With Valentine's Day approaching as quickly as Cupid's arrow on the Love Boat, San Antonio romantics are honing in on honeyed plans to celebrate their special day.
Couples secret through hidden passageways as they uncover clues in a treasure hunt over at the McNay Museum's Valentine's Day Night: The Hunt for Love. Detective duos begin with champagne and a challenge revealed at 6:30 p.m., February 14.
It won't be a piece of cake for the 33 couples, but they won't go away empty-handed. Bakery Lorraine will be giving the couples a special box of choice macaroons at the sold-out event.
This is the first Valentine's Day scavenger hunt for the McNay. Last year they offered two romantic tours: one for lovers, the other for cynics. Love won out, though. Celeste Wackenhut with the McNay said someone actually proposed following the event last year. Some tour!!
But, if you're not one of the lucky ones who RSVP'd for the hunt, you can still take advantage of the McNay's free Thursday night admittance. Take in Human Face and Form, a wonderful collection of sculptures from the McNay's permanent collection that embodies the essential and unequivocal beauty of the human form. "It takes your breath away," Wackenhut said.
If you want to see featured exhibits a nominal $5 is charged.
Two are opening Feb. 13 at the McNay. One is Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art. It features works from the likes of Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Man Ray, and several others in a striking overlap of reality... or unreality, as you would have it.
At 6 p.m. there will be a free (Yes, I said it, again - free!) wine reception followed by a presentation from featured ceramics artist Wesley Harvey.
Wackenhut suggests stopping in at the museum gift shop for a sweet Valentine keepsake.
Another option for lovers can be found downtown at La Villita.
That's where you and your sweetie can be serenaded by James Martin and Medianoche...or catch the romantic comedy, "When Harry Met Sally." It's free from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Arneson River Theatre.
And not to worry if you forgot the flowers. The shops at La Villita will be open until 10 p.m. Sample the free wine and beer-tasting, Chef Jadon Dady's Duk Truck, as well as pastries and gourmet candies by Sugar Queem Sweets. Then, cuddle up with your cutie and snap a few remembrances in the always cozy photo booth.
Over at Central Market, the San Antonio Cooking School staff will be serving up amazing fare that'll gain you some points: Heart 'Beet' Salad with Goat Cheese Fondue; Prosciutto-wrapped, Seared Sea Scallops with Fennel Salsa Verde: Chateaubriand with Béarnaise Sauce; Roasted Asparagus, Carrots & Haricots Verts; Potato Rosettes; and A Trio of Chocolate Desserts." The cost is $70. The San Antonio Cooking School is located at 4821 Broadway.
You'll love the Cove at 606 W. Cypress just about any time, but on Thursday Sweet 'Shine & Honey will be playing. If she loves you as much as the shrimp or fish tacos, you've got it made.
You might make the Havana Hotel's Ocho Lounge your favorite romantic spot of all time. The glass and steel conservatory on the edge of the River Walk is remarkably charming, even more so on Valentine's Day. Executive Chef Toby Soto is offering a five-course meal featuring: Torched Gulf Oyster with Salsa Verde and Cilantro, Sweet Potato Crusted Salmon and Cannellini and Kale Ragout, or Apricot and Chevre stuffed Bosc Pear and Candied Figs.
Ocho says couples and singles are welcome, but this spot is so sparkling, you'll want to take someone special on Valentine's. The cost is $75 per person at the Ocho, located at 1015 Navarro St. Call 210-222-2008 for information.
Not so lucky in love? To get free admittance to "Love Sux at Howl at the Moon" you're supposed to bring in a torn or shredded up photo of an ex. We all have them! Howl at the Moon is downtown at 111 W. Crockett. It starts at 7 p.m.
So, just like in love, you have some choices. The conundrum of where to go and what to do on Valentine's Day can best be answered if you keep it simple and keep it true.