America’s #1 Travel Destination Has Unlimited Options
Valentine’s Day is the ideal time to fall in love with New York City, which offers some of the world’s most iconic romantic sights. There are many reasons to love New York City—America’s number one tourist destination—whether you’re single, visiting friends or surprising your loved one. Pop the question while dining at the Central Park Boathouse, ice-skating at the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center or taking in the view from the Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building or the Brooklyn Bridge. Or simply explore all that the City has to offer at one of its many hotels, restaurants or sights. NYC & Company is the source for what you need to know as you plan your Valentine’s Day weekend in the City.
"Whether you’re loved up and relating to films such as An Affair To Remember and When Harry Met Sally, or embracing the singles scene and Sex and the City is your New York City guide to romance, everyone can appreciate the power of love in the Big Apple,” said Lauren Taylor, Account Manager for NYC & Company in Sydney. “Valentine’s Day is a fantastic time for visitors to experience the City regardless their romantic agendas.”
“With all of its iconic romantic spots, New York City delivers the best Valentine’s Day experience for both singles and couples alike," said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, the City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization. "To encourage visitors to choose New York City as their getaway, the City is offering great options, packages and promotions for those looking to celebrate their love for the nation’s number one destination."
NYC Valentine’s Day Happenings:
Experience the beauty of Central Park by taking the requisite horse-drawn carriage, perfect for a pair of lovers or friends. For more information, visit www.centralpark.com.
For single ladies looking to hang out with their girlfriends, take the Anti-Valentine’s Day Sex and the City Hotspots Tour (use the promotion code ANTIVDAYSATC for 14% off your ticket 12-14 February). You can order tickets for both tours at screentours.com. Take the On Location Tours Gossip Girl Valentine’s Day Tour, and when you buy one ticket, get one 50 percent off from 12-14 February (use the promotion code VDAYGGCOUPLE). Visitors are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Gossip Girl couple.
Experience New York City from the sky with Liberty Helicopters, which is offering a 25-minute Romance over Manhattan tour. The helicopter seats up to four people, and at the end of the tour you’ll get a souvenir photo of you and your guests. Price is USD $995, plus USD $30 per person for facility/security fee. For more information, visit www.libertyhelicopters.com.
Singles need not spend Valentine’s Day crying alone. Join others in a crash course on dating from 7-9pm on Thursday, 11 February, at the restaurant and bar Havana Central Times Square, featuring relationship experts Tamsen Fadal and Matt Titus on dating dos and don’ts. Tickets start at USD $15 each, which include one Love Potion Cocktail. Look for love at the Find Your Valentine Speed Dating event from 7:45-9:45pm Friday, 12 February, at Havana Central at The West End. Tickets are USD $59.95 each, including tax, hors d’oeuvres and one Havana Central Classic Cocktail. For more information and reservations, visit www.havanacentral.com.
Whether the motive is romance or relaxation, couples can luxuriate in a side-by-side massage with the special Park Avenue Romance Package at Oasis Day Spa on Park Avenue, which includes a gift certificate for dining at nearby restaurant Artisanal. Price is USD $300. If you’re not part of a twosome, you can still indulge in a day of pampering: Select from four services (Aromatherapy Massage or French Wine Facial for women and Muscle Meltdown Massage or Dead Sea Salt Scrub for men) and receive complimentary champagne and chocolates. Prices range from USD $70-$125. For more information, visit www.oasisdayspanyc.com.
NYC Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages:
Indulge yourself at the Hotel Gansevoort from 15 January-21 February. Included in their special promotion are a dozen roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne—and the game Twister. Prices start at USD $615 per night. For more information, visit www.hotelgansevoort.com.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée has special packages between 11-16 February, including Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed, La Perla gift bags and more. Packages start at USD $825. For more information, visit www.plaza-athenee.com.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Peninsula New York with their special Romance Package between 12-14 February. Prices start at USD $825 per night. For more information, visit www.peninsula.com/newyork.
Book the two-night Valentine’s Day package at The Pierre from 12-14 February, and get dinner for two at Le Caprice (exclusive of alcohol), a bottle of champagne, a special creation from The Pierre’s pastry chef delivered right to your room and breakfast in bed. A suite with a view of the City starts at USD 1,100 per night, with a two-night minimum. For more information, visit www.tajhotels.com/pierre.
Mandarin Oriental New York offers a complimentary night after a two-night stay 13-16 February. Also, from 12-14 February, the hotel’s award-winning Spa at Mandarin Oriental is featuring the Midnight Magic Over Manhattan spa experience. For USD 1,750, plus tax and gratuity, get exclusive access to the VIP Spa Suite, with stunning City views, two-hour Signature Spa Therapies for two and lobster, caviar and champagne service. For more information, visit www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork.
NYC Valentine’s Day Dining:
Enjoy the iconic NYC restaurant at the Central Park Boathouse. For more information and reservations, visit www.thecentralparkboathouse.com.
Delmonico’s offers a special Valentine’s Day tasting menu with two complimentary Agave Kiss Martinis as well as a signed copy of Dining at Delmonico’s cookbook. Priced at USD $125 per person. For more information and reservations, visit www.delmonicosny.com.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day cocktails at Intercontinental The Barclay‘s Barclay Bar & Grill, where the mixologist will be infusing drinks with Latin love potions. Enjoy a Latin Lover Mojito, Pink Latina or Bittersweet Love throughout February for USD $14 each. For more information, visit www.new-york-barclay.intercontinental.com.
Perfect for a genteel afternoon outing for the ladies, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is offering a Valentine’s Cupcake Tea, available 11am-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays, from 5-28 February, in the hotel’s Star Lounge. Priced at USD $28 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, which are required, call 212-521-6125. For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com.
Tocqueville Restaurant is blending performance and culinary arts in a "Food and Romance"-themed Valentine’s lunch featuring Broadway performers and award-winning playwrights. Prices start at USD $195. For more information, visit www.eatingtheirwords.com.For more information about what to see and do in New York City, visit nycgo.com. When in NYC, stop by the Official NYC Information Center at 810 Seventh Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd Streets in Midtown Manhattan.
Source = NYC & Company