Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Gardens throughout Montgomery County are rather colorless right now, given the winter chill. But what is blossoming abundantly in the area is romance. Our round-up of things to do for Valentine's Day will make you feel positively rosy.
CUPID'S ARROW DINNER TRAIN
Valentine's Day Weekend, February 12-14, the Colebrookdale Railroad presents "Romance on the Rails." This special excursion (6:30 p.m.) offers an Italian gourmet catered meal and dessert served in the lovingly restored coach and café cars. The caboose is also be available for up to four people, providing an intimate dining experience. A brunch option departs Boyertown station on February 14 at 11:30 a.m.
COUPLE'S ADVENTURE AT ELMWOOD PARK ZOO
Come take the plunge with your significant other this Valentine's Day (February 14) at Treetop Adventures at Elmwood Park Zoo. Each couple receives two adult admission passes into the zoo and two adult admission passes to the Treetop Zoofari course, which offers 45 games and nine zip lines.
HEARTS & HOPS: VALENTINE'S DAY BEER TASTING
Cairnwood Estate, within the Bryn Athyn Historic District, invites couples looking for an out-of-the-ordinary Valentine's Day: "Hearts & Hops," a beer tasting event. From 8-11 p.m. on February 14, guests can experience the grandeur of the Gilded Age as they stroll through the first floor of the mansion, enjoy music performed by Philly Event Group and pair sweet and savory hors d'oeuvres while sampling beers.
THE ART OF ROMANCE
Have an artistic Valentines weekend (February 11-14) at Painting with a Twist in Skippack. All the subjects for the Thursday through Sunday sessions are some variation of hearts, flowers, kisses and romantic escapes. Seatings are, as always, couples friendly, but singles are more than welcome and are sure to leave with a self-made masterpiece and a studio full of new friends.
STEEL RIVER PLAYHOUSE SENDS LOVE LETTERS
Steel River Playhouse stages a perfect accompaniment to Valentine's Day weekend with its run of Love Letters (February 5-13). The story describes a long-term friendship that blossoms into more, revealed by two characters who read correspondence they've sent to each other over several decades.
ROMANTIC RIDES AT AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM
The American Helicopter Museum in nearby West Chester provides a truly unique opportunity for romance this Valentine's Day with high-flying helicopter rides for you and special someone. Looking to pop the question? Book a proposal package by February 10 make it a day she'll never forget.
VALENTINE'S WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
The Victorian influence on Valentine's Day is still felt to this day; it's the source of all those flowery frills and lacy streamers. On February 6 at Pennypacker Mills, kids get to try their hands at creating intricate cards and decorations.
JANE AUSTIN AT PEOPLE'S LIGHT
The romanticism of Regency England fills the People's Light stage with an adaptation of Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility, opening February 10. The story follows two young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.
VALENTINE'S DAY THE COLONIAL WAY
When colonial kitchens used chocolate - now a Valentine's Day staple - it was either consumed as a hot beverage or blended into other recipes. A cooking demo at Pottsgrove Manor on February 13 shows just how versatile those combinations could be, resulting in a chocolate tart and chocolate wine.
JEFFREY OSBORNE AT THE KESWICK
Put some R&B/Soul into your Valentine's night with a pair of tickets to this concert at the Keswick Theatre. Osborne is the five-time Platinum and Gold Record winner behind such indelible hits as "Stay with Me Tonight," "Only Human" and of course "On the Wings of Love." The February 14 performance is at 8 p.m.
ANTEBELLUM ROMANCE AT THE COLONIAL THEATRE
On Sunday afternoons, film fans flock to The Colonial for its classic fare each week at 2 p.m., nestling into a seat and enjoying the hot popcorn. The screening on February 14 is the epic love story, Gone with the Wind (1939).