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State College Chock Full Of Valentine's Day Offerings

by on February 11, 2014 1:45 PM

Let's face it -- finding the perfect way to show your special someone how much you care on Valentine's Day can be stressful.

But fear not: State College offers lots of fabulous options to help you celebrate the holiday.

Browse our list of special offerings, featuring dinner specials, overnight accommodations, couples spas and Valentine's Day events, and be sure to check's Community Calendar for updates.

Dinner Specials

Gigi's Restaurant and Wine Lounge

2080 Cato Ave, State College

Gigi's, home of "chic southern hospitality", invites you to Indulge!, a special Valentine's Day event on Friday, February 14. Live piano entertainment will be provided from 6-9 pm by Arthur Goldstein, a music history professor at Penn State.

The event will also include a chef-Inspired dessert bar and champagne cocktail fountain. For reservations, call (814) 861-3463.

Down Under Steak House

1 Country Club Lane, State College

A special Valentine's Day dinner for two will be served in the luxurious Le Papillon Ballroom in Toftrees Resort, prepared by the New Zealand-themed Down Under Steak House. The pre fix menu, priced at $69.99, includes crab and asparagus bisque, lobster ravioli, shrimp cocktail, filet mignon, crab stuffed shrimp, and much more. Dessert includes strawberries with chocolate fondue and chantilly cream, paired with two glasses of champagne.

To browse the menu, click here. For reservations, call (814)-234-8000.

Gamble Mill

160 Dunlap St, Bellefonte

Gamble Mill is offering a special menu for Valentine's Day, with over seven appetizers and six entrees to choose from, including steak, salmon, duck, pork belly, and butternut squash ravioli.

To browse the menu, click here. For reservations, call (814) 355-7764.

The Gardens at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel

215 Innovation Blvd, State College

The Gardens, located in The Penn Stater's beautiful, serene setting, is serving up a special Valentine's Day dinner for two, complete with one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert to share. Broiled oyster, almond crusted salmon, veal, steak, and sauteed shrimp and scallop are just a few of the tasty items to choose from. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne to drink with their meals.

To browse the menu, click here. For reservations, call (814)-863-5090, or click here to request a reservation online.

Overnight Packages

The Nittany Lion Inn

200 W Park Ave, State College

The iconic inn located in the heart of Penn State's campus is offering a special overnight package on Friday and Saturday for Valentine's Day. For $269, packages include room accommodations, a bottle of house wine, half a dozen roses, and two tickets to the men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon to see the Nittany Lions take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Complimentary transportation will be provided to and from the Bryce Jordan Center for the game.

To reserve your stay, call (814)-865-8500, or click here to book a room online.

Days Inn Penn State

240 Pugh St, State College

For Valentine's Day, Days Inn is offering a special Valentine Celebration Package -- a romantic overnight stay for two. For $149, customers will receive a bottle of champagne with two PSU hand etched glasses, a $20 downtown gift card, complimentary downtown parking, and access to the hotel's heated indoor pool.

To reserve your stay, call (814)-238-8454.

The Queen, A Victorian Bed & Breakfast

176 East Linn Street , Bellefonte

A restored 1890's Queen Anne home located in a quiet, historic residential district of Victorian Bellefonte, The Queen has two packages to choose from for Valentine's Day weekend. Guests can stay two nights Friday and Saturday for $359 and up, or one night Sunday through Thursday for $149. Both packages include chocolates and flowers waiting in your guest room, as well as a $50 gift card for the Gamble Mill, Governor's Pub or Bonfatto's.

Guests also have the option to add an in-room couples massage for $100 or take 10% off any spa services at The Spa at Kennlee.

To check availability, click here, or call (814)-355-7946.

Carnegie Inn & Spa

100 Cricklewood Dr, State College

For a romantic evening, consider the Sweetheart Valentine Special at Carnegie Inn & Spa, a traditional European manor located in the woodlands in northern State College. The overnight package includes dinner for two, overnight accommodations, a $75 spa credit, chocolate dipped strawberries, a bottle of champagne, and a full breakfast served before checkout.

For the dinner menu and more information, click here. To reserve your stay, call (814)-234-2088.

Spas & Massages

Artemis Massage Studio

111 Sowers St #400, State College

Located in the heart of downtown State College, Artemis Massage Studio features a staff of licensed massage professionals, specializing in basic and advanced techniques. For Valentine's Day you can enjoy a couples massage, complete with red linens and two chocolate truffles.

Packages start at $90 for thirty minutes. Intervals of sixty minutes or more include heat therapy.

To book online, click here, or call (814) 237-1820.

Lisa Robin Day Spa and Massage Center at Toftrees

811 Cricklewood Dr, State College

For a soothing, romantic holiday, Lisa Robin Day Spa, located in SusTsus Health Club in Toftrees, offers multiple packages for a couples day spa retreat. For $199, the Couples Vitality Package includes spa and massage treatments for him and her, as well as an optional private lesson for yoga or dance class.

Couple massages are also available, starting at $80 for thirty minutes.

For more information, click here. To make a reservation, call (814)-380-9049.

Dragonfly Therapeutic Massage and Day Spa

1526 North Atherton Street, Suite 200, State College

For a complete spa treatment, Dragonfly offers dozens of packages for Valentine's Day weekend, including exfoliation, body wraps, hot stone massages, and aromatherapy. In addition, skin and nail care services are available, as well as private yoga classes.

Couples Paradise, a relaxation massage for two complete with hot-steamed towels, is priced at $166 for one hour.

To schedule an appointment online, click here, or call (814)-237-5220 for more information.


Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery

300 Houser Rd., Centre Hall

On Saturday, Feb. 15 from 12-5 pm, taste Mount Nittany's award-winning wines paired with delicious chocolates with family, friends, and loved ones.

Cost is $5 per person, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call (814)-466-6373.

Casablanca (1942) at The State Theatre

130 W College Ave, State College

Catch a showing of director Michael Curtiz's hit romantic thriller on Friday, February 14 at 4 pm and 7:30 pm at the State Theatre.

Tickets are $5, and are available for purchase at the box office. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Valentine's Concert at the State College Area High School South Auditorium

653 Westerly Pkwy, State College

Principal Conductor Dr. Ned Deihl and 75 volunteer band members perform a variety of concerts for the community throughout the year, and will present a special Valentine's Concert on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 PM.

Admission is FREE, but donations for the band are gratefully accepted at the door.

Family Fun

Valentine's Day Family Dance at the Bellefonte YMCA

125 West High Street, Bellefonte

An afternoon of dancing, crafts and sweet treats will take place Saturday, February 8th from 3-5pm at the Bellefonte YMCA.

Price is $7.00 per child for members, and $11.00 for non-members. All families will receive a free family photo. Pre-register at the front desk at the Bellefonte YMCA, or call (814) 355-5551.

Valentine's Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble

365 Benner Pike, State College

Stories, activities and Valentine's treats will be enjoyed by the entire family on Saturday, February 8 at 11:00 am at the State College Barnes & Noble, located across from the Nittany Mall. The main tale read aloud at the event will be Love Monster, the story of a slightly hairy monster trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville.

Admission is free for children and adults of all ages. For more information, click here.

C.J. Doon is a frequent contributor to Onward State and is a former intern. A Long Island native, Doon is studying print journalism at Penn State.
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