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Unique ideas for Valentine's Day in Grand Rapids

Forget the candy, this Valentine's Day go with cake.
Forget the candy, this Valentine's Day go with cake.
Thomas Scheidel

A dozen roses, a heart shaped box of chocolates and dinner at a nice restaurant. That pretty much sums up the clichéd version of Valentine’s Day. If that sounds like “been there, done that” to you, and you’re going to be in Grand Rapids on February 14th, here are a few ideas for creating a unique Valentine’s Day experience.

Ice is a term sometimes used for diamonds. However, if giving a diamond for Valentine’s Day isn’t in your budget this year head to downtown Grand Rapids for the Valent-ICE celebration. Ice sculptors from the Food Network’s Ice Brigade TV show will carve a design selected by a vote of the public. Also, the Rosa Parks Circle skating rink will be open for some holiday spins on another kind of ice.

If your sweetie is tired of the more traditional candy why not get her (or him) a heart shaped Valentine’s Day cake from Connie’s Cakes, located in the Eastown neighborhood. These delightful cakes are covered in a chocolate ganache and come with a personalized message in icing on top. Cakes can be delivered on February 14th or picked up at the shop.

Blandford Nature Center on the west side of Grand Rapids is offering a unique way to celebrate, an adults only snowshoe hike through the snowy woods. The candlelight hike starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. After the hike refreshments include wine around a bonfire. Registration in advance is required.