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2019 Valentine's Day Experiences & Gift Ideas Worth Opening

While Valentine's Day is traditionally all about celebrating love, romance, and the person one is with, people now extend their affection to family members, galentines, or simply someone dear in their lives. Who doesn't like feeling special - right?

With the holiday just around the corner, here's SO Creative's recommendation for heartfelt Valentine events, experiences and gifts sure to make anyone from a significant other to #BFF feel special.

Download this Valentine freebie from professional photographer, Sonya Kammes Photography She's collaborating with a local high school photographer, @_ah_snap_ to offer double the downloads of free valentine screensavers. See Sonya Kammes Instagram page & highlights for more details. You will also want to visit Sonya's Instagram page next Wednesday to download one of her five free Digital Valentine's personalized by you for that special Valentine crush!

Enjoy this Valentine's Two-Overnight Stay Package Thursday, February 14 & Friday, February 15th at The Ridge Hotel. Even though the annual holiday of love hits us up on a Thursday this year you can surprise him/her with an extended weekend at The Ridge. The Ridge Valentine’s special includes a two-hour igloo reservation, champagne, chocolate-covered cherries and a $100 dining credit which you can use for their special Valentine’s dinner menu at Crafted Americana, located inside the hotel. Designed from the heart, Crafted American's, Chef James Little’s menu will start with a choice of charred octopus or fried green tomatoes followed by surf & turf, shrimp boil for two or a braised beef pappardelle. Strawberry filled crepes or Reese's cheesecake seals the meal.

On Wednesday, February 13th, The Hunt Club is offering a Galentine's Cozy Cocktails & Petite Plates where Chef Ryne’s divine selection of small plates and their delightful $7 cocktail menu inspiring gal pals to unite! On Thursday, February 14th thru Sunday, February 17 they'll also have Valentine's Dinner offering three captivating courses that are sure to make you swoon. Reservations are highly recommended as the tables in this oh-so-romantic farmhouse in the woods fill quickly. Call 262.245.7200 to make your reservations today.

What would Valentine's Day be without chocolate? On Wednesday, February 13th head over to Rush Creek Distilling in Harvard, IL for their Chocolate &Cocktail pairing event. Doors will open at 5:00 pm, and the pairing will run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Susan Pitkin of Cacaocuvee has been on Oprah's "Favorite Things" list for her chocolate. She will be creating handmade, very small batch truffles to pair with the specialty cocktails. Each pairing is briefly described by the chocolatier and one of their staff. Guests should arrive before 6:00 pm to check-in. See their Facebook Event Page for Tickets are $25 per person and include four, 4 oz. cocktails perfectly married to four truffles.

Zipline and Dine at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours. In partnership with Simple Cafe, this one-of-a-kind date night provides a bird’s eye perspective of their beautiful 100 acre wooded property as you zip on their longest double racing zipline, spanning over 1200+ feet. After your zipline adventure, you’ll be treated to a chef-inspired dinner at their Hilltop Lodge. Guests should plan to arrive promptly at 4:30 pm for the zipline with the three course dinner plus dessert to follow the zipline excursion. Complimentary beer or wine are included before dinner with a complimentary wine pour at dinner. Additional beverages are available for purchase. Lake Geneva Canopy Tours recommends weather-appropriate, comfortable and active clothing for the zipline portion of the evening and closed-toed shoes are required. Visit Lake Geneva Canopy Tours ​​to make your online reservation. Tickets are $65 per person.

Take advantage of Harbor Shores Escape to Romance Package. Surprise your special someone with a romantic night away in Lake Geneva. Any overnight stay at Harbor Shoes from February 8 th thru the 17th will enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a lake view with balcony, a bottle of their Harbor Shores signature wine, two commemorative wine glasses, and box of chocolates.

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