Here is a listing of a few of the most interesting and romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day this year in Central Ohio. From special dinners or entertaining events, to romantic getaways and special kid activities…there’s something for everyone this holiday. Even a few for the anti-Valentine’s crowd!
Valentines by Candlelight: February 12 at 6:30 – 9:30pm: Enjoy a romantic dinner at the Ohio Village, followed by the Ohio Village Singers in a concert of Victorian-era love ballads and comic songs, interspersed with readings and romantic verse. $60, $50/OHS member. Reservations are a must for this popular event. Seating is limited, so call early — reservations will be accepted until sold out or through Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. 800-686-1541 to make reservations.
Valentine Wine Dinner: February 12 from 7:30-10pm. Love wine? Wyandotte Winery offers a six course wine dinner for $75 per person, including tax and tip. Reservations required, call 614-476-3626 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten Cents a Dance: February 11 at 8pm. The Columbus Dance Theatre presents Ten Cents a Dance, featuring Chicago cabaret crooner Kathryn Payne. For $50 per person, enjoy dining, drinks, and classic songs and dance. Tickets available here.
Love in the Time of Comedy: Friday & Saturday at 8pm, now through February 12. MadLab’s improv interactive comedy troupe, Full Frontal Nudity, retells your best and worst first date stories from a different point of view. Tickets are $10 per person and are available under the heading “FFN’s Date Night” at MadLab.net
The Un-Valentine’s Show: February 16 from 8-10pm at the McConnell Arts Center. Had enough? Of course you have, and here’s the antidote: an evening of laughs, healthy cynicism and fine music titled “The Un-Valentine’s Show: Songs and Tales of Unforgiveness, Heartbreak, Dysfunction and Revenge.” For tickets and more information, see the MAC website.
Valentine’s Day at the Conservatory: February 14 from 5:30-10pm. This Franklin Park conservatory event is an evening of live music, wine and chocolate, three pairings are included for the $11 ticket price (cash bar available), and access to all the exhibits. Reservations not required.
Valentine’s Day Dinner and Airplane Ride: February 14, from 5-9pm. Appetizer, Dinner and Dessert Buffet, music, dancing, games, prizes, Champagne Fountain, Cash Bar and romantic airplane ride around Downtown Columbus. Tickets: $179 per couple for party and airplane ride; $89.50 tax per couple for party only. Location: JPS Boltonfield Airport, 200 Norton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228 For tickets call 614-878-7422 or stop by JPS.
Sculpted Hearts and Paperweights: Glass Art Class at Glass Axis. February 7, 6-9pm. With the help of an instructor, pick up colored powders on molten glass, and then sculpt it into the shape of a heart; additional glass tools may be used to create a fancy pattern with the color, $60. If you wish, you may create additional hearts for $5 off the regular price. For more information, see www.glassaxis.org
Many hotels offer special Valentine’s packages, but here are some special offers at some very special Ohio locations.
Romance Escape, an overnight Package for 2: Granville Inn. No matter what time of year or what day of the week, whether carefully planned or a spur-of-the-moment surprise, a Granville Inn Romance package is the perfect escape. Enjoy an award winning dinner in our Oak Room or Acorn Pub, then relax in the comfort of one our historic guest rooms with champagne and chocolates. Your Romance Escape package includes the following: Overnight room for 2, a $75 dining certificate, 750mL Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad, Locally made Gourmet chocolates, Continental breakfast in our pub. Horse & Carriage rides may be arranged for an additional fee. Phone: 740-587-3333
Rekindle The Romance at the Inn at Cedar Falls: Any day of the week in February. Want to do something special for the loved one in your life? Here’s the package for you! Spend two uninterrupted nights together in a cozy cottage. Arrive and enjoy a picnic basket dinner with a bottle of wine the first evening. Spend the evening soaking in the whirlpool tub as you become mesmerized by the gas log stove. Join us for a leisurely hearty breakfast each morning. Saturday can be spent strolling or shopping the day away. Return in the afternoon for two 50 minute relaxation massages, followed by a nap. A scrumptious 4-course candlelight dinner will end the perfect day. This romantic package is $749.00 plus tax and gratuity. (additional fees apply for upgrades) Visit on the web or call 1-800-653-2557
Ravenswood Castle’s Annual Salute to Romance: February 10 & 11. Arrive Friday night at the regular rate, and find a complimentary red rosebud and a sweet surprise in your room or cottage. Stay Saturday night in the same room or cottage at half off the regular rate! After the included breakfast, spend the day on a romantic hike or a treasure hunt in or nearby shops and malls. Then return to the Castle for a hot soak in your bath tub or jacuzzi and perhaps a nap. Next, enjoy a delectable dinner of traditional “foods for love” with an included bottle of champagne or sparkling fruit juice. John and Barbiel Saunders will serenade the dinner Guests with beautiful love songs. The rest of the evening is up to you! The cost is your discounted room rate and $35 per person for dinner plus tax and gratuity. The discount applies only if you stay both Friday and Saturday and reserve dinner for two. Book your Sweetheart weekend including dinner by phone at 740-596-2606 and ask for the “Sweetheart Serenade Special” to get the discounted rate. (New Plymouth, Ohio 45654). email: email@example.com
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Blackwell: Package is available February 12-14. Treat your special someone to an evening at the Blackwell. Our Valentine’s Package is sure to delight them! Includes: Overnight Accommodations in Deluxe King guest room for two, Turndown Amenity in the room, including chilled champagne and chocolates, Breakfast Buffet for Two in Bistro 2110 and Valet Parking Package is $139.00, based on double occupancy and hotel availability, plus tax. Package Upgrade Options available must be added at time of reservation and include:
Valentine Dinner for Two, a four-course meal featuring a Lobster/Filet Duo: $125+tax & tip
One hour in-room massage: $105
One Dozen Long-stem Red Roses arranged in a vase: $75
One Dozen Long-stem Red Roses in a box: $50
Three Long-Stem Red Roses arranged in a vase: $25
Velvet Heart-shaped box filled with handmade, European-style Chocolates (14 pieces): $28
Satin Heart-shaped box filled with handmade, European-style Chocolates (15 pieces): $25
16 piece Square Valentine’s Box filled with handmade, European-style Chocolate: $20
Red Rose Petals Added on the bed during Turndown Service: $8
Please contact the Reservations Department to reserve your package and additions by calling toll free at 866-247-4003. Limited Availability
Chocolate Lover’s Package: The Lofts hotel in Downtown Columbus. Drench your senses in pure love with this indulgent package for two. Your experience includes: Overnight accommodations; two half-hour in-room chocolate massages; Dinner for two ($50 value) at your choice of romantic nearby restaurants including Hyde Park, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, and more; Bedside sparkling wine and chocolate truffles; Rose petal turndown service in the evening; Breakfast for two delivered to your room the following morning; Valet parking at our hotel. Transportation to and from nearby restaurants may be available. Please inquire at check-in for more information. BOOK NOW to reserve this package.
A Chocolate Valentine’s Day: On February 14 from 3:15-4:15pm, the Grandview Heights Public Library hosts a K-3 event where kids will make two delicious Valentine’s day treats, one to eat and one to bring home. A $1 donation is requested, and space is limited to 30 kids. For full details, see the web site or call 614-481-3778 to register.
The Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: February 14, at 4pm, an anti-Valentine’s Day event with snacks, crafts and music for the teen-angst set. Free, at the Worthington Library locations. Call 614-807-2626 for more information.