Get High & Bake Edibles
Love is the drug, but weed is pretty good, too. You and your babe can Get High on Love, an edible baking class at the Arts Factory on March 18 (5-7 p.m., $15–25, eventbrite.com). Get your blazed Betty Crocker on and learn how to infuse home-baked goods with weed butters and oils the proper way (sorry, no actual pot is used during the class). Dopamine brownies, yummm! If you can’t make the class (but you do have your card), Thrive, Oasis and Blüm are three nearby dispensaries that offer a variety of far-out goodies such as chocolates, candies, cookies and cake pops. Remember to look out for Valentine’s Day specials. 107 E. Charleston Blvd., theartsfactory.com
Wine & Play
“Over the hump, in Pahrump,” you’ll find not one, but two wineries: Pahrump Valley Winery (complimentary tours and tasting, 3810 Winery Rd., pahrumpwinery.com) and Sanders Family Winery (complimentary tours and tasting, 3780 E. Kellogg Rd., sanderswinery.com). For a date with a great finish, hire a limo for safety—many limo companies in town work with both wineries to offer packages—and sample wines at both locations for a perfect Valentine’s Day date. Pahrump Valley offers seven of its 22 wines and Sanders Family has most of its 11 to sample. Pahrump Valley’s on-site Symphony’s Restaurant is a romantic spot to dine before heading back to town to catch the sunset from a hot-air balloon with Vegas Balloon Rides ($325 per person, 4390 Polaris Ave., vegasballoonrides.com).
Ball on a Budget
If “Romeo” is your name but “broke” is your game, there are still options for wooing Juliet. For starters, hit up the Pinball Hall of Fame (free entry, quarters for games, 1610 E. Tropicana Ave., pinballmuseum.org). It’s not fancy, but it is packed with pinball games old and new, plus heaps of other fun interactive games spanning 10,000 square feet. All you need is your laundry money for the week. If games aren’t your thing but you still crave nostalgia, check out the National Atomic Testing Museum ($22, 755 E. Flamingo Rd., nationalatomictestingmuseum.org) or Neon Museum ($15 for Nevada residents, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, neonmuseum.org) Just book your tour in advance! Afterward, keep the vintage vibes going at the decidedly old-school Peppermill Restaurant & Lounge (2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South, peppermilllasvegas.com). Served by ladies in evening gowns, you can snuggle up on a couch for two near the flaming fountain while sharing a romantic cocktail or glass of Champagne.
Picnic at a Natural Wonder
Considering that the next closest natural wonder of the world is the aurora borealis in northern Canada, a date to the Grand Canyon is a majestic and romantic destination to celebrate love right in our backyard. Embark on a luxurious helicopter ride by Grand Canyon Helicopters from the Las Vegas terminal and descend to the bottom of the canyon to land on a private plateau overlooking the mighty Colorado River (starting at $2,454 for a private helicopter for two). There, the two of you can celebrate with Champagne and a picnic, which you can customize in advance at Panevino Deli (about $65 for two, 246 Via Antonio Ave., panevinolasvegas.com). Choose from fresh vegan and organic salads, deli sandwiches made with house-baked breads and finish with homemade dessert creations to sweeten the romantic excursion, surrounded by awe-inspiring grandeur.
Get Serious Behind the Stick
Make it a threesome—of cocktails, which you will learn to make from scratch as taught by Pamela and Christina Dylag, owners of Downtown’s Velveteen Rabbit, The sisters’ new Saturday classes teach the art of making a balanced, delicious cocktail. First, learn the history of the drink and the tools required to make it. Then watch the Dylags demonstrate how to put it all together before finally getting behind the bar and actually doing it yourself. Past groups have prepared a French 75, Whiskey Sour and Old Fashioned—and so can you! Whether you’re taking the class with your love or attending solo to surprise someone at home, reservations are a must. $60 per person, 2-4 p.m. Saturdays, 1218 S. Main St., velveteenrabbitlv.com
Taste the Rainbow
In the mood for an adventure? Now you can experience all the colors of the rainbow while canvassing a big chunk of the Valley. Start at Seven Magic Mountains (sevenmagicmountains.com), Ugo Rondinone’s multicolor roadside rock installation by the dry Jean Lake bed. Snap a selfie with your sweetheart and then head to Rainbow Boulevard for a 75-minute foot rub with hot rocks for $40 at Far East Foot Massage (7835 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 18). Just make sure to not snore if you doze off while indulging in a delightful acupressure session. Then, share a heaping serving of joy—a.k.a. spicy tonkotsu miso at Omoide Noodles & Bowls (7745 S. Rainbow Blvd., $9.50, omoidelv.com). Save room for dessert and hop across the street to Gelatology (7910 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 110, gelatologylv.com) for one of Desyreé Alberganti’s colorful, signature macaron flavors, which change daily. What goes better with a cookie than a double scoop, one cup and two spoons?
Take An Enchanting Journey
An affair for two, the Rasul Ceremony at Canyon Ranch SpaClub in The Venetian and The Palazzo ($210 per couple, canyonranch.com/las-vegas) is inspired by a Middle Eastern mud-purifying ritual that was often used as a prenuptial ceremony. Deep within the environs of the expansive spa, the Rasul takes place inside an enchanting, private ceremonial chamber, adorned with mosaic and gilded tiles. In the center are five bowls containing colorful detoxifying mud, each meant to be applied to different parts of the body. After smearing the mud on each other, relax in your own thrones as warm herb-infused steam fills the chamber. Then, from the “starry” ceiling, an invigorating rain shower washes the mud away, carrying all your cares with it. Feeling rejuvenated, your next stop is across the Adriatic at the Grand Canal Shoppes for a private gondola ride for two in Venice. ($116, The Venetian, venetian.com). Glide beneath bridges, alongside cafés, under balconies and through the vibrant Venetian streetscape as your singing gondolier sweeps you down the Grand Canal.
Through March 31, The Cosmopolitan (cosmopolitanlasvegas.com) is offering a savings of 15 percent when booking a minimum of two to three nights. Start your Valentine’s Day a little early and include February 13 for Unlock Your Mondays, a special Monday locals-only discount offered property-wide. Simply mention “Unlock Your Mondays” to take advantage of social hour at most of the restaurants at the hotel, and grab drinks before heading to a romantic dinner at one of the many hip dining spots, including newcomers Momofuku and Zuma. To really get in good with bae, book the Sahra Spa penthouse suite for a couples retreat and end your staycation with some spa time à deux.
Sip Under the Silver Screen
Treat your lover and yourself to dinner and a show at Eclipse Theaters ($18 movie tickets, food not included, 814 S. Third St., eclipsetheaters.com). Enjoy an actual feast to go with your visual feast as food and cocktails are served in each theater. Reserve a spot in the back and sneak a smooch. Maybe they’ll be showing Fifty Shades Darker? Hopefully not. After the credits, swing by DTLV’s newest bar, Mike Morey’s Sip ’n’ Tip inside Downtown Cocktail Room (111 Las Vegas Blvd. South, downtowncocktailroom.com) for a casual beer or whiskey and raise a toast to romance!
Work It, Own It
“Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’!” While the 27-year-old movie Pretty Woman may be all but a very distant memory, our luxury shopping spree fantasies live on. Whether one admits it or not, we have all dreamed about our king or queen taking us to the most expensive store in town and walking out with more bags than the attentive staff can handle. Bring your fantasy to life at the Roberto Cavalli boutique in The Shops at Crystals (simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-crystals) to shop for bold, fun, unforgettable men’s and women’s styles by the fashion legend. And, if you just so happen to visit on February 10, meet comedian Brad Garrett and 10 percent of each purchase goes to the Maximum Hope Foundation.
We live in an age where it feels as if we are dating our smartphone instead of an actual human. How many times have you seen a disinterested couple having dinner, occasionally glancing at the tops of each other’s heads, fingers scrolling without a care? Since you can’t stop progress, at least make it part of the action by booking a date at a social media–friendly spot. It’s no coincidence that #foodporn looks best when shot at Hakkasan Restaurant in MGM Grand (hakkasanlv.com) thanks to sexy overhead lighting, or that everyone wants a shot in front of the waterfall at Intrigue nightclub in Wynn (intriguevegas.com), solo or with the whole crew. Impress that special someone by carefully selecting a background that needs #nofilter, and maybe you’ll end up in their feed…
Eat Your Heart Out … Then Zip-Line
Nothing says “I truly, deeply love and respect you” like dining under the Plaza’s iconic glass dome in the house of “Beef, Booze and Broads.” If that’s the agenda for the evening, Oscar’s Steakhouse has a three-course Valentine’s Day menu of Caprese or wedge salad; pan-seared scallops or an 8-ounce filet mignon; and a trio of chocolate mousses with chocolate-covered strawberries ($65 per person, $85 with wine pairings, oscarslv.com). But the real dessert will be a rollicking trip down the SlotZilla Zip Line ($20-$45, vegasexperience.com/slotzilla-zip-line). Then again, on second thought, maybe you should get the zip-line portion of the date over before you bring on the beef, booze and broads.
Take It to the Next Level
According to Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, love lifts us up where we belong. So does Vegas Indoor Skydiving, where you can take your relationship to a higher plateau with Couples Th-AIR-apy ($99 per couple, vegasindoorskydiving.com). After the descent, stumble over to the Royal Resort for a dinner that will keep the energy flowing in the classic Hollywood-esque environs of The Barrymore (99 Convention Center Dr., barrymorelv.com). Menu highlights include smoked bacon served with Barrymore steak sauce, roasted onion and grilled toast; onion soup gratinée; filet mignon Rossini accompanied by seared foie gras and black truffle; and mini dark chocolate cannoli with raspberry mousseline. ($85 per person, optional $40 wine pairing). In addition to the menu, enjoy live music in the “crooner” style from 6-9 p.m., complimentary valet, bubbly and a rose for the lady.
Book the Ultimate Tryst
If you’re looking to go all out this Valentine’s Day—or just need to truly impress someone any day of the year—look no further than Restaurant Guy Savoy (in Caesars Palace, caesars.com). And we’re not talking about simply booking a table at one of the finest bastions of haute cuisine. You and your significant other can actually learn to cook an appetizer and an entrée from executive chef Julien Asseo without doing the prep work. Think white asparagus salad with sauce Lauris and croutons; chestnut and celery soup; and duck breast with carrots and button mushroom—whatever is seasonal and of the moment. After curating your masterpiece, you can savor it together at the best table in the restaurant, the Krug Chef’s Table. Classes are available Wednesday–Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and with no more than six guests per class. At $265 per person, it’s a relative bargain.
Photos by Krystal Ramirez