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Loveland businesses cater to sweethearts
Valentine-themed events range from elaborate to simple
By Craig Young Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
LOVELAND -- Indelibly marked as the Sweetheart City, Loveland carries some pretty high expectations when Valentine's Day rolls around. So local businesses are doing their part to make sure that the city doesn't disappoint.
From a two-day romantic getaway to a quick, fun dinner at a fast-food restaurant, local businesses are offering options to sweethearts. In case you're still scrambling for a fun Valentine's Day idea, here's a sampling of local offerings:
My Big Date
Some people in Loveland are tired of the sweetheart theme, said Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, "mayor" of the travel and festival website HeidiTown.com. "But I say, you know what, you're Love-land; embrace it and run with it."
Kerr-Schlaefer, a Loveland resident who promotes travel across the state, is partnering with two other Loveland businesswomen to sell Valentine's weekend packages featuring local food and drink.
Thank you to the Loveland Reporter-Herald for interviewing one of the "My Big Date" partners, Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer with www.HeidiTown.com. Noco Short Bus Tours and My Big Day LLC are proud to put on an event that celebrates our Sweetheart City!
Have you made dinner reservations for this weekend? We have heard that restaurants around Loveland are booked solid! Be sure to call ahead... there is a lot of LOVE in our Sweetheart City. Everyone wants to spend Valentine's Day in our town!
The good news....
My Big Date has a couple spots open for our Brunch & Brew package! Book before Thursday 2/12/15!
The benefit of our Brunch and Brew package is the you get to spend a FULL DAY
in the Sweetheart City, Loveland, CO!
***The NoCo Short Bus will pick you up at 9:45am and return you to the pick-up location around 2:00pm. After your tour, you'll have enough time to get in some shopping, and take advantage of the specials in your gift bag, then head to dinner. Be sure to book your Valentine's dinner ASAP, and Loveland is a popular place to dine!
BOOK ASAP-- packages will sell out soon!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“My Big Date,” a Valentine’s Day getaway in Loveland, Colorado
Loveland, Colorado January 2, 2015– It’s been the sweetheart city since 1877, and now there is a great reason to make Loveland, Colorado your destination this Valentine’s Day. Three Loveland-based, female owned businesses have created My Big Date, a tasty escape to the Sweetheart City.
“Loveland has been a destination for art lovers for many years, but we want people to realize that the town is the perfect Valentine’s Day destination,” said Christine Kovacs Forster, founder of My Big Day Events, LLC, an event planning company in Loveland.
Last year, Ms. Forster, Mechelle Martz-Mayfield, owner of NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC, a brewery tour service, and Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, founder of HeidiTown.com, the place for Colorado festival and travel stories, came together to create My Big Date.
There are two packages available this year, and space is limited.
The Brunch & Brew package is available on February 14 and 15, 2014. This package includes a coffee tasting at Loco Artisan Coffeehouse, a beer and brunch pairing at Loveland Aleworks and a beer tasting paired with B. Sweet Cupcakes at Crow Hop Brewing Transportation between venues will be provided by NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC.
The second package is a Brewery & Spirits Tour available on February 14, 2014, only. This includes a tour and tasting at Spring 44 Distillery, a tasting flight at Crow Hop Brewing, a tasting flight at Loveland Aleworks and a stop at B. Sweet Cupcakes for a treat. Transportation between venues will be provided by NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC.
Both packages include time for guests to stroll through Loveland’s Fire & Ice winter festival that takes place annually in downtown Loveland over Valentine’s Day weekend.
“My Big Date is a great way to introduce people to Loveland,” said Martz-Mayfield. “It’s an introduction to our active brewery scene, our distillery scene and an opportunity to show off downtown.”
All 42 participants will receive a gift bag filled with Loveland swag, such as coupons, beer tokens, chocolate and more. In addition, each couple will also receive the book entitled, “14 Days of Foreplay,” by marriage and family therapist, Monica L. Lieser.
“My hope is that these two packages will entice people across the Front Range to come experience Loveland this Valentine’s Day. I believe that once they discover what Loveland has to offer, they’ll make future outings here,” said Kerr-Schlaefer.
“I want My Big Date to put Loveland on the map as a destination town,” she added.
My Big Date is brought to you by My Big Day, LLC, NOCO Short Bus Tours, LLC and HeidiTown.com, and has been endorsed by Visit Loveland. For more information on the subject matter of the press release call Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer at (970) 213-2354, email TheMayor@HeidiTown.com or go to ValentinesDayinLoveland.com.
The Backbone Brewhouse inside the LaQuinta Inn in Loveland has announced their dinner menu for the "My Big Date Night" Valentine packages.
This spectacular menu is for special guests who book a package for one of the many tours available with LaQuinta/Backbone Brewhouse. Packages start at just $150 per couple.
View the Laquinta Hotel/Dinner packages HERE
View the Dinner ONLY packages HERE
The business owners of HeidiTown.com, My Big Day Events and NoCo Short Bus Tours are so thankful to all the news outlets that have spread the word about our "My Big Date Night" Valentine's packages!
Visit Loveland CO has been a huge supporter! The City of Loveland is very good to small businesses, and we are grateful for their marketing of all things Valentine's Day.
Guests are joining us from around the country! Our hotels, breweries and distilleries are ready for your business!
The 3 creators of "My Big Date Night" have received a number of questions about the Valentine's packages. We thought we'd share some info with you...
If you are curious about dates, the packages are available for 4 different days/nights. You can enjoy a full day/night in Loveland over Valentine's weekend, OR the following weekend! (14-15, 21-22)
As for the hotel stays, each hotel package is for 1 night in the hotel of your choice. You can book 2 packages for 2 nights. (ex: Friday take a brewery tour and Saturday take a distillery tour). Each package is booked separately.
Regarding hotel arrangements, everything you need will be on your confirmation. We'll give your name to the hotel you book. Your room, and your dinner seating will be reserved. Your name will also be on the tour reservation, and each brewery or distillery will be expecting you!
How do I pick? Figure out what's most important to you. Is it the type of tour? Is it the day/night you have available? Or is it the hotel you stay at or dinner you have? All options are listed out for you on each, individual package.
What's in the gift bags? TONS of free stuff! If you like shopping, chocolate, and beer--- you'll love our gift bags!
That's it for now!
Feel free to EMAIL US with any additional questions.
Sending your Valentine's through the Sweetheart City to get stamped with a special cachet has been a tradition in Loveland, CO since 1947. Envelopes are hand cancelled by Loveland volunteers.
The Loveland Museum/Gallery has added a new tradition, "Stamp Camp" for ages 8 and up. Kiddos can learn all about the history of Loveland's Valentine program and stamp some of the 2014 Valentine's that will make their way through Loveland to mailboxes worldwide!
Two sessions are available for FREE, and space is limited.
Stamp Camp Details:
Dates: Wednesday, February 5, 3:30 - 5pm and Saturday, February 8, 1 - 2:30 pm
Who: Ages 8+
Location: Loveland Museum - 503 N. Lincoln Ave.
Call to Reserve: 970-962-2410
Monroe's Lounge has announced their entertainment options for you to consider when booking your "My Big Date Night" package. The entertainment options below are included in Package 3 and Package 4.
Friday 2/14 and 2/21: Karaoke from 9pm-1am with Sounds Of The Rockies Entertainment Group
Saturday 2/15: “The Ryan Middagh Jazz Quartet” from 6pm-9pm (UNC Doctorates, amazing combo)
Saturday 2/22: “Kurt, Jen & friends”, 7pm-10pm Electric Cello, Guitar and vocals, alternative covers and originals.
My Big Date
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