Valentine’s Day 2011 Philadelphia Events – Romantic Date Ideas

Valentine's Day 2012 Philadelphia Events Update – Virtually All Events Are the Same, This Year!

We are happy to say that - with the lamentable exception of the Philadelphia Belle, which is now out of business - that you can enjoy virtually all of the same Philadelphia events in 2012, as well… Go find love, in this leap year!

The Valentine’s Day 2011 weekend in Philadelphia falls from Friday, February 11, 2011, through Monday, February 14 - Valentine’s Day itself. This window provides a unique opportunity for you and your significant other to kindle romance, all over the city and region.

Accordingly, here are some of our initial recommendations for enjoying Valentine’s Day in, and around, Philadelphia… As you can see, this page isn’t complete – we’re writing it in the middle of January – and so we’ll constantly be adding fresh ideas. So please check back often for more content…

A Trip to the Quaint Shops and Restaurants, at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, Bucks County

Peddler's Village, as we discuss in the preceding link, is a fun destination, any time of year.

You can spend the day walking around this replica of a romanticized English market village, have your pictures taken in the bucolic setting, and browse through the many specialty shops – The Den (designed for men’s interests, focusing on sports, history, etc.), The Fun Place (more games, including specialty board games, than you can imagine), and the Canterbury Tales Book Shoppe being our three personal favorites.

After walking around the village, you’re probably going to be pretty cold. But you can warm up and have dinner at one of the Peddler’s Village restaurants – the more formal Cock ‘N Bull, the more casual Hart’s Tavern – to name just two – provides a great setting for romance.

For more information, just click on our Peddler’s Village link, above.

The LOVE Statue at JFK Plaza

One of Philadelphia’s most famous sculptures, the LOVE statue has achieved iconic status, over the decades. You and your significant other have to get a picture of yourselves in front of it. It’s easily accessible via SEPTA Regional Rail and other SEPTA routes, due to its central location near Philadelphia City Hall.

Going Together, to the Observation Deck, in the Brim of the Hat of the Statue of William Penn, at the Top of Philadelphia City Hall Tower.

The one major drawback to Philadelphia City Hall Tower, is that you can only do it, during the week, during business hours. But if you have the opportunity on either Friday or Monday, we’d highly recommend it.

You’ll have the opportunity to ride all the way up to the top of what was the tallest building in the world, at the time of its opening around the turn of the 20th century. You'll be standing in an observation deck, literally, within the statue of William Penn.

The stunning, breathtaking views of Philadelphia in all directions, make a great way to start a romantic Valentine’s Day evening. You can take pictures of each other while you’re up there, against the background of Liberty Place, etc. Then, you'll have plenty of dinner choices, due to the plethora of high-quality restaurants around City Hall.

McGillin's Olde Ale House, Which Dates To 1860, Is Located in the Very Shadow of City Hall

However, we particularly recommend McGillin's Olde Ale House, which is located at 1310 Drury Street, between Chestnut Street and Sansom Street, 13th and Juniper Streets, 215.735.5562.. It's right in the shadow of City Hall.

McGillin's opened its doors in 1860, the same year in which Abraham Lincoln was elected President, and consequently, is even older than City Hall, itself. (We have it listed prominently on our Philadelphia Irish Pubs Guide.) It's a cozy hole in the wall which is suitable for romance.

This year, McGillin's is sponsoring a contest, offering to host a free anniversary party for the couple that submits the best McGillin's-related story of the history of their romantic relationship.

And for couples who haven't met at McGillin's -

during Valentine's Day weekend, from February 11 through February 14, McGillin's will be offering a Valentine's Day-themed menu of Heart & "Sole," Love Stout Stew & Heart"beet" Salad, along with beverages to wash it down, titled Love Potion, Chocolate Martinis, Passion Punch & Love Stout.

Walking through Rittenhouse Square, Then Heading For Dinner.

Rittenhouse Square offers beautiful landscaping and a pleasant environment for a romantic stroll, enjoying the ambience. And when it gets too cold, just head inside for dinner, to one of the many bars and restaurants that line Rittenhouse Square.

A Visit to Naked Chocolate - In Order to Fully Appreciate the Magnificence of the Chocolate Available There

It really wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate, of course. And the best chocolate in the city can be had at Naked Chocolate. You can sit down and order anything chocolate under the sun, and relax and share the warm flavors and remarkable quality, of the finest chocolatier in Philadelphia.

Walking Through Society Hill, and Eating at City Tavern

Nothing is more romantic, than imagining yourself living in another era, in another century. And the best neighborhood for providing that illusion is Society Hill, well east of Broad Street.

Walking amidst its cobblestones, you can imagine yourself as having returned to the 18th century, as the issues of great national import were debated in the streets, and having enjoyed a brief foray back into time. We’d recommend one of the house tours, also, if you can fit it into your schedule.

Wind up your evening with dinner and/or dessert at City Tavern Philadelphia. A meticulously researched replica of the actual, historical City Tavern of the 18th century, it serves tremendous food with period-accurate recipes and costumed waitstaff. It’s the best place to eat in the city, if you’d like to return to that time – the Founding Fathers routinely hung out at the actual City Tavern, located at the same site as the replica; it was their favorite watering hole.

Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 15 – City Food Tours Offers Valentine’s Day Dinner Event in Northern Liberties - $62/person

The folks over at City Food Tours are back with another holiday-themed event. This Valentine’s Day, it’s their 2 ½ hour, Valentine’s Day Dinner Event at Café Estelle in Northern Liberties. The NoLibs establishment is the only locale for this particular tour, unlike most City Food Tours. You’ll get a three-course dinner, plus wine and chocolates, and secrets of romance from such well-known historical figures as Cleopatra, having just concluded her run at the Franklin Institute. (This tour is limited to those 21 and over).

Each dinner starts at 6:00 PM, Friday through Sunday. Reservations are absolutely required in advance, as the events will sell out. You can go through the web site of City Food Tours to learn more.

Valentine’s Day 2011 Events – Romantic Cruises on the Delaware River

The Philadelphia Belle Offers Three Cruises Over Valentine’s Day Weekend – Call 215.717.1617 For More Information

The new cruise ship, the Philadelphia Belle - the latest addition to the seafarers on the Delaware River – provides couples with no fewer than three different Valentine’s Day 2011 cruises.

Your options:

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise – Saturday, February 12, 2011 – Board at 7:00 PM, Sailing from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM; Dockside, 10:00-10:30 PM - $99.95/person, plus taxes and fees

Monday Night Dinner Cruise – Monday, February 14, 2011 – Board at 7:00 PM, Sailing from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM; Dockside, 10:00-10:30 PM - $99.95/person, plus taxes and fees

The perks and prices are identical, on Saturday night and Monday night. Each cruise provides a:

“romantic Four-Course Dinner For Two”, Complimentary Rose, Two Glasses of Champagne at a private table, plus live entertainment.

Sunday Afternoon Brunch Cruise – Sunday, February 13, 2011 - Board at 10:30 AM, Sailing from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM; No Dockside. $42.90/person, plus taxes and fees

The brunch cruise, which is less than half the expense, is a more solid bargain. You’ll get bread and pastries, fruit, “breakfast favorites”, “savory lunch selections”, and “delicious desserts”. However, in addition to the scaled-down food, you also sail for two hours, as opposed to 2 ½ hours, and there’s no time, dockside.

Valentine’s Day Events, Only Taking Place on A Single Day, At Some Point Over the Weekend of Friday, February 11 to Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday, February 14 - Are The Two Of You “Prisoners Of Love”? Nothing Says Romance, More Than The Gothic Castle Fortress of Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount – Special “Buy One, Get One” Admission on Valentine’s Day - For More Information, Call 215.236.3300

Eastern State Penitentiary makes it worth your while – it offers a “Buy One, Get One” admission on Valentine’s Day 2011. (When you make your reservation and/or buy your ticket, you have to mention the promotion, to get the discount).

Naturally, one could be forgiven for thinking that the ruins of a 19th-century prison aren’t the best milieu for Valentine’s Day. But when you come right down to it, for “Prisoners of Love”, the Romantic, Gothic Revival architecture of Eastern State Penitentiary actually is a good setting. You can easily imagine it as a medieval castle, with the two of you in charge, engaged in the courtly love of the Age of Chivalry.

We say the above, only half-kiddingly. And when you decide to leave the castle – we’re not kidding at all about the following aspect: you actually do have many fine choices for a romantic dinner, at a range of prices, in the neighborhood of Fairmount, surrounding Eastern State Penitentiary. There are plenty of bars and restaurants engulfing the fortress.

Monday, February 14 – A Chance for Couples To Be Wild at Heart: A Valentine’s Celebration at the Philadelphia Zoo - Meet the Zoo’s Most Famous Couples and Families - Call 215.243.1100

If Eastern State Penitentiary isn’t your thing, then the Philadelphia Zoo – not too far away – might be a better choice.

The oldest zoo in America has announced its Wild at Heart: A Valentine’s Celebration at the Philadelphia Zoo, which you can only do on Monday, February 14.

There are a couple of different options. All include the Wild at Heart guided tour, during which your expert Zoo guide will take you to meet the Zoo’s most famous couples and families. If that’s all you want, you can do that for just $20 for both of you – quite a deal.

You can upgrade, and go 2 for $40 – this provides you the special tour, plus two hot chocolates and one plushie (it didn’t specify what you get).

Also, if two couples are going out, you can opt for the 4 for $50 option, where you just get the special tour. By the standards of Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia, this is a great bargain.

In addition, since you won’t be that far from Fairmount, you’ll have plenty of options for dinner. Once you’ve explored the remarkable range of romantic couples among the residents of the Philadelphia Zoo, you can head to Fairmount for a nice, warm, relaxing dinner. (Note: Unlike Eastern State Penitentiary, where you can easily walk to the restaurants - you’ll have to drive to Fairmount for dinner, but it’s not a far drive.)

The Zoo is located at 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196, and its phone number is 215.243.1100.

Friday, February 11, 2011 – The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Art After 5” Entertainment Hosts “Valentine’s Hot Club”, a Jazz Age-themed Nightclub Event with Live Music and Dancing in the Great Stair

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a special, Valentine’s Day-themed event on Friday, February 11. Although it has special programming every Friday, after closing at 5 PM, for Art After 5, this one is particularly interesting.

Valentine’s Hot Club will be a Jazz Age-themed ball, set in the 1920s, with entertainment from the Lower East Side Hot Club, and the talented tap dancer Gin Minsky. And it’s free, with your paid admission for that day.

Also, as with Eastern State Penitentiary above, the Museum of Art is right next to Fairmount Avenue, and you have plenty of choices to go out afterwards, in Fairmount, as the event officially winds up at around 8:45 PM. The night will still be young, and Fairmount hot spots are easy to find.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - A Colonial Valentine Candlelit Tours of an 18th Century Mansion at Historic Graeme Park in Horsham, Montgomery County – Call 215.343.0965

Perhaps your taste in romance is imagining yourself in an earlier period of history. Well, if that’s the case, then A Colonial Valentine - Candlelit Tours of Keith House at Historic Graeme Park is the event for you. Costumed actors will be performing various roles in each room of Keith House, relating their stories.

We need to let you know that there are four tours that Friday night- at 7:00 PM, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30. Tickets are $12, and reservations are strongly recommended.

The tale of romance will swirl around Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, an 18th century woman of status, whose romantic life was destroyed by her family’s loyalist sentiments during the American Revolution. It takes place at Keith House, the only surviving residence of a colonial governor of Pennsylvania. It’s located in Horsham Township, Montgomery County.

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