Cathy Walton-Smith: Stumped? A few ideas for Valentines Day |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Stumped? A few ideas for Valentines Day

Cathy Walton-SmithView from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

Breaking news! Pay attention guys! This is important! Girls love Valentines Day!They dont just love Valentines Day, they love all they believe Valentines Day represents. And, they expect you to figure out just what that is. Fortunately, there are plenty of restaurants, jewelry stores and candy stores to help you out. Hallmark can also help you get off on the right foot. But dont make the mistake of thinking that a mere card is going to be enough even if it plays music.I think there is some kind of ironic symbolism from the universe this year, with Friday the 13th landing on the day before Valentines Day. You dont see many advertisements or greeting cards for that one. If we only had a dollar store here.How about this a romantic day on snowmobiles. The Snowmobile for Life Poker Run, to benefit Flight for Life, will be held this Saturday, Feb. 14, starting at 9 a.m. at the Grand Lake Community House. The cost is $5 per hand or five hands for $20, with a $700 first prize. There will be food and a silent auction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community House. An Evening Social with live music and door prizes will follow starting at 8 p.m. at the Bears Den. All proceeds benefit Flight for Life, and all of the prize money has been donated. This benefit is sponsored by the Trail Blazers and Mile Hi Snowmobile Clubs. For more information, call Steve at (970) 627-1741.Carolines Cuisine has brought back their famous wine tasting dinner on Friday nights at 7 p.m. For one price of $25 per person, you will get three courses and three wines. Reservations are required. Call (970) 627-9404.Two new drinking establishments have opened up on Hwy 34, offering great socializing options. Johnsons Landing (formerly JRs Chophouse, Big Rays Chophouse, Jack Depews 19th Hole, and Mosleys) is now open nightly. The bar at the Circle H is also open nightly along with Aprils glass gallery. Reservations are not required, but, until things pick up, the open signs may not always be lit.Many of our local establishments are offering great specials for this Valentines Day weekend, starting with breakfast at the Blue Water Bakery, featuring Atlantic salmon Benedict for only $9.75, and complimentary coffee just for the asking, Feb. 13 to 15. At the Rocky Mountain Coffee Company and Deli, enjoy Sweetheart Specials. Share a 9-inch sub sandwich with your valentine and receive one fountain drink free! Or share a 20 oz. latte and save $1. Open 7 a.m. to 5p.m. daily at 717 Grand Avenue. At the Sagebrush BBQ & Grill, the Grand Corral performs on Valentines Day evening at 6:30. The Bears Den is offering a steak and shrimp dinner for two for $45. Order candy, flowers, wine and bears for your Beary Sweet Heart! Grand Chorale Quartet will also be performing.Give your loved one an Unforgettable Ride at Grand Adventures this Valentines Weekend. Receive $20 off any two or more Snowmobile Rentals (valid 2/13/09 – 2/16/09) Minimum four hour rental required. The Grand Lake Touring Center is offering a 2-for-1 Valentine’s Day Trail Pass on Feb. 14 and 15. Enjoy a day of x-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. At the end of the day, relax in the lodge in front of a cozy fire.Hope this helps, guys.Last weekends Winter Carnival was the best ever! Thanks to Suzi Maki and her seasoned team of organizers.Don’t forget to check out the State of Real Estate in Grand County on my blog at

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