Romance for Valentine's Day 2023 Last Updated: January 2023

How sweet it is to be loved by your special someone. And with all there is to enjoy in Connecticut, you can infuse romance into every moment. To make it a day your date will cherish, (maybe even for a lifetime) we’ve put together a guide to a safe and memorable Valentine’s Day in 2023. And find even more Valentine's Day events here.


Start the Day Right

Even though Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year, celebrate a day early and why not pack the day with shared experiences? Make brunch plans or take out a brunch box from The Corner Restaurant and enjoy it together at home – perhaps as breakfast in bed.

Later, take a romantic hike or stroll through picturesque downtowns together. Speed things up with outdoor winter activities and Jumpfest Winter Festival, take it slow with antiquing or browse through the Gallery on the Green's February exhibit, view the ice carvings and glowing fire torches at the annual Fire & Ice Festival. Admire stunning masterpieces or perhaps even plan a road trip for two and explore winter at the beach.  And no matter the activity, but sure to leave room for romance!

How about a romantic train ride? On February 11 through February 14, ride the vintage trains during the Valentine's Dinner Train at Essex Steam Train in Essex.

Whisk Them Away

What's more romantic than whisking your special someone away? Get a change of scenery and book a room at a picturesque hotel, inn or B&B. Escape to one of these romantic winter retreats or choose a waterfront ambiance at these idyllic inns by the sea. Enjoy a leisurely bath in an oversized tub, cozy up next to a gas or wood-burning fireplace, and receive a bouquet of flowers, champagne, and breakfast in bed with Manor House Inn’s Romantic Getaway Package. No matter where you stay, Cupid’s sure to find you.

Plan a Romantic Night In

Let a Chef Do the Cooking

Staying in on Valentine’s Day? Cuddle up together and let someone else do the cooking. Whether surf or turf, salty or sweet, you’ll find unforgettable menus when you order takeout or delivery from Connecticut restaurants – you’ll even help #SupportCTbusinesses too.


Bring in Special Treats

Pick up chocolate covered popcorn and potato chips from Chocolate Shell in Old Lyme, festive Valentine's Day chocolates from Bridgewater Chocolates in Brookfield and West Hartford, vegan truffles and cheeses from Divine Treasures in Manchester, charcuterie plates from Avon Prime Meats.


Go Crazy with Unique Sweets

Pick up photo-worthy sweets from Donut Crazy or any of these Instagrammable dessert spots or bakeries. Or custom engrave a romantic message on chocolates from Noteworthy Chocolates in Bethel. For an extra chocolate fix, take home something oh so sweet from any spot on the Connecticut Chocolate Trail.


Serve Love Potion Libations

Want to add some extra flair to your evening? Try these take-home libations from local wineries, breweries & distilleries. Or if you’re cutting back on the alcohol this year, try these fun drinks for when you’re not drinking.


Enjoy At-Home Activities

Turn your home into a spa date for two with products from local shops. Order handmade massage oil and body butter from NaniSkinCare. Do a couples’ face mask complete with a spa-style mask mixing bowl from Isankofa, or enjoy lip oils and romantic bath salts with rose petals from LTSavage Cosmetics.


Do Date Night Differently

Tired of your usual date night plans? Stray from the cliché and impress your date with a unique activity. When trying something new together, romance is sure to spark.

Book a private suite with dinner at the Hartford Yard Goats’ stadium, experience thrills and chills at Fright Haven’s Valentine’s Day Sucks haunted attraction, or take a chocolate making class together.

Here are some more spots for a different and memorable date night.

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Explore the Casinos

From table games and slot machines to spas and a multitude of extraordinary dining options, when you choose the casinos, you know you’ve done date night right. Whether you choose Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods Resort Casino, (maybe even both) you’ll enjoy luxury accommodations and make memories filled with romance. Here are a few spots to check out while you’re there.

Give One-of-a-Kind Gifts

And last but not least, the gift! When shopping for that special someone, the thought behind the gift can mean the world. So why not ditch the big retailers, try spots with truly unique items, and help keep a local boutique in business? From handmade treats and houseware to fashion, accessories and more, these Connecticut-made gifts will never be forgotten. You can even support local Black-owned businesses with this online directory or shop these women-owned businesses. Then, top it off with a handmade card from Hartford Prints – your date will feel truly special. Below are some local shops to consider.