Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Inver Grove Heights is a great place to celebrate!  Whether you want to enjoy a special occasion dinner at a local restaurant or try something less traditional, here are six Valentine’s Day itineraries tailored to your interests. For those parents looking for a date night, we have a fun recommendation for the kids too.

For the kids…

Photo Credit: THAT Cooking School

THAT Cooking School is offering to watch the kids while parents have a night out for Valentine’s Day.

Event is for kids ages 5 and up. “Kids make their own dinner, Cal-zone’s and homemade popcorn. Plus we will make cinnamon rolls to be enjoyed the next morning with your jr chef. A Disney movie will conclude the evening. Bring along a pillow or blanket.” – THAT Cooking School

Details and payment information, go to THAT Cooking School event website

For outdoors enthusiasts…


Photo Credit: Dakota County Parks

If your favorite dates involve fresh air and the great outdoors, hit the Mississippi River Greenway for a winter walk or fat-tire bike ride with scenic views.  The trail runs along the river through Inver Grove Heights, linking local parks, trails, and communities.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, the Mississippi Pub is steps from the trail’s Swing Bridge Trailhead.  The riverside restaurant serves up elevated pub fare including burgers, sandwiches, and tacos, and the glass-walled dining room offers up a stunning vantage point on the Mississippi.

4455 66th St. East; 651-455-4975;

For foodies…

Photo Credit: Iwa Sushi

Go on an international culinary adventure without leaving Inver Grove Heights at Iwa Sushi.  The Love Boat sushi special for two is tailor-made for Valentine’s Day: 10 pieces of sushi, 18 pieces of sashimi, plus rainbow and dragon rolls, miso soup, and salad.  Other menu selections include tempura appetizers, hibachi dinners, and an encyclopedic list of sushi rolls.

7781 Amana Trail, Suite 205; 651-455-1473;

For beer aficionados…

Photo Credit: Inver Grove Brewing Co.

Fans of local brews will enjoy an evening at Inver Grove Brewing Co., which offers nearly two dozen taps and a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas, and more.  Several beers are brewed on-site, and there are also selections from sister brewpub Lakeville Brewing Co. and other local breweries. 

Pair your pints with some special occasion appetizers like oysters, beer steamed mussels, or black and bleu tenderloin bites.  Next, try one of the Neapolitan-style pizzas, freshly made in a brick oven.  There’s a wide range of classic and unique pies, from pepperoni to coconut curry. 

9051 Buchanan Trail; 651-370-1565;

For night owls…

Photo Credit: Jersey’s Bar & Grill

February 14, 2020 falls on a Friday, so if you love the party scene, take advantage of the weekly DJ Dance Party from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at Jersey’s Bar & Grill.  There’s no cover, and the late night happy hour features drink specials.  The kitchen is open until 11:00 p.m., so try one of the signature cheese-stuffed Jersey Juicy burgers or split an order of wings made with housemade chicken tenders and your choice of sauce.

6449 Concord Blvd., 651-455-4561;

For classic romantics…

Photo Credit: Bierstube

In the mood for a classic steak dinner?  The Bierstube serves up steaks for every appetite, from a thick-cut 20-ounce porterhouse to a 6-ounce top sirloin.  All steak dinners come with toast, soup, salad, or coleslaw, and a choice or potato or rice.  Since nothing says romance like chocolate, save room for the Bavarian chocolate volcano cake for dessert.

6434 Cahill Ave.; 651-451-8073;

For athletic types…

Photo Credit: Drkula’s 32 Bowl

Challenge your Valentine to a friendly game at Drkula’s 32 Bowl.  Check the website for open bowling times; shoe rentals are available.  After bowling, enjoy drinks and eats at the adjacent Drac’s Pub.  The menu of classic bar food includes wings, chili fries, ⅓ pound Angus burgers, and fish-n-chips.  While you’re waiting for your food, pass the time with a game of pool or darts.

6710 Cahill Ave.; 651-451-1717;

Wrap up your Valentine’s Day celebration with a stay at one of Inver Grove Heights’ hotels, which offer whirlpool suites, complimentary parking, breakfast, and WiFi.  Inver Grove Heights is conveniently located to downtown St. Paul, the Mall of America, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  Book your room today!