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If you are hoping to do something special with your significant other this Valentine’s Day, look no further than metro Detroit. Detroit may not be known as the romance capital of the world, but there are plenty of romantic excursions available locally that will make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable. Here are five fabulous ideas for spending your Valentine’s Day.

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Book a romantic encounter at the Townsend Hotel and receive luxury hotel accommodations.  The package includes tuxedo chocolate strawberries, champagne and a full breakfast for two. Special bakery items will be available at the Townsend Bakery, with dinner reservations available at the Rugby Grille located inside the hotel. Add the Couples Valentine Retreat for a 50-minute chocolate aroma or deep tissue massage for the ultimate pampering session.

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The Roberts Riverwalk Hotel is located right on the Detroit Riverfront overlooking Canada. For Valentine’s Day evening, they are offering a special $99 room rate. The hotel will also feature live entertainment and special meal and beverage discounts. Make this an unforgettable night for you and your sweetheart.

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If a bed & breakfast in more your style, Cobblestone Manor is one of the most romantic getaway spots in the area. The package price would include a Valentine’s Day dinner at the award-winning Alfoccino restaurant, and of course your overnight stay and breakfast the following morning. Add the Romantic Rendezvous option to your package to include a beautiful rose bouquet, a bath amenities basket and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

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The Inn of Ferry Street, a bed & breakfast, is located in the heart of downtown. The ultimate romance package includes overnight accommodations, as well as a 60-minute massage for two. You’ll also find a bottle of premium champagne in your room, a dozen red roses and gourmet chocolates. They also provide complimentary shuttle service if you are looking to make romantic dinner reservations or just want a night out on the town. Of course, you’ll also wake up to a hot buffet breakfast.

Valentine’s Dockside Dinner

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Hours: 5: 30 p.m.
Price: $29.95/Adults, $15/children

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, maybe an overnight excursion isn’t possible for you. Or, perhaps, you prefer to spend the day of love with the entire family.  Why not celebrate with your Valentine the Saturday beforehand aboard the Detroit Princess Riverboat? The boat remains dockside, but provides a beautiful view of ice flowing past, while you spend your time inside the heated dining areas. Dinner and entertainment are provided, with activities for children. If you do bring the kids, let them play and dance while you enjoy each others’ company. And if you don’t want to bring your little ones along don’t worry about romance, there are separate floors that are kid-free.

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Tom Santilli is a freelance journalist living in Detroit. He is covering Travel & Outdoors. His work can be found at

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