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Looking to graduate from the standard Valentine’s Day chocolates this year? Why not spend the evening enjoying a unique dining experience that radiates romance? These experiences extend well beyond the usual steak or candlelit dinner at your favorite restaurant. They raise the bar and create memories that will last a lifetime. From an aphrodisiac-themed cooking lesson to dining atop a historic lighthouse, Massachusetts has no shortage of romantic culinary activities to honor Cupid’s big day.

Cape Cod and the Islands

Learn how to make an aphrodisiac-themed meal at Sage Inn ~ Provincetown, MA

Seduce your taste buds and get on the road to romance with nature’s most infamous aphrodisiacs – oysters and chocolate. Learn how to transform local Cape Cod oysters into salty gems from Chef Lucio by making and eating oysters with soy meringue and mango sesame mignonette. For a sweet ending, pastry Chef Alana will make you swoon over her signature chocolate pearl truffles.

$50pp

sageinnptown.com

Central Massachusetts

Get cozy with your Valentine inside a historic carriage house for a five course dinner at The Herb Lyceum ~ Groton, MA

The Herb Lyceum is a masterfully renovated 19th century carriage house on four acres of herb gardens, greenhouses and charming countryside. Before dinner, stroll the grounds and then warm yourselves in the carriage house. Valentine’s Dinner is available both February 13 and 14 with dishes like Parisian gnocchi with wild mushrooms and herbs, or beef short rib with turnip, frisee and cocoa.

gilsonslyceum.com/gilsonherbs/VDAY.html

Western Massachusetts

Take your tea at Clark Art Institute ~ Williamstown, MA

Join your family or your one and only for high tea at Clark Art Institute for elegant tea sandwiches, Valentine’s Day sweets and of course, tea. After lunch, peruse the             Monet | Kelly exhibit on display until February 15.

Adults $24, Children $12

berkshires.org/ai1ec_event/valentines-day-tea/

Greater Boston

Reminisce about your romantic or not so romantic high school prom at Sweet Cheeks Q ~ Boston, MA

Gather your taffeta prom dress or ill-fitting tux to relive the days of prom at Sweet Cheeks Q’s Valentine’s Day Meat Market bash. Boston singles and sweethearts can feast on BBQ after some slow dancing, spiked punch bowls and posing for a prom photographer.

www.sweetcheeksq.com/prom-night-sweet-cheeks/

North of Boston

Give your Valentine a view to remember at dinner atop a lighthouse ~ Newburyport, MA

Climb the stairs of the restored Newburyport Rear Range Lighthouse for a glass-encased dinner with views that overlook the Merrimack River as it enters the ocean. Choose from five of Newburyport’s top restaurants to cater this romantic meal and enjoy the panoramic views from a lighthouse built in 1873.

lighthousepreservation.org/dining.php 

South of Boston

Seek out some R&R at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, followed by intimate dining with French flair ~ Plymouth, MA

Spend the most romantic day of the year at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, which has been voted “Best for Romance” by SpaFinder Wellness for six consecutive years. Book a spa treatment at this award-winning spa and then finish off the day with a four-course, wine-paired dinner for two. Menu items include Rack of New Zealand Lamb with Fruit Mostarda, Golden Beet and Goat Cheese Timbale and Passion Fruit Blancmange. The Valentine’s Dinner menu is available from February 12 to February 17.

mirbeau.com/mirbeau-inn-spa-offers-intimate-dining-with-french-flair-this-valentines-day/

About MOTT:

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates close to $1.2 billion in state and local taxes and $18.5 billion in travel related expenditures, supporting 129,400 in-state jobs. massvacation.com

For more information, contact:

Annie Moloney, Director of Communications

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

617 – 973-8531

annie.moloney@state.ma.us

or

Molly Kravitz, Public Relations Manager

Connelly Partners

Mobile # 317-919-5252 ~ Office # 617-521-5431

mkravitz@connellypartners.com