Valentine's Day falls in the middle of the week this year -- giving you two chances to plan a romantic getaway in Tampa Bay. Go beyond roses and chocolates with these only-in-Tampa Bay indulgences.
Dinner and dessert at Bern's Steak House | Tampa Bay's epitome of fine dining (right) regularly ranks among the top steak houses in the U.S. Home to the world's largest private wine collection, Bern's has earned the James Beard Foundation's honor for Outstanding Wine Program. The Harry Waugh Dessert Room is a can't-miss experience, especially its famous macadamia nut ice cream.
Personal pampering at Spa Evangeline | Book yourself and your S.O. in for a massage, manicure or other special treatment. Afterward, indulge your sweet with some sweets from Chocolate Pi patisserie.
Cruise on the Yacht StarShip | Get away from it all for a few hours with dinner and dancing aboard Tampa Bay's signature dinner cruise. Yacht StarShip (right) provides everything for a romantic brunch or dinner cruise, including a champagne toast and live entertainment on the top deck. All Valentine’s cruise reservations come with a long stem rose waiting at your table.
Experience Volta | Cirque do Soleil brings its latest extravaganza to Tampa Bay starting nightly shows on February 15 and running through March 4. With BMX bikes, jump ropes and acrobatics on ladders, it's a show like none other!
Sail for the sunset | Bring the bubbly and set sail aboard an e-Boat (right). Travel up the Hillsborough River or into the bay and find your spot to catch the last rays of the day. Land-lubbers might try a hand-in-hand stroll along the Tampa Riverwalk as the lights of downtown twinkle to life. End with a toast riverside at Ulele.
Dinner and dancing | Hit Seventh Avenue in historic Ybor City for fantastic food and a night out on the dance floor. Start with authentic Spanish paella at the Columbia, Florida's oldest restaurant. You can even let someone else do the dancing by booking your meal with their awe-inspiring Flamenco performance.