It’s that time of year again: Love is in the air, chocolate is on sale and florists are busier than a moth in a mitten. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and while there is definitely something to be said for staying in and snuggling up with your special someone, there’s also so much to do out here on the North Coast. In fact, similar to the way you should be treating your birthday, I suggest making a weekend out of it. Why settle for just one day of celebration when you can keep going? Here are a few ideas to create an epic and ongoing Valentine’s Day weekend by the sea.
Okay, so let’s say you want to start your V-Day extravaganza early, as in one day early. If you and your sweetheart love stories about love, Maggie’s on the Prom is hosting a “Love” Story Slam at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, that you won’t want to miss. This isn’t just a storytelling event – it's a storytelling contest where contestants from local towns will meet and tell their most exciting, heartfelt, humorous or perhaps disappointing love story. Audience members choose the winner, and as always, Maggie’s On the Prom offers an awesome seafood menu that's a treat for anyone who loves to eat food that comes from the ocean.
For those couples who share a love affair with theater, Valentine’s Day on the North Coast doesn’t disappoint. A trip to Astor Street Opry Company will put you front and center for an age-old play that's perhaps the first prominent romantic comedy ever made, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can catch this tale of enchanted forests, mischievous fairies and charmed lovers on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
Photo credits to Astor Street Opry Company
It’s a known fact that life is better when you’re laughing. If you and your honey are the type who value laughing together, then your Valentine’s Day adventure should include stopping by the Labor Temple Bar for the Stupid Cupid Comedy Show. In what promises to be an evening of hilarious entertainment and refreshing beverages, six impressive Portland comics will be performing stand-up, live, at 8:30 p.m. This is a 21-and-over event, with a $5 cover charge.
No Valentine’s Day out on the town is complete without dinner. One spot where you can be sure to enjoy a full-on feast complete with a Valentine’s Day theme is the Mazanita Lighthouse in Nehalem. Offering a special V-day menu complete with everything from ribeye steak and prawns to fettuccine alfredo, the Valentine’s Day Dinner runs from 9 p.m. to midnight and also features an in-house DJ.
Oh, it’s worth mentioning that if surf and turf dinner, rock and roll and country music are your idea of a hot date, then the Seaside American Legion, located in Seaside, is where you’ll want to park yourself for an evening of great food and live music courtesy of the Just Us 4 Band. The first set will begin around 7 p.m. and the surf and turf Valentine’s Day menu will be served from 5 to 8 p.m.
Alright, so moving on from the big day, there are a few other events that can keep your Valentine’s Day celebration raging through the weekend. One incredible experience you don’t want to miss is the Festival of the Dark Arts at the Fort George Brewery in Astoria. This festival of stout beer and art boasts a little bit of everything, from fire dancers and glass blowers to live music and delicious food. Oh yeah, and beer. Lots of beer. More than 50 breweries will be featuring their finest at the infamous festival, with usually 300 to 400 people in attendance.
Photo credits to Fort George Brewery
And lastly, for music lovers looking to keep the love train rolling this coming weekend, Acoustic Blues Master Terry Rob will be playing at the Peninsula Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, Feb. 15., at 7 p.m. Next on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., catch the Straw Hat Revival will be playing Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Seaside Brewing Company.