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Louisville’s top three romantic dates

By: Casey Davidson

Even though the stereotypical income for a college student is non-existent, there are still plenty of us who have jobs and can afford to spend a little money from time to time. What better way to spend your money than treating yourself and your significant other to a fancy date. Here are three of the most romantic dates that are going on in Louisville this Valentine’s Day.

For those of you who are looking for a good place to eat on Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite restaurants in Louisville is Volare Ristorante. If you haven’t already guessed Volare serves modern Italian cuisine, from backed lasagna to roasted duck, their menu covers the vast spectrum of Italian classics. The atmosphere is simple but elegant, with white linen tablecloths lit by a single candle, giant floor to ceiling wine racks, live music playing from Wednesday through Saturday, and a detailed mural of Venice that covers the walls. This restaurant is a prime Valentine’s Day date, a dinner for two can total around $100, but the food and the experience make it worth the money. You can find Volare at 2300 Frankfort Avenue.

If you aren’t into the conventional dining experience, but you would still like to take your date out somewhere nice to eat, try Bernheim Forest’s Valentine’s Day Dinner under the stars. The event will be held in the visitor’s center, which is made completely out of glass so you can enjoy the natural winter scenery without freezing. Jarfi’s Bistro will be providing dinner, which will be accompanied by music, a cash bar, and both nights a weekend stay at Bernheim will be auctioned off. You can attend this event by reservation only; dinner starts at 7:00 pm and continues until 11:00. To reserve a table call (502) 955-8512, for members a table costs $120 and for non-members a table is $150. Reservations end February 10, so hurry and book a table.

If food isn’t for you and you would rather spend your Valentine’s Day amongst the clouds look no further than Cloud Odyssey, Louisville’s own hot air balloon ride provider. Rides are given early morning and the early to late evening, and can average in length for around an hour. Tickets for two costs around $400, but a balloon ride is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that many would enjoy. Check out their website for more details at www.balloonodyssey.com, or to schedule a balloon ride call 502-245-1588. If you would like to add a little more romance to your balloon ride check out Aero Force Balloons (balloonridesfor2.com) they offer the option of having a mid-flight champagne toast.

I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day, and that you get to spend it with someone who makes you happy, even if you spend it just by yourself, or with your cats. Be safe and have fun!

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