Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers, even if they are parents. It’s the one day, evening or night that the kids can be left home with a sitter and folks can feel guilt-free while recapturing the romance of bygone days. You can make it as simple, sensual or decadent as you like. In a city like Las Vegas, the possibilities are endless.

WellSpaThe Platinum Hotel
The WELL Spa
211 E. Flamingo Rd.
(702) 365-5000
Las Vegas, NV 89169

The luxurious, non-gaming Platinum Hotel and Spa offers couples a relaxing, romantic spa experience: The Platinum Painting Party. Couples are invited to experience this intense detoxification process, starting in a private steam room where you can scrub each other’s skin with a body scrub, then playfully paint your partner with silky spa mud. This is rounded out with a 50-minute Swedish couples massage. If you decide to make a night of it, you can always make reservations at the Strip View Princess Suite, with its walk-out balcony, before enjoying some treats and liquid libations at the Stir Lounge. Valentine’s Day may never be the same.

BeCharmedThisSpring2_225x181The Venetian Hotel
3355 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-1000

The gondolas, the canals and the beauty of Venice are all captured within the essence of the Venetian Hotel. Where better to enjoy dinner or a night of romance than in this cosmopolitan setting? A gondola ride on the Grand Canal is the epitome of romance, as the Venetian gondola glides under balconies and bridges and beside cafes, with your gondolier serenading you with love ballads. You have your choice of a private gondola or one that seats four people. So relax, enjoy the ride and imagine yourself on the canals of Venice, watching the world go by. Dinner before or after is your choice, with numerous places to choose from for a bite or nightcap before heading home to reality.

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LittleWhiteChapelThe Little White Wedding Chapel
1301 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 382-5943

Renew your wedding vows with a simple, customized wedding at the Little White Wedding Chapel. You can rent a tux and wedding dress if you desire, purchase a bouquet, choose your style of ceremony and music to walk down the candle-lit aisle in the cozy chapel and then have photos taken in the gazebo. Ask another couple to join you as witnesses before enjoying a romantic dinner and evening on The Strip, watching the fountains at the Bellagio, taking in a show or a movie and simply rekindling the romance. It’s simplicity at its finest.

photo_diningHugo’s Cellar
Four Queens
202 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV, 89101
(702) 385-4011

If romance is in the air, where better to experience love in Las Vegas than at a vintage restaurant located in the heart of the city: Fremont Street. Hugo’s Cellar provides ‘old Vegas’ atmosphere with gourmet dining and service that is second to none. Ladies receive a rose for a romantic touch as you dine on your choice of entree, complete with salad, fruit sorbet, vegetables and potato, chocolate-dipped strawberries, apricots and baby figs. The cost is reasonable and the experience divine. After dinner, you can take in the old-style glitz of Fremont Street, with its cobblestone walkways and Vista Vision show. This is old Vegas at its best.

eiffel_tower_rest_brunch9Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Paris Las Vegas
3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
(702) 948-6937

Enjoy a romantic lunch or dinner at the glamorous Eiffel Tower Restaurant, with its excellent French cuisine and the breathtaking views of The Strip. This restaurant specializes in providing the perfect spot for a proposal or declaration of love, and will even enclose a ring in one of its artful, decadent desserts (upon request). With the dancing waters of the Bellagio fountain across the street, this is the place to rekindle that pure sense of romance. C’est magnifique.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at