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The Elliott House Inn offers a romantic staycation; grab a Valentine's drink at The Glass Onion. Photos (2) courtesy of Charles Towne Hotels & The Glass Onion

February 6, 2013

Made Plans Yet?
Here’s your fool-proof guide to Valentine’s Day success

written by Kate Butler, Angela Feathers, & Madison Hartman

Just realized it’s February? Don’t panic. You still have eight days to make Valentine’s Day plans, and we have your Cupid-approved guide to the perfect romantic rendezvous, be it low-key or luxury you’re looking for.

If Music be the Food of Love

If you need some accompaniment to make your V-Day evening complete, The Glass Onion is offering live jazz from 6 to 10 p.m. and a three-course tasting dinner for $40 with an optional wine pairing for $20. The menu includes a choice of dishes including Apalachicola oyster gratin, Heritage Farms porchetta with Anson Mills grits, Atlantic fish picatta with housemade gnocchi, and apple and fig tart or panna cotta. The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Hwy. (843)225-1717,

Go Big (then go home)
If your looking to wow her, it doesn’t get much better than a candlelight dinner in one of Charleston’s most award-winning and historical restaurants. McCrady’s six-course tasting menu of Southern eats ($90 per person) with the option to add wine pairings for an additional $75 is sure to impress. Thursday, Feb. 14. McCrady's, 2 Unity Alley. (843)577-0025,

Sweet Staycation
No time to book a last minute trip to Tahiti? Escape for a two-night staycation. The Elliott House Inn welcomes couples with gourmet chocolates, fruit, and Champagne to one of their newly renovated guest rooms overlooking a charming brick courtyard. For dinner, enjoy a $75 gift certificate to 82 Queen restaurant, then end the night with a private romantic carriage tour. Bonus: The retreat package also comes with a complimentary bicycle ride for two. Elliott House Inn, 78 Queen St. $395. (843)518-6500,

Or, if you want to get farther off the grid, book a getaway at the Inn at Middleton Place. In addition to a two-night stay, the package includes chocolate and Champagne upon arrival, a guided kayak excursion or guided horseback trails ride, admission to Middleton Place Gardens, House Museum, and Plantation Stableyards; bike rentals for two; dinner for two at Middleton Place Restaurant; and breakfast each morning. Inn at Middleton Place, 4290 Ashley River Rd. From $272. (800)543-4774,

A Side of Seduction
Three words: Bits of Lace. To really spice up this February 14, splurge on Charleston Place Hotel’s Nightey-Nite Package (available February 7 through March 17. Sold out on February 15.) complete with a room in the luxe hotel plus lingerie from King Street’s Bits of Lace and a signature dessert and wine pairing from Charleston Grill’s pastry chef, Emily Cookson. Charleston Place Hotel, 205 Meeting St. $399. (800)383-2335,

All You Knead is Love
To shake off the stress before a big dinner out, Cupid would be smart to book a couple’s massage at Urban Nirvana. On Valentine’s Day, the $87 per person experience will also include sparkling wine, sweet treats, and a candlelit atmosphere for lovebirds to relax. Urban Nirvana, 8 Windermere Blvd. $174 per couple. (843)720-8000,

Fever Pitch
For the love of the game, purchase a Charleston RiverDogs baseball package before February 12 and have it hand-delivered by Charlie T. RiverDog on Valentine’s Day. Choose one of three options with four ticket vouchers, roses and earrings for her or a baseball cap for him, and chocolates or sparkling juice, all priced at $50. To order, call (843)577-3647 or visit

Hot Date To Go
If you’re caught between staying at home and going all out for your date night, order from Ted’s Butcherblock Take Out or Eat In Menu and you and your honey can have it both ways. The menu offers a choice of three courses such as milk braised pork ravioli, arugala and quinoa salad, barolo braised beef, and desserts of either rum bapa or a trio of truffles. Wine pairings and an optional caviar course are also available. Place your order by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12. Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. Prices vary. (843)577-0094,

When Love is Like a Song
What’s more romantic than a Valentine’s Day serenade? Not much, that’s what. Surprise your sweetheart with a rose and a song from a capella quartet, The Palmetto Vocal Project at a time and location of your choosing. Available February 13 & 14. $50. Call (843)410-7874 to book.

Love Potion
Turn it up with a fun, interactive date creating gourmet dishes at Charleston Cooks! Maverick Kitchen Store. Spots are still open for a Valentine’s lunch where you’ll make duck confit and mache salad with pomegranate vinaigrette; shrimp thermidor with mustard butter sauce; white wine and lemon herb sauteed haricot verts with crispy shallots; shredded beet and red potato cake, and Nutella cheesecake with chocolate cherry crumble for dessert. Whew! Sound good? Sign up before the class fills up. Charleston Cooks! Maverick Kitchen Store, 194 East Bay St. Wednesday & Thursday, 11am. $60. (843)722-1212,

For more Valentine's ideas, check out our Dining Guide here.

Wed, 02/06/2013