Valentine’s Day Special: Sweet Pairings

Dinner and a show done right. PLUS: A romantic weekend retreat.

We’re thinking you’d like to do something traditional for your special Valentine this weekend. But we’re also guessing you’d like to kick it up a notch. Here are our top picks for a romantic night out. Plus, if you’re looking to get away, we’ve got a sweet escape.


The Classic Valentine’s Date: Chocolates, Dinner and a Movie
Before dinner Saturday, stop by patisserie Francaise Le Petit Mitron (207 Haverford Ave., 484-562-0500, for a box of its signature chocolates. Then enjoy a prix-fixe menu at McShea’s (242 Haverford Ave., 610-667-0510, Just $60 per couple affords a three-course menu featuring oysters on the half shell, a fresh salad, choice of entrée and chocolate-covered strawberries. The bar offers a “Sexy” chocolate martini for $5, and select wines will be available at a discounted $25 per bottle. Next, head to Narberth Stadium 2 (129 N. Narberth Ave.) for a showing of Frost/Nixon or Pink Panther 2. Call (610) 667-0115 for times and ticket prices.

Haverford, Villanova

Dinner and an Exhibition
The Ceramic Student Exhibition opens Feb. 14 at Main Line Art Center (746 Panmure Road, Haverford; 610-525-0272, Take a peek at the original artwork early, then have a casual dinner down the road at Du Jour (379 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-896-4556, Or drive west to Maia (789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova; 610-527-4888, for a $35 three-course menu by executive chef Patrick Feury.

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Pennsylvania Ballet’s Dinner and Dancing
Dine at 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton (10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-523-8273, before the evening performance of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Love & Longing, running thru Feb. 13. Dinner seating begins at 5:30 p.m., and Love & Longing begins at 8 p.m. The package price per person is $97.30 for Family Circle seating and $123.70 for Orchestra seating, and includes a three-course dinner, tax, gratuity and your ticket to the show. For tickets and information, call (215) 551-7000 or visit

Dinner and Music
Valanni (Broad and Spruce streets, 215-790-9494, offers a four-course chef’s menu for $75 per person Feb. 14. Dine there, then head to the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall at 8 p.m. for an evening with Rufus Wainwright and special guest Martha Wainwright. The Kimmel Center is offering 50 percent off the ticket price for this and other select upcoming shows, including the Broadway production Happy Days, the Stephen Sondheim and Frank Rich event “A Life in the Theater,” and more. The discount is only good thru 11:59 p.m. Feb. 14, so call (215) 893-1999 or visit now.

Dinner and Ice Skating
An evening of ice skating at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing is a must this weekend. The Sweetheart Skate runs 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 per person and include skating admission and rental, complimentary sweetheart photos and photo keepsake, DJ entertainment and a rose for the ladies. A limited amount of tickets remain and are available for purchase in person at the rink, so call (215) 928-8801 for information. And restaurants are aplenty in this area, from lowbrow options like Dave & Buster’s (325 N. Columbus Blvd., 215-413-1951, and Famous Dave’s (Columbus Commons, 1936 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-339-0339, to the highbrow Moshulu (401 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-923-2500, and Keating’s River Grill in the Hyatt Regency (201 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-521-6509,


Dinner and a Piano, Jazz or Casablanca
Enjoy live entertainment while you dine at the Columbia Bar and Grille (148 Bridge St., 610-983-0300, Dale McCauley plays piano Friday evening, Hidden Treasure performs jazz Saturday evening, and the Falcos play jazz during Sunday brunch. At 2 p.m. Sunday, head to the Colonial Theatre (227 Bridge St., 610-917-0223, for a screening of Casablanca. Tickets are only $4 per person. Bring your ticket to the Columbia afterward and receive 15 percent off the cost of its Valentine’s Dinner menu.


Dinner and an Overnight Stay
Wanna get out of town? Visit the 1825 Inn Bed & Breakfast near Hershey, Pa. With Hershey chocolate-related events, cozy fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, massage packages and more, this nearby getaway could not be more relaxing—or romantic. See our February Great Escape for the scoop on this sweet retreat.

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