Romantic Things to Do on Valentine’s Day

DOWNTOWN
The annual Pike Chocofest at The Pike Brewing Company is the perfect excuse to begin indulging before the big day. Beer and chocolate are the main attraction, but with 80 vendors at hand, you and your beau may have to divide and conquer to sample all the sweet and savory treats. Sunday 2/9, 6-9 p.m., Pike Pub & Pike Brewery, Prices vary; Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com

Explore the full spectrum of passion and relationships with the Mark Morris Dance Group’s presentation of Love Song Waltzes and New Love Song Waltzes at the Paramount Theatre.  Set to the music of Brahms, this is romance done by a master in the dance world, and may set a Valentine’s Day precedent for years to come. Friday 2/14- Sunday 2/16, Times and prices vary, 911 Pine Street, 206.682.1414; stgpresents.org

Sullivan’s Steakhouse is serving up a classically decadent three-course prix fixe menu ($99 for two) with tempting items such as lobster basil stuffed shrimp, braised beef ravioli and triple-cut lamp chop. For dessert, save room for either the Key Lime pie, or the chocolate-covered strawberries. Friday 2/14, Sullivan Steak House, 621 Union St., 206.494.4442; sullivanssteakhouse.com/seattle

If levity and laughter float your romantic boat, head to the Market Theater in Pike Place Market for Comedy of Love, a Valentine’s Day-themed improv show by the veteran improvisers of Unexpected Productions. It’s appropriate for all ages and a rollicking good time, but bring a little creativity with you, as the show depends upon audience inspiration. Friday 2/14, 7 p.m., 1428 Post Alley, $15; unexpectedproductions.org

Indulgence reigns at RN74’s Feast of Saint Valentine.  Think ahi tuna tartare, fois gras torchon and chocolate fondue for two. Settle in for a four courses ($85/person; $55 for Tier 1 or $75 for Tier 2 wine pairing), let the warm lighting work its magic and feast on a meal fit for a king or queen. Friday 2/14 & Saturday 2/15, 1433 4th Ave, 206.456.7474; michaelmina.net

GREEN LAKE
Burn some calories in preparation for all the V-day toasting and tippling, or leave your ex in the dust at the 2014 Love em’ or Leave em’ Valentine’s Day Dash 5k at Green Lake Park. Bring the kiddos along for a free Kid’s Dash in the morning and then run or walk your way to the finish line for hard-earned food and drinks. Saturday 2/8, 8 a.m., Green Lake Park, $40-$45; promotionevents.com/valentines/SEA_Home.htm

BELLTOWN
The Mindi Abair Valentine’s Celebration
at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley sets the quintessential tone for a sultry, intimate evening. Abair, a nationally recognized saxophonist and special guest for the evening, will play two shows: one catering to the early birds and one just for the night owls. Friday 2/14, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $34.50; jazzalley.com

QUEEN ANNE
Seattle’s beloved Chihuly Garden and Glass hosts a lavish evening amidst the artist’s iconic work in the Greenhouse. Enjoy Champagne, a four-course dinner, live jazz and an after-dinner tour through the galleries and garden. You’ll leave with a keepsake and a sweet sense of inspiration. Friday 2/14 & Saturday 2/15, 305 Harrison St, 206.753.4927, $275; chihulygardenandglass.com

Whether you’re eating your feelings, or showering a loved one with baked goodies, it’s hard to top the Deathcake Royale, Cupcake Royale’s lethally scrumptious invention that comes around just once a year. The sweets shop has perfected its recipe (sea-salted dark chocolate flourless cake, covered in a Stumptown espresso crust, glazed with Theo Chocolate ganache), and the devilish morsels are available in three sizes: Baby Deathcake Royale ($3.25), Deathcake Royale 3-pack ($9.50), and Deathcake Originale (pre-order only, $6.65). Through Sunday, 2/16, Multiple locations; cupcakeroyale.com

EASTSIDE
Reward your partner with a Valentine’s Day couple’s service at Yuan Spa. Choose from any number of relaxing options, including facials, massages, nail services and body scrubs or wraps and receive gratis Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries after your session. Friday 2/14-Sunday 2/16, 425.449.8788; yuanspa.com

Get advice on all things amoure from Salish Lodge & Spa’s resident relationship expert and romance concierge, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, during two live chats on Twitter (@SalishLodgeSpa, 2/6 12-1 p.m.; 2/13 4-5 p.m.). Purchase Salish Lodge’s “The Doctor’s Orders” Valentine’s Day gift set for a deserving loved one, or treat yourself to any one of The Spa’s luxurious Valentine spa delights such as a warm cocoa massage or the be mine! chocolate body scrub through the month of February. 6501 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie; 800.272.5474; salishlodge.com

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