14 things to do in Wabash County to celebrate Valentine’s Day & the Spotify Playlist to match
By Daisy Sparks
Wabash County is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day! For both the people who couldn’t help falling in love and the singles who just haven’t met them yet, our county has plenty of things to do and places to see. Click here to enjoy some soothing Michael Bublé songs while daydreaming about your Valentine’s plans, and read on to see how the crooner might spend the holiday in Wabash County!
The flowers don’t blossom if she isn’t around… but there are a handful of florists in Wabash County that do specialize in blossoms! Buy a Valentine’s bouquet for yourself or someone else this year at any of our Wabash County florists: Wooden Ivy Boutique and Floral, Love Bug Floral, Rhinestones & Roses, or Cottage Creations Florist & Gifts. Or, you could paint your own floral masterpiece at Make It Your Own Art Studio during couples’ canvas night, February 9th!
His foolish heart is moved by your wrinkly-nosed laugh, so keep laughing! Enjoy the Michael Palascak show at Eagles Theatre on Valentine’s night, with special 2-pack ticket pricing to celebrate! Michael Palascak’s hometown is our very own Wabash, and a couple of his credits include appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden!
Don’t need diamond rings? If you change your mind, there are many Wabash County businesses that sell the prettiest jewelry, so treat yourself or your valentine! Wooden Ivy Boutique and Floral and Rhinestones & Roses have Valentines- and heart-themed jewelry for sale on their websites, and there are other beautiful pieces to choose from as well at Blackcurrant Design, Brooch Boutique, Bellazo, Bluebird Boutique, and Birdie Js.
Do you see the wings on birds as they fly? If you’re craving some time in nature this Valentine’s Day, check out a few birdwatching spots in Wabash County. Paradise Spring Historical Park is perfect for the whole family, with a walking trail and the Wabash Carnegie Public Library’s StoryWalk, or enjoy the paved walking path at . Head to Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run, along Baumbauer Road, or one of our county’s reservoirs: Mississinewa Lake and Salamonie Lake!
Give la vie en rose a try at a French Love Dinner, hosted by Eugenia’s Restaurant in the Honeywell Center. Reservations begin at 5 PM on Friday, February 9th, for the French-inspired four-course dinner. A couple other special dinner deals include Market Street Grill’s The Tomahawk for Two steak special on Valentine’s night, a heart-shaped pizza at Pizza King, and a Valentine’s Weekend dinner at Twenty!
How does the river running free make you feel? Speaking of running free, take your valentine to the Wabash County YMCA on Valentine’s Day for free!
Dance with me and sway with me! There are so many places in Wabash County to take in the beauty of a performance of dance or to dance just for yourself! Living Well in Wabash County is holding a Valentine’s Concert and Dance with the Wabash Community Band on February 11th at 2 PM. This event is to take place in the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall and is free, for all ages, and open to the public! On February 13th at 7 PM, the Fort Wayne Ballet presents its performance, Love Notes, at the Eagles Theatre. Take a partner or go by yourself to Wabash Valley Dance Theater on February 18th at 2 PM and learn to rumba! WVDT’s ballroom classes are $15 per person per session.
L O V E! It definitely is more than just a game for two… and here are some other games that are for more than two as well! Take your date bowling at Locomotive Lanes for a night out, or shop Thriftalicious and take some video games home for a night in! Join Living Well Downtown to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 11th, at 6 PM. Catch a local boys’ basketball game at one of the area high schools the week of Valentine’s Day (click school name for details: 2/13 at Wabash HS, 2/16 Southwood HS at Northfield HS, and 2/16 at Manchester HS).
Finding love, how sweet it is! Pick the perfect café or breakfast corner for your sweet tooth and spend some time with your valentine, galentines, or malentines in Wabash County. Head over to Modoc’s Market to start your Valentine’s morning with a Red Velvet Frappe, check out the cinnamon rolls and muffin varieties of 50 East Garden Center & Café, or enjoy donuts from Mike & Roxy’s Donut Shop, all in Wabash. In North Manchester, shop the best baked goods at Nordmann’s Nook or grab a heartwarming mocha from Travel Bee Coffee House. You can also head to Charlie’s Donuts in LaFontaine for DeRozier’s Donuts or spend the morning with friends at the unique Station 1 Firehouse Cafe in Lagro!
You’re every song… go ahead and sing along! There are plenty of shows at the Honeywell Center & Eagles Theatre to get you singing around Valentine’s Day! Some shows feature 2-pack ticket deals to celebrate, so go enjoy performances by acts like Unspoken and Lou Gramm with that special someone or with friends!
Do you see the evening shadows and the stars? Treat your valentine to a not-so-far-away getaway at the Charley Creek Inn. Enjoy time spent in an aura of old charm with the Inn’s special deal: stay one night and get your second night half off!
Have you kept all her letters? Write some of your own! Eagles Theatre is hosting a Love in Paper – Collaged Valentines workshop on February 10th at 1:30 PM, and you can learn how to create a handcrafted floral collage valentine from found and handmade papers! Purchase Valentine’s stamps at the Wabash Post Office and shop Valentine’s cards at the Hallmark Gold Crown Store in Joy Christian Bookstore.
Believe that fairy tales do come true! If reading fairy tales is your heart’s desire, then read on for some of the best places in Wabash County to shop fiction romance novels! Reading Room Books in Downtown Wabash is the largest used bookstore in our state and is sure to have something for every reader, and Mostly Books of North Manchester specializes in used books as well! Also look into Joy Christian Bookstore for new Christian Romance Fiction!
If winter has you longing for summer wind blowin’ in across the sea, book yourself, your valentine, or your galentines a summery pick-me-up at Maxx Tan or a local nail salon! There are so many salons to choose from in Wabash, including Get Nailed, Sky Nails, The Beauty Parlor, UpTown Style, Bethany’s Beauty Parlor, and Twisted Scissors, along with North Manchester’s iMassage Salon and Spa, Nature’s Remedy Day Spa, and Modern Impressions.