As one of the largest and most diverse cities in the US, Houston has abundant romantic spots to take a special someone on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started if you and your partner are spending this February in the Bayou City.
Romantic Houston Restaurants
Houston has one of the best restaurant scenes in the country and more than 11,000 dining spots to choose from, so it’s no surprise that many local couples decide to eat out on February 14th. If you want to narrow down your options, look for a restaurant offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. Brennan’s and Café Rabelais are just two of the award-winning Houston restaurants who have already announced their three-course prix fixe dinners for the holiday. You could also try Etoile—while they haven’t released a special Valentine’s menu yet, they were named the most romantic restaurant in the city by the Houston Press.
Wherever you and your sweetheart decide to dine, make your reservations early—Houston may have thousands of restaurants, but it also has thousands of couples who will be looking for a romantic dining experience.
Valentine’s Farmers Market Bike Ride
If you and your significant other want to get outside, join the Valentine’s Farmers Market Bike Ride organized by Bayou City Outdoors. The group will meet at Onion Creek at 8am on February 14th and depart for a leisurely ride (after getting coffee, of course) along 12-15 miles of trails and residential streets, stopping at 2-3 markets to shop for fresh local ingredients and artisan products. The ride will end back at Onion Creek at noon, and participants are invited to stick around for lunch.
Didn’t bring your bikes to Houston? You and your partner can still participate by getting bikes from a nearby B-Cycle station.
Wine and Art Night
Find out if you and your partner have any dormant artistic skills by signing up for a February 14th sip and paint class. If you’ve never participated in one of these classes, the idea is that you bring your beverages of choice and receive the canvas, paints, and other supplies you need to create your masterpiece. Pinot’s Palette, which has locations in Sugarland, Katy, and Montrose, Memorial City, and the Galleria, is offering evening Valentine’s Day classes that come with two complimentary glasses of wine for each person.
Tapas on the Trails
Tapas on the Trails is another good Valentine’s activity for wine lovers. Register to attend on February 13th (from 6pm-10pm) or February 14th (from 5pm-9pm), and you and your loved one can stroll through the softly-lit Houston Arboretum, stopping for dinner courses and wine pairings along the way. The walk ends at the bucolic Meadow Deck, where the two of you can enjoy sparkling wine, dessert, and coffee. Tickets are $85 per person, and childcare is available for $10 per child 5 and older.