Wilkes-Barre’s most romantic places for Valentine’s Day fun

Wilkes-Barre's most romantic places for Valentine's Day fun

Laura Preby

Downtown Arts Arts YOUniverse is offering romance-based art, yoga and dance classes on Feb. 11 for couples to take part in.

Laura Preby, Photo Editor

Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day like most couples, take your sweetheart out for a night he or she will never forget. These ideas will guarantee a fun-filled evening for you and your loved one.

 

1. Arts YOUniverse

Arts YOUniverse has been offering Valentine’s Day events for the past few years, and has formulated the perfect evening for couples to come and get to know each other just a little bit better. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11th, couples will be able to choose between four classes to take with their loved one for a cost of $25. There are so many good choices. For example, “Couples Collage,” an art class, lets couples work together and use their imagination to create a piece of memorable art they can save forever. “Candlelight Couples Yoga,” taught by Corrine Farrel, is self-explanatory.

“We use only candlelight as illumination in one of our studios, and the instructors lead couples in gentle yoga stretches that are done together,” says organizer Kathleen Godwin. “Yoga is a healthful and relaxing activity that we hope couples continue to practice long after the class.”

Arts YOUniverse will also hold a classic ballroom dancing class, which may seem intimidating, but the beginner’s course, taught by Raphael and Lauren Cooper, just may bring couples closer together. Finally, they offer “The Nearlywed Game,” a variation of the “Newlywed Game” led by Angel Berlane, a trained drama instructor skilled in hilarious improv. There will also be complimentary light refreshments available. Reservations for these events are required, so call 570-970-ARTS to save a spot for you and your loved one.

For more information: http://www.artsyouniverse.com/5.html

2. The Crimson Lion

If you’re a fan of hookah, coffee or live music, you’ve probably been to The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge on South Street. This Valentine’s Day, you and your sweetheart can stop by for a cup of coffee, or one of their new birthday cake drinks, a new secret recipe that tastes just like cake, according to owner Mike Pasquini. They will also be offering $1 butterbeers and a new mix of shisha called “Love Bug” for $3. While you’re there, check out their display of art work, including a new mural by Omar Guerrero.

For more information: http://www.facebook.com/The-Crimson-Lion-Hookah-Lounge

3. Restaurants

Here are three restaurants in the area that will provide you with a unique dining experience and perk up your holiday dinner. Mirakuya, a Japanese restaurant located by the Wyoming Valley Mall, has inexpensive sushi lunches and fantastic hibachi dinners, with chefs that entertain as well as they do cook. If you’re not a fan of oriental food, Kevin’s Bar and Restaurant on the Avenue in Kingston serves delicious food in a cool atmosphere. They provide amazing service, and while the restaurant is fancy, the entrees are not insanely overpriced. For those over 21, they also have a full bar available. Finally, the River Street Jazz Café in Plains Township is having Valentine’s Dinner with the Skursky Jazz Trio. Prices on meals vary, but admission is free, however this event is for those 21 and over. Promising a romantic, jazz-filled evening, the Jazz Café opens their doors at 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, and will be taking reservations at 570-822-2992.

For more information: http://www.mirakuyajapaneserestaurant.com/

http://www.kevinsbandr.com/

http://riverstreetjazzcafe.com/

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4. Millennium Salon & Spa

Millennium Salon and Spa on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre is having a special for couples on Valentine’s Day. For $110, you and your significant other can take part in an hour-long full-body massage. Call ahead for reservations for the big day, or buy your sweetheart a gift certificate for use at any time. They also have specials on pedicures, manicures and facials. Men, don’t be ashamed to pamper yourself with a massage – your body will thank you.

For more information: http://millenniumsalonspa.com/

 

5. Movies

Nothing says “I love you” like curling up in a dark theater with your loved one. The $3 tickets available in the SUB on Tuesdays and Wednesdays can be an inexpensive addition to any Valentine’s Day adventure. So head over to Movies 14 (http://www.rctheatres.com/loc_wilkesbarre.asp ), and don’t forget the free small popcorn you receive with your Wilkes’ ID. But what types of movies are there for the star-crossed lovers that dwell the lobbies and hallways of the Cineplex? Well three of them, which are out now, can definitely help with your plans this holiday. Guys, if she is in the mood for a gushy, romantic, or otherwise boring film, you would score major points by taking her to see The Artist (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655442/ ). This Academy Award nominated film captured the hearts of many critics with its romantic portrayal of the silent movie industry. And for the guys, the movie itself is silent so you don’t have to hear the characters belt out poorly written soliloquies of how much their significant other means to them. It’s a win-win for both of you. Now, ladies, if you want to take your man out to see a movie he would enjoy since he was a gentleman the night before, he would love to see “Chronicle” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1706593/ ). This movie will be perfect for you since it is full of action and only has a run time of 84 minutes. The guys will enjoy the jaunty humor and epic fight scenes, while the girls will enjoy the eye candy actors and short run time. But, if you are looking for a movie that you both can enjoy, see Beauty and the Beast in 3D (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101414/ ). The three dimensional remake of this classic film will woo men and women of any age. Whether it be the nostalgia represented by the timeless classic or the humor and romanticism that it exhumes. It has something for everyone and its newly re-mastered 3D presentation will help with the excitement. There you go, now go out and buy your movie tickets and prepare for a night you will never forget…probably.

It’s a win-win for both of you.

Now, ladies, if you want to take your man out to see a movie he would enjoy