Red roses, fine chocolates, and bubbly champagne — yikes! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! How will you celebrate the holiday of love this year? Here are a few tips and ideas to help you provide your guests with a romantic experience at your inn that they’ll never forget.


1. Decor


There’s a fine line between tasteful and tacky when it comes to Valentine’s Day. This year, scrap the heart-shaped string lights over the mantle and opt for an attractively minimal display of lit candles and fresh flowers. (Don’t want to overuse roses? Consider a classic white flower, such as lily, hydrangea, or baby’s breath). For a dining table display, place jarless candles on an antique cake stand and surround the candles with a red berry wreath or a few fresh roses for a beautiful and tasteful centerpiece. In the bedrooms, be sure to place a small bouquet of fresh flowers on the nightstand, along with a small assortment of chocolate-covered strawberries and a chilled bottle of champagne or rose — as long as your state’s alcohol laws allow it. Ultimately, you want to provide your guests with an atmosphere of simplicity and freshness so they won’t be distracted by the decor, and can remain focused on the beauty of their loved one.


2. Dining


Don’t feel obligated to pull out that heart-shaped cookie cutter for everything you prepare this Valentine’s Day — be creative! If your establishment has an in-house restaurant, consider focusing on aphrodisiac foods, such as oysters or a bright-red chili pepper-themed meal. Balance the spicy with a sweet, aphrodisiac-themed dessert, such as this Chocolate Pomegranate Tart from Baker’s Corner blog, or a romantic Merlot-Poached Pear with Cinnamon and Vanilla from Good Foods Magazine.

Focusing on breakfast? Stay away from anything too heavy, and keep it light with fresh fruits and eye-catching colors. Make a yummy parfait with strawberries, blueberries, and sweet vanilla yogurt or these delicious Strawberry Banana Crepes from Taste of Home. Don’t forget the fresh-brewed coffee and tea!


3. Romantic Packages


A romantic Valentine’s Day package will be sure to attract guests to your inn or bed and breakfast! Consider offering an in-room couple’s massage, breakfast in bed, or a private bonfire experience. You could also host a Valentine’s Day special, and offer one night free with the purchase of two nights. Feeling extra romantic? If your establishment has the accommodations, offer a special Engagement Package, and include a special suite, champagne, and a private candlelit dining experience. The possibilities are endless!


What other packages do you like to provide for Valentine’s Day? What’s your go-to breakfast recipe? Let us know in the comments below, and inspire the #AspiringInnkeepers near you!