Love It or Hate It: What to Do for V-Day
by Brett Konen

The line is drawn, pick your side by depending on your location.

You might say: “Valentine’s Day is pretty much my favorite holiday ever.” You might live in:

Washington — Ready, set, splurge on an unforgettable evening of dining and dancing at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle. Four decadent courses promise to pair as well with their wines as the Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players will with the elegant dance floor. February 14, 7:00 pm || Tickets: $258.42/couple (includes tax & service charges)

Oregon — Celebrate Día de los Enamorados with Andina in Portland. Andina is known especially for the aura of romance that hangs over Table 25, the site of many a successful proposal. On February 14, owner Doris Rodriguez de Platt promises the same charm will be cast across the entire restaurant. Dinner is sweetened with live music, a bottle of top-shelf Champagne or sparkling wine per couple, and the Suspiro de San Valentín dessert — inspired by a Peruvian love story. February 14, regular hours || Three-course meal with wine pairing starts at $85/person || (503) 228-9535 for reservations

Idaho — Have a double date to remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr at the Egyptian Theater in Boise. An Affair to Remember is considered one of the American Film Institute’s most romantic movies of all time. Pick up a glass of beer, wine or champagne on your way to your seats, toast to an evening of classic romance, and enjoy the show. February 14, 7:00 pm || Tickets: $9 online, $11 box office

B.C. — Duck into one of 23 participating hot chocolateries on the final day of Vancouver’s 3rd Annual Hot Chocolate Festival, February 14. Over 60 flavors to choose from, all of them with chocolatey aphrodisiac properties. Try Beaucoup Bakery’s “Burning Clove,” taste molten chocolates infused with cardamom and rose petals, and discover dozens more amour-themed sippers across the city. Now—February 14 || Various locations || Click here for more information.

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You might say: “I wish I could spend Valentine’s Day throwing heart-shaped chocolates at couples in the streets.” You might live in:

Washington — Canon, Capitol Hill’s favorite whiskey and bitters emporium is serving up an extra-bitter Valentine’s evening for singles. In honor of the rarely-lauded St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the bar will place water pistols strategically about the room with which you’ve permission to gun down any public displays of affection. Singles, take 20% off your tab, and keep in mind that the bitterest of bittered drinks, the Angostura Collins, is on special. February 14, 5:00 pm—2:00 am || No reservations

Oregon — What better way to un-celebrate love than to celebrate pigs instead? Moltinore Estate Winery is partnering with Nostrana’s Cathy Whims to bring Maialata, or Festival of the Pig, from the mountains of northern Italy to Forest Grove, OR. Participate in the full butchering and prep process, then revel in a six-course feast sweetened by a full day’s labor and Moltinore wine pairings. Sunday, February 10, 12:00 pm || Tickets $95, (503) 359-5012

Idaho — At the Lovers, Haters and Losers dinner, Boise’s Red Room doesn’t care which you are. Come for the food, booze and music. Stay for the afterparty. Four courses by P. Ditty’s Wrap Wagon, local beer (Payette Brewing Co.) or wine pairings included, and dessert by Let Them Eat Cake! Featuring Stardust Lounge, JamesPlaneWreck, and Hot Dog Sandwich. February 14, 7:00 pm-2:00 am || $25/plate (includes afterparty), $3 afterparty only || Tickets on sale at Red Room, must be purchased by February 10

B.C. — Mist Ultra Bar is throwing Vancouver’s largest singles’ anti-Valentine’s cocktail party on February 9. A signature anti-Valentine’s-themed drink is on special for the duration of the bash, and B.C.’s top DJs will be spinning a sap-free soundtrack all night long. February  9, 7:00 pm—3:00 am || Tickets: $20/online, $30/door

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