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Romance in the Corridor: Ways to Celebrate Valentine's in the Towns of the I&M Canal

If you’re like me, you need as much time as possible to plan an excellent Valentine’s Day for your significant other.  I dread of having to run to the grocery store for some aisle-13 bought flowers and some generic candy.

Showcase your love by a thoughtful gift or mini-trip through the towns of the I&M Canal and find that moment that captures your love unlike none other.



Maybe your significant other, or the person you want to be your significant other, has a sweet tooth.  Head on down to Lockport to Hollingworth Candies.  Why is the trip better than just picking up something at the grocery store?  Just as their slogan states – “Pure ingredients.  Pure indulgence.  Pure bliss.”  Plus, go at the right time and actually see the toffees and other candies being made on-site.


It’s All About Sharing

And, you and your love can do sharing at Wine & Cheese by TCC.  Sit in a warm and intimate setting, sharing plates including cheese, charcuterie, duck leg confit pasta or dark chocolate coconut milk fondue.  Pair those with a selection of hand-picked, small production wines, cocktails crafted from local spirits, craft beers or a wine flight for a culinary experience to remember.


Make Valentine’s Longer Than A Day

A trip to the romantic Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is even sweeter with three different menus to choose from.  You and yours will enjoy a shared appetizer, choice of entrée and shared dessert from the “Date Night” menu.  Order a special meal off their “Valentine’s Day” menu, like the Chocolate and Char-Crusted Ribeye – finished with a Crème de Cacao Crème Fraiche.  All of the favorites from their main menu will be available too.  Relax in the glow of the fireplaces in the Dining Room and Great Hall, followed by a dip in the hot tub or pool.  You can even make an appointment for a couples massage.   As of the time of writing, you can take advantage of 20% off of some weekday stays (see their web site for details).


Post-Holiday Dining

Open Wednesdays-Sundays during the Winter, Pine Hills Restaurant in Ottawa is a great destination if you want to avoid the restaurant crowds on Valentine’s Day itself.  Offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere, this restaurant is perfect for a first date (or for the fiftieth date, first anniversary, or any other special occasion).


Add Some Post-Valentines Laughter

Combine the elegance and beauty of the 90-year old Rialto Square Theater with the comic stylings of Ron White, and you’ll spend your post-Valentine’s Day weekend hunched over in laughter.  Ron White has two shows at the Rialto on Friday, February 17, providing a hilarious way to celebrate the holiday if you can’t get out during the week.