bar Rosso’s special Valentine’s Day drink – the Rosso Spritz ($12) – made with prosecco, Campari and strawberries. Italian-inspired bar bites are available as well, with options like: Drunken Meatballs ($10), Margherita Pizza ($13.50) and the 7th Floor Burger ($9).
Bar Rosso inside Hotel Sorella
901 W. 48th Place,
Kansas City, MO 64112
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight.
3. Take a road trip to Lawrence.
It’s good to get away with the one you love, and Lawrence makes the perfect “date day trip.” The city is far enough away it feels like a mini vacation, minus the hassle of a plane ride. And there’s plenty to eat while you’re there. If you’re making a day of it, start at RND Corner Grill for brunch. Located on the corner of 8th and Mass Street (in the former Esquina space), the restaurant has been beautifully transformed to include a black and white tiled bar, plush seating and a large outdoor patio.
Don’t miss RND Corner Grill’s Steak & Eggs ($15) made with local beef, arugula, tomato jam, fried potatoes, frizzled onions and two fried eggs. Wash it down with the Gran Reposado Margarita ($9) or the Beacham’s Brandy topped with a brûléed orange.
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RND Corner Grill
Lawrence, KS 66044
Open Monday through Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
4. Go wine tasting at Amigoni Urban Winery.
If you don’t have a hot date for Valentine’s Day, gather your fellow singles for a wine tasting at Amigoni Urban Winery. The Westbottoms winemaker offers a tasting room, private tours and blending classes for groups of all experience levels. Private tours start at $20 and classes start at $60 per person for groups of 10 or more. Additionally, Amigoni features $6 wine flights and $8 beer flights – plus a small menu of meats and local cheeses. I’m a big fan of the Urban Vaquero – a spicy, plum-forward red made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Merlot.
Amigoni Urban Winery
1505 Genessee Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64102
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
5. Take a beer tour at Boulevard Brewing.
Why fight for a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation when there’s something even better brewing at Boulevard? The brewery offers FREE, hour long public tours that conclude with a free sampling of Boulevard beers. But the day doesn’t have to end there. Head across the street to the Boulevard Beer Hall for more beers, board games, foosball and (best of all) a photo booth. If you work up an appetite, the Beer Hall offers a variety of bar snacks like pretzel dogs and meat, cheese and veggie trays.
2501 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108
Brewery tours happen seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What Valentine’s date idea is up your alley? Tell me about it in the comments below, or add some of your own ideas to the mix!
Plus, look forward to more blog posts this year highlighting local, affordable dining destinations for every occasion – it’s just the first in a series of posts made possible through my partnership with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Check out their blog for more tips on how to dine out on a budget.