1. PERPETUAL BOUQUETS
Instead of cut flowers (or in addition to them), consider a rosebush as a lasting token of love, a gift that keeps giving. Nicholson-Hardie Nursery is offering four rose-growing seminars on Saturday. Attend one or all. Take your sweetie and stop for lunch at a neighborhood hot spot such as Celebration or City Cafe. The seminars are free but require reservations. All of these destinations, incidentally, are on the aptly named Lovers Lane.
Rose-growing seminars Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 5060 W. Lovers Lane. Free (reservations required). 214-357-4674. www.nicholson-hardie.com.
2. SPA THAT LOVED ME
If its been a while since the two of you showered together, take a soak in Benu Spa & Salons rain shower or spend some steamy moments in the steam cave. (Bring your bathing suits.) Of course, youll first want to pamper yourselves with the Geranium Grape Seed Scrub, Lavender Aloe Body Mask, and Grape Seed and Lavender Oil Body and Scalp Massage, all part of Benus "Lovu for Two" package. Continue the fun at home with Benus Chocolate Scrub.
"Lovu for Two," a Valentines package for two, is available for purchase through Tuesday. 5555 E. Mockingbird Lane. The purchase can be redeemed through the year. Spa hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 1 to 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Lovu is $360 per couple. Other Valentines packages are available. Call the spa for details. 214-827-4200. www.benuspa.com.
3. SWEET SERENADES
R&B and gospel singer Angela Blairs powerful pipes won her the Kraft Gospel Talent Search in New Orleans last year. Shell put her talent to use as she sings love songs Tuesday at Minc Lounge in an evening that includes a three-course candlelight dinner and roses for guests. Still want more love songs? The Black Academy of Arts and Letters concert on Saturday will feature jazz saxophonist Joseph Vincelli and Pieces of a Dream.
Angela Blair performs at event featuring a three-course candlelight dinner and roses for attendees. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. 813 Exposition Ave. $50-$75 per person ($25 for tickets for the concert only). 972-762-7427. www.angelablair.com.
4. SET THE STAGE
Love, seduction, romance, infatuation and longing are universal themes for plays, so its not difficult to find them onstage this month. Offerings run the gamut from stories about newlyweds to dinner theater comedies. Some Valentines productions, such as Love Letters at the Labyrinth Theatre, include dinner, champagne, chocolates or other extras.
5. GOOD OLD LOVE
Bask in some old-fashioned romance on Tuesday at the Lakewood Theater, as you and yours dance to the music of Sinatra-style crooner Ricki Derek and his 15-piece Big Band. There will also be a screening of Casablanca and a buffet by Bread Winners. If youre in the mood for something lower-key, head to Dallas Heritage Village on Saturday to play a game that predicts who your sweetie will be next year, make a valentine and check out the exhibit on Victorian weddings.
Victorian Valentine Party, as well as ongoing exhibit "To Have and to Hold: Victorian Traditions and Home Weddings." Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with museum admission: $7, $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 4 to 12. 214-421-5141. www.dallasheritagevillage.org.
6. GO AHEAD AND SPLURGE
If youve got the means to go all out for your sweetie, consider the Grand Hyatt DFWs Presidential Suite Package and Grand Suite Package ($5,000 and $4,000, respectively). Both include round-trip airline tickets for two (call for destinations), limo service, a six-course dinner in the room, a violinist and Swedish massage.
Presidential Suite Package ($5,000) and Grand Suite Package ($4,000). Friday, Saturday and Tuesday. Reservations required; call for details. The hotel also offers other Valentines packages. 972-973-1234.
7. CLASSICALLY ROMANTIC
Theres something intimate and timeless about holding hands while listening to soothing or soaring music. Youre never too old or too young. The Dallas Bach Society and other groups have selected music for this week with lovers in mind.
8. LOVE BITES AND POTIONS
For some, chocolates an aphrodisiac; for others, wine does the trick. Enjoy both and feel the love connection at a wine and chocolate tasting by Grand Tastings and Morgen Chocolate. Sip champagne and zinfandel and nibble on European-style chocolates. If youre up for a road trip, consider a drive to Becker Vineyards in the Hill Country for its annual Merlot & Chocolate Tasting. Along with the wine, youll sample bonbons and chocolate truffles. The vineyard is also offering Valentines luncheons this Saturday and Sunday.
Becker Vineyards: 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, Texas. (Located 10 miles east of Fredericksburg.) Take Jenschke Lane off U.S. Highway 290 and head south to Becker Farms Road. 830-644-2681. www.beckervineyards.com. Merlot & Chocolate tasting: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays noon to 6 p.m., through Feb. 19. Free.
9. DONT YOGA ALONE
Yoga for one is great, but what about yoga for two? Sweethearts should check out Breathe Yoga & Pilates Studios Yoga for Couples, featuring Thai bodywork and yoga stretches. Youll melt into one another and briefly banish those knots at the backs of your necks.
Yoga for Couples. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 5800 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Reservations are required. $25 per couple. 817-731-1700. www.breathe-studios.com.
10. EXPRESS YOUR LOVE
Have you gotten off track with romancing your sweetheart? Get back in the game by boarding the Sweetheart Express, the Valentines Day incarnation of the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. The romance meter is bound to shoot up as violinists stroll the depot. Then enjoy hors doeuvres on the trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards, where there will be dinner and dancing, and a champagne toast on the way back to Grapevine.
Train departs Tuesday. at 6:30 p.m. from Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine, and returns at 11:45 p.m. $120 per couple. 817-410-3185. www.gvrr.com.