There is an Irish saying that goes, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” So, in the interest of helping you gift from the heart this Valentine’s Day—we’ve scouted out some great deals and unique finds in Dublin, Ohio. Here’s the crème de la crème of our treasure hunt:

Getaways:

  • Columbus Marriott Northwest Romance Package includes an overnight stay in this award-winning hotel, chocolate covered strawberries, Champagne and breakfast for two in the RiverCity Grille—all for $199. In addition, the hotel is offering an amazing Valentine’s Dinner for two for $65.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Heart2Heart Romance Package. Includes an overnight stay in an executive room, a romantic candlelight dinner for two and a dessert at the Dublin Metro Grill, plus a complimentary bottle of the House Wine or Champagne and breakfast for two, all for $174.95.  Call 614/764-2200 for more info.
  • Embassy Suites Dublin Suite Romance Package offers the perfect opportunity to rekindle the flame. Package includes luxury accommodations in a two-room suite, a complimentary bottle of wine*, chocolate covered strawberries and cooked-to-order breakfast buffet starting at $114/per night.  

Tasty Indulgences: 

  •  J Liu Restaurant & Bar in Historic Dublin will feature a special menu for Valentine’s Day weekend.
  • MJs Candy Bar offers unique finds like the Earl Grey candy bar (my personal fav) and the “Firecracker”—a concoction of specialty dark chocolate made with chipotle, salt and popping candy … perfect if you are “Popping” the question!
  • Our Cupcakery will bundle a “4 Pack for Lovers” of  gourmet filled cupcakes in a pretty Valentine box wrapped with ribbon for $15. Woo your sweetie with flavors like Red Velvet, Raspberry Truffle, German Caramel or the decadent Triple Chocolate. 
  •  Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is featuring a Rose flavored yogurt for Valentine’s Day and kids Valentine crafts at various times over the weekend. Call for details: 614/339-5656
  • Pair one of Graeter’s amazing French pot ice creams with their handcrafted chocolate covered marshmallow hearts for happy Valentine tummies of any age. (You can even send some Graeter’s love long distance through their website.)
  • Visit Sisters Sweet Shoppe for hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered Peeps and heart-shaped frosted sugar cookies that can be personalized.
  • Whole Foods  creative gift solutions include 20 stems of Whole Trade™ Roses for $20; 3-4oz. cold water lobster tails for $5.99 each (available Friday 2/11 ONLY); White Chocolate Raspberry Desire Cake for two $12.99 and fully catered dinners for two starting at $30  (www.wholefoods.com/shop)
  • Kogens (Asian Fare with Flair!) has prepped a great Valentine’s weekend menu that is simply inspired— all for just $25 per person. Call for details (or reservations): 614/792-8882.

Need more ideas? Visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau website for an extensive list of local restaurants, shopping and attractions!

-Post by Mary

Hmmm. How to woo your sweetheart in a way that is both unique and memorable this Valentine’s Day? The Dublin, Ohio CVB has plenty of ideas to help make your job easier.

Stay and play.  Cozy up with your Valentine this weekend (or anytime through February) to enjoy a close-to-home retreat. Eight Dublin hotels have designed their versions of a memorable Romantic Getaway. Build your own package online, selecting luxurious inclusions ranging from champagne and chocolates to roses and bathrobes. Then enjoy a complimentary breakfast and late check out.  Packages start at just $104—make for an affordable and unforgettable getaway.

Take Time to Wine, Dine (and Shine).  Who can resist being courted over a lovely lunch or dinner? But nothing kills your romantic efforts more than a packed, noisy restaurant and a hefty bill. We’re proposing some off-the-beaten-path establishments that are whipping up some specials just for their Valentine’s guests—with prices that will make Cupid’s harp sing.  

  • TehKu Tea Company (55 S. High St.) Enjoy a romantic Tea, Spa and Dinner Package complete with violin music on Sat., February 13.  Treat your Valentine to some Butterfly Kisses or Chocolate Strawberry Cake … (both featured tea flavors). Reservations: 614/761-3808
  • Digger & Finch Scottish Pub (is offering a special dinner menu from 5-10 pm on Saturday for $27.95/pp. The price includes an appetizer, soup or salad; choice of main courses and dessert of Crème Brulee (with chocolate dipped strawberries). Oh … and a rose for each lady. Reservations: 614/889-8585 
  • La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro (65 W. Bridge St.) Enjoy a St. Valentine Dinner in a romantic old world European setting. The ($32.95/pp) Prix Fix Three Course Menu offers some culinary creations that will encourage a long evening.  Reservations: 614/763-7151.

Treats for your Sweet. There is chocolate, then there are Historic Dublin’s famous Sweet Treats.  

  • Sugar inc. (36 N. High St.) is hosting a High Noon Tea Tasting from 12-2 pm Saturday.  It is free—and they will feature their beautiful Valentine’s Day cupcakes and cookies for purchase. (614/389-3459)
  • Sisters Sweet Shoppe (45 N. High St.) The Sisters have been busy dipping, decorating AND filling orders for their famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries this week. These delectable darlings will only be available through Saturday. (614/761-1118)
  • Enjoy “All Things Chocolate” at Our Cupcakery (16 N. High St.) for Valentine’s Day.   Savor dark, white, Swiss, German, and Devils chocolate cupcakes or share one of the new “King” size cupcakes with your sweetie.  (614/659-1555)
  • Pick up some Graeter’s Ice Cream for the weekend. Take advantage of their Pint Sale through Sunday—just $3.29 each.

Nifty Gifts. So, if you’re going for the gift rather than (or in addition to) the night out—the rules are the same: it’s the unique thought that counts.

  • Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland is featuring Claddagh and My Soul Mate rings, as well as the Valentine bead for Tara’s Diary bracelets. Take advantage of 25% off selected jewelry. Brand new arrivals include the Belleek 2010 Event Piece as well as divine imports from—you guessed it—Ireland. If jewelry is not her thing, wrap her in a red or pink cape or sweater or consider a woolen throw to warm her heart. Other inventive ideas? Toasting flutes and Irish fragrances.
  • Whole Foods has some great deals for natural Valentines: including two dozen roses for $19.99/ea and packages (including flowers, dinner and more) for $50, $75 and $100.

Hopefully, these ideas will help to make your Valentine’s Day memorable.

-Post by Mary