Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude… romance, dark comedy, uplifting sentiments, and a Cat Stevens soundtrack – a perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day!
At the special SIFF Valentine’s Day showing, there will be tragic-romantic candy hearts and prizes for the couples with the biggest age gap. And well if you want to sing out, sing out, there’s a pre-show Cat Stevens sing along.
If you’re making plans for Valentine’s Day and need childcare for your special night, check out the Parents’ Night Out at the Queen Anne Community Center. Sigby.com is hosting a night for kids ages 3-10 on Friday, February 15th (yes, a day after Valentine’s – but it’s not the day, but rather the thought that counts… and it’s a Friday!).
Parents’ Night out starts at $15 – you get professional child care from 6:30-9pm and the kids get cheese pizza and fruit while you enjoy your special meal out. There are limited spots available (12 as of this writing), so register now if you’re interested.
And, if you’re the type to plan far in advance, there are also 10 spots available for a March 15th Parents’ Night Out.
Happy Valentine’s Day Queen Anne! If, like me, you didn’t have a chance to plan ahead for the holiday, there are still a few places on the hill where you can stock up on Valentine’s Day treats and eats. Take a look at our last-minute guide to Valentine’s Day in Queen Anne:
Looking for a romantic holiday feast? Swing by Eat Local at 2400 Queen Anne Ave N for a ready made Valentine’s Day dinner for two and a bottle of wine. Eat Local will be open until 8 p.m. tonight.
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, and Chocolopolis has all the cocoa you’ll need. Fill a heart-shaped box with chocolatey goodies–everything from truffles to drinking chocolate and single-origin chocolate bars from around the world. Chocolopolis is open for extended hours, until 9 p.m., and they’ll even deliver. Call (206) 282-0776 for more information.
Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a good book? Swing by Queen Anne Books at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N until 7 p.m. tonight and have your V-Day tale wrapped in celebratory pink, red and white.
Looking for some tasty treats with a spicy edge? Swing by El Diablo Coffee at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N for some yummy Valentine’s Day treats from the pastry case, including tiramisu, sweetheart cookies, chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and strawberry swirl. El Diablo will be open until 10 p.m. tonight.
Pick up some cute and crafty gifts at Queen Anne Dispatch, at 2212 Queen Anne Ave N. They’ve even got a love gun (check it out here) just in time for the holiday. They’ll be open until 7 p.m. tonight.
Get some sprinkled and frosting topped Valentine’s Day treats at Wink Cupcakes, located at 1817 Queen Anne Ave N until 6 p.m. today. The shop has some special V-Day flavors, including Love Potion #9 cupcakes (and gluten free options). They also have some long-stemmed red roses.
Know a great place for Valentine’s Day treats and goodies on the hill we missed? Comment below and we’ll add it to the list.
Happy Valentine’s Day Queen Anne! There are many reasons why I love Queen Anne – two vibrant neighborhoods in Uptown and on the top of the hill, our lovely parks, the Queen Anne Farmers Market, great local businesses, beautiful views…it’s a great neighborhood! Whether you’re out and about, or having a nice day at home today, I hope you take a few moments to reflect on why you love Queen Anne. And now, a love note to the neighborhood, from our friends at Picture Perfect Queen Anne.
Valentines Day: A Queen Anne Love Note
Looking for the perfect way to say “I Love You” this Valentine’s Day?
Picture Perfect QA has just the thing. You can say “I Love You” over and over again with a paver inscription dedicated to your romance. You’ll score mega points with your sweetheart. You’ll also be sending a love note to Queen Anne.
30 pavers will be placed at the just completed Galer Gateway near the 5 Spot on Queen Anne Avenue this spring. It’s part of a fundraiser to complete landscaping for the big pedestrian and traffic improvements recently installed on Queen Anne Ave. at Galer and McGraw Streets. For $250 you get four lines on your own paver; for $100 you get one line on a shared paver.
A little late at arranging your Valentine’s Day plans this year? Here are a couple things going on in and around the neighborhood for the annual day of roses, chocolate and romance.
With the Kids: If you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with the whole family, swing by Queen Anne Books at 2 p.m for story time with local author Nancy White Carlstrom and the second annual “Kids [Heart] Books” event. Carlstrom will be reading from some of her books, including the popular “Jesse Bear” series, “It’s Your First Day of School, Annie Claire” and “Mama, Will it Snow Tonight?” They’ll be treats and homemade Valentine’s crafting for the kids.
Romantic Evening In: Swing by Eat Local for their VDay special – prepared dinner for two and a bottle of Malbec for $19.98.
Romantic Evening Out: If you’re looking for a post-dinner activity, go check out guitarist, composer and Queen Anne resident Andre Feriante’s performance at Benaroya Hall tonight. For the past 12 years Feriante and the Troupe de Ville have been performing their famed neo-flamenco sound for Valentine’s Day concerts at Benaroya Hall.
This year Troupe de Ville joins Feriante for an extraordinary evening of soulful and seductive harmonies certain to ring in the romance of Valentine’s Day. Feriante will perform a musical mix of fiery flamenco, classical guitar standards and spoken poetry set to his original compositions in the style of Neruda and Rumi; followed by a series of romantic favorites performed in the classical and jazz styles and a special tribute to his legendary mentor, Andres Segovia. Troupe de Ville also joins Feriante on stage for an improvisational set sure to dazzle with the exquisite musicianship of all six members.
Tickets are still available, at $40 each. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Details and ticket information here.
Know of any other special Valentine’s Day events going on in the neighborhood? Comment below!
While we are still thinking about our economic slowdown and how to stretch the dollar, keep in mind that Valentine’s Day is still a special occasion that should be celebrated in the neighborhood. There are many great recommendations including:
Portage French Bistro Restaurant, 2209 Queen Anne Ave. N, is a cozy, upscale restaurant owned by Vuong Loc, who brings a classic French style to his restaurant. According to the Seattle PI, “No fusion here, no culinary sleight-of-hand. Just quality ingredients that are carefully handled and beautifully presented. The cozy space has banquette seating along the lemon-hued walls, and a small bar anchoring one corner of the room. ”
Paragon Restaurant, 2125 Queen Anne Ave. N., also anticipates a big night on Saturday with music provided by Carson and Tess Henley. Owners encourage reservations for the “cozy, romantic atmosphere with brilliant food.” Cozy is code for “fills up fast.”
Canlis Restaurant, 2576 Aurora Ave. N., offers a 5-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day that will make your mouth water. Courses include Blue Hawaiian Prawn with pineapple and cilantro, Canadian Foie Gras with Granny Smith apples, cinnamon and warm brioche, Nebraska Beef Tenderloin with black Périgord truffles, and potato and vin jaune. Price: $125 per person.
Really trying to keep costs down, but want to do something special on Valentine’s Day? Enjoy effortless dining at Eat Local, 2400 Queen Anne Ave. N . Pick up all you need – entreesfor two in glass dishes paired with the perfect wine, side & dessert.