Spend a romantic Valentine's Day getaway in the city of Brotherly Love. From mood-setting eateries to other swoon-worthy spots, couples can make it a weekend—or longer—by booking special hotel packages. One popular deal, the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™, comes with two nights and free hotel parking. Here are a few suggestions for ways to embrace Philly's seductive side:
A View To Remember
• The culinary delights served at Lacroix are rivaled only by the picturesque view of Rittenhouse Square outside the glass windows of this fine-dining spot. The Rittenhouse Hotel’s signature restaurant serves French-influenced fusion cuisine with a generous portion of park-gazing as visual accompaniment. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 546-9000
• The mural of an Italian wedding scene next to the outdoor dining garden at Le Virtu might prompt the popping of a certain question. And even if it doesn’t, there’s still plenty to swoon over. The hand-made pasta and Old World-style techniques that go into the Abruzze-centric menu cast a magical spell on any evening. 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-5626
• For daytime romance, brunch at The Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is a must. From tables overlooking the iconic Swann Fountain, lovebirds could easily spend hours sipping champagne and indulging in the dozens of choices from the buffet—crepes, quiches, salads, seafood and desserts. 1 Logan Square, (215) 963-1500
• The sound of gentle waves, the starry skies overhead and the flickering lights of the Philadelphia skyline set the mood for a cozy evening of cocktails aboard the decks of the Moshulu. Inside, at a candle-lit table for two, couples can watch the river roll by and enjoy a luscious dinner or champagne brunch. 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 923-2500
• Nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill River adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Water Works Restaurant and Lounge serves as the perfect spot for a riverside cocktail on the veranda overlooking Boathouse Row or an upscale contemporary American meal inside. It opened in 2006 following a remodel of the city’s historic fresh-water delivery facility and now prides itself on being a first-class restaurant and special-event venue. 640 Water Works Drive, (215) 236-9000
• For a natural high, love-struck men and women can grab their honeys and take the elevator to the top floor of the Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia. The elegant atmosphere, delicious food and sparkling wine at XIX (Nineteen) perfectly complement the sweeping nighttime views of the city. Broad & Walnut Streets, 19th floor, (215) 790-1919
• Centrally located near Rittenhouse Square, Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is our favorite place to stay when we're in town. For V-Day, the hotel is offering the risqué "We’re Bringing Sexy Back" package. Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations in one of the hotel’s Spa rooms; an intimacy kit of playful goodies from the Velvet Lily; a professional one-on-one boudoir photo shoot with the Black Rabbit Fine Photography; and an in-room aphrodisiac dining menu with an enticing custom cocktail meant to please.
o Rates start at $1,099. Package valid for the month of February.
o Book online or call 1 (888) 725-1778 and mention rate code SEXY.
Fall For The Arts
• Visitors can start the weekend with style and sophistication at Art After 5 every Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This weekly evening series showcases an eclectic mix of world and jazz music. Plus, it gives patrons extra hours to explore the galleries. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100
• Visitors fall head over heels for the Barnes Foundation, the newest art-filled addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Lovers of post-impressionism French art enjoy stunning works by Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Picasso and Modigliani. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000
• Those in search of lovely public art can steal a kiss in front of Philly’s iconic works of art. Robert Indiana’s 1976 Love sculpture has become such a landmark that its location, JFK Plaza, is now better known as Love Park. And while the 45-foot-tall steel Clothespin across from City Hall resembles a giant…well, clothespin…artist Claes Oldenburg compared the form to Constantin Brancusi’s "The Kiss," which shows two separate bodies joined in an embrace. Love, 15th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard; Clothespin, 15th & Market Streets
• For romance that steps back in time, lovebirds can relax to the sounds of the clip-clop echoing through the cobblestone streets of Society Hill during a 76 Carriage Company horse-drawn carriage ride. 5th & Chestnut Streets, (215) 923-8516
• Adoring foodies savor the moment during City Food Tours’ three-hour Decadent Gourmet Tour. The weekend gourmet tasting adventure features sweet and savory morsels from five of the city’s favorites, including Flying Monkey Bakery and Di Bruno Brothers. Tour starts at Reading Terminal Market, and advanced purchase is required. 12th & Arch Streets, (800) 979-3370
• Nothing says love like a ride on the El train—at least since the Mural Arts Program and renowned artist Stephen Powers teamed up to create the Love Letter tour, which shows off a series of 50 rooftop murals that read like love notes from a guy to a girl. Passengers on the El—the elevated train that runs along Market Street, called the Market-Frankford Line or the Blue Line—can follow the messages from 45th to 63rd Streets. Each Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., a Mural Arts Program guide leads participants on a tour of the letters. Reservations required. Tour departs from and returns to the Mural Arts at The Gallery. 9th & Market Streets, level 2, (215) 925-3633
• Seven days a week, chocolate lovers satisfy their cravings by joining the Philadelphia Chocolate Tour, during which they indulge in some of the city’s most mouthwatering sweets while learning the history and health benefits of the treat. Stops include Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, Capogiro Gelato Artisans, Verde for Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates and Famous 4th Street Cookie Company. Center City and Reading Terminal Market tours start at Reading Terminal Market, and the Old City tour starts at The Bourse. Reading Terminal, 12th & Arch Streets; The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 833-0044