• Sery Kim

Ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day

PHOTO: Dozen red roses and chocolates from Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Valentine’s Day marks the most romantic day of the year and there are endless ways to celebrate. Check out the below offerings from around the world, suitable for all different types of couples ranging from the over-the-top romantics, foodies and cocktail lovers to the adventurers.

For the over-the-top romantic couple…

Romance Week at The Resort at Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal, Los Cabos offers a luxurious Romance Week from February 14-18, 2017 for foodie couples and travelers alike. The gourmet festivities will celebrate all things love-related and feature a supernova of star chefs and partners, including Sonya Coté from Eden East in Austin, Texas; notable mixologists Lisa Marie Mulligan, Philippe Zaigun and Vivien Gay; renowned Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Luis Robledo Richards from Mexico City; and the resort’s very own Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet. Additional highlights include instructional seminars focusing on subjects such as a chocolate lovers dream where Luis Robledo Richards will teach guests how to craft their own chocolate and ganache, as well as a ceviche class instructed by Chef Sonya Coté that will focus on the preparation of ceviches, aquachiles, and tiraditos.

PHOTO: Washington School House

Washington School House | Park City, Utah

Get spoiled this Valentine’s Day at Washington School House in Park City. The beloved, intimate boutique hotel offers guests a whole day of culinary treats when staying over the holiday. Guests are welcomed to the property with chocolate-covered strawberries waiting in room. After check-in, the hotel’s daily afternoon après will offer a selection of local meats and cheeses, tasty beverages, and sweet treats from Pastry Chef Callie Varner. Tuck in for the evening and avoid busy restaurants as the overnight stay will also incorporate a romantic three-course prix-fixe dinner by Chef Kyle Hirsch (a five-course prix-fixe menu is available as an upgrade). With snow falling outside, enjoy all the on-property amenities such as a chic ski lounge, heated pool terraced in the hillside, a ski valet, and 24-hour concierge, or explore the charming town and Main Street just steps away from the front entrance.

PHOTO: The Mayflower Grace Spa

The Mayflower Grace | Washington, CT

Couples who want to relax in the lap of luxury and indulge in everything that The Mayflower Grace has to offer—amazing food, dreamy spa treatments, beautiful accommodations—can spend Valentine’s Day on property with the Indulgence Package. Guests will spend the night by the cozy fireplace and will enjoy breakfast in bed, treatments and lunch at the spa, and then a delectable dinner in the Mayflower Dining Room. The indulgence doesn’t end until champagne and chocolates are served in room to top the night off.

The Restoration | Charleston, SC

Indulge in The Restoration’s special Valentine’s Day package, consisting of gourmet chocolates by Louis Sherry, one of the oldest French chocolate ateliers, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a delectable dinner for two at farm to table rooftop restaurant, The Watch. Let the stunning views of downtown Charleston make the atmosphere even more romantic while enjoying Southern classic fare with a twist.

Spiced Pear (The Chanler at Cliff Walk) - Newport, RI

The award-winning restaurant of New England’s most romantic hotel, Spiced Pear is helmed by Rhode Island native, Executive Chef Thomas Duffy. Located at The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a historic mansion that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on the famous Cliff Walk, Spiced Pear invites guests and locals alike to indulge in a five-source tasting menu. Menu highlights include veal cheek ravioli, butter poached Maine lobster and muscovy duck breast. Following dinner, indulge in a romantic, butler-drawn bath with your partner.

PHOTO: Don Alfonso at Helena Bay

Don Alfonso at Helena Bay | Northland, New Zealand

Located at New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge, Helena Bay’s signature restaurant offers not only stunning private beach views, but also world-class cuisine from the team behind celebrated Michelin-starred Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy. Couples looking to splurge on a luxurious Valentine’s Day getaway can visit the property and delight in a beautiful estate-to-plate dinner at Don Alfonso at Helena Bay, fueled by ingredients hand chosen from acres-upon-acres of on-property gardens, orchards and farmlands. Executive Chef Michele Martino creates a nightly, always-evolving 6-course degustation menu, including Italian specialties with New Zealand influences, such as Linguine with Clams and Zucchini three ways, a signature dish from the Don Alfonso 1890 restaurant made with all hyper-local ingredients. A truly romantic retreat, the intimate property hosts up to 5 couples at a time, allowing Chef Martino to carefully curate his menu to meet guests’ desires, and to get creative with the daily harvest. To pair, guests can choose from a selection of fine New Zealand and Italian vintages that are pulled from the restaurant’s 1,000 bottle wine cellar each evening, and are meticulously paired with the degustation menu.


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