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Need Some Help with Ideas for Valentine's Day?

Traci Jennings

Broker/Owner RE/MAX Real Estate CenterTeam Leader of The Jennings Real Estate TeamBuyer and Listing Specialist Traci Jennings attributes her teamwork ...

Broker/Owner RE/MAX Real Estate CenterTeam Leader of The Jennings Real Estate TeamBuyer and Listing Specialist Traci Jennings attributes her teamwork ...

Feb 7 5 minutes read

It's coming down to the wire on Valentine's Day plans and if you're still wondering what to do for your loved ones, we're here to help with some suggestions you might not have thought of right here in our local area. Special events fill up fast, so sign up sooner than later!

Stroll Downtown Ames

You’ll find it all on the quaint streets of downtown. Locally owned restaurants, fine chocolates, choice wines/beer, gorgeous flowers, unique gifts, artisan jewelry, fashion, art galleries – all the goodies Valentines love!

Directory of downtown businesses:

BRUSH paint & craft studio

4820 Mortensen Road, Ames

Valentine's Day Paint+Sip Class - LOVE BIRDS

Thursday, February 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Paint LOVE BIRDS. Each couple paints two canvases (10×20 each) that when put together create a beautiful Love Birds piece. You can also choose to create on a single canvas (16×20). Bring your beverage of choice (beer/wine/soda) and snacks to enjoy while painting! Their artist will walk you through each step. Arrive 10 minutes prior to start time to check in, find a seat and choose your paint colors.

To sign up:


601 Farm House Ln, Ames (ISU campus)

Special Valentine's Day Exhibition

Thursday, February 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Stop by the oldest building on ISU’s campus with your Valentine and view the exhibition Timeless: Love and Romance in the Victorian Era. Enjoy this after-hours access to the museum before your evening plans. Visitors can enjoy free chocolates, card crafts and flowers while supplies last.

THE YELLOW CUP CAFE 601 Broad Street, Story City

Special Valentine's Day Dinner

Thursday, February 14, 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Here’s a sweet dinner for this Valentine's Day.

$20 per person includes one from each category, salad and roll.

Pick One: Beef Wellington or Creamy Garlic Chicken

Pick One: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus or Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Pick One: Tiramisu or Chocolate Lava Cake

Reservations are required and seating is limited so be sure to call to reserve your table and make your selection.  515-733-0097. 


637 Lincoln Way, Ames

Open M-F 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Book a rejuvenating massage starting at $29.99 for 30 minutes. Add hot stone therapy, foot scrub or face massage starting at $12. They have a Valentine special where you can buy a $125 gift card for $100. (restrictions may apply)

Book/more info: 


3801 W 190th Street, Ames

Simply Hearts Jewelry Class

Sunday, February 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Learn to make beautiful hammered sterling silver heart-shaped jewelry or a cross necklace.

You have a choice of a single heart necklace, double heart necklace, a pair of sterling silver heart earrings or cross necklace. Tools, equipment and instruction will be provided during the class. You can also do some practicing on a copper pendant for you to take home!

The price for the class is $40 for one item, $60 for two, or $80 for three items. You must prepay through the link below or contact Fairywings Jewelry if you would like another form of payment.

Comment when paying which piece of jewelry you will be making so supplies can be ordered.


2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames OR


2400 N Loop Drive, Ames

Try Breakfast Instead of Dinner

Breakfast served M-F 7:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Sat-Sun 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. both locations

What if you went out for breakfast instead of dinner? This alternative can be just as romantic and enjoyed any day of the week without as much competition for a table. For delicious locally sourced breakfast menus in an eclectic atmosphere, try The Café or Provisions Lot F. Both have similar menus and the same hours for breakfast/brunch.

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