No disrespect to the world’s candies, but instead of tipping back a whole box of chocolate-covered nougat and butterscotch squares this Valentine’s Day, I propose we go DO something with the ones we love.*

*And maybe eat some chocolate, too.

You can snowshoe together and roast marshmallows by a bonfire. You can explore the chubby-tire world of fat bikes, climb rock walls or try AcroYoga (which is like acrobatics and yoga combined and it’s done in partners). There are a plenty of options.

It just so happens that Valentine’s Weekend also coincides with Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, which runs Feb. 12-14 and includes tons of outdoor events around the state, from twilight hikes to snowshoe races. Check the complete GMOW schedule.

So whether you’re spending the weekend with a significant other, friends or you’re venturing out on your own, you can be sure to get your heart racing one way or another.

Get physical this Valentine’s Weekend with these 16 ideas:

Nurture Through Nature Eco~Retreat Center, Denmark
Nurture Through Nature Eco~Retreat Center, Denmark

Snowshoe & Sauna Steam Bath, Denmark

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. $50 for two people. Nurture Through Nature Eco~Retreat Center, Denmark
Snowshoe. Sauna steam bath. Now that’s an awesome combination. Explore the 33 acres on Pleasant Mountain and end your day in the wood~fired sauna steam bath, tucked in the forest. $50 covers snowshoes and sauna for two people. Registration required.
More info!

Maine Yoga Adventures photo
Maine Yoga Adventures photo

New England Outdoor Center Ski Adventure

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. $50. New England Outdoor Center, Millinocket
There will be yoga. There will be cross-country skiing in the shadow of Katahdin. There will be soup! Rentals available, no experience necessary.
More info!
Read more about Maine Yoga Adventures: Get outside with Maine Yoga Adventures: Snowshoeing, X-C skiing, rock climbing, beer!

Beginner AcroYoga

1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. $35 in advance, $40 day of. Scarborough Yoga, Scarborough
Not exactly sure what AcroYoga is? It’s “a blend of yoga, partner acrobatics and thai massage.” On second thought, why not give it a try and see what you think. No partner or experience necessary.
More info!

Ski/Snowshoe/Walk & Bonfire at Witherle Woods

Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb 13. Free. Witherle Woods Preserve, Castine
Cross-country ski, snowshoe or walk the trails at Witherle Woods Preserve. When you’re ready for a break, have a seat at the bonfire. Marshmallows and hot cocoa provided!
More info!

Snowshoe games! Norway Snowshoe Festival photo
Snowshoe games! Norway Snowshoe Festival photo

Norway Snowshoe Festival

10 a.m. to noon Saturday Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. $20 races. Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway
On Saturday, sign up for the 2.5k, 5k and 10k Snowshoe Races. Then on Sunday, it’s the Snowshoe Games, featuring a family relay, three-legged race, 100-yard dash, egg & spoon race, musical chairs and snowshoe wife-carry.
More info!

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Baxter Outdoors Narrow Gauge Frozen 5K

10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. $25 early bird, $30. Maine Huts & Trails, Stratton Brook Trailhead, Kingfield
The course of this snowshoe race takes participants along the banks of the Carrabassett River on a mixture of double track groomed and single track ungroomed snowshoe trail.
More info!

Maine Women’s Hike/Snowshoe

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Free. Wolfe’s Neck, Freeport
This hike will be 1.5 to 2 miles and is perfect for beginners. The group’s motto is “To go as slow as the slowest person,” and new hikers/snowshoers are always welcome.
More info!
Read more about the Women’s beginner hiking/snowshoeing group

Caribou Mountain Snowshoe Hike

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Donations welcome. Caribou Mountain, West Bethel
BYO snowshoes (and your dog, if you’d like!) to this snowshoe hike up Caribou Mountain. The views are stupendous.
More info!

Intro to Aerial Yoga

Noon to 2 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. $25. Equilibrium, Balancing Health, Biddeford
Give the yoga swing a chance! You could find that dangling from the ceiling is now your favorite way to relax. Besides, aerial yoga just looks fun. No yoga experience necessary!
More info!

Too daunted by the towering walls? There are lots of beginner-friendly options, too. Shannon Bryan photo
Too daunted by the towering walls? There are lots of beginner-friendly options, too. Shannon Bryan photo

Two-for-one indoor rock climbing

All day Sunday, Feb. 14. Day pass is $16 and rentals are $10. Evo Rock + Fitness, Portland.
One person belays while the other climbs. There must be some relationship analogy there related to supporting each other and having one another’s backs. Either way, enjoy two-for-one climbing all day.
More info!

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Shannon Bryan photo

Fat Bike Demo Day

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Free, donations encouraged. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson
Fat bike just look like fun, don’t they? Here’s a chance to try them out on the trails at HVNC. Bath Cycle and Ski will be on-site with a variety of bikes to try.
More info!

Luv Me 5K Run/Walk

10a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. $18. Samoset Resort, Rockport
Run or walk this 5K through Rockport, which starts and ends at the Samoset Resort. Free pizza and access to the sauna, pool and other facilities after the 5K. Pool!
More info!

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Valentine Ski Date

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. $15 ski package, $12 snowshoes. Trail passes $15/person. Carter’s XC SKi Center, Bethel
Do some cross-country skiing on the trails at Carter’s XC Ski Center in Bethel. Bring a date, a friend or ski on your own. Rentals available. Free chocolate for every skier!
More info!

Partner Thai Yoga Massage Workshop

12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. $35 per person. Willard Beach Studio, South Portland
Be the best date ever and learn how to give a soothing head to toe Thai Yoga Massage. In exchange, you’ll get to enjoy a relaxing & soothing massage from you partner.
More info!


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