Holi-Dates: 5 Ideas for a Steamy Staycation

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The holidays are over, but winter is not. This is the season we all feel extra cuddly. (Case in point: did you know that people posted ads for companions for the faux blizzard of early ’15!?). And now we have that other holiday coming soon–Valentine’s Day.

So we’ve gathered some NYC holi-dates to create one steamy, sexy, (and yet) good old classic fun Valentine’s Day weekend. Heat things up with an old flame, or a new one.

SPIN AROUND ROCKEFELLER CENTER ICE SKATING RINK

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_L1C9352 Scott MeadowsPhoto: Scott Meadows

Going ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a treat any way you slice it. But should you decide to indulge (say Saturday the 14th?) we recommend going all out and springing for admission to the Igloo. In the Igloo, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a. warmth and b. cookies — you are literally set. A few loops around the rink, break for cookies and cocoa, do it again. Oh, P.S., in addition to cookies, there’s also peppermint bark.

INDULGE YOUR INNER TOURIST

liDISPhoto: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

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Start the day with a reservation at the recently opened STATE. Feast on appropriate classics like a New York strip steak in the most classic of settings before taking a trip all the way to the top of the tower. I’ve lived here all my life and hadn’t been in over a decade. With the right hat and scarf, you’ll enjoy the view and the challenge of trying to point out your apartment, office, etc.

DINNER: DECADENT AND DARK

Queen of the Night is the indulgent supper club meets burlesque show you didn’t know you needed in your life. The sultry mood of the evening, not to mention the wine refills you’ll surely consume will also set the mood for the later hours of the evening in the best way possible.

Queen of the Night Diamond Horse Shoe at the Paramount HotelPhoto: Queen of the Night

HOP AROUND THE GALLERIES

Nothing engages a couple (new or old’s) intellectual compatibility like checking out a few exhibitions. Plus the short walks between galleries in Chelsea are a nice opportunity for snacks and hand-holding. Download the new app, SeeSaw, to check out exhibitions, or even better, check in with us for our guide to the shows to check out that weekend.

ursfischer2“URS FISCHER,” installation view. Artwork copyright Urs Fischer. Photo: Rob McKeever.

TURN DOWN SERVICE AT WESTHOUSE

Lots of hotels in the city offer treats to make Valentine’s Day a special time for couples who live just a few blocks away, or a few hundred thousand miles. I’m inclined, however, to think, that many extra points go to the partner who hooks it up with a suite at the WestHouse Hotel–SFERRA monogrammed throw upon arrival, and, oh yeah, $500.00 and a direct line to Net-a-Porter to pick up some new duds for the evening.

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