PITTSBURGH VALENTINE’S DAY 2018 IDEAS THAT ARE SURE TO IMPRESS

Maybe you’ve been in a committed relationship for years, or maybe you’re dating someone new and hoping to “seal the deal” (hey, we’re just talking about making it exclusive — no funny business). Whatever your relationship situation may be, Valentine’s Day is an annual milestone that never really just slides by unnoticed — no matter what your significant other may tell you.

Even the most laid-back couples could do with a bit of romance on Valentine’s Day, so whether you’re hoping to cozy up by a fireplace with a glass of wine or go all-out with a meal you’ll remember all year, these are our favorite Pittsburgh Valentine’s Day destinations.

A hike in Frick Park. We’ll start with a little something for you low-key lovers: a hike in one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful parks is not too shabby a plan for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re celebrating on a budget. If you want to make it a bit more special, bring along a picnic lunch and a snuggly blanket for the chilly February weather; plan a sweet, cheesy V-day scavenger hunt with a gift at the end; or even hike up to Squirrel Hill for post-workout cocktails at Hidden Harbor.

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A prix fixe dinner. Many of the city’s best dining destinations are offering special menus for Valentine’s Day, but you’ll have to act quick if you want to secure a spot. At the top of our list is the Superior Motors‘ dinner-and-a-show option, which features a performance from in-house theatre company Barebones Productions. For something a little more traditional, you can also find prix fixe options at Fl. 2 (four courses for two at $75),  Federal Galley (four courses for two and a bottle of sparkling wine for $170) or täkō (five courses for just $40).

Hit a museum. Simply strolling hand in hand through one of Pittsburgh’s museums is already a great Valentine’s Day date, but this year you can also make it more special at the Mattress Factory‘s Valentine’s Day brunch the Sunday before. The 21+ All You Need is Love brunch features Salud Juicery mimosas, a continental breakfast from the MF Cafe and free museum admission for only $30.

Cozy up near a fire. If you’re planning on cooking dinner at home or you just want to keep things a bit more relaxed, nix the dinner reservation in favor of a cocktail in front of a fireplace. Might we suggest pulling up a leather chair in front of the roaring fire at Spoon with a glass of wine in hand?

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Get a room. If you can’t get away on Valentine’s Day, take advantage of a romantic room with a view at one of Pittsburgh’s hotels. We’d love to relax with an in-room massage at Hotel Monaco, or have dinner at Whitfield and a stay in one of the stylish rooms at Ace (take advantage of code URBANIST for 10% off their best rate available).

Join the mile high club (figuratively, of course). Looking to really go all out this Valentine’s Day? Get out of town and away from it all with a budget trip that leaves lots of $$ left over — for massages, fancy dinners, or just a luxe hotel room where you can snuggle in style. Head over to Beaux Arts for a roundup of February’s best PGH flight deals.

Get a little naughty — in a cute, vintage way. Chocolates and flowers not really your thing? Then head over to the PGH Vintage Mixer’s Sex Pop-Up at Toll Gate Revival on February 10. This “X-rated vintage Valentine’s Day market” will feature X-rated vintage finds, naughty oddities, vintage lingerie, tawdry ephemera, lewd vinyl and more.

Stick with the classics. Tried-and-true Valentine’s Day gifts like chocolate and flowers are classics for a reason. Hit 4121 Main or The Farmers’ Daughter (early, of course) to pre-order a custom bouquet, or grab a pre-made arrangement at the last minute. If you’re looking for something sweet, check out the brand new Chocolate Moonshine shop in Lawrenceville for modern takes on the classic box of truffles. At the end of the day, we say know your audience — if your S/O is the type who would rather receive wine, then a nice bottle of red it is!