I admit it – I like Valentine’s Day.
OK, so I love any chance to spend time alone with my wife and get all kissy-huggy, but it’s especially fun when we have an excuse to go somewhere new, try something different.
Last year, we took a get-away all the way to….Philadelphia. Yeah, about 30 miles from my front door to be exact. But we went to the Waterfront Hyatt and I booked a room on the top floor that was bigger than some houses I have inspected, with amazing river views.
It was like a vacation. But it happened by accident because I waited until the beginning of February to plan and we got shut out of the cool stuff I heard about.
So, this year, I started planning early. And no matter what part of the Philadelphia area you are in, there are cool (and inexpensive) things to do with your sweetheart.
Got a sweet tooth or love wine? There are a dozen Wine & Chocolate tastings over the weekend (Chaddsford Winery has many). Or if you’re in Bucks County, try a champagne tasting, candlelight dinner or wine and chocolate tasting at the Crossing Vineyard. There is even a Valentine’s Day wine at dessert (8 PM Monday night) at the Cairnwood Mansion in Bryn Athen for those in Montgomery County (it’s just cool to walk around there with a glass of wine and pretend it’s yours).
Looking for something a little different?
Maybe start at the LOVE statue in Love Park, and kick the romantic weekend off on Friday with Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (stays open late, and great light food and cocktails are available). Or a Sweetheart’s Skate at the RiverRink.
And if you want your own mini-vaca, DON’T MISS the unreal values offered at dozens of local hotels. Some include champagne and chocolates, some have roses, candles and drawn baths, some even include a 3 course dinner (which by itself comes close to the cost of the package)!
I’m not going to say which events I have lined up (definite “Do Not Disturb” weekend), but I have something set up for each day from Friday through Monday, and the total bill will be less than $75 per day (I’m madly in love, but not made of money!!)
So, even if you are anti-Valentine’s Day, surprise your loved one and take advantage of the really amazing deals to try a new restaurant, stay in a local hotel, or visit a local vineyard.
It’s OK, I won’t tell anyone where you got the ideas.