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The day to celebrate lovers is finally here, and with this frigid winter in full force, it’s necessary to bring a little warmth to the city by celebrating the person you care most about in this world. Celebrate your love in your own style. From an outside dining experience to an upscale environment, these date ideas will be a sure-fire hit.

Begin your romantic rendezvous by snuggling up for a winter hike through the Shaw Nature Reserve. It’s worth braving the weather on Saturday evening for an escape away from the everyday. With any luck, the clouds will clear, providing a perfect setting for star gazing with a telescope courtesy of the reserve. Finish off the night hike with a steamy drink and a scrumptious dessert. Visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org to learn more.

If roses and chocolates are the staples for your date, stop in at the swanky Ritz-Carlton for some bubbly at the Lobby Lounge. From choice champagnes to sinfully delicious cocktails, something is sure to strike your fancy. Toast to your relationship and delight in the rich, romantic atmosphere. For extra indulgence, enroll you and your date in a Valentine’s cooking course offered courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton. The hotel’s executive chef and team will lead you in the art of cooking for two at the “Romance and Food” class offered on Saturday. Reserve now for $109 per person and learn a few recipes to prepare you for your next date night in.

This Valentine’s Weekend, show St. Louis a little love as well. Our beloved city is celebrating a big birthday this year…250! Double up your celebration and swing by the Burnin’ Love event this Tuesday on the 18th. The festivities begin just as your work day ends and lasts until 9:00 at night. From live music to delectable treats and drinks served by the city’s favorites, including Anheuser- Busch and Bissinger’s Chocolates, Forest Park will ignite with love. At 7:30 p.m., the hill will be ringing with the sound of simultaneous proposals. Top off your entertaining evening by catching a lively rendition of Elvis’s hit song.

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