Valentine’s Day 2013 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas !

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by Catherine Mahrolz:





Here in America, men have traditionally been expected to shower a woman with gifts for Valentine’s Day. But in the spirit of equality, why should the guys have to take all the responsibility for making Valentine’s Day a special day? Ladies, take note: it takes two to tango!

Recently I saw an interview with a woman whose enlisted husband had just left the United States for his third tour of duty overseas. During the interview she commented on how much she counted on her husband to take care of little jobs around the house. Tasks such as relighting the pilot light for the furnace, or checking to make sure the doors were locked at night; these were some of the many details he quietly attended to, and each time he was overseas, she realized all over again how much his attention to little things around the house meant to her and how much she missed him.

Sometimes it is the little things that make a big difference in our lives. And as such, gifts from the heart need not be expensive or extravagant to demonstrate one’s affection and appreciation for another.

Woodland Park

Gold Hill Theaters 719-687-3555

This Valentine’s Day, consider taking in a movie that is definitely not a “chick flick.” Starting on Thursday Feb. 14, the theater in Gold Hill Square North will begin showing “A Good Day to Die Hard” starring Bruce Willis. Call or check their web site for showtimes.

Carmen A Tapas Grill & Bar 719-686-6492

Just steps away from the theater in Gold Hill Square North, is Carmen A Tapas Grill & Bar. What are Tapas you might ask? Tapas include a wide variety of appetizers meant to be savored with a glass of wine and quiet conversation. The restaurant also offers a complete lunch and dinner menu including soups and desserts. Carmen will be offering a Valentine’s Day dinner special on Feb. 14 and other specials are planned for Friday and Saturday as well. Please call or visit them on Facebook for more information.

Mtn. Scoops 719-686-8088

Also near the theater is Mtn. Scoops. Purchase your theater tickets, then visit Mtn. Scoops and receive a discount on your Gelato or Sorbet which may then be taken into the theater to savor during the movie.

Banana Belt Discount Liquor

Especially for Valentine’s Day, Banana Belt is featuring Chocolate Box wines. These are estate produced and bottled by Rocland Estate in the Barossa Valley of South Australia. The three varieties are a white Moscato and three red wines, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Shiraz and a Grenache, Shiraz, Matero blend. These and other Valentine themed beverages are available now at Banana Belt.

Old Colorado City

Nice ‘N Naughty 719-633-7277

Sometimes ladies, you are the Valentine. And what better place to shop for Valentine’s Day than Nice ‘N’ Naughty in Old Colorado City! The name says it all. Nice ‘N Naughty features lingerie for women and men. And right now all lingerie is 20% off. In addition, stylish clothing, suitable for a special occasion is on sale as well. Looking for some Bling? You’ll find an extensive collection of affordable sparkle here, too. Nice ‘N’ Naughty also carries a selection of games, oils, lotions and candles.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 719-635-4131

Chocolates are often an essential part of Valentine’s Day, and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has a vast array from which to choose. And there are beautifully prepackaged selections, ready for Valentine’s Day to suit any budget. Their enormous chocolate dipped strawberries are a popular favorite and for a spicy twist, chocolate dipped jalapenos are available as well.

Colorado City Creamery 719-634-1411

Made on the premises, the ice cream at Colorado City Creamery is some of the best around. This family run store has been a fixture in Old Colorado City for many years. Purchase an Ice Cream Sundae, and select your own toppings at the self serve Sundae Bar.

Manitou Springs

Adam’s Mountain Café 719-685-1430

On Thursday, Feb. 14, Adam’s Mountain Café will feature a special Russian themed menu including delectable Russian inspired pastries. This is a very popular dining spot, so reservations are a must.

Arcade Amusements Inc.

Just steps away from Adam’s Mountain Café enter a uniquely Manitou Springs entertainment destination. And no reservations are needed! They open at 11:00 a.m. every day. Monday through Thursday the arcade is open until 5:00 p.m. and they are open until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You and your date can while away an hour or so in the afternoon playing vintage pinball machines. All you need is a handful of quarters. Try your luck with “Aladdin’s Castle” or any of the dozens of different pinball games. There are other games as well. Air Hockey is always fun for two, and there is also a more recent gaming device a very popular early video game known as “Guitar Hero.”

Cripple Creek

In Cripple Creek, the 6th Annual Ice Festival should be in full swing. This year the theme is “Mythological Wonderland” and sculptures include Poseiden rising from the sea, what looks to be a goddess perched on a crescent moon and a lighted throne surrounded by carved ice lightning bolts, the perfect place for a photograph to commemorate Valentine’s Day. And in the evening, the ice sculptures are a colorful lighted fantasyland.

The casinos in Cripple Creek, sponsors of the Ice Festival, offer an astounding array of restaurants. The Steak House in Bronco Billy’s, Maggie’s at the Colorado Grande or the Down Under at the Midnight Rose are just a few of the options available. Or consider Dynamite Dick’s, located upstairs in the Midnight Rose with windows overlooking the ice sculptures on Bennett Avenue. Call or check the casino websites for more information and reservations.

Creations Everlasting 719-964-3502

Creations Everlasting, now located on Bennett Avenue at the Double Eagle Casino, is hosting a Valentine Brunch. Edie’s elegant Tea Room provides the ideal setting for a leisurely afternoon brunch, complete with Mimosa or Sangria. Reservations are recommended.


The Steam Punk Festival in Victor promises to be a popular event for Valentine’s Day weekend. See the Mountain Almanac in this edition of TMJ for details on what promises to be an exciting event.

Lastly, many Americans are single these days so Valentine’s Day can also be seen as a time to socialize and mingle with other single people to expand horizons and possibly meet someone. Or just have a good time and enjoy what new friendships might evolve.

Last week’s Valentine’s Day Happenings column contained an error. The Sweetheart Ball at Shining Mountain was on Saturday Feb. 9, not Feb. 16.