Great Dates for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Beyond

Make your Valentine’s Day dreamy, intimate or delicious with these specials and events. Or go for an alternative Galentine’s Day or Mardi Gras celebration.

Looking for romance, fun or just a delicious meal? We’ve got you covered with these Valentine’s Day and beyond dates and special deals. Whether you venture out or stay at home, here are 18 creative and easy-to-order great date ideas in Colorado Springs for Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Fat Tuesday and beyond. 

Practice Social Distancing — Together

Cuddle up and stay home with a four-course meal for two for $99 from the Picnic Basket Catering Collective. The menu includes such deliciousness as shrimp ceviche, baked brie and coffee-rubbed beef tenderloin filet with shallot jam — just to name a few. Order ahead for pickup or delivery Feb. 11-14.

Turn Up the Heat in the Kitchen

Be the couple who cooks together. Chef Brother Luck will guide via a virtual cooking class as you create lobster risotto for two. The deadline for a full kit pickup has passed, but you can still get your grocery list and class access for $20.

Brunch With the Girls

Whether you’re single or just looking for some fun with your favorite gals, join Springs Native on Feb. 13 for Galentine’s Day Brunch at CO.A.T.I. Uprise. You’ll enjoy a three-course breakfast from Ephemera, bottomless mimosas and giveaways for $45-$55 per person. 

Double Dip With Fondue

The Melting Pot

On the 10th day of Valentine’s, my true love gave to me…fondue. The Melting Pot is celebrating 10 Days of Valentine’s, offering four- and five-course Cupid’s Feasts Feb. 11-21, complete with a champagne toast and a rose. There’s an option to add the kids. Or you can just keep all the double-dipping between the two of you.

The Mona Lisa

Dip into a romantic dinner all week long, Feb. 8-15, at this Manitou romantic hideaway. The Signature 4-Course Fondue Dinner includes salad, cheese fondue, entree platter for tabletop grilling, and chocolate fondue for dessert, starting at $63 per person. And the vast wine list will have you covered.

Take Tea Together

Head to Miramont Castle’s Queen’s Parlour Tea Room for a Valentine’s themed four-course high tea, including scones, tea sandwiches and toppings such as Devonshire cream. Seatings run all weekend, Feb. 12-14. Bring the kids for $27.50. Adults cost $42.50.

Raise a Glass

Uva Wine Bar

Reserve your special Valentine’s Day dinner at Uva Wine Bar, centered around seared bistro filet steak with beurre rouge or crispy skin salmon with housemade bernaise. Finish with chocolate fondue. And, of course, toast it with a wine selection from Uva’s large collection.

Blackhat Distillery

Chocolate. Cocktails. Yes, please! Pick up your Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Cocktail pairings Feb. 10-14. Take them to-go or savor them in Blackhat’s tasting room.

Dance the Tango

Practice now, so you can burn up the dance floor later. Dance Wonderland is offering Argentine Tango for the Kitchen: Essential Utensils, where you will learn the foundations and subtleties of this improvisational and sexy dance in size-limited classes. Register as a single, $45, or couple, $80. Or you can book a private couple’s lesson for $59.

Stream a Concert

Celebrate with music and support the scholarship fund for students at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. The Songs of Love virtual concert will be available for streaming Feb. 12-15. Performances will feature Conservatory students, teachers and mentors, with a special guest performance by Thomas Dawson of the Commodores. And with a premium donation of $150, you get a charcuterie board and bottle of prosecco from the Picnic Basket Catering Collective. 

Get a Room

Make it a romantic staycation with one of these overnight packages. 

Your Valentine's Day Mountain Junior Suite awaits at Kinship Landing in Colorado Springs
Your Valentine’s Day mountain junior suite awaits at Kinship Landing. Photo courtesy of Kinshi;p Landing.

Kinship Landing

Make it more than a one night stand at the Springs’ newest boutique hotel. Book a junior suite for two nights in February, and you can add a third night for $39.

The Broadmoor 

Treat your S.O. to classic luxury. A Romantic Getaway package includes a $200 dinner credit and sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries at turndown, starting at $500. Or get the local hookup with the Colorado Appreciation Package. With rates as low as $159, the package is available Sunday through Thursday through Feb.28, and includes complimentary golf green fees, complimentary tennis and pickleball and 20% off select spa services.

The Mining Exchange

The Valentine’s Day Package offers historic elegance in a king suite, with champagne, a charcuterie board for two and petite fours for $239.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Share the stunning views of Cheyenne Mountain, and indulge in champagne, housemade chocolate bark and breakfast in bed. A Rendezvous for Two package also includes discounted services at Alluvia Spa. The package starts at $259 and isn’t limited to just Valentine’s Day.

Skip It and Head for Mardi Gras

Nola style chargrilled oysters at Jax Fish House
Chargrilled Nola style oysters at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, ready for Fat Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Jax.

Jax Fat Tuesday

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar’s Fat Tuesday specials include Nola-style chargrilled oysters, crawfish jambalaya, king cake beignets, po’ boys, gumbo, hushpuppies and more. Wash it down with a Sazerac or hurricane cocktails or a $3 brew from New Orleans’ Abita Brewing Co. Reserve your spot for dine-in on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16, or do takeout or delivery. All to-go orders include beads and masks for partying at home. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

Fat Tuesday at Springs Orleans

Order your whole King Cake by Feb. 12, or get a slice at the ‘Nawlins style hot spot during its Fat Tuesday celebration on Feb. 16. You’ll find jambalaya, gumbo, etouffe fries, hurricanes, Sazeracs and more Cajun flair.

Chef Bob’s Lobstah Trap at Pikes Peak Brewing

Get your crustacean fixation on Fat Tuesday at Pikes Peak Brewing in Monment. Chef Bob’s Lobstah Trap food truck will be on-site, so you can celebrate Mardi Gras with a Gronk-size lobster roll along with that Elephant Rock IPA.

Manitou Create Your Own Carnivale

The Manitou tradition continues, just a little differently this year. Put on your feathered mask and beads, and catch the Fort Carson 4ID Mardi Gras Brass Band playing on the downtown Manitou roundabout at noon on Feb. 13. Stop by the selfie station by the Wheeler Town Clock. Pick up or dine in on some tasty gumbo in one of Manitou’s local restaurants. Get creative and express yourself!

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Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is Springs’ co-founder, editorial director and chief outdoor officer. He loves building community by telling stories about all the people, places and culture that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. And he’s especially stoked when exploring new places in the Springs, Colorado and beyond. Watch for him hiking, running or mountain biking the local trails with his wife and kids.

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