Iowa City is—in my humble opinion—the best place to love. If you are a couple celebrating your relationship in Iowa City this Valentine’s Day, look no further than your own backyard for a few fun Valentine’s Day date night ideas.
For the Classic Romantics
There is no better place than downtown Iowa City to wine and dine the one you love for a date on Valentine’s Day. Peruse the vast selection of locally owned restaurants and bars, serving up savory suppers, decadent desserts, and unique libations.
A few local recommendations:
For the DIY Types
Even though the restaurants in the Iowa City area will have your mouth watering, don’t take for-granted some of the local grocers who sell products that are sure to make your do-it-yourself (DIY) Valentine’s date dinner at home delicious. Check out New Pioneer Co-Op and Bread Garden Market for groceries for a special night at home, offering fresh baked breads (and desserts!), and a homemade hot bar if grab-and-go end up being your best bet.
For the Nature Lovers
Bundle up and enjoy the lakeside views while you walk (or cross-country ski!) along the trails at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. If the weather allows, bring your ice skates and enjoy a glide, hand-and-hand around the frozen water. Grab a cup of cocoa or coffee at a local coffee shop on your way back!
For the Beer Lovers
The Iowa City area has certainly embraced the craft beer trend. If you and yours have a hankering for a cold, frothy brew on Valentine’s Day, don’t miss local watering-holes like Big Grove Brewery, Backpocket Brewing, and ReUnion Brewery.
For the Book Lovers
This really wouldn’t be an Iowa City date guide without a nod to Iowa City’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature. If you are looking for a cozy day or date night idea for Valentine’s Day, consider browsing for books together at downtown’s iconic Prairie Lights Bookstore, or the north side’s Haunted Bookshop.