A Hallmark Card with a poem you didn’t read, and a box of heart-shaped chocolates you’re not sure your partner will like are in your hands.  You look down and think… “Is this the same card I gave last year?” Whether it’s a new flame or your longtime significant other, February 14th is coming quick, and a generic card isn’t going to cut it.  So, sit back, relax and begin planning an evening adventure or a weekend getaway to celebrate!  

Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley has what you need to feel the L.O.V.E. this Valentine’s Day.  

“L” is for the lovely restaurants that call Greater Wilmington home… 

If you’re looking for fine dining with everyday elegance, look to Hamilton’s on Main, a new dining addition to Newark’s Main Street landscape. Anthony and Jeremiah Brooks, the dynamic husband duo, combines American cuisine with distinctive global influences creating a unique experience with every visit (and bite!) For Valentine’s week, Hamilton’s on Main will be featuring a special menu. From February 10-14 enjoy a “Sweetheart Dinner” prix fixed menu with an appetizer, salad, a Surf & Turf entrée for two and dessert to top it off! Hamilton's makes for the perfect alternative to a convenience store card. Reserve your seat for the Valentine's "Sweetheart Dinner" at Hamilton's here. 

On the other end of town, lives husband and wife team, William Hoffman and Merry Catanuto. Hidden in plain sight in Hockessin, Delaware, is their restaurant and home – The House of William & Merry. A foodies’ dream with a comfortable, homey atmosphere, where fine dining is at a reasonable price. Their seasonal menu will be available on Valentine’s Day as well as a few specials you will just have to make a reservation to hear! Make your reservations for The House of William & Merry here. 

In the heart of downtown Wilmington, Le Cavalier at the Green Room brings together love and lust with a three-course Valentine’s dinner menu featuring the unique food pairings of, executive chef, Tyler Akins. With featured items like duck rillettes, foie gras French toast and lobster bouillabaisse for two – this meal is sure to impress even the most seasoned couples. Snag your table for Le Cavalier's Valentine's Day Dinner here. 

“O” is for opportunities for a Date Night Like No Other...  

Think outside the heart-shaped box this year and grab that special someone for a unique experience with OperaDelaware. Acclaimed soprano Toni Marie Palmertree and pianist Aurelien Eulert have an enchanting program of amore-themed favorites waiting on February 12 and 14.  

If a play or live performance isn’t your thing, how about a game of clue? The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science leaves you with the question: “Who dun it?” It’s the most so-fish-ticated gala of the season and you’re invited, so dress to impress and use your sleuthing skills to solve this crime. There’s nothing like murder to get those Valentine’s Day juices flowing. 

“V” is for a vacation...  

New to Wilmington’s downtown, is the Quoin Hotel (pronounced “coin”) – a stunning 24-room boutique hotel with the most intricate details embroidered into every stay. Get away with Quoin and make your Valentine’s weekend one that your partner won’t soon forget. After check-in, head to the rooftop bar & lounge – a first for the city. Overlooking Old Town Hall and Wilmington’s historic cityscape, cozy up with that special someone by the fire and take a minute to check in with one another before heading downstairs for an exquisite dinner.   

The Quoin Restaurant sits just behind the lobby of the hotel and its kitchen sits center stage. Bringing inspiration from Southern France and Norhtern Italy together in a modern way, the chef and Quoin team pull out all the stops, creating a dinner service you’ve only dreamed about attending. Wine service, craft cocktails and featured menu items lie ahead to keep the night going strong. The night doesn’t stop there. After dinner, feel free to “Simmer Down” in the hotel’s cocktail lounge. Bringing opulence back to the space where furs, gold bars and coins were once stored, the craft cocktail lounge makes for the perfect ending to an incredible evening.  

Early riser? The Quoin Hotel is also home to the Quoin Café where a morning latte and freshly made pastry will call your name prior to check out. We suggest booking an extra night so you’re able to enjoy your morning from the comfort of your room.  

“E” is for an exclusive package deal...  

Looking for an all-inclusive getaway? The Hilton Christiana sets your weekend up right with two exclusive offers.  

The Valentine Weekend Room & Dinner Package makes your holiday weekend a laid back and intimate affair. Indulge in an overnight stay and a four-course meal at their in-house restaurant - Market Kitchen & Bar. With highlights that include grilled filet, lobster ravioli, and a warm chocolate lava cake there’s no question whether you should book your stay – just decide Friday or Saturday night... Did we mention there are rose pedals involved?  

Another exclusive offering from the Hilton Christiana is their Valentine’s Chef Table. A unique experience featuring a five-course dinner with a wine pairing option. The hotel’s executive chef, Robert Fratticciolo and Sarah Newman of Volio Vino take you through the meal in the hotel’s ballroom. To grab your sweetheart table, visit https://www.hiltonchristiana.com/events/newark/valentines-chefs-table-dinner

Whether you choose a date night or turn date night into a weekend getaway, we wish you nothing but L.O.V.E. this Valentine’s Day!