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Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, falls on a Thursday this year, and West Virginia state parks are offering special "sweetheart deals" before, during and after that special day.

Feb. 8-10 - Sweetheart Weekend at Pipestem Resort State Park: This weekend will include two nights lodging at McKeever Lodge, dance lessons for the weekend and dinner on Saturday evening for two. The cost for this package is $157.56 for single or $215.80 for two people. This price includes taxes and gratuity. There will be a cash bar available on Saturday evening. DJ for the weekend is Sean Ritchie from Oak Hill. To make reservations, call 304-466-1800. Information about the event and Pipestem State Park is online at www.pipestemresort.com/special.html.

Feb. 8-10 - Sweetheart Weekend at North Bend State Park: This will be a special weekend to share at one of the state's most romantic parks. The schedule includes dinner and the Sweetheart Dance on Saturday evening. Participants also may schedule hikes, crafts, tours, and more. An overnight package is available. Reservations are required and it is recommended they be made soon as this weekend event books quickly. Call 304-643-2931. Information about North Bend is available online at www.northbendsp.com/Special/special.html.

Feb. 8-10 - Sweetheart Weekend at Twin Falls Resort State Park: Celebrate with dinner, dancing, singing and games. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call 304-294-4000 for event details and to make reservations. More information about Twin Falls Resort is online at www.twinfallsresort.com/calendar.html.

Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day Getaway at Cacapon Resort State Park: A romantic meal will be prepared for your enjoyment accompanied by a live violin performance by Tiffany Thomas. The overnight package includes one night at the Cacapon Lodge, dinner for two, and entertainment. Call 304-258-1022 for reservations. More information about Cacapon Resort State Park is available online at www.cacaponresort.com/events.htm.

Feb. 15 - Valentine Dinner and "Elvis" at Chief Logan Lodge: Chief Logan Lodge has a Valentine's dinner and show scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, this year. Enjoy dinner, a show by Wrenn Mangum, an Elvis impersonator, and overnight accommodations at Chief Logan Lodge. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. on Friday evening. One-night package rate for two people is $115; two-night package for two people is $165. Overnight guests enjoy express breakfast for two. For dinner and Elvis-'50s show only, the cost is $65 for two people. Reservations are required. For information about Chief Logan Lodge and facilities, call 304-855-6100 or visit online www.chiefloganlodge.com.

Feb. 15 - Luminaries Sweetheart Hike at Blackwater Falls State Park: Bundle up and bring your sweetheart on a leisurely stroll along Forest Road 13 to Lindy Point trail in the soft light of dusk. Meet at the Sled Run Building to depart. The hike will follow the trail for about three miles. Following your luminaries, return to the Sled Run, enjoy the comforts of a cozy fire and hot chocolate. The hike is informal with a park naturalist available to answer questions. Pre-registration not required. Call 304-259-4833 for trail condition information 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information about Blackwater Falls State Park, visit online www.blackwaterfalls.com/special.htm or call 304-259-5216.