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VALENTINES DAY WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. READ OUR TIPS TO HELP YOU PUT YOUR WHOLE HEART INTO THE HOLIDAY. WANT A REALLY LUXURIOUS WAY TO RELAX? WE HAVE THE ANSWER.


If cooking a romantic dinner isn't quite your thing, don't worry, we still have you covered - whatever your style.

Indulgent
Let the experts set the scene for an amorous holiday. Try the Fairmont Washington D.C.'s Romeo & Juliet Package (from $189, www.fairmont.com), which provides a love potion for two and a room with balcony views. The St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, offers its Romantic Indulgence package (from $524, www.stregis.com), complete with Champagne and flowers upon arrival and daily breakfast for two served in the room. Or spoil each other with Hotel Jerome's Aspen Be My Valentine Package, which includes two-day lift passes for two and the services of a bath butler ($595, www.hoteljerome.com).

Undeniably Cool
For something a little more laid-back - and a little less mushy - wow your sweetie with tickets to a concert or sporting event. Here are some of our faves.
  • Billy Joel, February 14, Colonial Center in Columbia, South Carolina. $51 to $90, www.thecolonialcenter.com
  • Jersey Boys, various dates throughout the month (including February 14), Curran Theatre, San Francisco. $30 to $90, www.bestofbroadway-sf.com
  • Elton John and the Red Piano, various dates throughout the month (including February 14), the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. $250 and up, (888) 435-8665 or www.ticketmaster.com
  • Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, February 11, American Airlines Arena, Miami. $10 to $350, www.aaarena.com

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Corny (but Poetic)
Find a sunny spot, spread out your blanket, and unload the picnic basket. We love the idea of a thermos of chilled martinis made with Kröl Lemon-­Raspberry Vodka. And for the caviar, go American with farmed roe from Sterling, California. Try it on bagels with crème fraîche and smoked salmon. www.krolvodka.com, www.sterlingcaviar.com