Spend Valentine’s Day in Indianapolis

This is the first time I’ve had a Valentine’s in two years. That’s not meant to evoke pity, I promise, but it just means I’m due for some extravagance over Hallmark’s money-making holiday.

A girl can always find a way to nonchalantly suggest a Valentine’s Weekend staycation to their significant other, but perhaps for me it’s best to publicize on DoingIndy.com and hope that a supportive friend and reader knows how to forward to the right person. (hint, hint)

 A look at the perfect Valentine’s Weekend Getaway:

 images1 pm      Check-in: The Villa Inn: This bed and breakfast is a sweet retreat that encourages visitors to power down the iPhone and enjoy the picturesque stretch of Delaware Street that makes up the historic Old Northside neighborhood.

2 pm    The Villa Inn Spa: It may or may not be a coincidence that The Villa Inn has a spa. The Amore couples Swedish Massage particularly piqued my interest as it includes two glasses of sparkling wine with chocolate desserts.

4 pm      Ice Skating at Pan Am Plaza: Okay, so maybe this isn’t an extravagant outing, but sometimes getting a guy to go ice skating is a rather extravagant request.

6 pm      Drinks: 1933 Lounge: When anyone thinks of extravagance in Indianapolis, the iconic St. Elmo Steak House should come to mind. And with the perfect ambiance of red soft seating, waiters in suits and ties, waitresses in red cocktail dress, and open fireplaces, it would be a shame to pass up a really good glass of vino from this second floor hideout.

8 pm      Dinner: Dunaways: I recently learned that Hoosier-legend, John Mellencamp, took his lady love Meg Ryan to Dunaways to celebrate her 50th Birthday. After John wrote the couple’s plot of “Jack and Diane” and Meg made us cry over her “Sally and Harry” romantic escapade, I think I’ll follow in their footsteps. For something unique, book the Chef’s Table at $125 per person, a special menu specially prepared for the happy couple in confines of the kitchen.

The night will conclude back at The Villa with a RomCom and truffle or two from Best Chocolates in Town (Honey Lavender truffles, please.)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re giving away $50 to Dunaways – all you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below!


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  • http://twitter.com/mrsckugs LA

    I think I would go to the rathskellar, and maybe stay on the circle at the columbia club.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.miller.14224094 Nathan Miller

    Starting the night out at Tomlinson Taproom for a few pints, then to the Libertine to see Neil Brown and his staff for a few drinks, then head over to 1933 the bar above St. Elmos, and ending the night for a four course meal with Chef Hardesty at Recess

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503849776 Aimee Rose Formo

    I think we’d head to St. Elmo’s for dinner or to The Flying Cupcake for dessert. Perhaps both…

  • http://twitter.com/alinarenee Alina Hahn

    Would love to walk along the canal and try out a new place to eat

  • Steve47834

    I’d take my wife to Shapiro’s on S. Meridian St.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1287365715 Ruth Ann Miller Summers

    Perfect Valentines weekend would definatly include dinner at St Elmos…and then to a great evening at a movie and then back to the hotel of choice…I will stop there…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Amber.Redden Amber Redden Foddrill

    I’d like to eat at St. Elmo’s, go for a carriage ride and stay at the Conrad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.madduxcooley Amy Maddux Cooley

    I don’t have a specific place in mind. Anywhere with my hubby is fine by me!

  • rmo210

    I would start out with dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.hoff.587 Bill Hoff

    I would go to St Elmo’s and then duck pin bowling

  • ibereesecup

    Fogo for dinner, if weather fair enough a stroll along the canal if not a carriage ride bundled under a blanket

  • Iris Eskew

    I would have drinks at tini’s , eat at Mesh, skip dessert out and have chocolate strawberries at home with my husband!

  • http://twitter.com/SarahBarnesDiaz Sarah Barnes Diaz

    My perfect V-Day date in Indy would include a walk on the Monon, coffee & croissants at Monon Coffee Company, a massage at Evan Todd (complete w/a few hours relaxing in the pool area, sauna, steam room), a late afternoon snack and shopping on Mass Ave where we’d hit up White Dog, Silver in the City, Mass Ave Toys, and have a snack at the Mass Ave Wine Shop before heading to dinner at R Bistro. We’d end our night with a night-cap at Ball and Biscuit.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a fabulous dinner at Dunaways! I’ve never been there with my husband and would LOVE to try it! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6828949 Emily Davis

    There doesn’t appear to be a rafflecopter giveaway on this page.

  • Jessica

    My perfect valentines date would be trying new things and hanging out in a cultural district. Maybe in Fountain square, have dinner at Bluebeard, drinks at New Day and dessert at The End of the Line. Maybe Mass Ave, have dinner at Mesh, drinks at Ralston’s Taphouse and dessert at Flying Cupcake. Oh there are so many wonderful options!!

  • Joe Pellman

    The ideal Valentine’s Day in Indianapolis would include wine tasting at Easley Winery, dinner reservations at Chef Joseph’s, drinks at the 1933 Lounge above St. Elmo’s, and a stay at the Conrad.