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The City of Brotherly Love is known for its romantic holiday spirit and Valentine’s Day is the most romantic holiday of them all. Are you ready? Have you made your reservations? Certainly there is a lot to say for spontaneity when it comes to romance but waiting until the last minute to decide where you and your beloved are going to celebrate the day of amore’ can be disastrous. The best known romantic restaurants in the city; The Moshulu (on the river), Fogo de Chao (Center City), Bistro Romano (Society Hill) all report being filled up by a week in advance for special event days like Valentine’s Day. Prime tables have already been reserved at Bone Fish Grill (Rittenhouse Square). If you want this Valentine’s Day to go off without a hitch, you had better start planning now.
Place your order now, for some roses to be delivered to your beloved’s place of employ. Buy his or her favorite champagne and have it chilling. Pick up a few romantic candles and a heart shaped box of those chocolate filled candies. A gift like jewelry, perfume or cologne is always a great mood setter. If you are very photogenic, a provocative photo of yourself scantily clad and alluringly posed may be the deal maker, of course in my case it might turn out to be the deal breaker.
Tickets to a show are very cool for a Valentine’s Day outing. For romance, you can’t beat Romeo and Juliet, playing at the Academy of Music. The World Café Live is offering a delightfully romantic night of George Gershwin’s music with dinner and drinks a la carte. There are a lot of fantastic ways to spend a day and/or night dedicated to love, in Philly but it all starts with making plans and reservations early.
If you are looking to go all out romantically and create some lasting memories, how can your date not be impressed with a Valentine’s Night Cruise along the Delaware River aboard Philly’s famous local cruise ship the glamorous Philadelphia Belle? The event is hosted by Starr Events so you know the live music will be top notch as well as the all-inclusive four course meal being delicious. Service will, of course, be excellent in addition to the great view, a glass of champagne comes complimentary and your loved one also will receive a traditional single red rose signifying your eternal love.
If you are looking to send a slightly more naughty message to your lover, perhaps City Food Tours 2.5 hour, three course valentines Dinner Event featuring eighteen different aphrodisiac ingredients would be a way to make sure the message is received loud and clear. Entertainment includes scientific explanation about how the aphrodisiacs work as well as humorous sexual tidbits and aphrodisiac myths. A sexual trivia contest is included, complete with funny, naughty and nice prizes. Learn the secret to Cleopatra’s special, potent, love potions and enjoy some seductively, romantic soul music. Chef Dan Tursi promises to provide a very entertaining cooking lesson to help couples spice up their time spent in the kitchen. You must be 21 to participate due to the adult theme and nature of some of the surprises.
My own vote for best romantic spot to enjoy Valentine’s day is the fabulous Fairmont Water Works Restaurant and Lounge located behind the Art Museum on Art Museum Drive. The sparkling view of the Schuylkill River with the lights bouncing off the long water fall is breath taking. The ambiance is historic and full of Philly tradition. The service is classical and first class. Their cuisine is neo-classical and I can attest to the Medallions of Filet Mignon being among the most tender and mouthwatering in the city.
Here’s to hoping this Valentine’s Day turns out to be everything you dream. And remember, make those reservations now!