Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day in St. Louis

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Love is in the air and spring is on the way, so take a winter break in St. Louis. The STL is a hotbed of activity throughout February and it’s loaded with alternative ways to say “I love you.”

BARcelona Couple You Don’t Have To Go Far for a Romantic Getaway:

The Fleur-de-Lys Mansion

Make your stay an even grander affair with a romantic carriage ride aboard a lovely vis-a-vie carriage drawn by a majestic Clydesdale. Your private ride will meander through historic Tower Grove Park’s 289 acres of greenswards, featuring bronze statuary and fanciful pavilions. Then, return to the Inn for a sumptuous four-course dinner, selected by you from our chef’s delicious seasonal offerings. The cost of the package is $450 in addition to the room price, which starts at $150 a night.

(314) 773-3500

Moonrise Hotel

The Moonrise is offering two Valentine’s Day packages, available through Feb. 29. The Love Shack package includes a superior king or double queen room, a chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival, breakfast in bed for two, valet parking and more from $179. Or indulge with the Peace, Love and Breakfast in Bed package, which includes a superior king, jacuzzi king or Walk of Fame suite, a chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival, chocolate-dipped strawberries, romantic turn-down service with flower petals, breakfast in bed for two and more from $229.

(314) 721-1111

Sweetheart Dinner at The Lodge at Grant’s Trail

Better hurry and make reservation for a cozy Valentine’s Day your “honey bunny will always remember. The Lodge is serving up wine, flowers and a special dinner.

(314) 638-3340

Chase Park Plaza

Travelocity named this hotel as a top Romantic Getaway deal based on its close proximity to the Gateway Arch and Forest Park attractions. Delight in Valentine’s Day specials of complimentary champagne with rooms starting at just $199 per night.

(314) 633-3000

The Cheshire St. Louis

Ahhh….there’s nothing like royal love! The Cheshire’s “Royal Valentine Package” combines all the little details with a great rate so that you and your mate can escape to the Inn for a special getaway. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, the offer is valid for the weekend before through the weekend after Valentine’s Day (February 10-19). Choose one of our cozy guest rooms or a luxurious suite and the hotel will include its signature royal turndown service with silk rose petals, chilled champagne and decadent chocolate covered strawberries.

(314) 647-7300

Cielo Restaurant & Bar

In addition to their a la carte dinner menu, they will be offering the Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu Friday, February 10th- Tuesday, February 14th.

(314) 881-5759

Vin de Set CoupleKitchen Conservatory Classes

Cook up some romance with your sweetheart at a cooking class for couples at the Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton. Learn to prepare a special meal for Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year. Class prices are $125 to $140 per couple.

February 4-14, 2012
(314) 862-COOK

Valentine’s Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors with your Valentine at the Shaw Nature Reserve in St. Louis County. The reserve is hosting a special evening hike starting at 7 p.m., for couples just before Valentine’s Day. Couples will also enjoy hot chocolate and delicious desserts by the fire. The cost is $29 a person.

February 11, 2012
(314) 577-5140

Sweethearts Dinner

Enjoy a candle-lit, four-course meal in a truly unique setting, the Thornhill Estate in Faust Park. The mansion and estate were the home of Missouri’s second governor Frederick Bates and his family. Now, the mansion is open to the public for tours and special events. The cost of the Sweethearts Dinner is $65 per person. There are seatings at 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.

February 11, 2012
(314) 615-8328

Dancing at Casa Loma

Dust off your dancing shoes, grab your partner and head over to the Casa Loma Ballroom for a Valentine’s celebration. Get in the groove with the Fabulous Motown Revue featuring Velvet & Satin. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the dancing begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 a person.

February 11, 2012
(314) 664-8000

Mount Pleasant Winery Dinner

Spend time with your Valentine in Missouri Wine Country at a special dinner at Mount Pleasant Winery. The menu includes Manhattan clam chowder, beef tenderloin or seabass and dessert. The cost is $100 per couple. The price also includes one glass of Pink Spumante per person. Seatings begin at 7 p.m.

February 11, 2012
(800) 467-WINE

Union Station Couple Valentines Day 2012Untamed Hearts at the St. Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo may not be the first place you think of for romance, but that could soon change. The Zoo is offering a gourmet, four-course meal at the McDonnell Center. You’ll feast on Kobe beef sirloin, free range Amish chicken, pork medallion au poivre or grilled mushroom ravioli. There’s also wine and chocolate for dessert. The cost is $125 per couple (tax and gratuity included). There are seatings at 6 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

February 11 & 14, 2012
(314) 646-4857

Adopt a Red Panda for Your Valentine

If you can’t make it to dinner at the Saint Louis Zoo for Valentine’s Day, you have another option. Show your Valentine how much you care by adopting a red panda in their honor. For $40, the Zoo will send your sweetie a cuddly stuffed animal, an adoption certificate and a one year membership as a Zoo Parent.

Until February 14, 2012
(314) 646-4771

Valentine’s at the Ritz

The Grill at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton will be serving up a special Valentine’s dinner menu that includes fresh Pacific oysters, wild striped bass, braised lamb shank and an assortment of desserts. The price is $89 per person. An overnight stay including dinner is $399 per couple.

February 10,11 & 14, 2012
(314) 863-6300

Love at Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier Scuplture Park is hosting a new Valentine’s party this year called LOVEmeier. The event features art displays, Kakao chocolate, wine and brandy tasting, DJ music and more. It runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $25 for members. Children are also welcome and get in free with a paid adult admission.

February 11, 2012
(314) 615-5276

Tower Grove Tuesday Concert

Members of the St. Louis Symphony will be performing a free concert on Valentine’s Day at the beautiful Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

February 14, 2012
(314) 286-4432

The Beall Mansion

Skip the same old, same old getaway and experience romance as it was meant to be at the Beall Mansion in Alton, IL. With Belgian Chocolates, his and her plush, monogrammed robes and Champagne you can’t go wrong.

(618) 474-9100

Craft Alliance

Find that special Valentine’s gift at the Craft Alliance’s Trunkshow (through February 14th). The show features jewelry created by local artists.

(314) 725-1177

Favazza’s Restaurant

Need a Valentine spot specializing in gourmet Italian cuisine? Try a romantic dinner at Favazza’s!

(314) 772-4454

Gio’s Restaurant

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…in the middle of the week…so to help you plan an evening out with your loved one, Gio’s is offering their Valentine’s Day specials Saturday, February 11th through Valentine’s Day Tuesday, February 14th. Choose our regular menu or the Pre Fixe Menu and dine overlooking Kiener Plaza and the Old Courthouse. For $35, you get a full 3 course menu that allows you to choose from Head Chef John’s culinary creations.

(314) 241-2424

Campbell house tee roomCampbell House

Let the folks at the Campbell House take care of your Valentine’s Day celebration. At 6 p.m., on February 14, bring your special someone over to the house for a high tea hosted by the London Tea Room.

(314) 421-0325

New Northside Conference Center

The New Northside Conference Center is offering a special Valentine “Celebration of Love” event on February 14, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. It’s a night of fine dining, entertainment, fun and fellowship!

(314) 381-5730

Does this mean you do not have to send flowers?  That’s a negative ghost rider … send the flowers in addition to one of these really cool activities.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Source: About.com