Valentine’s Day is characterized by many things: long-stemmed flower arrangements, chocolate assortments sold in decorative boxes, a chance to splurge a little on dining out, and often, elaborate lovers’ getaways to places that lend themselves to romantic interludes. Here are two such getaways that hearts and minds in love with the latter two are sure to find enticing.
AAA 4-Diamond hotel Sofitel New York, is bringing the romance with a French twist this Valentine’s Day weekend. Its flirtatious Zou Bisou Bisou package begs for just a little “kiss kiss” on the lovers’ holiday and smooches you back with a delectable three-course Valentine’s Day Dinner prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey (a winner of Food Network’s Chopped) at Gaby Brasserie Française.
Here’s how it’s going down: On Feb. 13, guests will be greeted in their luxurious King Room overlooking the Manhattan skyline by a bottle of Champagne and a box of La Maison du Chocolat. They’ll awaken the following morning to delivery of a dozen red roses and breakfast in bed, followed by a relaxing candlelight in-room couple’s massage. Later, it’s on to dinner (with a bottle of wine) at Gaby Brasserie with a bottle of wine. The Zou Bisou Bisou package is available for stays February 13th-15th.
Chef Harribey’s distinctly French Valentine’s Day menu opens with a complimentary glass of Champagne. The three-course prix-fixe menu is priced at $140 per couple (excluding tax and gratuity) and is available on Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. Featuring selections like Heart Shaped Lobster and Ricotta Cheese Ravioli, Rack of Lamb & Tarte Fine Provençale, and a Ménage a Trois Trio de Desserts (Chocolate mousse tulip with Grand Marnier, raspberry macaron, and Sable Breton and salted caramel sauce), it’s evident that this Valentine’s Day weekend, midtown Manhattan will be the “City of Love.”
For lovers looking to get out of the city to someplace more secluded, Cape Cod’s famed Chatham Bars Inn will celebrate the traditional lovers’ holiday with a February 13th-15th 2-night package that doesn’t spare the romance. Lovers will revel in a Valentine’s Day Weekend Package marked by a cozy dinner dance at the inn’s elegant STARS restaurant, complete with a special five-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Anthony Cole.
Panoramic views of ocean and sky make STARS an ideal setting for a Valentine’s gala dinner dance on Saturday, Feb. 14. After enjoying five-course menu tailored to the occasion, couples can head to the dance floor and cut a rug to live music. Guests can enjoy breakfast for two in bed one morning as well as a lavish Sunday brunch. Morning, noon, and night, this exciting Valentine’s Day weekend package has lovebirds covered when it comes to eating and drinking in comfort and style.
The February 14th gala and Valentine-themed Sunday brunch are also open to Cape Cod residents looking to celebrate the occasion in a setting awash in historic charm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (800) 527-4884.
About Sofitel New York
Sofitel New York, open since 2000, is a stylish Midtown hotel with a decidedly French accent in its contemporary décor, sophisticated artwork, brasserie cuisine, and cosmopolitan service. Its features include an outstanding brasserie, Gaby, as well as affording easy access to Fifth Avenue and the Times Square theater district. For reservations, call 800-SOFITEL (763-4835) or visit www.sofitel.com.
About Chatham Bars Inn
Chatham Bars Inn is one of Cape Cod’s most beloved and storied destinations for family vacations, romantic getaways and corporate retreats. What opened as a luxury hunting lodge for wealthy Bostonians in 1914 is today a full-service resort with 217 individually decorated rooms and suites, endless recreational options, exceptional dining, and an exclusive spa. For reservations and more information, visit www.chathambarsinn.com or call (800) 527-4884.