Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re still looking for ideas, look no further! From getaways to the Napa Valley to romantic hotel deals to spa treatments to wine events, friends and lovers are invited to indulge in Valentine’s Day weekend with decadent jewels, wine tastings, in-room fireplaces, soul-stirring meals and decadent spa time. Here are the hautest gifts and getaways to impress that special someone in your life.
Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. is thinking pink for Valentine’s and beyond. The iconic jeweler has created many great designs of both new and re-imagined in softer shades of Tiffany’s rubedo and rose gold, and our current favorite– sparkling Morganite. Named for J.P. Morgan, one of Tiffany’s top Gilded Age clients, this morganite and diamond bangle is simply spectacular at nearly 75 carats!
This once-in-a-lifetime collaboration is as unique as your loved one. 25 award winning chefs have come together to create a limited-edition collection of artisan chocolates to benefit Charity Water
, while all profits from this collection will be donated to bring safe drinking water to communities around the world. The Constellation Chocolate Collection includes 25 pieces of artisan chocolates – a luxurious indulgence, and a rare opportunity to glimpse the creative genius of these legendary chefs including Tyler Florence, Teague Moriarity, Matthew Accarrino, Lissa Doumani, Mourad Lahlou with Melissa Chou, Patrick O’Connell with Evan Sheridan, Gerald Hirigoyen, and Robert Curry with Paul Lemieux. The IfOnly Constellation Chocolate box entices with flavors such as Agastache Caramel Chocolate Truffle, Habanero Salted Caramel in Dark Chocolate, Nocino with Caramel, California Redwood, and more! Quantities are limited. The price is $100 at Ifonly.com. Please see below for photos and a full map of flavors and participating restaurants. To view all Vanentine’s Day offerings, please visit:http://www.ifonly.com/Valentines-Day
Located on the second floor of the iconic One Kearny building, Hakkasan will be offering a seven-course pre-fixe menu for $88 per person consisting of dishes designed to be shared among loved ones. All of the dishes featured on the menu highlight Hakkasan’s modern Cantonese cuisine. Dinner will be served on Friday, February 14 from 5:30pm-11:00pm. Reservations can be made by calling 415-829-8148 or emailing [email protected].
Americano Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Vitale
Celebrate romance at Spoonbar with a special Valentine’s menu from Chef Louis Maldonado. Savor your way through four deliciously decadent courses ending in sweetness with a gift to take home. Available on February 14 from 5:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m.; cost is $75 per person and $45 for the wine pairing. For Reservations, call 707-433-7222
Enjoy the Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at Dry Creek Kitchen. Executive Chef Dustin Valette enchants the evening with a six course Gala Dinner menu priced at $99 per person with a wine pairing option priced at $79, available on Friday, February 14 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. For reservations, call 707-431-0330.
A16 San Francisco will celebrate their 10th anniversary on Valentines’ Day 2014. Co-owners Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin will host a special dinner that evening where A16’s original chef, Christophe Hille will collaborate on a menu with current Executive Chef Chris Thompson featuring the “classics” of A16 – favorite dishes from the past decade.
On Friday, February 14, CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $80 per person. Guests can choose between six appetizers, six entrees, and five different desserts. Chef Yuko Kajino offers a take-home gift of CHAYA truffles, and those who dine before 7pm can enjoy the “Early Love-Bird” special with a complimentary ½ bottle of Rose. With idyllic views of the Bay Lights installation, CHAYA’s dining room provides a romantic setting with floor to ceiling windows looking out to the Bay Bridge. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 415-777-8688 or visit www.thechaya.com
Enjoy the prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu featuring a sumptuous multi-course meal with wine pairings created by Executive Chef Adam Mali. For reservations, please email [email protected]
or call us at +1 (415) 986 2020. While at the bar at Brasserie S&P, enjoy the new “Pommy With Love” cocktail made from Spirit Works Gin, Tru Organic Vanilla Vodka, house made pomegranate grenadine, white cacao with a cinnamon rim.
Roka Akor San Francisco will be offering a five course Valentine’s Day menu prepared by Executive Chef Roman Petry ($128 per person; $62 per person beverage pairing). Downstairs at Roka Bar, “Roses and Rosé” will be offered which includes a bottle of Jean-Charles Boisset and three long stem red roses in a vase – the all-in-one stop for couples. Guests are welcome to dine from the a la carte menu or the special Valentine’s Day menu, available from 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Valet parking is offered. For reservations, call 415-362-8887 or [email protected]
Located on the scenic Embarcadero in San Francisco, EPIC Roasthouse offers an experience beyond the traditional steak house with panoramic views of the bay and is the perfect location to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that someone special. EPIC Roasthouse is offering a sumptuous three-course meal for $90 per person featuring Chef Parke Ulrich’s specialties, which will be available on February 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. For Reservations, call 415-369-9955.
On Feb. 14, guests will enjoy a seasonally inspired, four-course prix fixe for just $80 per person. Guests will be treated to a “dueling menu” created by new executive chef Jason Rea, which features two dishes per course for couples to sample, savor, and share together. Items include Poached Prawns with Red Beet Granite and Frosted Buttermilk
and Gnocchi with Braised Ox Tail, English Peas and Parmesan Foam
(full menu below). Optional cocktail or wine pairings are available for an additional $35 per person. Reservations can be made by calling TRACE at 415-817-7836 or via OpenTable
Executive Chef Parke Ulrich will offer Waterbar guests a special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu with many delicious offerings for $80 per person on Valentine’s Night from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Chef Ulrich will feature dishes such as Dungeness Crab Risotto with black truffle, crisp artichoke, pomegranate; Seared Diver Sea Scallop with caramelized butternut squash, black trumpet caramelli pasta, blood orange; Champagne Poached Petrale Sole; American Caviar, roasted baby beets, mache; Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib with Butterball potato gallete, fried maitake, carmelized cippolini jus. A selection a desserts will also be offered. For Reservations, call 415-284-9922.
The Napa Valley Wine Train is offering the quintessential offering for couples who will view Napa Valley’s winter landscape without the hassle of crowds, riding a private train with reserved seating while enjoying fine dining service with multi-course meals prepared by Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald.
Extending through Valentine’s Day and into the weekend (February 14 – 16), guests of the Wine Train may reserve seats on either the Vista Dome
or Gourmet Express
train cars for this special occasion.
lunch trains have the option of a winery tour at Raymond Family Vineyards or Grgich Hills Winery, among many and dinner trains will be accompanied with a serenading violinist while all rides include a glass of sparkling wine, chocolate treat and a love lock to symbolize couples love for one another.
The Napa Valley Wine Train’s Love Lock Bridge connects the station to the boarding platform and has been dedicated to lovers from around the world for several years. Visiting couples are encouraged to leave a decorated padlock with initials and/or special date to mark their appreciation and love for one another. This practice is thought to have started in China where it is tradition to “lock your soul” together. http://winetrain.com/love-lock
Guests aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train experience a relaxing three-hour, 36-mile round-trip journey from Napa’s historic downtown and through the Napa Valley to St. Helena, Napa Valley’s Main Street. Along the way, guests learn about the Napa Valley’s acclaimed offerings and history while rolling past stunning scenery with optional beverage pairings. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a dreamscape of unforgettable experiences for visitors and locals alike, from hands-on winery tours to romantic moonlight escapes and more. Valentine’s Day packages on the Napa Valley Wine Train start from $134. For more information and reservations, please call 800.427.4124 or visit http://winetrain.com/holiday/valentines-day
Executive Chef Matt Greco of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is offering an amazing four-course dinner
from February 14 – February 16 in honor of Valentine’s Day. Bring in your partner and indulge in dishes like tuna tartare with caviar, celery root crème, smoked potato chips and sorrel, or scallops with bacon, lentil, salsify and black truffle and winter citrus and pistachio napoleon with anise and coconut, among other items. For $96 per person, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is the perfect, romantic setting to bring your significant other!
Ram’s Gate Winery
What better way to toast your loved one than with celebratory bubbles?! The esteemed Ram’s Gate Winery has just released its first ever Brut Rose and Blanc de Noirs varietals, which join in good company with its ever-popular NV Sparkling Brut. Perfect for gifting, the 2009 Estate Brut Rose ($52/bottle), 2009 Estate Blanc de Noirs ($48/bottle) and NV Sparkling Brut, North Coast ($30/bottle) can be purchased separately, as a 2009 Estate Sparkling Duo Gift Pack ($100) or a Sparkling Trio Gift Pack ($130) online or at the winery. Additionally, a Sparkling Flight of all three will be poured in the Tasting Room at Ram’s Gate Winery through Valentine’s Day Weekend ($20/flight). For additional information, to book a reservation or purchase wine, go to www.ramsgatewinery.com
or call 707-721-8700; Ram’s Gate Winery, 28700 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, open 10am – 6pm, Thursday – Monday.
Spend Valentine’s Day enjoying Ehlers Wine & Chocolate Experience
On Valentine’s Day, from 11am on (with one day advance notice), The Ehlers Wine and Chocolate Experience tasting and walkabout features specially made and handcrafted chocolates from Kollar Chocolates in Yountville. Chocolatier Chris Kollar uses classic European chocolate techniques adding his own new-world twist. He explores unique flavor profiles using only the finest ingredients to create jewel-like creations that bring amazement and happiness to those fortunate enough to taste them. Kollar is a savory chef by training with 19 years of experience in kitchens across the country and beyond. In 2001 he settled in the Napa Valley and worked at Domaine Chandon, Tra Vigne, Pinot Blanc, Go Fish, and finally Peter Michael Winery where he discovered and cultivated his passion for chocolate. The cost is $50 per person or $35 for wine club members. For Reservations: contact Maria at 707.963.5972 x:301 or email [email protected] for an appointment.
In celebration of the holiday of love, Seghesio Family Vineyards invites guests to treat their sweetheart to a special evening in the winery’s romantic Redwood Room on Friday, February 14, featuring an exceptional three-course pre-fix menu prepared by Executive Chef Peter Janiak. Located in the heart of Healdsburg, California, the Seghesio Family Vineyards Winery, is an ideal and picturesque setting for couples to enjoy a very special Valentine’s Day celebration. The evening will kick off with at 7 pm with an intimate welcome reception, including pours of Seghesio wines, bubbles, a salumi & cheese board and passed appetizers. At 8 pm, guests will be seated for a delicious three-course pre-fixe menu. The cost is $120 per person and $100 per wine club member. For Reservations, c
all 707-395-3609 or email [email protected]
On Valentine’s Day, from 10 am to 4 pm, separate yourself from the amateurs and woo your new love interest (at least for the night) tastefully with a bottle of 2011 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, while reciting your knowledge of Shakespeare. PlumpJack was Queen Elizabeth’s endearing nickname for the rotund Jack Falstaff of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. After a bottle of this tantalizing wine, maybe your date will come up with a cute nickname for you too. The cost is $20 per person; 2011 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $98. For Reservations, call 707.945.1220
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Whether you’re out on the town or in for a romantic night with your sweetheart, commemorate Valentine’s Day with Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Diamond Red Blend. A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is warm, rich and distinctly spicy – perfect for a romantic evening. The velvety texture and supple tannins invite you to take another sip and let each dazzling flavor linger. And, for a limited time only, Francis Ford Coppola Winery is offering these special Valentine’s Day Packages featuring the 2011 Diamond Red Blend, ideal for a gift or to enjoy on your own!
CordeValle, A Rosewood Resort
“Puppy Love” Package
A quick yet idyllic getaway from San Francisco, CordeValle presents their luxury puppy romance package for loved ones to enjoy their Valentine’s Day with the entire family (and four-legged friends). The package includes pampering spa treatments and a wine tasting for the couple and doggie turndown, private walks and gourmet meals for their canine companion. Here is the rundown: 1 Couples Massage at Sense spa (60 minutes); a special Valentine’s Day doggie turndown, including heart-shaped cookies, bones and other treats; complimentary daytime puppy playtime at the resort’s dog park; one hour of complimentary dog walking services (additional dog sitting and dog walking services arranged upon request); gourmet doggie meals prepared by CordeValle’s culinary team – one meal per day or two in one day – based on arrival/departure and customized CordeValle dog bedding and food and water dishes.
Sir Francis Drake
The “Return to Romance” Package
In honor of the historic hotel’s 85th Anniversary, Sir Francis Drake Hotel has launched a Retro Romance package offering couples a unique “throw back” to a more romantic era. The package includes one night’s accommodations in a Grand Room, a “Quickie Cocktail” shared in the hotel’s secret Prohibition Room, dinner for two at classic San Francisco restaurant, John’s Grill, dancing in Sir Francis Drake’s famed Starlight Room and a TCHO Chocolate Amenity (San Francisco-based TCHO Chocolates has made an exclusive “I Left My Heart At The Drake” Chocolate treat just for this occasion). Available through the end of the year, the “Return to Romance” package can be booked online at www.sirfrancisdrake.com or by calling 800-795-7129; Rates start at $337.
Heart and Soul Valentine’s Day Package
The Heart and Soul package includes a three-night stay in a Garden View King Room, bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, daily breakfast, and a special six-course Chef’s Tasting Menu at Michelin-starred Restaurant at Auberge. Rates start at $3,405 per couple for three nights, including tax, available February 12-17, 2014.
Villagio Inn and Spa and Vintage Inn
Valentine’s Suite Sensations
The Romance Suite Sensations package includes a one-night stay for two at either Villagio Inn and Spa or Vintage Inn, an in-room bottle of wine, Champagne breakfast buffet, afternoon tea service, and access to Spa Villagio’s facilities. Rates start at $1,345 per couple, per night, excluding tax and gratuity, available February 3-28, 2014 (Sunday – Thursday).
The Carneros Inn
Celebrate Romance Package
The Celebrate Romance package includes a two-night stay in any available room category, complimentary sparkling wine delivered upon arrival, breakfast in bed and a romantic dinner at Boon Fly Café, FARM, or in-room dining. Rates start at $498 per night, per couple, excluding tax and gratuity, available year-round.
The Seduction package includes a two-night stay in a Garden View King Room, private tour and exclusive barrel tasting at O’Brien Estate Winery, limited availability romantic trio set of three O’Brien wines in custom display box, picnic lunch at O’Brien from VINeleven Market, chocolate truffles, breakfast for two in the restaurant or room-service and a 2 p.m. late checkout. Rates start at $319 per couple per night with a two-night minimum, excluding tax, available through February 28, 2014
The Meritage Resort and Spa
The “Twitter-Patter” package includes a two-night stay in a superior guest room or suite, in-room bottle of sparkling wine, “Twitter-ons” (Twitter blue macaroons), 50-minute couples aromatherapy massage, dinner for two at Siena Restaurant and breakfast in bed each morning. Package also includes two signature robes with guests’ Twitter handles monogrammed and a late checkout of 2 p.m. Rates start at $1,000 per couple for two nights, excluding tax and gratuity, Available February 1 – 28, 2014.
The Be My Valentine package includes a two-night stay, one chocolate decadence spa treatment, bottle of sparkling wine, package of chocolate truffles, and a message in a bottle (customized when booking; the bottle is then delivered to the room with breakfast). Rates start at $985 per couple for two nights, excluding tax and gratuity, available through March 30, 2014
The Romance Package includes deluxe guest room accommodations, Napa Valley sparkling wine and strawberries for two, daily breakfast at BANK Café or in-room dining and a 4 p.m. late checkout. Rates start at $219 per couple per night, including tax, Available year-round.
Celebrate Romance Package
The Celebrate Romance package includes overnight accommodations in any room category, a Moscow Mule cocktail from Lucy Restaurant upon check-in, body oil and bath salts, candles and in-room Champagne and, 20 percent off all spa services at the Spa at Bardessono. Rates start at $550 per couple per night, excluding taxes and gratuity, Available through April 30, 2014
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco
This Valentine’s Day and beyond, guests will be invited to rejuvenate with the 1 hour 50 minute Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy Bloom element in which 10% of the treatment costs booked until February 28, 2014, will be donated to the American Heart Association. Additionally, 10% of any Bloom signature candles, massage and body oil, bath and shower oil sold will also be donated to the cause. Bloom relates to the Chinese element of fire and the acupuncture meridians of the heart balancing the person – not only healthy but also heartwarming! For inquiries, please contact +1 (415) 276-9780 or email [email protected]
Signature Romance Suite Sensations
Each personalized Suite Sensation includes any treatment from the suite experiences menu in a spa suite, private relaxation time, food and wine pairing, and a personal spa concierge. Rates are $1,150 per couple for 3.5 hours, excluding tax and gratuity. Available Monday–Friday through February 28, 2014.
Wild Rose and Champagne Mudslide
This Signature mudslide treatment is enhanced with crushed wild roses and an organic champagne mimosa essential oil blend. Package for two includes: 60 minute mudslide, glass of sparkling wine, access to their mineral rich geothermal pools and gratuities. Available daily. $215 Monday through Thursday and $225 Friday- Sunday, includes tax.
The Eat-Spa-Love treatment includes loofah body polish followed by an 80-minute Terra massage with sensual aromatic oils, a cheese platter and glass of sparkling wine for two. Rates: start at $499 per couple for 105 minutes, including tax. Available daily.
Hosted by assistant winemaker Roger Harrison, Beringer is offering a three-course candlelit dinner paired with reserve wines in the Hudson House. Rate is $165 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, available on February 15, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Wine and Chocolate Festival
This intimate, seated tasting features a special Cabernet Sauvignon vertical flight paired with confections from Le Belge Chocolatier. The rate is $35 per person (complimentary for club members), available February 14, 15 and 16, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cocoa and Cabernet Experience
A seated tasting of three Cabernets and three chocolates every day in February. The rate is $50 per person, reservations required, available daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Silverado Resort and Spa
This month, Silverado Resort and Spa invites couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic getaway package, two special prix fixe dining options, and irresistible massages by the fireplace. Silverado handles all the details, allowing couples to fully enjoy the romance amid the beauty of Napa Valley.
The resort’s Be My Valentine Package is available from February 1 through February 28, 2014. Starting at $254 a night, this package includes deluxe accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival night and a delicious continental breakfast each morning at The Grill – all the vital ingredients to ensure that the most important moments during your getaway stay are also the happiest and most unforgettable. To reserve this package, please visit www.silveradoresort.com or call (1) 707-257-0200 or (1) 800-532-0500. At the resort’s Royal Oak restaurant, Executive Chef Jeffrey Jake will offer a four-course prix fixe Valentine’s menu, available for dinner February 14 through February 15, 2014. The menu is priced at $78 per person with an additional wine pairing option available at $25 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. On Valentine’s Day at The Grill at Silverado, Chef de Cuisine Pablo Jacinto will offer a three-course prix fixe menu with a glass of sparkling wine for just $60 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. A limited “Sweet Specials” menu, priced à la carte, will also be offered February 15 through February 16, 2014, in addition to the regular menu. Dining reservations for both restaurants are required and can be made by calling 707-257-5431 or email [email protected].
Throughout the month of February, The Spa at Silverado is offering the Crush on You massage, a romantic massage for two beside the fireplace in the couple’s suite. To start the celebration off right, the massage begins with two glasses of sparkling wine and chocolate bites. The Crush on You massage is priced at $260 for 50 minutes and $380 for 80 minutes.
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