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Love Is In the Air in Downtown Indianapolis

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from AroundIndy.com!

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Bring your sweetheart Downtown for a night of dancing, romantic moonlight and plenty of affection this Valentine’s Day. Download the FREE “Indy Downtown” app for further information on Downtown events, dining, hotels and more! 

Ten day love fest

Whether you make a date for Feb. 14 or make plans for either of the weekends that sandwich it, there are plenty of Downtown events to create a love fest for your special someone. 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Easley Winery will indulge the sweet tooth of you and your sweetie during Chocolate Lovers Weekend Feb. 11 & 12. Receive abundant, decadent chocolate, paired exquisitely with carefully crafted wines. Still craving a bubbly fix? Wine all you want at the Mass Ave Wine Shoppe Feb. 14 with FREE samples of wine during their Wines to Love event.

Have a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s experience with the Indianapolis Zoo’s 90-minute Dolphin In-Water Adventure! Purchase a Dolphin In-Water experience and get one observer ticket FREE (if purchased by the end of February 2012). Mention the “Sweetheart Special” to receive the special discount.

Kisses and make up at the Unity Church of Indianapolis with a Valentine Spa Afternoon featuring manicures, facials, makeovers and massage therapy along with food and music Feb. 11. Give an entrance ticket to your Valentine or give one to yourself—you deserve an afternoon of pampering!

Romance your taste buds with an Aphrodisiac Cooking Class at Adobo Grill Feb. 11. Leave with some great recipes including the perfect aphrodisiac ingredients for the ideal loving meal. Have a one-of-a-kind dinner experience at White Castle’s steam-grilled dinner for two Feb. 14. Dine and dance the night away at Rathskeller at the Athenaeum. Feb. 11. The Rathskeller will feature a three-course meal with band Living Proof.

The President Benjamin Harrison Site wants to transport lovebirds back to a simpler time with its Romance and Remembrance event Feb. 14. Hear presidential love letters and poetry from the Gilded Age followed by a gourmet four-course meal and wine in the Indianapolis Propylaeum.

You and your honey can enjoy a romantic spin on the ice at the Indiana/World Skating AcademyAdmission is only $4.50 a person, plus $3 skate rental.

Find a reason to get close as you snuggle up on a dreamy carriage ride through Downtown! Make your reservations early by calling Yellow Rose Carriages or Blue Ribbon Carriage Co.  

Fall in love with food

Treat your Valentine to an evening of romantic fine dining at one of Downtown’s restaurants featuring special menu options. Dine at The Eagle’s Nest Restaurant, one of the Top 100 restaurants in the nation honored as the “Most Romantic Restaurant” for 2012 by OpenTable.

Savor sweetheart performances

Treat your Valentine to the best gift around: laughter! Watch two teams battling for laughs during a special Valentine’s Day themed match Feb. 10 & 11 at ComedySportz Indianapolis. Play Valentine-themed games including Casanova, Advice Panel, Sideline Video Dating and Blind Date. ComedySportz will turn 20 on Feb. 12, so the theatre is celebrating Feb. 16 – 18 with prizes for the audience. Laugh out loud when Theatre on the Square brings you Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, the “One-Nun-Sense” musical event, Feb. 10 – March 10. You’ll laugh till it hurts! Enjoy HUGE laughs from the Emmy nominated comedian Basile at the Crackers Comedy Club Feb. 14 – 18. Make it the perfect date night with dinner at Greek Islands before making your darling chuckle. Receive a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two dinners! Greek Islands will be selling tickets to Crackers Comedy Club two for the price of one Feb. 15 – 18.

Romance surely will be in the air when the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents That’s Amore, a special event complete with celebrated Italian love songs and classics with pop-opera vocal trio Poperazzi Feb. 11.

For younger Valentines, delight your little sweethearts with a Valentine’s Day Cabaret performance of high spirited marionettes at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio Feb. 11 & 12. Tickets include a special sweet treat as well.

Head to the Old National Centre on Feb. 12 for a soulful and sexy Art of Love featuring Jagged Edge concert! Bring your sweetheart and spend Valentine’s Day Getting Lucky with Lucky Deluxe at White Rabbit Cabaret Feb. 14. America’s premier burlesque comic, Lucky Deluxe, will take you on a tour of the riotously risqué life that made her Lucky.

Get a room already

There’s no denying love is in the air Downtown, so why not celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long by staying at one of Downtown’s many first class hotels and charming bed and breakfasts? Enjoy an overnight stay at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries awaiting you in the room. Top it off with the special Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two menu at Osteria Pronto. The package also includes breakfast for two at Osteria Pronto. What better time to check out the multi-million dollar guestroom renovations at Hyatt Regency Indianapolis than Valentine’s Day? Nestle Inn and The Harney House Inn offer couples a charming urban retreat just steps away from Mass Ave Cultural District. For a complete listing of Downtown hotel packages, visit www.indydt.com/hotel%20packages.cfm.

Gifts to say, “I heart you.”

Head over to Mass Ave and stop by Silver in the City for that perfect piece of jewelry this Valentine’s Day– whether it is a shiny piece of stunning silver jewelry or an eco-friendly Envirosax, there is something for every valentine. The shop features unique jewelry styles she will love! If you’re taking the diamond route, be sure to stop by Downtown’s jeweler, Windsor Jewelry, for diamonds, gold and precious stones.

Life is like a box of chocolates…so, why not give your sweetheart the best chocolates in town? Score some brownie points with a signature Valentine’s Day tin filled with assorted chocolates from The Best Chocolate in Town. Opting to show your love via petals? Stop in to Enflora inside the Chase Tower for unique and traditional designs for your special someone. Planning to stay in and celebrate? Pick up your gourmet dinner essentials at, New Day Meadery, Mass Ave Wine Shoppe, Easley Winery and the gastronomic paradise known as Indy Winter Farmers Market.  U-Relish Farm in the Indianapolis City Market will be selling their “meals in a minute” Feb. 14 with the options of Peas Date Me? or a duo of Indiana filet mignon.

Love stinks – Yeah! Yeah!

Flying solo for Valentine’s Day? Venture out on the town!  Howl at the Moon is celebrating the break up with an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party Feb. 11. Drink specials include an ex-boyfriend cocktail or an 86 oz Bad Romance bucket to share.  Bring a mutilated picture of your ex to receive special offers.

Recently jilted? Dress in black and join the Creation Café for its Anti-Valentine’s Day Party on Feb. 11. Mingle with other non-celebrators, play games and enjoy food and drink specials all night long.

Don’t have a date? Don’t fret. Instead, grab some girlfriends and head over to the Old National Centre for a Ladies Nite Out Valentine Tour starring: The Whispers, Howard Hewett and more Feb. 14.  Celebrate or hate Valentine’s Day with music from the rock band Heartless Bastards’ newest album, “Arrow” at Radio Radio Feb. 18.

Visit www.indydt.com for more events and information or call 317-237-2222.

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