While everyone considers flowers, confections and cards for Valentine’s Day, a truly unique way to acknowledge your love is the gift of time. Taking time to get away – just the two of you – is precisely what Cupid had in mind. Clevelanders don’t need to go far. You’ll find a list here of five romantic destinations, all less than 45 minutes from downtown Cleveland.
8230 Brandywine Road
Sagamore Hills, OH 44067
www.innatbrandywinefalls.comTucked away in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, overlooking its most famous waterfall, you’ll find the Inn at Brandywine Falls. Built in 1848, this Greek revival home now hosts visitors in its six rooms and suites, all furnished with Ohio antiques. Consider the Adeline Retreat with its double sleigh bed or The Loft with its double jacuzzi. Pictures and descriptions of each room are available on the website. For Valentine’s Day night or the weekend following, special dinner packages are also available: a casual BYOB night on Valentine’s Day and a more formal affair on Saturday. Candlelight breakfasts are available every day.
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1901 Ford Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
www.gliddenhouse.comJust east of Wade Park Oval on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, be prepared to receive personalized, signature service at the Glidden House. Offering both vintage and modern suites, the staff will try to accommodate your preferences in this 1910 mansion. Rooms are named after members of the noted Glidden family and each has its own unique design. Every room features a private bath, 42-inch plasma screen TV, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, local calls and a bountiful, breakfast buffet. Parking is complimentary, and you’ll be right across the street from the Cleveland Botanical Garden, just minutes away from the many fabulous Cleveland museums and a short walk to Severance Hall.
1515 W. 3rd St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
www.ritzcarlton.com/clevelandRenowned for its everyday exceptional service, The Ritz-Carlton in Cleveland has a couple special treats for Valentine’s Day. Stop in to the award-winning MUSE restaurant, serving up a special Valentine’s Day dinner. If you can spend the night, check out the Enchanted Evening package from $319. You’ll be treated to rose petals on your bed during turndown, delicious, chocolate-covered strawberries and an elegant, chilled bottle of champagne, delivered right to your room. Included with the overnight package is a $40 credit per room, per night for breakfast and complimentary valet parking.
1119 Aurora Hudson Road
Aurora, OH 44202
www.yourwalden.com/inn-waldenWhen you enter this five diamond-rated inn, you’ll discover the perfect blend of country retreat and personal sanctuary. Leave the hectic pace behind and enjoy a romantic evening with gourmet food and world-class amenities. On Valentine’s Day, there will be special turndowns with champagne, roses and candles. A special pre-fixe meal will also be featured in the Barn. The 1,500-square-foot bridal suite, with a glass-walled garden atrium, would make a splendid Valentine’s Day getaway. Plan to give yourselves enough time to also enjoy Spa Walden, choosing from traditional or advanced services. For the ultimate Valentine’s experience, book early to get the couples spa package.
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
www.marriott.comLooking out over Cleveland’s Public Square, this historic hotel offers the convenience of a city center location and the luxury befitting a grand hotel. As part of the Tower City complex, you’re connected to the new Horseshoe Casino, Quicken Loans Arena, Hard Rock Café, dozens of shops and the hub of the light-rail RTA. The Renaissance features 441 rooms and 50 suites along with a fitness center and an inviting, indoor pool in the 10-story-high atrium. Don’t miss a dining experience in the Sans Souci restaurant, voted “Cleveland’s Best” by multiple publications.
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