As Valentine’s Day approaches, and procrastinators everywhere (myself included) are breaking out in hives at the prospect of purchasing gifts and planning events, a roundup of romantic offerings around town seems like a great idea.

Hotels and Spas
   Holiday Inn Bordeaux is offering a romance package that includes overnight accommodations, dinner for two, dessert, champagne or sparking cider delivered to your room in the evening, plus a Sunday Brunch.  Call 323-0111 to book your room.
   The Renaissance European Day Spa has several Valentine’s Day specials, including everything from a chocolate mousse facial, manicure and pedicure with a spa lunch, to an aroma therapy massage, a gentleman’s package that offers and hot stone massage and a facial, and a couples offer that includes massages, facials and a pedicure.  Prices range from $75 to more than $400. Call 484-9922 for more information.
   Ravenhill Medical Day Spa & Salon has a few Valentine packages, as well. How about a chocolate full body massage, chocolate facial, and romance and roses manicure and pedicure, or a warm soak and a moisturizing massage? Prices start at $65 for a mani/pedi. Call 497-0218. 

Pubs and Clubs
   The Doghouse Bar is offering two dinner specials — chicken or rib-eye steaks for two with baked potatoes or fries, a veggie, bread and a salad. It’s $18.50 for the chicken, $23.50 for the steak. Check out or call 323-2400 for reservations.
   Jesters Pub is celebrating Valentine’s Day on Feb. 12 with the 2nd annual Valentines Day Massacre featuring Saliva, Pop Evil and Since October.
   It’z will be hosting ladies night on Feb. 12 with giveaways that include free trips, spa gift certificates and gym memberships.
   The Keys Piano Bar will be featuring Johnny Stone, Paul Hoefler and Richard Wojeck.

Sweets and Treats      
   The Chocolate Lady is featuring a rose box special for $25, which holds 12-14 strawberries depending on their size. Of course, said strawberries are dipped in a variety of confectionery delights — white chocolate, dark chocolate, or a combination of both. Truffles can be substituted if strawberries aren’t your sweetheart’s favorite treat.
   Baskets of Blessings has something to fit every budget, starting at $2.75 for a single, boxed chocolate or truffle. The high end of the candy spectrum tops out at $35 with a box full of goodies. Chocolate baskets and     Sweet n Salty baskets are another popular item, starting at $36 and climbing as high as you are willing to go.

   Hilltop House has a new executive chef who is excited about his updated menu. Look for a filet and lobster entree and a bone-in New York strip with an espresso rub served with a chocolate steak sauce among other exciting options. I asked for more, but that is all they would give up about their romantic menu. Musician Bill Mann will be performing jazz to create that perfect romantic mood. Call 484-6699 now for reservations as spots are filling up fast.
  Morgan’s Chop House is relatively new on the culinary scene in Fayetteville and it is not holding back on its Valentine’s Day offerings. Corky Jones and the Mighty Blue will be providing entertainment. For $55 a person, a four-course dinner with mix-and-match menu items will be featured. Appetizer choices include a lobster crab strudel, spinach artichoke dip or oysters Rockefeller, followed by a choice of a wedge or Caesar salad. Filet mignon, apple walnut pork chops (a best seller) and a 12-ounce rib-eye are offered as entrée choices, all served with either baked potato or sautéed vegetables. And you can top all that off with a slice of lollipop cheesecake served with a tuxedo strawberry. Reservations are being taken for 5, 7 and 9 p.m. by calling 867-8447. 

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