Looking for the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day weekend? Howard County, Maryland has one-of-a-kind bakeries and desserts, delectable dinners in a variety of cuisines, and great romantic hotel getaways near Washington, DC and Baltimore. Here are just a few ideas to spark a bit of romance.

Plan a Romantic Overnight Stay

Turf Valley Resort Swans In Howard County, MD

Pamper you and your loved one at Turf Valley Resort & Spa  and enjoy the cozy setting and indulgent spa treatments like hot stone massages, seaweed wraps and even chocolate body scrubs. 

Many of our resorts offer Valentine's Day packages to make your romantic getaway memorable. Reserving a Valentine's Day package offers the convenience of special gifts upon arrival.

  • Escape for Love Overnight Package at Turf Valley Resort - Surprise your Valentine with a Love Notes Balloon Arrangement or upgrade to a Grand Heart Balloon Tower to show how much you care. Enjoy an overnight stay and a romantic three-course dinner for two in Alexandra's Restaurant.
  • Live!® Romance Package at Live! Casino and Hotel - Treat your special someone with an overnight getaway to Live! Casino and Hotel® with the Live! Romance Package. This special package includes $100 dining credit, $50 Free Slot Play, and champagne.
  • Valentine's Day Getaway Package at Merriweather Lakehouse - Pamper your love with a romantic getaway at Merriweather Lakehouse. Enjoy luxe guest room accommodations, followed by a 5-course meal and wine pairing curated by award-winning Chef Adam Harper. The package includes rose petal turn-down service, chocolate-covered strawberries, a complimentary bottle of champagne to your room, and late checkout. You can add on a special Healing Waters treatment at Pearl Spa.

Rest assured all HoCo's hotels will be ready to accommodate if you want to turn this Valentine's Day into the perfect romantic getaway! Book your overnight stay here

Pick up Chocolates, Cakes, & Sweets

Sweet Cascades Chocolatier

Shop for handcrafted chocolate creations, including new varieties of truffles, at Sweet Cascades Chocolatier.

Howard County has no shortage of chocolates, cupcakes, pastries and sweets to indulge in on this special holiday. In any neighborhood, you can find a dessert shop to pick up an item to satisfy your Valentine's sweet tooth.

Visit historic Ellicott City's Sweet Cascades for delicious chocolate creations like chocolate-covered strawberries. This year, they are also offering Build Your Own Choco-terie Boards based on the popularity of charcuterie boards, only with delectable chocolates.

At the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, you can sign up for an in-person Valentine's Chocolate-Dipping and Wine-Sipping event to learn the art of hand-rolling delectable chocolate truffles while enjoying tasting six wines from Linganore Vineyards. Leave with 10 hand-rolled truffles! 

In addition to making stunning cakes and desserts, Decadent Dessert Bar in Maple Lawn will also be serving a Valentine’s Day Cookie Kit. In Elkridge, Kupcakes & Co. will no doubt be offering tempting Valentine’s Day cupcakes and special gift selections. There are a myriad of bakeries along Maryland’s Korean Way, such as Tous Les Jour, which specializes in French-Korean pastries and cakes.

Order Romantic Dinner & Drinks

A Couple Having Dinner At Elkridge Furnace Inn In Howard County, MD

Elkridge Furnace Inn & Garden House offers romantic meals for two with a special menu for Valentine's Day.

Light some candles, dim the lights, change out of your pajamas or sweats, and share a candlelit romantic dinner from one our restaurants. Here are a few special Valentine's Day menus in the area.

  • Valentine's Day Menu @ Elkridge Furnace Inn & Garden House - Enjoy a romantic meal for two featuring Filet Mignon, Wild Caught Rockfish Filet, Chocolate Soufflé, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and much more.
  • Valentine's Day Menu @ Kloby's Smokehouse - Open for a special 4 course prefix menu featuring Prime Rib Roulade, Shrimp Imperial, Lemon Bar, and more, including a complimentary glass of champagne. 
  • Valentine's Day Menu @ EC Diner - Enjoy a 3-course meal for the price of your entree! Offering EC Diner classics like Filet & Cake, which features award-winning Jumbo Lump, 8 oz. Crab Cake and FIlet Mignon, and the Twin Stuffed Lobster Tails packed with their famous Jumbo Lump Crab Cake recipe and topped with imperial. Finish your meal with the incredible "box of chocolates" Valentines Day Extreme Shake! The shake is topped with a heart-shaped red velvet cake "chocolate box". Open the linzer tart cookie lid to reveal heart-shaped milk chocolates! 

Special Valentines day meals may be available at more restaurants so be sure to keep up to date with our full list of restaurants. Almost all restaurants offer carryout and delivery options, so whatever you and your honey are in the mood for, HoCo has you covered.

Stop by the Wine Bin or a craft brewery or distillery to get the perfect pairing for your meal. Make sure to check out local FeBREWary specials.

Pick up Flowers from Flower Barn

Flower Barn BouquetFlower Barn, a charming shop in historic Ellicott City, creates beautiful custom bouquets for Valentine's Day.

Located in historic Ellicott City, Flower Barn offers charming custom and premade flower arrangements, succulents, airplants, & fresh cut flowers for any occasion, including Valentine’s Day. The friendly and outgoing staff will help create the perfect gift for somebody you love.

Plan a Romantic Outing

While in historic Ellicott City, spend the day walking along the charming shops of Main Street. Enjoy the beautiful view of the river running through the town and the lights glistening at nighttime. During the month of February, you might come across a romantic snow flurry. Step into a warm and cozy restaurant, or warm up with a festive winter-themed coffee from Little Market Cafe.

Venture into the locally-owned shops and boutiques. Many of the store fronts are decorated romantically to help turn your stroll through Main Street into a memorable experience during your romantic getaway.

Sweet Cascades ChocolatierStorefronts in historic Ellicott City, including Sweet Cascades Chocolatier, are festively decorated for February.

Sweet Elizabeth Jane is well worth checking out for their love-inspired storefront and gift selection of seasonal items. Surprise your sweetheart with a date-night outfit, choosing from their newest arrivals that have a romantic style of ruffles, hearts, and shades of pink.

Head to Maple Lawn to walk around the shops and restaurants. You can pick out a gift for your Valentine at Bra-La-La, a locally-owned shop that offers a wide selection of items in the perfect fit.

In Savage, you can try an out-of-the-box Valentine's day at Autobahn Speedway. Celebrate Valentine's week with sweetheart specials! Play to win on go karts, and then test your skills on their axe throwing lanes. 

Howard County is the ideal romantic getaway destination! Check out things to do and events to create a unique and special Valentine's Day experience.