Valentine Weekend Itinerary

January 22, 2016
Valentine Weekend Itinerary

Woo your valentine in CLE

Lexi Hotchkiss

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, which means you’ve got an entire weekend to woo your boo. Of course, your options are aplenty: Glue “Be Mine” candy hearts to the inside of your beloved’s car, write corny haikus, perform a YouTube-worthy rendition of a Frozen song.

OR, you could knock your steady’s socks off with a weekend getaway to CLE. And, chances are, the weekend escape will add some oomph to Cupid’s arrow.


4:30 p.m.: The way to your sweetheart’s heart? The stomach (duh). Start your trip at DANTE, located in a restored bank in the trendy Tremont neighborhood. Chef Dante Bocuzzi serves refined modern American cuisine through a five-course tasting menu in cozy private booths or even in the repurposed bank vault. 2247 Professor Avenue, Tremont, 216.274.1200

6 p.m.: Canoodle as you peruse charming boutiques, art galleries and quaint independently owned bars and eateries sprinkled throughout the trendy Tremont neighborhood. Bonus points: Make a stop at Lilly Handmade Chocolates for a tasty update to the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates. 761 Starkweather Avenue, Tremont

9 p.m.: Head east to the place Down Beat magazine proclaims as one of the best jazz clubs in the nation – Nighttown. Nosh on some late-night bites and sip some bubbly while enjoying the smooth sounds of the renowned Manhattan Transfer. 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, 216.795.0550

Overnight: “We’re staying at the Ritz?!” Get that divinely upscale overnight experience at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland. 1515 West 3rd Street, Downtown, 216.623.1300


8 a.m.: Start V-Day morning in Ohio City for an ooh-la-la petit déjeuner at the quaint French bistro Le Petit Triangle. Leave without trying the crepes and you’re out of your mind! 1881 Fulton Road, Ohio City, 216.281.1881

9 a.m.: Stroll hand-in-hand through one of Cleveland’s most iconic destinations – the West Side Market. Buy some roses, nosh on delectable desserts and even snap a #soinlove selfie from the balcony above. 1979 West 25th Street, Ohio City, 216.664.3387

11 a.m.: What’s a weekend without a little relaxation? Book a couples massage at Marengo Luxury Spa located in the gorgeous Old Arcade in Downtown Cleveland. 401 Euclid Avenue, Downtown, 216.621.4600

1 p.m.: Make your way to the cute, quaint neighborhood of Little Italy for an afternoon soiree at the aptly named La Dolce Vita. 12112 Mayfield Road, Little Italy, 216.721.8155

2:30 p.m.: Don’t worry, we’re not your jonesing-for-grandkids mom. But we would be remiss to not mention that the butterfly-flanked waterfall inside the Costa Rican Rain Forest glasshouse at the Cleveland Botanical Garden is one of the most popular spots to get engaged. 11030 East Boulevard, University Circle, 216.721.1600

4 p.m.: Get that ultimate lovey-dovey experience of ice skating at the Rink at Wade Oval. This unique polymer-surfaced ice-skating rink located in University Circle is dyed pink for Valentine’s Day. 10820 East Boulevard, University Circle

6:30 p.m.: Keep the love-licious dining going at the gorgeous Cowell & Hubbard located in Playhouse Square. French wine and cheese will add that special spark to your evening in this upscale delight. 1305 Euclid Avenue, Playhouse Square, 216.479.0555

8 p.m.: Self-described as “musical foreplay,” the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra's "Love & Longing in CLE" featuring Dominick Farinacci promises an evening of smooth, sexy jazz tunes inside the opulent Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square. 2067 East 14th Street, Playhouse Square, 216.241.6000

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6:30 p.m.: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History in University Circle presents a very special Valentine’s Day event – The Natural History of Food: Chocolate. Chef Chris Hodgeson will create a five-course meal focused around chocolate, which is then paired with various wines. Yes, that’s an entire meal--inside a museum--devoted to chocolate. 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, 216.231.4600

Overnight: You want romance? Then the beautiful 65-room historic Glidden House in University Circle is the place for an amorous overnight stay. 1901 Ford Drive, University Circle, 216.231.8900


10:30 a.m.: After your evening at the Glidden House, sleep in and then take a stroll next door for brunch at Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s Trentina. This is no ordinary brunch, but rather an upscale--and gorgeously delicious--take on eggs and pancakes. 1903 Ford Drive, University Circle, 216.421.2900

12 p.m.: Next, meander your way across the street to the Cleveland Museum of Art for a look at one of the world’s most renowned--and FREE--permanent collections of art. Use the high-tech gadgets in Gallery One to explore examples of work made with romance in mind. 11150 East Boulevard, University Circle, 216.421.7350

4 p.m.: Drive across the Cuyahoga River to the Music Box Supper Club for an afternoon of "infectious vibrant honky tonk & bluegrass" performed by Brittany Reilly & Archilll Crossing. 1148 Main Avenue, West Bank of the Flats, 44113

6 p.m.: Make your way to the hustle and bustle of the emerging East Bank of the Flats for an Italian dinner at the trendy Lago. 1091 West 10th Street, East Bank of the Flats, 216.862.8065

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