syracuse.JPGSyracuse, N.Y. - With Valentine's Day falling on a Thursday, take the opportunity to turn one special day into a romantic weekend getaway. From hotel packages with ice skating or spa specials, to fireside restaurants and premiere shopping, Syracuse, N.Y. is one city that offers both budget friendly and heart-warming choices for every type of romantic. Couples can ice skate on historic Clinton Square and cozy up with mugs of hot chocolate and marshmallows with a special package at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel. If a relaxing night in is more alluring, then enjoy a romantic evening in a deluxe room with champagne and chocolates at The Crowne Plaza. Or, for the passionate pair, the Craftsman Inn has a "guilty pleasures" package with chocolate strawberries and a late afternoon checkout. Build up an appetite and dig into any of the locally owned restaurants in Syracuse's Armory Square. Pastabilities is a favorite indulgence with rich Italian sauces and pastas while Empire Brewing Company is a "beeroisseur" destination with hand-crafted ales paired with menu items from locally sourced ingredients. If you're looking to turn up the heat, perhaps The Melting Pot is the perfect culinary experience for you and your special someone. Play footsie under the table or stir things up on your plates with a premier fondue menu. After exploring the city of Syracuse, take a short drive to the picturesque village of Skaneateles. Relax at the AAA Four-Diamond Mirbeau Inn & Spa, recently recognized by Spa Finder as best in the world for romance. Step back in time strolling the village's historically preserved streets or dine fireside at the Sherwood Inn. Pair a savory seasonal dish with a Finger Lakes wine or stop in the Anyela's Vineyard tasting room to find a bottle of your own to bring back to your room. Syracuse N.Y. is a destination with everything from the intimate to exciting, luxurious to quaint. Try shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Michael Kors at Destiny USA or local shops like Sweet on Chocolate and Eureka Crafts in the heart of downtown. Hotel packages are subject to change, please contact hotels directly with questions and booking information.  For more information on romantic opportunities, go to www.VisitSyracuse.org/romance or contact Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau Communications Manager Danica Kaltaler at (315) 470-1903 or DKaltaler@VisitSyracuse.org.

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About the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau The Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) in Syracuse, N.Y. is Onondaga County's accredited marketing organization for tourism related economic development leading the production of over $724 million in direct visitor spending annually. The SCVB is a division of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity. For more information, visit http://www.visitsyracuse.org/. Media Contact: Danica Kaltaler, Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau 315.470.1903 | DKaltaler@VisitSyracuse.org