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6 Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Hopeless Romantics

Next Wednesday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day! This February, treat that special someone in your life to a night in the city where you can enjoy fun, food, and relaxation. From intimate dinners to arcade games to classic theater, we have everything you need to curate a personalized date night for your loved one. Here are six different ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Downtown Arlington this year!

1. Watch The Princess Bride at the Arlington Music Hall

As you wish, it’s “The Princess Bride” at the Arlington Music Hall! Right on the heels of Super Bowl Sunday, a night at the theater is the perfect remedy for the post-Bowl blues; dim lights, snacks galore, stocked bar, zero stress. No matter who wins Sunday’s game, keep the festivities going and join us at the Arlington Music Hall!

One of the most revered romantic comedies of all time, The Princess Bride (1987) is the best movie to watch for Valentine’s Day (or any occasion really). On Monday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m., spend your holiday laughing out loud with your significant other and cheering on Westley, Buttercup, and Inigo Montoya as they take down Prince Humperdinck. Tickets are only $5 per person; click here to purchase your tickets today!

2. Dine-In for a Romantic Dinner Downtown

With over 25 dine-in restaurants, there’s no doubt Downtown Arlington is every foodie’s dream dinner destination. With cuisines from all over the world – such as Amore Mio Trattoria, Kintaro Ramen, and Los Molcas Tacos – and contemporary American fine dining such as Inspirations Fork & Table and Restaurant506, downtown is the place to be this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to visit to find the perfect restaurant to jumpstart or bookend an amazing night out.

6. Visit the Sanford House Inn

The Sanford House Inn is an award-winning boutique hotel, featuring a full-service spa and the previously mentioned Restaurant506. If you choose to stay overnight, you’ll be met with homemade cookies upon arrival and a hot breakfast. Their spa and salon offer services for both men and women, including massages, facials, and hand and foot treatments. With so many options, The Sanford House is the ultimate destination for Valentine’s Day where you can kick back, relax, and be pampered by world-class professionals.

3. Attend the “Cabaret” Show at Theatre Arlington

Theatre Arlington’s “Cabaret,” based on the 1951 play “I Am a Camera” and the 1939 novel “Goodbye to Berlin,” is a classic romantic drama published in 1966 revolving around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his love affair with cabaret performer Sally Bowles during the twilight of the Jazz Age. It’s intense, passionate, and will leave you and your date with plenty to talk (or sing) about after the show.

4. Challenge Your Date to a Friendly Competition

If you and your significant other find yourselves competing all the time in household chores, school, mobile games, or whatever the case may be, then a game night date night is the choice for you! Settle who’s the best of the best once and for all in a friendly competition at any of our entertainment destinations such as Free Play Arcade, Lone Star Axe Throwing, Dyno-Rock Indoor Climbing, or Cidercade.

5. Shop to Your Heart’s Content

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to stop by Downtown Arlington’s wide variety of shopping options to spoil your partner this Valentine’s Day. For the sneakerhead in your life, head over to Commodities to gift them the newest sneakers, or if they’re more of a suit-and-tie type of person, visit the Man’s Shop to keep them looking nice and suave. For a more personal, one-of-a-kind gift, Wondrous Works Gift Shop is the perfect shop for handmade jewelry, trinkets, and household items.