Valentine’s Day In Metro Detroit: 8 Romantic Date Ideas
Valentine’s Day only comes once a year – just as often when you’re struggling to come up with good ideas for the big night. We have you covered for Valentine’s Day 2018. Check out our fun list of places to visit, things to do, and even a few ideas on where to get a dozen or two roses for that special person in your life.
1) The Katherine McGregor Dessert Place in the Whitney
The Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor, a pretty and intimate space in The Whitney restaurant, built in 1900, offers a wide variety of sweet finishes for perfect nights. The Whitney’s dessert-only section offers an evening, luxurious dessert and beautiful scenery for less than half the cost of dinner at the Whitney. If you want to follow National Coneys with a trip to the dessert joint, check out two great spots in Detroit for a romantic, quirky night. When you get to the dessert salon, according to the website, you’ll find “Cakes, Tortes, Pies, Frosty Treats, and Flaming Desserts”. There are banana conditioners ($ 11), a rich mix of ripe bananas, rum, and brown sugar that is on the fire table side and served with vanilla ice cream. For something less sweet, there is the Flaming Mixed Berries “Van Gogh” ($ 14), described as “Absinthe soaked sponge cake, absinthe flamed”. There are also cakes, pies and ice cream – and blood orange sorbet.
2) Cliff Bell’s
Comfort and style meet at Cliff Bell. This venue ticks all the boxes: drinks, dinner, entertainment – one of Detroit’s premier jazz destinations has live music every night and the interior is reminiscent of 1930s romance. There is a full evening menu of very indulgent items like lobster risotto ($ 42), wagyu strip steak ($ 56), and Colorado lamb chops ($ 45). Cliff Bell’s is running a Valentine’s Day special. The Valentine’s Day dinner package includes a 4-course meal and an evening of live jazz music for USD 75 per person (excluding taxes and tips). Reservations can be made at (313) 961-2543. Visit the Cliff Bell website for more information. The music that evening will be played by the Meg Brennan Quartet with singer Hadassah Greensky.
3) Ice skating on Campus Martius
The ice rink at Campus Martius Park is the most popular (temporary) ice rink in the city center. The ice rink is open to skaters from mid-November to early March and is therefore perfect for a romantic skate on February 14th. On Wednesdays, the rink is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $ 8 (children and seniors are $ 7).
4) Baker’s Keyboard Lounge
Baker’s is known as the “oldest jazz club in the world” and offers live music and soul food in the heart of the city. Dinner here is classic: fried chicken ($ 13), ribs ($ 16), and catfish ($ 14) are typical offerings. Some of the musicians who have played the club include Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughn, Cab Calloway, Woody Herman and Nat “King” Cole to help you immerse yourself in history, listen to great music and enjoy some delicious music can eat that doesn’t break the bank.
5) Cafe Muse, Royal Oak
Cafe Muse is always on the lists of Metro Detroit’s favorite romantic restaurants. Since 2006, this intimate restaurant has served home-style cooking with an elegant twist – it’s comforting but never gets too comfortable. There are the famous grilled cheese sandwiches, three cheeses, three cheeses with short ribs and three cheeses with bacon. There’s also a quick starter of ribs, risotto, and prawns, but the grilled cheeses are perhaps the most romantic menu items. Described as “almost sensual” by the Detroit Free Press, the blend of fontina, fresh mozzarella, and Havarti is widely recognized as the best grilled cheese in Metro Detroit.
6) An evening with Patti Smith, the Detroit Institute of the Arts
The DIA is home to romance, from Renaissance lovers to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. On Valentine’s Day, famed musician, photographer and author Patti Smith will read from her new book “Devotion”, which the museum describes as a fictional story, followed by essays on how this fiction came about, including a trip through “Southern France to” Camus’ House “and “the garden of the great publisher Gallimard, where the spirits of Mishima, Nabokov and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil’s grave in a lonely cemetery hours from London, and winds his way through the nameless Parisian streets of Patrick Modiano’s novels. “This event will take place on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 pm. Tickets include a copy of the book and cost $ 20 (online or in person) at DIA, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit.
7) couple massage
The Spa in the Woods (21023 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods) offers a $ 200 couple massage experience in its brand new couples massage room. Your experience includes a massage with that special someone in your life, complete with aromatherapy, candles, and a fireplace. All massages at Spa in the Woods include a 20-minute infrared sauna and an aromatherapy steam shower.
8) Cafe Cortina
Cafe Cortina in Farmington Hills, recently named Michigan’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Delish, takes the title seriously and has a full week of romantic dining through February 14th. This 40 year old restaurant is located in a former apple orchard and offers a refined take on classic Italian dishes. Dishes like orate al cartoccio (whole Mediterranean sea bass wrapped in parchment paper, fresh herbs, fish fumé) and roasted quail (marinated and roasted quail, blood orange wine reduction, wild mushroom risotto) sound like poetry in itself. Cafe Cortina is located at 30715 W. Ten Mile, Farmington Hills.
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