Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you don’t  know what to do for your special someone, we’ve got you covered from both sides of the “Show Me” state. February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, so make this year’s Valentine’s Day a weekend getaway and have a night on the town in St. Louis or Kansas City. With these restaurants, chocolate factories and hotels, this will be one Valentine’s Day neither one of you will ever forget.

ST. LOUIS

Restaurants

Dominic’s on the Hill
Awarded by Opentables as one of the most romantic restaurants in 2014, Dominic’s will make your weekend trip a hit. Residing on “The Hill,” Dominic’s Italian trays serve anything from fresh seafood to lamb.  Some selections include lobster alla gusta, linguine with fresh clams, antipasto Italiano or a rack of lamb. The building interior is designed in an elegant manner with pillar doorways, candlelit tables and statues of various Italian women decorating the entryway. This little piece of Italy will spark up the romantic mood.

Three Sixty Rooftop Bar
If modern is what you’re aiming for in your Valentine’s Day adventures, look no further than the Three Sixty. Set atop a sky-high building in St. Louis, this open rooftop lounge gives a 360 degree view of the city, including that of the Gateway Arch and the Busch Stadium. Three Sixty offers an extensive list of alcoholic beverages like the Cherry Sangria, Espresso Lane, Trust Me I Can Dance, Budweiser, Heineken and Boulevard Tank just to name a few. If the cold gets to be a bit much, this lounge includes indoor seating as well.

Vin de Set
Noted for “Best Outdoor Dining” on the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List, Vin de Set is a rooftop bar and bistro. Known for the French delicacies and style, the owners based the restaurant around the outlook of Provence. Dishes include provencal pasta, pork roulade, vanilla bean creme brulée and Nutella crepes. The wine lists include items such as Domaine Baudry, Brandlin and Station 10 Red. The arched windows and large, grandiose French doors will give you and your sweetheart the feeling of dining in France.

Hotels

Photo credit: Moonrise Hotel

Photo credit: Moonrise Hotel

Moonrise Hotel
For those with an urban side, Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis will spark the interest of both you and your partner. With a bowling alley and rooftop lounge, you have everything you need for entertainment in one area. Each room has double pillow top beds and walk-in showers. The hotel staff likes to go above and beyond on even the basics. You and your significant other will receive sea salt body wash, sea marine revitalizing shampoo, marine collagen conditioner and hydrating body butter. If you want to spend a little extra, you can stay in the Celebrity Suite. These rooms are individually named and designed after certain stars that had stayed there previously. The hotel also has temporary Valentine’s Day packages available.

Casa Magnolia Bed & Breakfast
It may not be a hotel, but this bed and breakfast will more than set the mood for your weekend. Overlooking the Tower Grove Park, Casa Magnolia only has a few rooms, so you know you will be given the privacy you want. In the morning, you and your special person will be welcomed by the hotel staff with a full course breakfast in the dining room which is presented every morning in the dining room. This bed and breakfast won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence during  2014, so you can be sure it will be worth the trip.

Sweet Extras

Untamed Hearts: Dinner at the St. Louis Zoo
What could be more entertaining than having dinner at a zoo? The St. Louis Zoo’s Lakeside Cafe provides a full course meal of an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert while you learn about various interesting facts about the animals at the zoo and how the animals attract each other. You can dance the rest of the night away with the live music and take in the majestic sounds of animals that come from around the world.

Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show
Love is blooming, and so are the orchids! Swing by the Missouri Botanical Gardens to experience the Orchid Show. This colorful show will contain more than 800 different orchids. Following the show will be live music and dancing. It is an event that you do not want to miss out on. The Orchid show starts January 31st to March 22nd, and general admission is $5. Who says you have to spend a lot to have a good time?

 

KANSAS CITY

Restaurants

Photo credit: Le Fou Frog

Photo credit: Le Fou Frog

Le Fou Frog
Le Fou Frog gives French cuisine a run for its money. The menu contains items like parmesan soupe à l’oignon gratinée, sea bass branzino Mediterranean and steak au poivre. You can complete your dinner with one of the many wines Le Fou Frog has, like Shannon Ridge Chardonnay, sparkling Saint Hilaire or Pinot Gris Reserve. This petite restaurant resides in the River Market. The room is decorated by candlelight that creates a cozy, intimate feeling on your date in this 4-star restaurant.

Lidia’s
If Italian food is your fancy, then you’d better swing by Lidia’s for a romantic evening. Decorated with multiple blown-glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, this old freight building located in downtown Kansas City provides a warm and inviting feeling to all of its guests. Gnocchi, Lidia’s Pasta Trio or the pollo al limone will prove to be a delicious dinner, while desserts like tiramisu will be the icing on the cake, so to speak. If you prefer gluten-free food, Lidia’s more than accommodates with dishes like antipasti, grilled octopus or roasted sweet and hot peppers with housemade mozzarella and basil.

Piropos
Located in Briarcliff Village, Piropos provides an added bonus to its customers: the restaurant overlooks the Kansas City skyline and river. Argentinean-style food gives guests a taste of the cuisine in Buenos Aires. Chicken marsala, pan-seared salmon or the breaded beef tenderloin on an Argentinian loaf will give you a taste of another culture. Piropos, which translates into “a flirtatious remark,” is an accurate title for this intimate restaurant. On the top level, there is an intimate piano bar where live music is performed during Fridays and Saturdays. With tables for two and an assortment of wines and desserts, this is a must-visit restaurant for your getaway.

Hotels

Photo credit: The Raphael

Photo credit: The Raphael

The Raphael Hotel
Keep it classy at The Raphael. Located near the Country Club Plaza in downtown Kansas City, the hotel has a variety of packages you can choose from for your romantic day. If life has both of you stressed out, try one of its spa packages. These include in-room massages, valet parking and breakfast in bed. The Kansas City Romance package includes a turned-down king size bed with rose petals, breakfast in bed, two desserts with wine and keepsakes.

Chateau Avalon
Any hotel can give you a bottle of sparkling wine, but can you go to another country when you check out a room? Chateau Avalon has the basic romantic packages, but what it is known for are the room styles. Go fancy and stay in the Tuscany Suite, a two-story room that brings out that Italian style with the added bonus of a large Jacuzzi with pillars surrounding the tub. Take a trip to Camelot, where there are lowering chain doors, knights in armor and a bath in the shape of a boat. Venture to the Tahitian Suite, complete with a netted canopy bed, Easter Island heads and a thatched hut atop a tub for two.

Sweet Extras

Photo credit: Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates

Photo credit: Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates

Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolates
Not only do these treats taste oh so sweet, they look like individual miniature works of art. Owner and founder Christopher Elbow came up with the notion that chocolates should not only taste good, but look good too. With the chocolate shop based in Kansas City, each piece is painted and crafted in a delicate manner. The truffles look so exquisite that you might not want to eat them.

Chocolate Ale at Boulevard Brewery
Only produced during the spring season, Boulevard Brewery has come up with this popular and unusual ale, Chocolate Ale. With the help of Christopher Elbow, brewer Steven Pauwels formulated a way to perfectly mix the malt and chocolate for that unique taste. While you and your significant other are there, take a tour of the brewery. Take the free walking 40-minute tour, or pay for the “Unfiltered Tour” which takes small groups to off-limits areas of the brewery.

One man turns his chocolate creations into art, inspired by his French-Canadian roots. Read more in Detours Magazine online.