“When it rains, look for rainbows; when it’s dark, look for stars.”

— Oscar Wilde

Ah, love.  It’s hopeful, excited, full of potential.  And it’s on full display every February 14th.  But when pandemic protocol makes a romantic night (or day) out challenging, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day in and around Denver while staying safe and distancing from the masses.

Here are five ways to enjoy a virtual, yet romantic, Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart.

Bake a piñata cake.  Denver-based Chefate is hosting a virtual cake stuffing party, where participants can connect online as they create culinary masterpieces (or something close).  Perfect for couples who enjoy chemistry in the kitchen, it’s also a great opportunity for those flying solo to make virtual friends as they show off their pastry prowess.  Or you can attend without your mate to create a tasty surprise for Valentine’s Day.  Chefate’s founder Chef Nakia, notes on her website that a non perishable food item will be donated for each person who attends the Surprise Your Sweetie event.

Sign up here for the event, which occurs Saturday, Feb. 13th at 9am MST.

Watch a show.  Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center is offering a streaming version of Almost, Maine, “a vignette of nine short plays that explore the love and loss in a remote almost-town called Almost, Main.”

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased here.  The show will run Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12th and 13th, at 7:30pm MST.

Enjoy the opera.  Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s “Some Enchanted Evening” will feature performances from classic operas including La Boheme, Paglicaci and Samson and Delilah, with additional selections from The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and South Pacific.  At just $10 for an online download, it’s an economical way to get your special someone in the Valentine’s Day mood.

The event will occur at 7:30pm EST (that’s 5:30 Colorado time), and tickets can be purchased here.

Paint a masterpiece.  Or something close. LoDo’s Painting with a Twist is offering a number of in-person classes on Valentine’s Day, but for those couples who want or need to stay in, there are at-home kits designed to foster shared creativity and fun. Choose the whimsical “Adorned Llamas” set or the moody “A View For Two” set which includes online video instruction. Pick up on site. Prices start at around $70 per set (which includes materials for two). Check out your options here and note that there are even Daddy (or Mommy) and Me sets for a family-friendly Vday experience.

Give (and get) a massage. Enjoy a spa day at home with a massage. Cryptotherapy UK’s Nathan offers a free video teaching you How to Give Your Partner the Perfect Massage for Valentine’s Day. Create your own ambiance with a few scented candles, mood lighting and soft music, and don’t forget a soothing massage oil. Following the video, you can give and receive a lovely massage in less than an hour. Check it out here.