Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Something Special

vday Celebrate Valentines Day with Something SpecialValentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the time to make your plans and reservations is now! Whether you want to have a Valentine’s Day date night meal, or want to go for something more out of the box, there is something for every kind of Valentine. Take a look at the round-up of dining and events below and start planning a special night with your special someone!

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Enjoy a night of fine dining at Eddie Merlot”s

Delicious Dining

Eddie Merlot’s
Eddie Merlot’s will feature a special week of Valentine’s features on their menu. Choose from delicious options that include Filet and Crab Cake, a Farm-Raised Elk Chop, Bison Robeye Steak, Twin Lobster Tails, Surf and Turf and a special Peanut Butter cup. They will also offer a special wine feature of Joseph Droubin Chorey-les-Beaune Burgundy by the glass and bottle. Reservations and encouraged, but not recquired. To make a reservation call Eddie Merlot’s at 260.459.2222.

Hotel Fort Wayne
Hotel Fort Wayne‘s Red River Steakhouse is offering a special meal for couples wanting an extra special dinner out to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Their Sweetheart Special will take place on February 14 and 15 and features a special menu for two. Choose two entrees from the menu that includes a 10 oz Slow Roasted Prime Rib, 12 oz New York Strip, Chicken Chardonnay, Fiery Stuffed Shrimp and a 6 oz filet with Cabernet Sauce. Dessert choices include Chocolate Obsession with Kahlua Sauce, Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce and Fresh Whipped Cream, and a Godiva Strawberry Martini. All entrees include house salad or soup, choice of dessert and a glass of champagne. To make reservations call Red River Steakhouse at  260.484.0411.

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Taste the flavors of Brazil with Tocano’s Valentine’s Day menu.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Brazilian flair! Tocano’s will have a special Valentine’s Day menu offered from February 13-15. Dine on Rosemary Herb Salmon, Roasted Rib Eye, Grilled Shrimp and a Chocolate Brazilian Truffle. As an added bit of romance, each couple will receive a complimentary rose after their meal. Lunch and dinner is available with lunch costing $19.95 and dinner $27.95 Limited seating is available, so make your reservation now at 260.436.4433.

Quaker Steak and Lube
Take a more casual approach to this day of love and take advantage of Quaker Steak and Lube‘s 2 for $22 special promotion over the Valentine’s weekend. Guests can choose an appetizer, two entrees and finish off the meal with dessert. Don’t miss your chance to win a Sandals Resort vacation – a winner will be drawn on Sunday evening.

Potawatomi Inn
Take a short drive up to Angola to the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park. They will feature a dinner for two served in the Wig Wam Room. Couples can shoose from 2 appetizers: Smoked Gouda & Spinach Dip or Pan Seared Crab Cakes, salad: Tossed Caeser or Spinach Salad, choice of two entrees: Surf and Turf, Herb Roasted Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Tower. There will also be a special dessert trio to share featuring warm Flan, grilled Macerated Fruit w/ a Chiffonade of Mint on Pound Cake and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Potawatomi Inn at 260.833.1077.

A Special Night Out

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Take in a night of romance and dance with the Fort Wayne Ballet.

Fort Wayne Ballet
The talented dancers at the Fort Wayne Ballet invite you to a special night of dance with Love Dance. Experience selected works in modern, classical and avant garde dance with a casual Q&A session following the performance. Shows are at 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $20 general admission seating with VIP seating priced at $40. VIP seating will include champagne, chocolates and roses. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets now by calling 260.422.4226, or visiting the Fort Wayne Ballet website.

Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a romantic setting at Country Heritage Winery‘s Lover’s Vintage Valentine’s Day Dinner. Be one of 50 couples to enjoy a six course meal with a wine pairing for each course accompanied by light music. This special event will be held in the private event room from 7:30-9:30pm on Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $125 per couple. Make your reservation now in person at the winery, or call 260.637.2980.

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Take in the city view at Empyrean.

Empyrean Events and Catering invites you and your date to experience Romance at the Top of the Town on February 14 from 7pm-11pm. Drink from the full open bar and indulge in a specialty cocktail. Dine on heavy hors devoures and experience the performance entree stations and interactive dessert lounge. There will also be live music and entertainment. The cost is $250 per couple and reservations can be made by calling Empyrean at 260.444.4688.

The Bach Collegium
Join the Bach Collegium at Redeemer Lutheran Church for an evening of Dinner and Concert d’Amore. Enjoy an elegant Italian dinner followed by an entertaining Valentine’s Day program performed by period instrumentalists featuring instruments d’Amore. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this beautiful and unique event! Tickets are $30 and students can purchase tickets at $15 with an ID. You can purchase tickets at the door, or at www.bachcollegium.org.

Something Fun

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The Olive Twist offers, not only a fun date night idea, but unique gifts for your special someone.

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Take a cooking class together either as a Valentine’s Day gift, or a belated celebration. The Olive Twist will be offering a cooking class on February 19 at their Fort Wayne location. Atom Farms will showcase winter veggies and how different flavors come out compared to the summer crop. During the class you will enjoy a winter salad, winter sauteed veggies and a soup. The cost of this class is $35 per person. If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift the Olive Twist also has gift certificates for cooking classes offered throughout the year. They will also have gift baskets for sale featuring their DeBrand/Olive Twist candy bars. Registration for the cooking class is required. To reserve your spot contact the Olive Twist at 260.436.3866.

Summit City Chorus
Looking for something unique to say “I love you”? Say I love you with a song! Send a Singing Valentine presented by Summit City Chorus! Simply contact the chorus and they will come to the location of your choice, sing a love song and present a beautiful long stem rose. The cost of a Singing Valentine is $50 with cash, MasterCard, Visa or PayPal payments all accepted. To reserve your time contact Summit City Chorus at 260.418.3239 or 260.341.9839.

Canlan Ice Sports
Do something fun together while being a little active. Canlan Ice Sports will be doing a special Valentine’s Day evening public skate from 7-10pm on Valentine’s Day. They will also be offering a buy one regular $7 admission, get one free special. Rental skates will be available for $3.

In addition to all of these special Valentine’s Day offerings, there are also hotels offering Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day weekend packages. You can find these on the Visit Fort Wayne Lodging page! If you need additional help planning your perfect Valentine’s Day give us a call at the Visitors Center at 1.800.767.7752.



Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Finding Winter Romance in Fort Wayne

I admit when I think of romance the last thing that comes to mind is winter but why should we let romance slip by just because it’s cold outside.  If you’re brave enough to step outside in the cold you’ll likely find some very unexpected paths to romance.

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The River Greenway (photo taken by Mark Hanon)

A snowy walk on the Rivergreenway 

Have you ever stepped outside while it’s snowing and listened? It’s so quiet and peaceful, like the world has been insulated from the hubbub that surrounds us every day.  Fort Wayne Parks Department does an excellent job of caring for the Rivergreenway during this snowy season so take a walk with someone you love and enjoy nature right here in the city.  Be sure to bundle up and wear your boots.  When you reach the north end of the Greenway, stop by the Firefly Coffee House to warm up with a hot cocoa or cup of coffee.

Ice-skating in Headwaters Park

Are you skilled on the ice but your sweetie isn’t?  Why not teach him or her to ice-skate at Headwaters Park at Clinton and Superior in Downtown Fort Wayne.  Sure you could skate indoors but there’s something magical (and romantic) about skating in the park.  Hours are Monday through Thursday 1-8pm, Friday noon-10 pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 12-8 pm.  Skate rental is available for $2 and admission is just $3 for skaters 13 or younger and $5 for skaters 14 or older.   Parking is also free at the park.

Take in a museum

For art lovers there are many great places to find art in Fort Wayne.  Whether you’re looking for a traditional museum such as the Fort Wayne Museum of Art or you’re looking for local more independent artists at Wunderkammer Fort Wayne has something to fit everyone’s tastes.

FWMoA is featuring beautiful works such as David Hayes: Sentinels; Hard Edge, Cool Logic: Geometric Abstraction in the 20th Century, and Variation Upon A Theme: Song of the Underground Railroad.   While Wundkerkammer is known for cutting edge exhibits like Ask Me if You Can Touch My Hair, Poetry readings, Alternative Sculpture, and Can you Spare Change.

Cheer on the Komets or the Derby Girls

What’s more romantic than watching a fight break out on the ice? For many couples this is the best way to spend a romantic evening.  With many home games still left in the season, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum provides a great backdrop for the perfect date.  Enjoy a classic dinner of beer and brats along with cheering on the Komets.

Don’t miss the start of the Fort Wayne Derby Girls season January 11 also at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Fort Wayne’s only (and Indiana’s first) Flat Track Roller Derby League is great fun to watch.  Bringing out that competitive side in the one you love is sure to light a fire that will keep you warm this winter.

If you need even more great romantic ideas in Fort Wayne, check out the Dream Night Out on the Town itinerary suggestions on Visit Fort Wayne!



Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.

Fort Wayne Speaks Podcast Feature – #97. Taste of the Arts Festival

Out & About 

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Taste of The Arts

It was a total arts celebration in downtown Fort Wayne this past weekend at the annual Taste of the Arts festival presented by Arts United.  This event featured more than 30 restaurants, over 7 stages of live performances of music, dance and theater, art for sale by area artists and plenty of hands on fun for the whole family.  It was a great chance to see the work of local artists and musicians as well as sample some of the city’s finest cuisine.  Watch for it later this year!


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Million Dollar Quartet: A classic American Rock n’ Roll Show – And You Can WIN TICKETS!

Over the summer, I had the privilege of enjoying a concert in Chicago performed by the cast of Million Dollar Quartet.  This high energy concert with great American classic tunes such as “Great Balls of Fire” “Walk the Line” and “Blue Sued Shoes” will make you want to dance in the isles.  Luckily for us, the Million Dollar Quartet Tour will stop right here in Fort Wayne at the Embassy Theatre.

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Million Dollar Quartet performing in Chicago’s Millennium Park

Inspired by the one and only recording session legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lew Lewis, and Carl Perkins ever did together this musical is sure to take you back to the music you love so dearly.  These icons would never record together again leaving what many consider invaluable recordings from that night.  The music will inspire you, make you laugh, and will stay with you for weeks to come.

This single night performance of Million Dollar Quartet will take place Monday January 27 at 7:30 pm at the Embassy Theatre in Downtown Fort Wayne.  Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Master or the Embassy box office.  Prices range from $27-$57 per ticket with great seats still available.

Why not grab a bite to eat before the show?  Perhaps something old school and casual like Coney Island hot dog, a Powers hamburger, or a slice from Pint and Slice.  Looking for something a little more upscale? Enjoy a pint with your fish and chips at JK O’Donnell’s or classic American cuisine at Don Hall’s Gas House.

You can find out more information about Million Dollar Quartet at Visit Fort Wayne. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster, or through the Embassy Theatre box office.

YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS! Simply visit the Million Dollar Quartet contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win 2 tickets to the show, a hotel stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, passes to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2 passes to the Botanical Conservatory and a gift card to DeBrands! You can enter to win until we draw a winner on January 20th!



Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.

Mizpah Shrine Circus Comes to the Coliseum in January

When the weather is blustery outside, the perfect place to enjoy some cozy, quality family time is inside. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is hosting the Mizpah Shrine Circus January 23 through 26 – an event you don’t want to miss!

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The fun runs from a Thursday night through Sunday afternoon allowing ample time to find time to go even withe the busiest of schedules. Tickets start at only $12 each and can be purchased via the booths in the lobby of the coliseum or online directly at mizpahshrinecircus.com Parking is available on site for a small fee.

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The circus will feature clowns, exotic animal shows, talented performers and more. All benefits from the show fund Fort Wayne, Indiana’s own Mizpah Shrine. You can follow the Mizpah Shrine Circus on Facebook for more information leading up to the event.

Insider Tip: Use the coupon code MIZONLINE14 when you checkout at mizpahshrinecircus.com, now through January 19 to save $6. Also be sure to check out the seating chart before buying tickets to get the best seat for your family!


Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

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2 Responses to "Mizpah Shrine Circus Comes to the Coliseum in January"

January 14th, 2014
It should work on all "Pink Section" tickets. If you continue to have trouble, please call 260.422.7122 and you can use it by phone!
January 14th, 2014
I have tried repeatedly to use this online code when ordering my tickets and cannot get it to work. I believe this is false advertising for Mizpah Shriners. Very disappointed.