For couples—and singles—who haven’t locked in their plans yet for Feb. 14, we’ve scoped out five last-minute hotel events across the country that go beyond the dinner-and-flowers cliché.
NEW YORK CITY
Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and spend the night in a luxury suite with your closest companions in monogrammed bathrobes and slippers, binge-watching rom-coms all night long. That’s what’s included in the hotel’s Girls’ Night In package, along with a $200 food and beverage credit for the Regency Bar & Grill, plus discounts on spa services. From $649
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
Whether you’re single or a pair, practice your aim at the Shot to the Heart: Valentine’s Day Dodgeball series. The event kicks off at 6 p.m., with new games starting every 15 minutes—ranging from classic dodgeball to Scatterball (two soft foam balls) and Protect the Pin (three plastic bowling pins). $10 at the door, $8 in advance; from $149
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Aspiring scribes can write love letters the old fashioned way—by calligraphy pens or on a vintage typewriter—at card-writing stations throughout the hotel. The letters are collected and sent to their labeled destination, whether it’s within the hotel or in the mail. During the weekend-long celebration, there’s also a pop-up patisserie with handcrafted —send a box of macarons or a rum raisin custard Religieuse (pictured above) with your love letter. From $249
Feeling fancy? The resort’s inaugural Roaring 20’s-themed Valentine’s Day Ball encourages couples to dress to the nines and dance to live music performed by a 10-piece swing band. Guests choose between two seating times for a three-course dinner at the Marineland Ballroom of the resort. On the locavore menu: farm-grown vegetable sofrito, California caviar, and raspberry white chocolate bread pudding. $140 per person; from $595
CATALINA ISLAND, CALIF.
Pavilion Hotel and Hotel Atwater
If you’re looking for an island escape, travel to Catalina Island by boat or helicopter for the Love is in the Air! weekend package. Stay three nights at either the newly renovated Hotel Atwater, located in the heart of Avalon, or the elegant Pavilion Hotel, just steps away from the beach. The deal also includes spa and dining credits, plus a zip lining tour 300 feet aboveground for an extra thrill. Hotel Atwater from $1,002; Pavilion Hotel from $1,296
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