What To Do For Valentine's Day 2013 Around Greater Hartford

Artsy Adventure

Intimate Science Exhibit at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006, realartways.org

Heading to downtown Hartford for a nice meal on V-day? Does your girlfriend wear thick-rimmed glasses and bright purple pants? Why not fork up an extra $6 and check out Real Art Way's Intimate Science exhibit. It features everything from architectural fungi, to genetically hacked (and trademarked) flowers.

Fine Dining

Cavey's French Restaurant, 45 E. Center St., Manchester, (860) 643-2751, caveysrestaurant.com

Show off your inner globe-trotter and grab a reservation at Cavey's. You might not be able to afford a ticket to Paris, but its food is a good first step.

Romantic Night-Away

Marriott Downtown Hartford Get Away Package, 200 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 249-8000, marriott.com

The Marriott Romance package includes an overnight stay, extra-awesome super VIP truffles, and sparkling wine (they couldn't spring for the real stuff at this great price). For an extra 85 bucks you can treat your significant other to a four-course meal at their gourmet restaurant.

Baker's Delight

UConn Co-op Cupcake Swap, 2075 Hillside Road, Storrs, (860) 486-3537, bookstore.uconn.edu

If you and your boy-toy like baking and competing against other people who like baking, the UConn cupcake swap is perfect for you. Bring two dozen of your finest cupcakes and square off against other people who like spending valentine's day cooking stuff.

Find a Perfect Vegetarian Date

CTMatch.com Speed Dating at Whole Foods, 50 Raymond Road, West Hartford, (860) 523-8500, wholefoodsmarket.com

Settle down at a table in the (really nice) West Hartford Whole Foods for speed dating and refreshments as presented by CTMatch.com. Your dating matches get emailed to you the next day, so you can celebrate post-valentine's day in "style."

Great Valentine's Day Songbook

Rob Zappulla at Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain, (860) 229-2072, trinityonmain.org

Rob Zappulla returns to bring his version of classic love songs from the Great American Songbook to the Trinity-on-Main stage. If your partner is known for crying over cover-songs, maybe this isn't for you.

The kind of place where they serve "Cold Water Lobster Bisque"

Valentine's Dinner at Apricots, Apricots Restaurant, 1593 Farmington Ave, Farmington, (860) 673-5405

There's something on Apricot's menu for any high-brow valentine's date. Rack of lamb? Done. Stuffed Maine Lobster? Done. 12 oz prime cut Hamburger? Not a chance.


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