Plan Your Perfect Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and that means that it’s time to scramble and make plans. The good news is, no matter how you like to celebrate (or not celebrate), we have you covered. There are so many local options that are great for couples or friends. From romantic staycations to creative gifts, we made a diverse list below!


Date Night

While this may be the most obvious option, we want to let you know of some great local restaurants that have special menus and events planned. If you’re into going out to dinner with your boo or your girlfriends, here are some ideas!

Ocean Blue – Ocean Blue has created a special menu for Valentine’s Day running from February 11-17. There are dinner and drink specials and their regular menu will also be available. As OB says, share the night with your sweetheart, not your dessert (hint: get the warm chocolate butter cake!).

vernonmasonjar Instagram 1954 ig 18005422984074260The Mason Jar – After reopening this past year, The Mason Jar is offering a special 7 Course Valentine’s Day Dinner on the 14th. Call (315) 829-3022 to make reservations and learn more about what’s on the menu! Sunday is the last day to make a res! Price is $49.95 per person and includes a complimentary bottle of champagne.

Tailor and the Cook – For those looking for a fancy night out on the town, make your reservations at Tailor and the Cook! They were recently once again named a “Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America” by Open Table!  

Villa Verona Vineyard – For the wine lovers, Villa Verona Vineyard is a great option! They have Romance Weekend kicking off on Saturday, February 9  where guests can get free chocolate with a wine tasting, specialty dips and salsas and live music. They’re also offering a dinner on the 14th!

Romantic Staycations

The reality is that life constantly seems to be SO busy. While we love a romantic weekend getaway, it just isn’t always an option. Fortunately, some of our properties are offering deals for a staycation. It’s a great way to get out of the house for a night and feel special. Who doesn’t love ordering in food and watching TV in a hotel bed?!

wellnesste Instagram 1954 ig 17997353851102031Wellness:té Lodge & SanctuaryWellness:té is located in Taberg, NY, and is exactly what it sounds like – a serene and calming sanctuary located in the heart of nature. Wellnesste literally means wellness unto you. The concept of this 60-acre property is to disconnect, unwind and enjoy nature and the company you’re with. The owner is running a contest on Instagram to win a romantic overnight in his Treehouse cabin. There are five cabins on site that sleep anywhere from two to nine people. Wellness:té has received awards for Top 5 Places to Honeymoon in Upstate NY and Top 10 Things to do in NY.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Valentine’s Special – Homewood Suites is located in New Hartford and is a fairly new property. They’re offering packages that can be booked Thursday, Friday or Saturday. The package includes a luxurious king suite, champagne & chocolates and two drinks at the Lodge Bar & Breakfast Buffet. The price is only $129! Book now by visiting  

Outside-The-Box Events and Ideas

We get that Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone. It seems like a weird holiday because love should be celebrated every day. However, we love an excuse to do something chill or get our friends together!

saranacbrewery Instagram 1954 ig 17859628300196339Saranac Brewery – Saranac, located in Utica, is hosting a Valentine’s Day Beer & Chocolate pairing. There will be beers for $5 and will include a German chocolate pairing with every purchase. They’re featuring the Varick St. After Dark beer! The event lasts from 4-8 PM in the Tavern. Don’t forget to get your Heart of NY Beverage Trail card stamped while you’re there!

Singing Valentine – If you’re not into common gifts, why not send a Singing Valentine?! The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will deliver a singing Valentine to your sweetheart at their office, home or wherever! Singing grams are $45 and are available Wednesday-Friday. Each Valentine includes two songs, a flower, small box of chocolates and a card!

Utica Zoo – We love the Utica Zoo because they’re perfect for a date option or as a way to include the kids in your plans. From February 16-17, they’re doing an Animal Valentine Exchange with Seneca Park Zoo. Kids will have the opportunity to make a Valentine to send to an animal at the Seneca Park  Zoo. There will be a fire pit to keep warm, crafts, enrichment programs and more! The event is free with admission!

Players of Utica Broken Hearts Comedy Club – On Friday, February 15, Players of Utica will be ready to make you laugh. Forget about Valentine’s Day and head out to this comedy show! This event is part of the Players of Utica’s “Build-A-Theater Fundraiser” series to raise funds for the completion of their main stage theater! The event kicks off at 7:30 PM and is not suitable for children!

Utica City FC (UCFC) – Our friends at UCFC are offering Valentine’s Day Grams! On the 14th between 2-5 PM, you can send your significant other flowers and an Edible Arrangement for $75 that will be delivered by players on UCFC. All proceeds will be donated to the Save the Day Foundation. Slots are limited to sign up ASAP!

Gift Guide

The struggle is REAL when it comes to gift-giving for holidays. Maybe you decide to do small presents or maybe you go all out. Here are a couple of unique local options that will be sure to make your significant other happy!

Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream Mercer’s is in Boonville and worth the ride. They offer 10 flavors of wine-infused ice cream that are delicious (think Red Raspberry Chardonnay and Cherry Merlot)! You can purchase the ice cream at different local stores and at their location (open 7 days a week). If you’re in a long-distance relationship, don’t fret. Mercer’s will ship anywhere in the US! Who doesn’t love wine and ice cream, especially when combined!?

theflowerboxshop Instagram 1954 ig 1927228018160231655 6141089258Flower Box Shop – The concept of the Flower Box Shop is pure genius. They took two extremely popular gift ideas and combined them; macarons (little French cookies) and flowers in pretty boxes. The macarons are fresh made to order and the flower arrangements are super unique!

Utica Coffee – For the coffee lover, stop into Utica Coffee to pick up some of their Valentine’s Day themed pillow packs! They look super cute and have fun sayings on them and make a great gift for the caffeine addicts in your life. Plus, they have a special Valentine’s Day menu featuring coffee flavors like milk chocolate so it’s easy to treat yourself!

Broadway Utica Tickets – Get your theatre-lover tickets to an upcoming Broadway Utica show! They always offer a killer selection of shows such as Sound of Music and Finding Neverland. We love finding ways to hit the town in Utica and what’s better than a Broadway show?!