Ahh, Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday that triggers extreme love or hatred. And the beauty of Boston is, no matter which camp you are in, there are places to go.
Single and hating this holiday? There are classes for that. One involves pole dancing. More on that in a bit.
And for those who relish the holiday that shines a rosy light on all things love, find out about special overnight packages, ideal proposal spots, restaurants serving aphrodisiacs, and more.
How many proposals have happened at the Top of the Hub, 52 floors above Boston in the Prudential Tower? Too many to count.
“Our staff attempted to determine how many couples have actually become engaged at the Top of the Hub and, although an exact number was difficult to pinpoint, we know we’ve played an integral role in the lives of many, many loving couples over the years,’’ said General Manager Raphael Oliver.
The restaurant is offering a Valentine’s Day dinner menu of Scallop & Bacon Rockefeller, 8 Oz. Filet of Beef, or Sauteed Duck Breast, plus appetizers, salad, and dessert. A vegetarian option is available upon request. The question is, will you pop the question before or after the meal?
Top of the Hub, 52nd floor of The Prudential Twoer, 8800 Boylston St., Boston. Feb. 14, 4 to 11:00 p.m., $125 per person. www.topofthehub.net.
The Boston Center for Adult Education is offering a a “welcome respite’’ from the holiday of love. It’s called “Single Awareness Day with Booze, Chocolate and Desserts.’’
During this 2-hour class, singles can taste whiskies paired with samples of fine chocolate and other desserts. And, yes, couples are welcome too. But “no PDA or lovey-dovey stuff,’’ warns the BCAE.
Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. Feb. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. $40 non-members, $34 members, $18 for materials.www.bcae.org.
For Eager Beavers:
Not interested in joining the masses on Valentine’s Day night for dinner? Then head over the Legal Sea Foods, where the heart day specials begin February 11.
Between February 11 and February 17, Legal Sea Foods locations will offer the following Valentine’s Day specials: Jonah Crab Claws ($11.95), Braised King Crab Legs ($45.95), Sherry Garlic Braised King Crab and Sirloin Steak ($49.95), and Chocolate Ganache Flourless Cake ($7.95).
Legal Sea Foods locations throughout Massachusetts (except airport locations). Feb. 11 to 17. www.legalseafoods.com.
For the Single and Bitter:
Are you single and bitter this Valentine’s Day? Take a “Valentine’s Day Single and Bitter Class’’ at Gypsy Rose Exotic & Pole Dancing Lessons.
Go alone or bring a friend to this pole dancing class where you can wear your own clothes or dress up in “crazy costumes.’’ Learn The Supermodel Strut, A Sexy Floor Routine, A Chair Dance Routine, and even “How to Pick Up a Dollar Bill with Yer Butt!’’ The class is 90 minutes long.
Oh, and it’s for women “who wish a gigantic huge red cyst zit’’ upon the nose of women who brag about what their boyfriends got them for Valentine’s Day.
“Valentine’s Day Single and Bitter Class,’’ Gypsy Rose Exotic & Pole Dancing Lessons, 1 Braintree St., Second Floor, Allston. $35. www.gypsyrosedancing.com.
For Music Lovers:
Suz Slezak, fiddle player and vocalist for indie-folk band David Wax Museum, is throwing a Valentine’s Day album release show here in Boston as part of her “Sweet Love and Lullabies’’ tour.
Celebrate Slezak’s debut solo album, “Watching the Nighttime Come,’’ with your sweetie. Or come solo to see how far the Wellesley College grad has come since teaming up with Harvard graduate and musician David Wax on the Boston folk music circuit. The two formed David Wax Museum and play “Mexo-Americana’’ — a fusion of traditional Mexican and American folk music. TIME has praised the band for its “virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies.’’
“Suz Slezak’s ‘Watching the Nighttime Come’ Valentine’s Day Album Release Show, Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. Feb. 14, 8 p.m., $18/$20. www.passim.org.
For Lovebirds Making a Weekend of It:
If you want to book a weekend stay in Boston, Loews Boston Hotel has two options for you.
The hotel is offering a package called “P.S. I Love You,’’ which includes accommodations for two, a single rose, a bottle of wine, chocolate dipped strawberries, a late check out, and breakfast for two in bed or in the hotel’s restaurant, PK+B. The package starts at $235, though some rooms and suites are priced higher.
Don’t want the weekend to end? Book a third night for 20 percent off. Just ask about the hotel’s “Third Night’s a Charm’’ special.
Loews Boston Hotel, 154 Berkeley St., Boston. www.loewshotels.com.
For Wine Lovers:
If you prefer the wine to the meal, this is the Valentine’s Day dinner for you.
The Seaport Boston Hotel will host a Hope Family Vintners’ Dinner, featuring a selection of Hope Family wines from California.
The dinner will consist of a 5-course meal that includes, you guessed it, five different wines. You’ll try Treana Red ‘12 (with Grilled Lamb Loin), Austin Hope Syrah ‘12 (with Hibiscus Syrah Sorbet), Treana White ‘13 (with Roasted Ora King Salmon), and Austin Hope Grenache ‘12 (with Rabbit Lasagna), and Troublemaker Blend 8 (with Chocolate with Macerated Berries).
Hope Family Vintners’ Dinner, Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. Feb. 14, 7 to 10 p.m. $85 per person. www.seaportboston.com.
The Woodstock Inn in Vermont is just one of many quaint getaways in the New England mountains where couples can escape the city, ski, and enjoy a romantic setting.
Folks who stay at this 142-room inn are treated to elegant country lodging, four-star dining, and live jazz in the 1793 replica tavern.
Discover more mountain getaways across New England.
The Woodstock Inn, 14 The Green, Woodstock, Vermont. Call or check the website for rates. www.woodstockinn.com.
For Those in Search of Aphrodisiacs:
Maybe it’s a first date and you could use all the help you can get (boy are you brave). Or maybe you just want to satisfy your aphrodisiac curiosity.
Either way, for foods designed to get the heart pumping, head over to Bergamomt in Somerville. Bergamot chefs Keith Pooler and Dan Bazzinotti have designed an aphrodisiac-inspired multi-course menu that includes oysters (Broiled Oyster with poblano pepper, sweet potato, and black barley), avocado (Lobster with avocado, yellow-eyed peas, grilled vegetable), and pomegranate (Pomegranate glazed quail with sausage, broccoli, and garlic). Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate dessert (Chocolate Eclair with apricot, burnt sugar, hazelnut, orange and chocolate sorbet)!
Bergamot, 118 Beacon St., Somerville. Feb. 14, seatings begin at 5 p.m., six courses for $95, additional wine pairing for $60. www.bergamotrestaurant.com.
Head to New Hampshire with the family for a special Valentine’s Day tea.
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will host an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, complete with Alice in Wonderland characters, tasty Valentine’s Day treats, tea or apple juice, and selected readings from the classic Lewis Carroll book. Dress fancy or in whimsical attire to add to the fun.
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, N.H. Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. $15 per person for museum members, $20 for non-members. Price includes playtime in the museum before and after the tea party. Call for reservations. www.childrens-museum.org.