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Plan a Romantic Rendezvous at Leech Lake

Looking for the perfect evening with that special someone for Valentine’s Day? The Leech Lake area has everything you need! From restaurants that feature delicious entrees and fantastic views, to wineries and shopping, you have all the ingredients to create a perfect date! Read on for our favorite picks.

Meet You for Dinner

Every great date starts with dinner! Here are some local restaurants that are perfect for you and your boo.

The 502 at Chase on the Lake

Situated at the water’s edge, the breathtaking views at the 502 will set the perfect tone for a romantic evening. Be sure to check out the Valentine’s Day featured menu. This includes Norway Chicken, Lemon and Caper Tuna, or a mouth-watering Maine Lobster. Of course, plenty of delicious desserts are featured, as well!


The Merit at Trapper’s Landing

An incredible evening is planned for the Merit’s “Be My Valentine” dinner! You and your date will choose from Chili Maple Glazed Prime Rib, Lobster Tail, or a 22 oz Tomahawk Ribeye. Don’t forget appetizers and dessert! Every course includes a perfectly paired wine, and the dinner includes complimentary champagne!

The Merit Lakeside Dining & Cocktails


The Piggy BBQ

Looking for a truly unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience? Come down to the Piggy BBQ for their three-course Valentine’s Dinner for Two! You’ll each enjoy your choice of soup or salad, a full rack of famous Piggy BBQ ribs with a choice of two sides, and a dessert to share. Plus, bottles of wine are ½ price all night!

Posted by The Piggy BBQ on Monday, February 10, 2020


Unforgettable Experiences

Some of the best memories are made by embarking on amazing experiences together. If that sounds like your idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day, check out some of these possibilities!

Valentine Candlelight Ski at Shingobee Hills

Celebrate your love for each other while sharing your love of the outdoors! Hike or ski to the Shingobee Chalet together, then embark on the candle-lit ski trail. Afterwards, snuggle up around the campfire and sip mugs of hot chocolate. Note that you’ll need to bring your own skis, but snowshoes will be available free of charge!


Try Your Luck at Northern Lights Casino

Stop by Northern Lights Casino between 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM for a chance to win up to $600 in cash! Of course, you can also play on one of the casino’s 900+ slot machines, join the No Limit Poker Tournament, or try some Blackjack!


Enjoy a Sunset Horseback Ride

You and the love of your life taking a quiet horseback ride through the natural beauty surrounding Leech Lake… does it get any better? Pine River Stables offers private horseback rides along the river. You can schedule a ride for any time of day, or take advantage of the Sunset Ride package.


Wind Down with Drinks

As the evening comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to sit back, relax, and reflect on the day — with a delicious drink in hand, of course. Here are our favorite picks to nightcap your date.

WineDown Wine Bar

Past guests have said WineDown is “like walking into a hug.” The cozy, comfortable atmosphere at WindDown lends itself perfectly to savoring a glass or two! Try any one of the dozens of available wines, all of which pair perfectly with the selection of meat & cheese boards on the menu. Truly a perfect way to end a romantic evening!

Portage Brewing Company

After enduring a massive fire in January 2019, Portage Brewing victoriously reopened in December. We’re so glad they did! The rebuilt taproom features cafe-style seating and updated decor. Try such enticing brews as Heading South, a Mexican chocolate pastry stout. Or sip on Paradise Anyway, a New England DIPA featuring notes of coconut and tropical fruit.


As you can see, there are nearly endless possibilities for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in the Leech Lake area. For even more ideas, browse the Recreation, Dine, Shop, and Entertainment sections! Need a place to stay for the weekend? Browse our directory of nearby lodging options.

Whatever you decide, here’s to a happy, love-filled Valentine’s Day!

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