iloveny-stack1.jpg  So many ways to say ‘I love you' from New York City to Niagara Falls

Albany, N.Y. - February and Valentine's Day mean that love is in the air, and in New York State romance is everywhere.  Creating the perfect romantic mood on Valentine's Day usually means finding a relaxing activity you both enjoy in an atmosphere that's an escape from the daily grind. New York State has all of the classic ingredients - no matter what you are looking for - to create true romance. You might want to take in a candlelight dinner at a bed and breakfast in the Finger Lakes, enjoy a stay at a mid-19th century cobblestone house along the Seaway Trail, renew your wedding vows on Long Island, enjoy a ‘couples massage' at a Catskill mountain hideaway, or even head 156 feet below the surface of the earth for a romantic rendezvous in Central New York.  From tying the knot at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City to a honeymoon in Niagara Falls, romance and New York State go "hand-in-hand"! Big Apple Love A New York City tradition since 1994, each Valentine's Day, the Empire State Building, in conjunction with theknot.com, hosts 14 lucky couples for a romantic wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony atop the "World's Most Famous Office Building." To find out more, visit theknot.com/empirestatebuilding. From February 1 to 28 The City's W Hotels are offering a Love Sick Package, a cure-all for couples stricken with the love bug or singles simply sick of Cupid's holiday altogether. The "prescription" includes a Max Brenner Chocolate Syringe, Max Brenner Massage Oil, an in-room movie credit, breakfast in bed, a bottle of bubbly and late checkout. For additional information, visit whotelsnewyork.com. Vikram Chatwal Hotels invites you to partake in a fun-filled evening for two from February 1 to 14 at one of its properties, including Dream New York, The Time Hotel, Night Hotel and Stay. The I Love Valentine's Day package includes accommodations in a King Room, dinner for two at Serafina, a bottle of prosecco and dessert, along with music and a romantic movie of your liking. Starting at $629 a night, the package includes turn-down service of candy hearts, chocolate-covered strawberries and rose petals, breakfast in bed and a chocolate-tasting class at MarieBelle Sweets. For more information, visit vikramchatwalhotels.com. Apple Core Hotels welcomes guests to enjoy its Roses and Rosé package from February 1 to 28 at its five budget-friendly properties-Nyma, the Comfort Inn Times Square, The Hotel @ Times Square, La Quinta Manhattan and the Ramada Eastside. Along with accommodations for the evening, guests receive a bottle of sparkling rosé wine and a dozen red roses, all the necessary supplies for a romantic evening for two. Packages begin at $204.99. For additional details, visit applecorehotels.com/promotions/roses. Subterranean Lovesick Blues Take your love underground ... and through a living, limestone cave, carved by an underground river over the course of millions of years! Howe Caverns in Schoharie County, the second-most visited natural attraction in New York State has the perfect romantic getaway this Valentine's Day for that someone special in your life - the Sweetheart Lantern Tour, featuring two tickets for the popular Lantern Tour along with flowers, champagne for two and your own delicious homemade fudge in your room upon arrival at the Howe Caverns Motel! Or, for the ultimate gourmet experience, choose Howe Caverns' Culinary Delights Package. You'll receive the traditional tour of Howe Caverns, along with a unique dining experience at the 1770 George Mann Tory Tavern. Step back in history through a leisurely-paced elegant 5-course dinner for two in a colonial setting. Either of these packages is just $180 per couple, per night and is sure to please your Valentine! Visit http://www.howecaverns.com/ for more information. Also, now through February 20 the American Hotel in nearby historic Sharon Springs is offering an overnight romantic getaway package for $300.  Enjoy a four course dinner for two and an over indulgent breakfast!   (518/284-2105; http://www.americanhotelny.com/) Romance - With a Scottish Twist! Built in 1805, the William Burr Estate in Cazenovia has been the setting for beautiful weddings, intimate fine dining, and cozy overnight accommodations. Now known as Brae Loch Inn, this Scottish-themed manor is offering several romance packages seven days a week through April. The Deluxe Room Package includes dinner for two and a continental breakfast, along with a king room with either a fireplace of Jacuzzi for just $200 including tax. You can also have the same package minus the fireplace and Jacuzzi for only $175, or a Brunch Getaway featuring a deluxe room for $150. (315/655-3431; http://www.braelochinn.com/). Romance in the Air! Maybe you can't spend Valentine's Day with the Old Spice Guy, but you can spend it with a guy that smells like him! Old Spice-up your weekend with a Valentine's getaway at the Albany University-area Holiday Inn Express. For just $139.95, you'll receive a package including: a bottle of Old Spice Red Zone Body Wash, a fake mustache, chocolate-dipped fruit, one long stem red rose, a king room, hot breakfast and the option of early check-in and late check-out! It's valid February 11-12 only and is based on double occupancy with required two day advance booking. (518/438-0001; www.hiexpress.com/albany-western). February 11-14, Albany's Desmond is offering a $199 romance package with deluxe accommodations, a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and an exclusive Desmond Valentine's Day coupon valued at $70 towards purchase of food and beverage at the hotel. You choose your dining option! Advance restaurant reservations are strongly recommended, and other restrictions may apply. There are limited packages available, so call now! (800/448-3500; http://www.desmondhotels.com/). A Sweetheart Deal In Rockland County, the Hilton Garden Inn in Nanuet has a Sweetheart Stay Package Feb. 10-14 with overnight accommodations for two in a king room or whirlpool suite, complimentary bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, and gourmet chocolate truffles. The King Room is just $119 per night; the Whirlpool Suite is priced at $179 per night. Saturday night at 7 p.m., you're invited to the Inn for a Sweetheart Dinner Dance, featuring a four course gourmet plated dinner, unlimited soft drinks, coffee and tea, full cash bar.  Dance the night away for just $99 per couple! And on Sunday February 13, enjoy a traditional buffet style brunch for only $23.95 per person. You can book all three events for $229 (King Room) or $289 (Whirlpool Suite) per couple. Contact Samantha Lehrer at 845-623-0600 ext. 104 for reservations or more information. Overlooking Love The 24 newly renovated rooms of the Overlook Lodge on Bear Mountain have been designed to reflect the rustic beauty of the lower Hudson Valley area with a touch of elegance. Each of the lodge rooms feature commanding views of the Hudson River or the surrounding forests, a 32" television, microwave, refrigerator and wet bar. Treat your Valentine to the Overlook Lodge's Sweetheart Weekend package, Saturday February 12. You'll enjoy a four-course gourmet meal by award-winning Chef Matarazzo, dancing until midnight, romantic turndown service, a special Valentine's brunch on Sunday and late checkout. The cost is $299 per couple, plus tax. (845/786-2731; http://www.visitbearmountain.com/) Adirondack Romance In Lake George, treat your love to an Adirondack Winter Romance Package at the Fort William Henry Hotel. Available weekends through March 31st, with prices starting at $414, the package includes two-night accommodations, champagne upon arrival, breakfast each morning of your stay, one dinner for two, gourmet chocolates, and a horse drawn carriage ride. Book this package by calling (800) 234-0267. Serenity Now! Maxwell Creek Inn B&B in Sodus is celebrating Valentine's Day the whole month of February. This historic 1846 Cobblestone House, located on the Seaway Trail halfway between Rochester and Oswego, is nestled on six acres surrounded by a woodland wildlife preserve and apple orchards on the south shore of Lake Ontario. You and your special person can enjoy one night stay packages during the month of February from $219 - $245 (double occupancy, taxes and tip included). Your romantic weekend includes a bottle of sparking grape in your room, dinner for two plus a glass of wine, appetizers and dessert, and a full gourmet breakfast. Two night stay packages are also available. Call now to reserve your place in this tranquil setting offering a piece of heaven on Earth! (315/483-222; www.maxwellcreekinn-bnb.com) Rad Romance Nestled amongst the picturesque Catskill Mountains in the historic village of Roxbury, the Roxbury Motel's whimsical turn on retro motor lodge has become a trip in and of itself, attracting visitors from around the world to its playful, contemporary casual mountain digs.  Whether you're trying to light a fire or rekindle a flame, the Roxbury's Rad Romance package is bound to ignite sparks. How about fine chilled champagne on ice, fresh exotic flowers, and a gourmet cheese platter? Your romance will then soar to a new height with a "couples massage" during which your therapist will teach you the techniques for giving each others' bodies whatever they need... and then leaving you alone to luxuriate in the new Shimmer Spa. To entice your taste buds, you will dine at the area's most scrumptious eatery, Peekamoose Restaurant, where Chef Devin Mills' tasting menu is purported to provide aphrodisiac properties. Please inquire for rates and availability. (607/326-7200; http://www.theroxburymotel.com/) Also in the Catskills, The Guest House in Livingston Manor has Romantic Cottage Specials for Valentine's Day weekend. Spend three nights in romantic luxury, pampering your companion with flowers, chocolates, champagne and a stocked refrigerator. Enjoy a spa bath, cozy fireplace and more for just $595. There's even a hot tub next to the deck! (845/439-4000; http://www.theguesthouse.com/) Riverside Romance This Valentine's, spend a romantic weekend on the Susquehanna River in Owego. Three hotels, The Owego Treadway Inn, the Holiday Inn Express and the Hampton Inn are ready for you with a package for February 11, 12 or 13th that includes classic overnight accommodations for two, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, an exquisite dinner and riverside breakfast for two, and a complimentary box of chocolates. The price per couple for accommodations at the Treadway is just $160; the Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn are $215 each per couple. A Sunday brunch upgrade is also available for just $25 more. For reservations and more information call (607) 687-4500 or visit http://www.owegotreadway.com/. Love. Gourmet. Romance. February 11-14, Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn presents "Love. Gourmet. Romance." Upon arrival, you'll receive an award-winning bottle of Riesling or Cabernet Treleaven Wine from King Ferry Winery and two "Iced Heart Cookies" from Patisserie, an artisan bakery. Next, walk across the street to Moro's Table, a new gourmet restaurant, called "One of America's Best Wine Country Restaurants" by Travel & Leisure magazine. Prices are $129.99 for a Queen Room and                       $159.99 for a Queen Suite. (Reservations at Moro's Table are based on availability. Please ask about dinner reservations when booking this package) The Inn is also offering a similar package without dinner for $109.99. Wake up and enjoy a lovely continental breakfast along with a complimentary, no hurry, 1 p.m. checkout. (315/253-5000; rtrenti@harthotels.com) For more romantic travel ideas in the Finger Lakes visit http://fingerlakes.org/things-to-do/packages. Let's Do it Again! On Long Island, Montauk's celebrity Judge Jim Ketchum is, for the 12th time, renewing wedding vows! Now`s the time to reserve your spot for this special event taking place Monday, February 14 at 4 p.m. at Gurney's Inn Resort and Spa in Montauk. Your $10 donation to the Montauk Food Pantry gets you wedding cake, a champagne toast, an official wedding renewal certificate - in addition to the undying love and gratitude of your significant other! To reserve your spot, call 631/668-1737. www.GurneysInn.com Rubbing You the Right Way In Nassau County, in Woodbury, enjoy a luxury suite at the Inn at Fox Hollow this Valentine's Day weekend.  The Inn's Valentine's Day Massage Package includes one  60 minute in-room massage treatment, champagne, chocolates and a dozen roses, as well as a full American breakfast buffet (dinner buffet at The Inn is included on Sunday and Monday evening). This offer is good February 11-14, and additional massage treatment available at $99. (800/291-8090; http://www.theinnatfoxhollow.com/).    Romance Americana Built around the time of the Civil War in the 1860's on the Erie Canal along the route of the Underground Railroad halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, Medina Stone Farm combines the quiet of the country with the grandeur of yesteryear. This Orleans County brick barn house B&B offers spacious guest rooms, private baths, hearty breakfasts and free wireless internet. This Valentine's Day weekend, on February 13 at 2 p.m., enjoy dinner theater featuring traditional American music performed live by Ron and Nancy OneSong. Dinner and show are $30 per person; reservations are required and seating is limited. (585/798-9238; medinastonefarm.com) A Romantic Stay in Saratoga Springs In Saratoga Springs, Roosevelt Inn and Suites has a Romantic Getaway package that includes an overnight stay for two in a lawn view suite, bottle of champagne and chocolates upon your arrival, and one spa service per person with your choice of either a Swedish massage or European facial.  The package is priced from $265 per night for two people; please mention the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to get this rate when making your reservation. (518/584-0980; http://www.rooseveltsuites.com/) Valentine's Day Specials at the Copperfield Inn Resort In the Adirondacks, North Creek's Copperfield Inn Resort has Valentine's packages valid February 11-15 starting at t $129.00 per person double occupancy. The package includes overnight accommodations in of their oversized guest rooms with either a king size bed or two queens, roman tubs, sleeper sofas and in room safes. You'll also enjoy breakfast in their famous Trappers Tavern and dinner at either Trappers Tavern or Lorenzo's Fine Italian Dining. Add flowers, chocolates, champagne etc to make any package personal and complete. (518/251-2200; http://www.copperfieldinn.com/) Hitting the Town in Style Reconnect and refresh with the one you adore with a one-night getaway at Buffalo's The Mansion on Delaware Avenue.  The Mansion's Romance Package brings you and your sweetheart a romantic retreat free from the stresses of everyday. You'll begin your evening with cocktails in the Fireside Salon while your 24-hour butler service arranges complimentary transportation for your evening out on the town.  Candlelight, soft music and sweet treats placed in your room during turndown service await your return. This package starts at $195 and is only available February 13 and 14, 2011. (716/886-3300; http://www.mansionondelaware.com/) Columbia County Valentine Getaway In Hudson, the Inn at Ca'Mea offers an authentic Northern Italian experience complete with Italy's legendary hospitality and fine dining. Valentine's weekend, treat you and your special someone to 2 nights at the Inn, dinner for two at Ca'Mea Restaurant, and a luxurious couples massage at Hudson's Bodhi Holistic Spa ... all for just $500. (518/822-0005; http://www.innatcamea.com/, http://www.bodhiholisticspa.com/) Valentine's Weekend in Batavia In Genesee County, The Clarion Hotel in Batavia is offering a $129 per couple Valentine's Day package for Saturday, Feb. 12 that includes overnight accommodations, an all-you-can-eat shrimp and prime rib buffet, and in-room champagne and chocolates.  Located at the gateway to western New York, Batavia is just a short drive from major attractions including Niagara Falls, and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo. (585/344-2100; www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-batavia-new_york-NY503). To add some entertainment to your stay, the Batavia Players' are presenting "Love Lines," Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12. It's an evening of readings and monologues on February's favorite topic: Love!  Celebrate a Second Honeymoon in Niagara Falls Show your love is as strong as the day you were married by planning a second honeymoon in Niagara Falls this Valentine's Day weekend. Overlooking the spectacular Upper Rapids, just 1,500 feet from the American Falls, the Red Coach Inn offers the perfect setting for a romantic weekend. Welcoming guests since 1923, this Tudor-style bed and breakfast is modeled after the Old Bell Inn in England. For couples, the Red Coach offers a "Touch of Romance" package in two flavors. For $225 per couple you'll receive accommodations, plus a dozen red roses, bottle of champagne, box of chocolates, limousine for three hours, and a special memento to remember your second honeymoon. The $125 package includes accommodations along with a dozen red roses, bottle of champagne, box of chocolates, and a special memento. (716/282-1459; http://www.redcoach.com/)

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