Take a break from Pittsburgh's snowy winter weather at Phipps Conservatory's many great upcoming events. Running now through February 24 is the Orchid & Tropical Bonsai Show, with exotic flowers and topiaries, plus tips on how to grow the same beautiful blooms right at home. Phipps also just released the schedule for their Party in the Tropics. Held on select Fridays throughout the year (one per month), this 21+ event is free to enter (food and beverages extra) with regular paid admission to Phipps and includes finger foods, mix your own cocktails, and dancing to the beats of a live DJ in the Tropical Forest Conservatory. The first one is scheduled for next Friday, February 8, 2013.
If you're looking for an alternative to the usual restaurant dinner for Valentine's Day, you may also want to consider Phipp's special Members Only Valentine's Day Dinner, where you can eat with your sweetheart in a garden of flowers. Prices begin at $85 per person for a fixed-course meal, with other options available including premium seating and a Chef's Choice tasting menu. For the right price you can even reserve both a private room and server!