Last-dash Valentine’s Day ideas

Forgot to romance the stone this weekend? Think Feb. 14 is a trumped up holiday for florists and candy makers? Though you may feel Cupid is stupid, even the most modern lover, deep down, wants to be wined and wooed this week. Here’s some still-available Friday-night options that will leave you smelling like a rose.


Haute cuisine on a hay bale: Talented, nomadic chef Erin French of The Lost Kitchen brings her mobile, gourmet flair to Flanagan’s Table Friday for a multi-course wine dinner in a renovated barn in Buxton. What to expect: Imaginative, farm-fresh, Maine-inspired food served common-table style . Click for deets.

Inn by the Sea pets

Paws for love: The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth is more than pet-friendly. It’s pet crazy. For Valentine’s Day the posh property on Crescent Beach offers VIP (Very Important Pet) service to get tails wagging. What to expect: Meat roaf and doggy gumbo for Fido, sustainable pollock for you. Bonus: book a room and gain a 30-minute dog massage on an LL Bean dog bed. Click here for deets


A taste of Fore Street: Portland newcomer Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery opens its tasting room Feb. 14th. To celebrate, the Union spirit makers offer free tastings matched with truffles and cupcakes. What to expect: Cranberry Smash paired with Dean Sweet’s and frosted love from Kupcake, Inc. Click here for deets

Valentine vino

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MJ’s Wine Bar is an intimate spot hidden in plain sight. Portland’s after-work crowd know that One City Center is not just synonymous with ink-stained wretches. Global wine by the glass, sip or bottle from Argentina to Paso Robles are paired with olives, nuts and cheese. What to expect: Discounted bottles of bubbly and sophisticated grape juice matched with chocolate in a low-lit, romantic setting. As it says on the wall: “Make yourself at home. Be as you are.” Click here for deets





Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.