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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Cleveland this 2021

Michelle McQuade | February 10, 2021

It’s safe to say that Clevelanders have never experienced Valentine’s Day quite this year’s. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, however, you can still enjoy a romantic experience despite these truly unusual times.

Happy Couple in the Kitchen

To help inspire you, we’ve curated these excellent Valentine’s Day ideas for the new normal:

Bibliophile’s dream date

For lovers who also happen to be bibliophiles, there’s Visible Voice Books’ create-your-own-bookstore experience. Couples can reserve its Tremont location for a 90-minute private shopping session, complete with a light but romantic wine dinner. Book lovers will be served a scrumptious charcuterie board prepared by Larder, as well as two bars of exquisite chocolate from The Cleveland Chocolate Co. It’s the perfect date night idea for those who want an intimate—and socially distanced—affair.

Stay-at-home theater

Cleveland’s theater scene is currently on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch an amazing show. The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists is holding a remote production of A.R. Gurney’s critically acclaimed play, “Love Letters.” It tells the story of Andrew and Melissa, who share their hopes, dreams, and love for each other through letters as they lead separate and wildly diverging lives. The virtual production is free to watch—just register for the event here.

Love in bloom

Spring is right around the corner, which also marks the return of Cleveland Botanical Garden’s annual orchid show. This year’s Orchids Forever event will open on February 13, making it a great pre-Valentine’s Day date for couples. Guests will be surrounded by exotic blooms from Africa, Australia, and Central America, and they can learn more about these fascinating flowers through the different exhibits. Another highlight is “Orchids in Bloom,” a towering sculpture by artists Mark Lagergren and Anthony M. Ball which immortalizes the beauty of these beautiful blossoms.

Make something sweet

Couples looking for something new and interesting to learn can sign up for this online macaron-making class. Pastry Chef Ann LoParo of Annie’s Signature Sweets will teach you the delicate art of making this French confection right in your kitchen. And don’t worry if you’ve never baked a day in your life—this fun and interactive class is designed especially for novice bakers. Who said you can’t make your macaron and eat it, too?

Dinner date at home

No need to head out just to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Several local restaurants are offering to-go meals so you can wine-and-dine your significant other right at home. Cleveland Independents has an extensive list of participating restaurants, ensuring that all your cravings are covered. Whether you’re looking for wine-infused fare, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, or haute cuisine specialties, you’re bound to find a restaurant that tickles your taste buds. Even better, ordering in means supporting local businesses who need all the help they can get.

With so many fun and exciting experiences to enjoy, Cleveland is truly one of Ohio’s best cities. If you’re interested in moving here, be sure to work with experienced Cleveland, Ohio realtors like Michelle McQuade Real Estate. Contact us at 440.823.2448 to get your property search started!

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