Valentine’s day is just around the corner and you may be feeling full of LOVE but empty on ideas! Allow me to suggest some ways to make the day special for you and your Valentine! No matter your interests or budget, I have come up with a list of ideas that includes something for everyone. Beyond Valentine’s, keep this list for future date nights and weekend fun and romance!

Wine More, Laugh Often 🍷


The Wine Store

The Wine Store

Whether you are a seasoned wine lover or have yet to find a wine you like, this is a perfect place to try something new. What makes The Wine Store unique is the retail side available to explore and shop for the perfect wine and the wine bar onsite to enjoy it! This gives patrons the opportunity to enjoy wine without the restaurant markup they would otherwise incur. The Wine Store also has you covered with the finest selections of bourbon, scotch, whiskey, and beer! You will receive expert advice and assistance in picking the perfect bottle of wine or specialty liquor to enjoy. If you are just stopping in for a glass of wine before dinner, there are 26 choices available for wine by the glass. Not sure what to try? There are wine flights available as well. There will be a special couple’s cheesecake available on Friday the 14th that will make for the perfect Valentine’s dessert!  

The Wine Store


Tuesdays $50 Bottle and Board

Thursday - Wine tasting

Future plans include wine classes! Be sure and check out their website for more information! or call (337)564-6265. The Wine Store is located at 4402 Nelson Road 

Feeling Artsy? 🎨

Painting With a Twist

There are 3 options to choose for a painting experience on Valentine’s day. There is even one open to all ages and would make a perfect Parent and Child Date! They are located at 611 Prien Lake Road.

The first painting is called "Meet Me In The Wind"

Painting with a Twist

Another to choose from is called "Love Trees at Night"

Painting with a Twist Lake Charles

Finally, this would make such a sweet Valentine activity for a parent and child. It is called  "Fox and Flower Sweeties"

Painting with a Twist Lake Charles

Call now to reserve your spots (337)602-6239 or visit their website:

Bee Mine at the Crying Eagle

You and your date can paint your choice of two Valentine’s day wine glasses that you can enjoy for many Valentine's to come.

Crying Eagle Valentines Event

Crying Eagle Brewing is located at 1165 E. McNeese Street. The event will be held from 7-9 PM and the cost starts at $25. Call (337)990-4871 for more information.

Bodega Wine Dive

Bodega Valentines Event

If you can’t make it out on Friday night, another chance to create a romantic Valentine's keepsake with your soulmate is at the Bodega Wine Dive on Thursday, February 14th. Or use this chance to make a special gift for Valentine’s night! The event will be held from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. and tickets start at $25. Bodega Wine Dive is located at 3505 Country Club Road in Lake Charles. For more information call (337)564-6989.

Sail Away 

There is something so incredibly romantic about being on the water at night in SWLA. 

Loggerheads Dinner Cruise


Take your Valentine on an unforgettable Dinner cruise aboard the Lady of the Lake! Enjoy dinner, dancing, dessert, and lasting memories. There will be music by Greg Blanchard. Dinner will be served buffet style and will include Crawfish Etouffee, Ribeye Steak, Garlic Roasted Potatoes...and that’s just to get your mouth watering...there’s more! Cash bar available and must be 21 to attend. Reserve your tickets now by calling (337)491-6794. Loggerheads is located 3748 LA-3059 in Lake Charles.

Lady of the Lake

Lake Area Adventures

Imagine a romantic sunset tour of the dreamy Lake Charles waterways. This dream can be a reality! Call (888)902-2016 or email to make arrangements for your own personal captain to take you and your date on a picturesque cruise for two. You can also visit their website to find out more: www.lakeareaadventures/boats 

Get Away Without “Leaving Home”

The Della Belle Bed and Breakfast 

Della Belle Bed and Breakfast

Located at 1301 Shell Beach Drive, a weekend stay at the Della Belle would certainly be an amazing and unforgettable way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend. I spoke with the owner, Kathryn, and there are still bookings available but don’t wait to make your reservations! To learn more about Della Belle, visit their website: You can also read about my recent visit here:

Music and Memories

Lake Charles Symphony

Lake Charles Symphony

The Lake Charles Symphony presents a romantic evening that will whisk you away for an evening of music from Spain. There will be dinner and dancing and music featuring guest conductor, Mr. Michael J. Costello. You and your love will be delighted with tangos from such composers as Piazolla, Rodriguez, and Anderson as well as waltzes composed by Johann Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorak. 

This is an opportunity to get dressed in your finest and make memories that will last a lifetime. This event will be held at the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank Building located at 844 Ryan Street. Visit for ticket information.

Panorama Music House

Michael Davis

Another way to swoon your Valentine is an evening with R&B crooner Michael Davis. He will be performing at Panorama Music House on Friday the 14th. Panorama is located at 331 Broad Street. This is a FREE PERFORMANCE and begins at 9:30 PM.

A Little Adventure & Some Classic Fun


Game 2 Life Combat

Nothing says love like Tactical Combat! For the active and maybe a little competitive couple, try out Lake Charles' newest place for Laser Combat and for something really fun and different... Ax Throwing! Feed your appetite for adventure and then enjoy dinner at the full-service bar and grill. Check out their website at and get all of the information about this new and exciting way to have some serious fun! If you and your date want to celebrate a little early and take advantage of a super sweet special, Thursday nights offer $20 for a session of laser combat, 2 for $20 ax throwing, and $20 for 5 POUNDS of crawfish! 

Putt-Putt & Batting Cages


You can never go wrong with putt-putt golf for a classic fun date. Perhaps its been a while since you enjoyed this nostalgic activity, or maybe you or your date has never been! Putt-putt won't break the bank and provides an evening of fun. You can play a game for as little as $7 a person! There are also batting cages at the complex and you can even rent your own batting cage for an hour for only $35 but you must call in advance. Putt-Putt Fun Center is located at 620 Petro Point Drive. Phone: (337)480-1954

Simply Sweet & Delicious


Common Grounds

Sometimes we forget to show love to ourselves! A perfect way to make your own heart happy on Valentine’s Day is with a Happy Valentine’s Day Frappe for only $1.00! Common Grounds is located at 619 Ryan Street.  

Darrell's On The Geaux

Darrell's Special | Lake Charles, LA

If Valentines Day weather permits, you can pack the perfect picnic to enjoy by the lakefront or on the beach! Darrell's, famous for their out of this world Poboys, now has a  “Pack to travel” option! They will prepare your poboys so that they can be assembled when ready to eat so that nothing is soggy or messy until AFTER you dig in to eat it! Call ahead and they'll have it ready so you can make sure you don't keep your date waiting! Check out their menu at In case of weather, have an indoor picnic! Did you know that you can even order delivery?! Darrell's is located at 119 W College St. Phone: (337)474-3651

Looking for a Unique Gift?

Here are a couple that are sure to make your Valentine feel extra special!

Corner Market Singing Telegrams

If you are tired of sending the same forgettable flowers, here is an idea for you! The Corner Market is located at 729 Ryan St.

Corner Market Singing Telegrams

Chocolate read that right! 

Anyone can buy a box of chocolates, but how about giving your Valentine a decadent stiletto made of chocolate? Talk about sweet and sexy! Mrs. Tammie Simien-Murrell, owner and creator of Eavy’s Incredible Edibles will help you customize this unique treat that can be made from either white or dark chocolate and whole lot of love.

Order now at 337-302-9407

Eavy's Edible Shoe

I hope you have a very happy Valentine no matter where you are or who you are with. I'll leave you with a quote that I found to be sweet, silly, and true. As always, be sure and share your experiences with and #getDOWNtownLC! 

"We're all a little weird, and life's a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." - Dr. Suess