For this year’s Valentine’s Day, make the most with your partner or friend whilst adhering to proper social distancing precautions. Despite the reality of the pandemic, it is still possible to make the most out of the occasion. And for those who are healthy and mindful enough to celebrate in this way, it can be important to have a solid list of hotels, restaurants, gift arrangements, and local and nearby events.

Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown is just a few blocks north of the Old Market.

1. Hilton Garden Inn (Downtown)

1005 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68102

(402) 341-4400

  • Starting at $124 per night
  • Free Cancellation
  • Order now, pay when you stay

The Hilton Garden’s downtown location is perfectly attuned to facilitate a couple’s adventure in Omaha nightlife. The consistently high rated hotel would serve any couple aspiring to make the most out of their Valentine’s Day in Omaha this year.

The hotel is less than four miles from Eppley Airfield, with shuttle services provided. Additionally, TD Ameritrade Park is half a mile away from the location, while the Henry Doorly Zoo is 2.4 miles away.

Finally, the downtown Hilton is rated 9.0 by couples on a two-person trip, according to booking.com. No matter what you want for Valentine’s Day, the downtown Omaha Hilton will facilitate it. What’s more, hotel stays automatically include an indoor pool and free Wi-Fi access, with a bar and restaurant on location. 

The Magnolia Hotel’s romantic courtyard is just one of its unique features.

2. Magnolia Hotel

1615 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102, 

(402) 341-2500

  • Starting at $138 per night
  • Free Cancellation
  • Order now, pay when you stay

The Magnolia stands in a prime downtown location, 3 blocks from the Old Market, one mile from the Qwest Center, and 4 miles from Eppley Airfield. If you’re unfamiliar with the historic Old Market District, then reserving a room at Magnolia would be a perfect start to a memorable Valentine’s Day. The downtown area is beautiful, with plenty of tasty eateries, stylish shops, and notable nightlife to entice any couple. 

Ultimately, couples have rated Magnolia Hotel Omaha an 8.8 for two-person trips, according to booking.com. If you want to spend Valentine’s Day near the Old Market, staying at a hotel is key. Take in the view, access the 24-hour gym, and utilize free wired internet access whenever you’re not on the streets, having some good, socially distanced fun.

Eateries

Lauritzen Gardens, Facebook

3. Lauritzen Gardens Valentine’s Day Dinner

Omaha’s Botanical Center

100 Bancroft Street

6-9 pm (reservations open)

  • Tickets $60 per person

If you want an organically breathtaking dining experience to punctuate your Valentine’s Day, get a reservation at Lauritzen Gardens asap. The experience will take place in the Visitor and Education Center, an intimate and florid environment, perfect for any thoughtful evening. Each guest receives 2 courses, dessert, and one glass of wine. This includes a hearty salad first course, a choice between four-course options, dessert, and one glass of wine. 

Dinner reservations are open now and are required to attend. You must contact Merri either by phone or email. Call at 402-346-4002, ext. 201, or email at m.sears@omahabotanicalgardens.org. When doing so, please inform Lauritzen Gardens of any dietary restrictions you have, to best meet your needs. Additionally, note that any changes or cancellations must be made by February 8, 2021. Any after that date will result in no refund.

Ribeye with Herb Smashed Yukons, whole roasted mushrooms [white wine, herb, butter], honey glazed carrots & demi glaze. Image from The Collins Facebook Page

4. Exclusive Valentine’s Dinner

The Collins

1101 Jackson St Omaha, NE 68102

531-999-1206

Dinner package $90.78 per person

The Collins is celebrating its first year in the historic Omaha Old Market district this February. The event collides beautifully with the upcoming Valentine’s Day, and the restaurant is making the most out of it. For a restaurant that opened just before COVID-19 took the world by storm, they remain dedicated and wield a strong menu. Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to check what the new eatery offers if you have not done so yet.

Their menu items, though varied, are consistently high-quality. They range from Small Plates to Entrees to Soups and Salads. Their Valentine’s Dinner package includes a choice between two 3 course menus, a choice of dessert made for 2, the choice between 2 featured cocktails. If you’re up for eating 3 big, delicious courses in a casually romantic atmosphere, reserving is a must.

Scallops dish, Dolce Instagram

5. Valentine’s Day Tasting

Dolce

12317 West Maple Road Omaha, NE 68164

402-964-2212

Feb 12-14

  • Package is $100 per person, plus $55 for win

If you want an elaborate showcase of six courses for your sampling pleasure, Dolce is your spot this Valentine’s Day. Nothing is more romantic than sitting down with someone special and enjoying a ton of great food. Plus, those who purchase Valentine’s Day packages can add wine to each course of food. That’s six glasses paired with six courses for a very filling occasion.

The self-described business casual restaurant brings high quality to the table each course. That’s because they locally source ingredients and put a unique level of care into each dish. For anyone looking for an eatery that tries to be a bit quieter and more romantic, Dolce is a must. Their Valentine’s Day tasting package will be a game-changer.

Gifts, Sweet Treats and Flowers

6. The Omaha Bakery, All Seasons Floral & Gift, and the 308 Boutique’s Valentine’s Day Package

The 308 Boutique

725 N. 210th Street, Ste. 130

Elkhorn, NE 

  • Sweets, gift cards, and flowers
  • Prices range between $75, $100, $150, & $200

For anyone looking for the ultimate gift arrangement, look no further. This year, the 308 Boutique, All Seasons Floral & Gifts, and the Omaha Bakery have partnered to deliver just such a thing. Together they are offering four packages, each one with a unique variety of sweets, gift cards, and flowers. 

Customers will order their package via text. Make sure to contact Erin at 308-293-5366 by Wednesday, February 11th at 6 pm to place your special Valentine’s Day order. Then, pick up your great arrangement anywhere from 10 am to 4 pm the day before Valentine’s day, on February 13th. Note that even though you must order via text, you must pick up the package at 308 Boutique’s location. 

Mouthwatering treats from Veg.edible, Veg.editble Instagram

7. Vegan & Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Packages

Veg.edible

  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries: half-dozen ($18) & full dozen ($34)
  • Grand Assortment: 15 pieces for $45. 

Veg.edible’s awesome Valentine’s Day packages are perfect to break the monotony of life during the lockdown. Lincoln and Omaha folks with sweet tooths, who happen to be on very specific vegan & gluten-free diets, are very excited about it. Customers get to choose between three unique packages

Each package is delivered in person between 10 am and 2 pm, on both days of delivery. Deliveries are made in both Lincoln and Omaha, with deliveries in Lincoln occurring first, on Friday the 12th, and in Omaha secondly, on Saturday the 13th. Moreover, each package uniquely serves a different taste palette. What’s more, they make for great deals, featuring prompt, personal delivery and, of course, high-quality vegan and gluten-free sweets. If you’re looking for such a Valentine’s Day gift package, Veg.edible is the way to go. 

Valentine’s Day Events

Yoga at Stir Coffee Bar, Stir Coffee Instagram

8. Valentine’s Day Yoga Flow

Stir Coffee Bar

16950 Wright Plaza, Suite 137 

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM on Valentine’s Day

  • $18 for Yoga Flow

If you’re looking to get up early and get some quality Yoga in on your Valentine’s Day, come to Stir Coffee Bar. Your event ticket will get you involved in some highly relaxing and invigorating Yoga, including Stir Power Balls and Ital Vital juice.  This event, combined with Stir’s great service and atmosphere, will make for a great start to anyone’s Valentine’s Day. 

Participate in the Yoga Flow alone or with someone special – either way, participants will be left recharged and in tune with their inner energy. The organizers suggest bringing your yoga mat from home if possible, but if needed, they will supply one. You can order online at Eventbrite.com, but hurry, because tickets stop selling on the 13th. Do it, and your Valentine’s Day experience will flow.

9. The “Stay Over There” Social Distancing Comedy Event Westroads Mall AMC

AMC CLASSIC Westroads 14

10000 California Street 

  • Single admission $30.00

As you can probably infer from the title of the event, social distancing measures will be followed at this event, and masks will be required to attend. But if you can meet those small parameters, and especially if you’re looking for a night of comedy on Valentine’s Day Eve in Omaha, come out to AMC Westroads. 

The night includes prize giveaways and four separate rooms for safe, yet unique auditoriums filled with solid punch lines. Those comedians include Minnesota’s Elliot Vreland, Ashli (My Cool Ash) and Bianca Dennie, and Omaha’s Joshua Elstupo. So, if you want to see some cool out of town talent, and a bit of Omaha style, this will be the perfect live comedy event for you. Note that tickets are non-refundable.

10. Valentine’s Day Sip & Paint with Art Bus LNK!

Art Bus LNK (Lincoln)

2124 Y Street

  • 2 tickets for $35

Art Bus LNK is making a name for itself in the Lincoln area by providing an interesting, encouraging, and accessible space for art. And on Valentine’s Day, the studio on wheels will host a great night of drinking and painting. The event is open to anyone aged 21 and up, and tickets must be purchased online, at Eventbrite.com. Note that only 8 pairs of couples are allowed at once to comply with social distancing efforts. Make reservations by purchasing your ticket asap. Additionally, attendants must wear masks.

The immensely talented local artist Jevon Woods will be leading lessons as the instructor. Additionally, each session includes drinks for a pair of two – meaning this event is ideal if you bring your partner or a lucky friend. Reserve for 11 am to 1 pm, 2 to 4 pm, and 5 to 7 pm sessions. 


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