Cooking for Two
The classes I’ve taken at Central Market’s cooking school have been amazing. Even if you’re not Martha Stewart or Giada De Laurentiis, you’ll absolutely learn to cook a tasty, Instagram-worthy meal. Best of all, you leave with the recipe and you can shop for ingredients on-site. The Central Market locations across DFW offer a variety of cooking classes Valentine’s Day week including Italian Chocolates, Italian Desserts and even a “Couples Indulge” class featuring champagne, steak and lobster!
Cruise the Canals
While traveling in Italy, I learned that it’s tradition to kiss under every bridge when you ride a gondola! But you don’t have to go to Italy for the romance; you can book a Valentine’s cruise with Gondola Adventures in Irving for a lovely excursion around Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canals.
Chocolate Lovers’ Paradise
Dallas By Chocolate runs culinary day trips revolving around chocolate and good food! Enjoy the Hearts and Chocolate Tour in Dallas, or an excursion to Grapevine, Roanoke and Southlake to sample exquisite sweets. In February there are also tours that pair chocolate, wine, pizza and jazz, and in the unlikely event you don’t like chocolate: a margarita and taco tour as well.
Grapevine is home to the Urban Wine Trail featuring eight wineries complete with tasting rooms. Wine hop your way through the town on the Sweetheart trail (with Uber or a designated driver). If you only have time for one, I love Umbra Winery’s tasting room. Pair your vino with a delicious cheese board and a really tasty tapenade.
“Seas” the Day
For the aquatic lover in your life, there are three aquariums scattered around the DFW area. Impress your beloved with a behind-the-scenes tour at SEA LIFE Grapevine. I’m a sucker for otters, and it turns out that those cute little guys are actually really flirty! View the otters at feeding time at the Dallas World Aquarium. Or check out the smaller, interactive SeaQuest Aquarium in Fort Worth.
Did you know we have a world-class planetarium here in DFW? At UTA’s Planetarium, you can discover the mysteries of the universe or see a show in the Dome Theatre. I was fascinated by the history-meets-science documentary Stars of the Pharos. But if you’re more in the mood for a modern adventure, you can watch a CGI show set to the music of Pink Floyd, or ride a virtual roller coaster in Spacepark 360: Infinity.
Take a Hike
DFW is blessed with gardens, arboretums, and miles and miles of trails—some with views of the Trinity River, others cuddled into trees and urban forests. It’s impossible to provide an exhaustive list here, but some of my favorites include Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens, the Dallas Arboretum (with special programming on Valentine’s Day), The Arbor Hills Trail in Plano and the loop around White Rock Lake Park. If you’re looking for lunch after your walk, the Katy Trail and the Clearfork Trailhead on the Trinity Trails both have excellent restaurants nearby.