We all know it’s coming. Same day, every year. And it doesn’t really come quietly either – it comes with red and pink hearts, boxes of chocolates, jewelry commercials, red roses and of course, lots of love, hugs and kisses. To which I say, heck yes.

Valentine\’s Day = lots of cake, chocolate covered strawberries and flowers.

Because love (whether in the form of one great love, simple likes or little crushes) should be celebrated. And if we’re going to celebrate, let’s do it up right. And let’s not wait until February 14 either, let’s start celebrating the day of love the weekend before.

Western Montana has PLENTY of events, vacation deals and more to help your sugar remember how special he or she is to you.

Starting it off…
A Chocolat Affaire – Ferbuary 11, 5 PM
-Stroll through downtown Kalispell and taste delectable chocolate treats. After your belly is full, let your ears feast on live jazz music from The Cocoanuts. Tunes kick off at 7 PM, The Cocoabanana.

Chris Lane – February 11, 8 PM
-Missoula musician Chris Lane fills the air at Symes Hot Springs Hotel. Make a night of it with dinner at the hotel, grooving to the music and complete it with a soak in the springs.

Cabin Fever Days – February 11 – 13
Head to “The Canyon” for this family friendly event. Check out the barstool ski races, live music and kids activities.

Tia Troy – February 12, 6 PM
-Catch the acoustic melodies of yours truly as I play the historic Belton Chalet in West Glacier.

My Funny Valentine 2 – February 12, 7 PM
-Catch the tap-dance virtuosos (Two on Tap) as they hit the stage with a new slew of song, dance and of course, romance at the Alpine Theatre Project.

Alpine Theatre Project.

And if you want to sweep your sweetie of her feet, try one of these lodging specials…
-February Sweetheart Special at Double Arrow Lodge in Seeley Lake.
-Saturday Valentine’s Special or Valentine’s Getaway at Mountain Lake Lodge in Bigfork.
-Romantic Rendezvous – An Early Valentine’s Retreat at The Belton Chalet in West Glacier.

Here’s to love.

February 4, 2011

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