Valentine Weekend Itinerary

January 18, 2015
Valentine Weekend Itinerary

Woo Your Valentine in CLE

By: Lexi Hotchkiss

Valentine's Day is on a Saturday 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.

FRIDAY, FEB. 13

4:30pm: 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 Ave., Tremont, 44113, 216.274.1200, dante.danteboccuzzi.com

6pm: Canoodle as you peruse charming boutiques, art galleries and quaint independently owned bars and eateries during the Tremont Art Walk. Bonus points: Make a stop at Lilly Handmade Chocolates for a tasty update to the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates. 761 Starkweather Ave., Tremont, 44113, tremontartwalk.com

9pm: 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, 44106, 216.795.0550, www.nighttowncleveland.com

Overnight: "We're staying at the Ritz?!" Get that divinely upscale overnight experience at the Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland. 1515 West 3rd Street, Downtown, 44113, 216.623.1300, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Cleveland/Default.htm

SATURDAY, FEB. 14

8am: 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, 44113, 216.281.1881, lepetittrianglecafe.com

9am: 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, 44113, 216.664.3387, westsidemarket.org

11am: 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 Ave., Downtown, 44114, 216.621.4600, www.marengospa.com

1pm: 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, 44106, 216.721.8155, www.ladolcevitamurrayhill.com

2:30pm: 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 Blvd., University Circle, 44106, 216.721.1600, www.cbgarden.org

4pm: 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 Blvd., University Circle, 44106, www.universitycircle.org

6:30pm: Keep the love-licious dining going at the gorgeous Cowell & Hubbard located in PlayhouseSquare. French wine and cheese will add that special spark to your evening in this upscale delight. 1305 Euclid Ave., PlayhouseSquare, 44115, 216.479.0555, cowellhubbard.com

8pm: Self-described as "musical foreplay," the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra's "No Need for Words: LOVE in CLE" promises an evening of smooth, sexy jazz tunes inside the opulent Hanna Theatre in PlayhouseSquare. 2067 East 14th Street, PlayhouseSquare, 44115, 216.241.6000, www.clevelandjazz.org

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6:30pm: The Cleveland Museum of Natural History in University Circle presents a very special Valentine's Day event - The Natural History of Food: Chocolate. Yes, that's an entire meal - inside a museum - devoted to chocolate. Chef Chris Hodgeson will create a five-course meal focused around chocolate, which is then paired with various wines. 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, 44106, 216.231.4600, www.cmnh.org

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, 44106, 216.231.8900, www.gliddenhouse.com

SUNDAY, FEB. 15

10:30am: 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, 44106, 216.421.2900, www.restauranttrentina.com

12pm: 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 Blvd., University Circle, 44106, 216.421.7350, www.clevelandart.org

3pm: While in University Circle, take a short walk over to Severance Hall to hear a hand-holding-worthy wind ensemble performance by students from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. 11001 Euclid Ave., University Circle, 44106, 216.231.7300, www.clevelandorchestra.com

6pm: Make your way downtown 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, 44113, 216.862.8065, lagoeastbank.com

7:30pm: Drive across the Cuyahoga River to the recently-opened Music Box Supper Club for an evening of sultry music performed by blues diva Shemekia Copeland. 1148 Main Ave., West Bank of the Flats, 44113, 216.242.1250, www.musicboxcle.com

Feeling a little randy for a V-Day rendezvous to CLE? What's on your itinerary?

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