5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day COVID Safe in Bloomington-Normal

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, many are struggling to find safe alternatives to their usual plans on the day of love. Here is a list of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day safely in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois!

  1. Winter Hike

Many people tend to avoid going outside in the winter, but winter makes for the prettiest views on hikes, especially if there’s snow. Enjoy a hike through the many great locations in Bloomington-Normal like Sugar Grove Nature Center. The nature center has many trails for hikers and is open from dawn to dusk. Bundle up and keep your loved one warm! For up-to-date information on the nature center, visit the Sugar Grove Nature Center Facebook page.

  1. Indoor Fitness

If being outside in the winter is a hard no for you, there is always indoor sports and recreation. The Bloomington Ice Center has open skate nearly every day in February. There is even a themed skate for Valentine’s Day on the 14th from 2-4pm! The ice center does require participants to pre-register beforehand through their website in order to keep the rink at limited capacity to remain safe. Admission is $6 and skate rentals are $2. To view the schedule and register for open skate!

  1. Virtual Paint Classes

Want to get creative? Merlot and a Masterpiece in Bloomington is offering virtual paint classes with take home kits for $40. With this fee, you get canvases, brushes, paints, disposable aprons, a palette plate, and a water cup. Beginning February 1st, Merlot and a Masterpiece is offering in person classes with limited capacity. Check out their website for the schedule and register

  1. Food Tour

As of January 19, 2021, indoor dining is available in Bloomington. However if you are not comfortable with dining in, drive around Bloomington and sample the best of the best with curbside pickup! Start at Destihl and get one of their delicious appetizers such as the beer-battered asparagus or cheese curds. Then drive over to Lucca’s and pick up a pizza. For dessert, maybe choose to stop into Dollface Desserts and get some sweet treats to share with your person! If you’re wanting a drink to end the night with at home, order a DIY Margarita Kit from Ancho & Agave. For $40, you get everything needed to make six of their amazing margaritas, all from the comfort of your own home. If you want to dine-in, check-out the website of restaurants to ensure they are open and their hours! Some may vary in order to ensure they are following the state guidelines.

  1. Romantic Weekend at Local Bed and Breakfast

To really treat your loved one, spend a whole weekend at a cozy bed and breakfast. The Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast is the perfect weekend getaway for a couple. Choose to stay in one of our seven rooms or rent out the entire Carriage House for some privacy. With over 15 additional packages and add-ons, really treat your loved one with an experience they will never forget.



To book a room at the Vrooman Mansion, you can simply book online or give us a call at (309)828-8816. For any questions, feel free to call us or you can reach us through email at information@vroomanmansion.com.

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