By Betsy Natter

Coming up with a knockout way to celebrate Valentine’s Day can sometimes be tough. Chocolates and roses are certainly the old standbys, but why not try something different this year? Surprise your valentine with an interactive experience that’s unique and sure to be remembered. Our top five ideas also feature venues from the 2018 Happening List®, so you know they’ll be great! And be sure to vote online for the 2019 Happening List of best spots in Montgomery County by clicking here.

Conquer an Escape Room

These real-life adventure and puzzle games are increasingly popular and rooms are popping up everywhere. Work together to solve a series of puzzles to “unlock” the room before time runs out. Since several people are needed to solve each puzzle, this is a great idea for a double date or even for celebrating with a group of friends. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

Try: Expedition Escape, a 2018 Happening Finalist, has locations in Montgomeryville and King of Prussia.

Romance on the Rails

Take a train ride while dining in an historic rail car as you ride through the Secret Valley in Edwardian splendor on the Colebrookdale Railroad. Enjoy an hors d’oeuvres plate, dinner and dessert, chocolate and roses as well as complimentary champagne during the 2-hour evening trip.  Try the Mimosa Express brunch for an early weekend celebration.

Colebrookdale Railroad was a 2018 Happening List Finalist.

Enjoy a Couples Massage

Everyone appreciates some time to truly relax so why not do it together with a couples’ massage? Two people can enjoy the relaxing experience of a massage at the same time in larger rooms made to accommodate two.

Try: Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Royersford was a 2018 Happening List Finalist.

Take a Wine Pairing Class

Montgomery County has several great wineries (as well as breweries and distilleries) where you can taste, make or learn how to pair your favorite drinks with any food. Take a tour, sign up for a tasting session or take a brewing or wine-making class together.

Tip: Stone & Key Cellars, the 2018 Happening List Winner, is offering two Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing sessions at 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Couples can try 5 delicious desserts paired perfectly with 5 of their wines.

Plan a Romantic Meal

Italian is said to be the language of love, so celebrate with your love at one of MontCo’s great Italian restaurants.  Bacco Italian Restaurant, a 2018 Happening List finalist, is featuring a special menu as well as giving each lady courtesy flowers.

And for the meat lover in your life, try Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse in King of Prussia. They’re offering a BOGO Complimentary Dining card to every couple who dines with them from Feb. 14-17 (redeemable 2/18 – 5/2).

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