Valentine’s Day is a gift in and of itself this year for many Atlanta parents. As the 2014 calendar would have it, this particular Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday – making it a little easier for mom and dad to book a babysitter and make a brief escape for a romantic night out on the town. Extra lucky parents might even be able to find a good friend or family member who is willing to keep the kids overnight so that mom and dad can enjoy a short, but memorable staycation that serves as homage to the next chapter in their ongoing love story. Atlanta is a city filled to overflowing with world-class hotels and critically-acclaimed restaurants, but the following fit the bill for a true night of romance.
Chateau Élan Winery & Inn
100 Rue Charlemagne Drive
Braselton, GA 30517
A 45-minute drive up I-85 North from Downtown Atlanta will enhance the feeling of a “get-away” as parents leave the hustle-bustle of the city (and their little ones) behind to enjoy an overnight stay at North Georgia’s highly revered Chateau Élan Winery & Inn. Valentine couples can select from a number of accommodation packages that might include his and her massages at the spa, wine tastings and tours of the winery, dining in one or more of the resort’s restaurants on site and overnight accommodations at the Inn.
The Ellis Hotel
176 Peachtree St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Romance abounds in the city, as well. The Ellis – an historic landmark hotel located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta – provides posh accommodations and easy access to a number of the city’s finest restaurants and attractions, whether traveling via cab or on foot. Couples may choose to enjoy dinner and a night at the theater. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater lights up the stage at the Fox and “Murder at Deadton Abbey” slays audiences at Agatha’s, a Taste of Mystery that evening. A couple could could opt to partake in cocktails and fine dining at nearby Rays in the City, Nikolai’s Roof, Morton’s The Steakhouse or Azio Downtown. Or mom and dad could spend their Valentine celebration at The Ellis at a table in the Terrace Bistro or in the privacy of their hotel room with an order from room service.
The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
3391 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Combine one of the city’s most modern, yet elegant hotels with one of Atlanta’s finest dining experiences and guests are virtually assured a night of romance. The Palm is renowned for its fresh take on the American steakhouse – showcasing prime cuts of beef, jumbo lobsters and expertly prepared Italian fare. Rooms at the Westin are all dubbed “peaceful retreats” with spa-inspired bathrooms, luxury appointments and sweeping panoramas of the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Dad may want to treat mom with an afternoon of shopping at nearby Phipps Plaza or Lenox Square Mall in preparation of their Valentine’s Day dinner at The Palm, or they can both relax and rejuvenate with an in-room massage from one of the Westin’s spa professionals.
490 E. Paces Ferry Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Consistently receiving high marks as one of the best and most romantic restaurants in the city by Bon Appétit, Esquire Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Gayot and more, Aria is a lovely destination for parents who can only secure a babysitter for a few precious hours. Mom and dad can dine on thoughtfully inspired dishes and desserts by candlelight, reminisce about the good old days and dream about the days to come. Comparable for its romance and delectable menu, sister restaurant Canoe – poised on the banks of the Chattahoochee River – also adds an exquisite view to the mix.
2277 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If that’s true, than the quality of the food should be an equally important component to a romantic evening as the nature of the ambiance. Fortunately, both are beautifully intertwined at Restaurant Eugene, featuring the unique culinary stylings of Chef Linton Hopkins – winner of the James Beard Award as Best Chef Southeast in 2012. Valentine sweethearts can while away the evening focusing on their own unique pairing while delighting in the food and wine pairings from the talented chef and sommelier of Restaurant Eugene.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.