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Happy Valentine Day by creativesam

Happy Valentine Day by creativesam

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, Indiana Tourism has suggestions for a romantic dinner, a weekend getaway or both. For couples still wanting to make plans for Valentine’s Day weekend, many special deals are being offered across the state. For spring or summer travel planning, Indiana’s official tourism Web site,, has great year-round trip ideas and special discounts. Here is a sample of Valentine’s getaways in Indiana:

OVERNIGHT PACKAGES (based on availability; details subject to change)

Brown County Inn (Nashville, Ind.)
Valentine Weekend Special; February 12-13
$149 per couple

Package includes: Chilled bottle of California Champagne, handmade chocolates and fresh strawberries in guestroom, dinner voucher for two ($40 value) in the Harvest Dining Room, special extravagant desserts, and breakfast for two served in the Harvest Dining Room.
(800) 772-5249;

Clifty Falls State Park (Madison, Ind.)
Sweetheart Weekend; February 12, 13, and 14
$99.00 + taxes per night (All Double Queen Rooms)

This rate is available only at Clifty Inn. Check other State Park Inns for their specific special. All guest rooms will receive a coupon at check-in for a free sweet treat with the purchase of any meal during
the stay. Limit one coupon per guest room per stay.
(877) 563-4371;

Das Dutchman Essenhaus (Middlebury, Ind.)
Valentine Getaway; February 12 or 13
$192 per couple (tax and gratuity included)

Enjoy a romantic dinner with premium menu selection & dessert station featuring a chocolate fondue fountain and soft music courtesy of The Mike Vaszari Ensemble. Ladies will receive a long-stemmed red rose. Relax afterward for single-night stay and premium guest amenity package at the Essenhaus Inn.
(800) 455-9471;

Fort Wayne Marriott (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Valentine’s Package; February 12-14
$145-$165 (tax not included)

Choose from one of two Valentine’s Packages!  All packages include deluxe overnight accommodations.
1. Dinner for two in Red River Steakhouse, champagne and chocolates delivered to your room and two tickets to Rum Runner’s Lounge featuring a DJ and dancing and an appetizer buffet from 7 pm-9 pm.
2. Two tickets to Rum Runner’s Lounge featuring DJ and dancing and an appetizer buffet from 7 pm–9 pm.
(260) 484-0411;

French Lick Resort (French Lick, Ind.)
Valentine Hearts Package at French Lick Springs Hotel; February 12-15
$398 per couple

Package for two guests including a two-night stay, a fresh flower bouquet, box of chocolates, complimentary turndown service and valet parking, and 20% spa treatment discount.

West Baden Springs Hotel Romance Package; February 13
Starting at $360 per couple
Package for two includes one overnight stay, half a dozen chocolate covered strawberries and dinner for two in the Atrium.
(888) 936-9360;

Madison Vineyards Estate Winery and Bed & Breakfast (Madison, Ind.)
Valentine’s Day Dinner Package (Two nights)
$320-$380 per couple

Enjoy a fabulous two-night stay in the heart of the vineyards at Madison Vineyards Estate Winery and Bed & Breakfast.  You’ll enjoy beautiful and comfortable surroundings and be pampered by your hosts.
Package Includes: Two nights accommodation in the room of your choice, a bottle of wine and appetizers to enjoy upon arrival, a bouquet of fresh flowers and chocolates to enjoy in your room, a four-course dinner with wine at the Winery on Saturday, February 13, a full multi-course hot breakfast both days, and two complimentary Madison Vineyard’s wine glasses.
(888) 473-6500;

Ramada Plaza and Wagon Wheel Theatre (Warsaw, Ind.)
Sawyer Brown Concert Package; February 13
$202 per couple
Package includes: Two tickets to Sawyer Brown at the Ramada Wagon Wheel Theatre on February 13, two Prime Rib dinner buffets or $30 voucher to be used at Bennigan’s Irish Grill and Tavern, overnight stay at the Ramada Plaza, and two breakfast buffets the following morning in Bennigan’s
(866) 823-2618;

The Frederick-Talbott Inn
Valentine’s Getaway Package
$220 per couple (tax not included)

Package includes floral bouquet, chilled non-alcoholic sparkling wine, and a $50 gift certificate to an area restaurant for dinner and breakfast.
(317) 776-9900;

DINING/FOOD (based on availability; details subject to change)

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Valentine’s Day LOVE Brunch; February 14
$35 per adult; $16 ages 4-10

Enjoy a romantic brunch buffet by Nourish Café in the Deer Zink Events Pavilion with some of the most breathtaking winter views in town followed by a self-guided gallery tour of the IMA’s most romantic works.
(317) 923-1331;

Indy Wine Trail (Various locations/Central Indiana)
A Romance of Wine and Chocolate; February 13-14
$22 per person in advance; $27 at the event

Pair great Indiana wines with unique chocolate creations when you travel Indy Wine Trail’s A Romance of Wine and Chocolate trail! Visit each of the seven trail wineries and enjoy shopping, wine tasting, sweet chocolate treats and a glass of wine. Each winery will have its own unique creations featuring chocolate paired with wine. Your ticket is good both Saturday and Sunday, and includes food and a glass of wine at each winery. Finish the trail and receive a beautiful Indy Wine Trail glass.
(317) 955-9700;

J & J Winery (Richmond, Ind.)
Valentine’s Day Dinner; February 12-13
$50 per couple

J & J Winery is hosting a romantic five-course Valentine’s Day Dinner for two featuring prime rib, shrimp scampi, soup, salad and dessert. Enjoy a glass of J & J Winery’s own Ambrosia Apple Wine. A complimentary keepsake will help you to remember your special evening.
(765) 965-9463;

LaSalle Grill (South Bend, Ind.)
Valentine’s Menu; Through February 15
$85 per couple (tax and gratuity not included)

This special Valentine’s Wine Dinner menu features Shrimp, Asparagus and Lemon Zest, Deviled Scallop Saint Jacques, Winter Salad with Cranberry Vinagrette, Lyonnaise Potatoes with Bernaise Sauce, and Parfait au Chocolate with Fresh Berries, plus selected wine samples.
(574) 288-1155;

Nine Irish Brothers (Lafayette and West Lafayette, Ind.)
Valentine Special; February 14
$22.99 per person

Enjoy a wonderful Valentine’s Day meal featuring Filet Mignon, Jumbo Prawns, Asparagus Hollandaise, and Champagne.
(765) 447-0999 (Lafayette location)
(765) 746-4782 (West Lafayette location)

Rathskeller Restaurant (Indianapolis)
Valentine’s Dinner Dance with the Impalas; February 13
$80 per couple (tax and gratuity not included)

Reservations begin at 5 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. in the Grand Kellersaal Ballroom.
The three-course meal includes red leaf lettuce salad, choice of two side dishes, choice of entrée, choice of dessert to share and split of champagne. Entertaining, talented and energetic, Indianapolis’ Impalas are the must-see event band in Central Indiana.
(317) 636-0396;

Restaurant Tallent (Bloomington, Ind.)
Special Valentine’s Menu; February 13-14
$60 per person

A special three-course meal with entrée options that include roasted organic chicken, pan roasted cod, Indiana beef ribeye and herbed potato gnocchi. The meal ends with your choice of a delicious dessert.
(812) 330-9801;

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