From Manhattan to Miami, these are the best ways to make the season sizzle.
Winter Warm Up: 8 Ways to Make this Month a Hot One
Whether you’re in New York and Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, or in sunny Florida but are still in need of some spicing up, we’ve got the best ways to warm your body, spirit, and heart this month.
42nd Annual Love and Hope Ball’s “Fantasy at the Fontainebleau”
February 6, 6pm Cocktail Reception at LIV, 8:00 pm Dinner, Dancing, & Surprises in the Sparkle Ballroom
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL
Grab your finest evening wear and your favorite sweetheart and spend the night dining, drinking, and dancing, all for a good cause: supporting the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute. It promises to be a hot night you won’t soon forget.
Vita-Rich Body Treatment at Red Door Spa
663 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
Infuse your dry, winter skin with moisture while wrapped in the warmth (literally) of vitamins and minerals. It begins with full-body exfoliation, progresses to a cocoon-like wrap, ends in a scalp massage, and erases all memories of blizzards past.
Ultimate Romance at the St. Regis Bal Harbour
Valentine’s Day Weekend
9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL
Looking for something more than just roses and chocolates? How about a butler-served romantic dinner overlooking the ocean from the comfort of your Oceanfront Day Villa? The evening begins with a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon Champagne, is followed by a 4-course dinner inspired by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and ends with a very happy significant other.
City Bakery Annual Hot Chocolate Festival
3 W. 18th St., Manhattan
Every Year throughout February, hot chocolate lovers from around the world descend upon The City Bakery in Union Square for a month-long celebration of the season’s best drink. This is no ordinary hot chocolate, however; anticipated flavors include: White Chocolate Waltz, made of white chocolate with walnut liqueur, “blended into a delicious elixir that tips the scales for hot chocolate elegance”; Toasted Marshmallow [on February 13th]; and Love Potion, for Valentine’s Day, of course.
97450 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL
Described as the “The Pearl of the Florida Keys,” Playa Largo—the first new resort to be built in Key Largo in over 20 years, opening its doors this month—has everyone talking. Stretching over 14.5 manicured, bayfront acres, Playa Largo Resort and Spa features luxurious rooms, suites, and bungalows, abundant tropical beauty, fine dining with the freshest local seafood, and a world-class spa. Spend the weekend enjoying its pristine private beach and stunning sunsets, and return home refreshed and renewed. At only 55 minutes from Miami, it’s easy for New Yorkers and Floridians to escape to paradise.
The Flatiron Room
37 W. 26th St., Manhattan
Cozy up—and warm up—in what’s been named one of the world’s best bars. 100-year-old reclaimed wood floors, an extensive collection of fine, rare whiskeys, a glowing fireplace, and nightly live jazz make this midtown cocktail den always hot, but never trendy—it’s timeless and mature.
Waldorf Astoria Spa at Boca Raton Resort & Golf
Boca Raton, FL
Having been voted the number one spa in the world in the 2014 Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards, this spa, inspired by Spain’s legendary Alhambra Palace, will warm every part of you, inside and out. A true oasis, with palatial gardens, elaborate mosaics, and handcrafted woodwork, it’s impossible not to feel like a king or queen here. Luxuriate in their famous Ritual Bath, which features nine individual mineral baths, waterfall showers, and whirlpool, steam, sauna, and inhalation rooms.
Russ & Daughters Café
127 Orchard St., Manhattan
What warms the body and soul more than classic Jewish comfort foods? Nosh on world-famous knishes, latkes, and matzo ball soup, and wash it all down with equally comforting cocktails, like the Smoked Martini and the Schmoozer. L’chaim!
LOVE STORY: 7 Ways to Create a Unique & Memorable V-Day
Think outside the (chocolate) box this Valentine’s Day, and discover some of the city’s sexiest, most impressive ways to get romantic.
The Norwood—New York’s landmarked 1847 mansion—will open its doors on February 13th for a private engagement, and it invites you—the featured guest. As you walk the four floors of the “home for the curious,” hold the hand of the one you love, press a cold cocktail to her lips, kiss him in the complimentary photo booth. Maybe you’ll cross paths with a mysterious stranger who’ll spin you through the 9:30 p.m. dance lesson and beyond, into the jazz romance of Michael Arenella and His Sextet, Queen Esther and Her Trio. Anything is possible at the Sweetheart Soirée…
241 West 14th Street, Chelsea, NYC
For a dinner that will heighten all of your senses, get a ticket for the Valentine’s Day Dinners in the Dark all-inclusive special. It’s exactly what it sounds like: you and your beloved, both blindfolded, sharing a menu secret until the day of the event. Not just taste, but smell, hearing, and touch become amplified as you experience wine-food pairings and share sensations with your significant other. The Dinners in the Dark experience is unlike any dinner-date.
85 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, NYC
If you’re looking for a more classic dinner experience, but one that still bears a punch, make a reservation at Annisa—one of the “Most Romantic Restaurants in New York” according to Time Out New York. That’s because a dinner here will make for an unforgettable night with your sweetie. Start with Seared Foie Gras with Soup Dumplings and Jicama, follow that with Broiled Spanish Mackerel with Garlic Fried Milk, Satsumaimo, and Korean Chili, and end with Pecan and Salted Butterscotch Beignets with Bourbon Milk Ice. “Ooo-là-là” is right.
13 Barrow Street, Greenwich Village, NYC
The American Museum of Natural History
Then again, there’s always stargazing. No, we’re not talking about the old lie-in-the-snow-and-freeze-while-looking-at-the-clouds. We’re talking about Romance Under the Stars at Hayden Planetarium—a night that starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Cullman Hall of the Universe to the sounds of the Josh Rutner Quartet, then moves into the Planetarium. Watch the night sky while listening to ancient tales of love, maybe even catch Cassiopeia reclining on her celestial throne.
81 Central Park West, Upper West Side, NYC
Maybe you’ve missed the New Year’s bash in Times Square but wish to pop the question there. Maybe you’ve done the whole bridesmaids-groomsmen thing but wish to renew those vows said years ago. Maybe you just want to make it Facebook official. Whatever your reason, your declaration, say it in front of thousands at the heart of this beautiful city on February 14th, and make it world official.
West 46th Street and Broadway, NYC
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Chocolate is the universal unifier, especially on Valentine’s Day, so it’s only fitting to attend the Valentine’s Day Takedown, a 15-year-old annual event where four couples have met and subsequently married. The odds are in your favor, plus a ticket grants you a serving of delicious confections and drinks.
514 Union Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn
And lastly, if Valentine’s Day really isn’t your thing and you need to laugh about it, Lane Moore has Tinder profiles to show you. Watch her pull out a smartphone screen onstage, swipe left, swipe right, offer useful (maybe ridiculous) tips, even text her Tinder matches and call them. It’s a comedy show that has been named by CBS as one of the 5 Best Comedy Shows in NYC, but it’s also the reality of dating in the digital age.
702 Union Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn