With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday it might be tough to get many deals at the nicest hotels in the area. But, for you true romantics – price is no option. Clearly, if you don’t act quick you have no chance at landing any of these brilliant suggestions.
Here are our top picks:
Hotel Lafayette – The renovations in this place are fantastic. If you haven’t been it is worth the effort. Two great restaurants right on site – Mike A’s (update: Bourbon and Butter) and Butterwood Sweet & Savory – and a nice variety of bars to boot. I’m not sure the hotel has a website (???), try this site or give them a call (716) 853-1505.
The Hyatt is always a viable option, and close to many a fine dining establishment. The obvious choice here is E. B. Green’s. A good steak house right on site. If you feel like a walk try Bacchus, Buffalo Chop House or maybe even Perfetto’s.
On Delaware the Embassy Suites in the Avant isn’t a bad choice, and Della Terra downstairs is down-right good. If you want some fresh air you can easily get to any of the above mentioned eateries, try Papaya for some Asian fusion, or maybe The Lodge for some cocktails.
I’d suggest the Mansion on Delaware, but they are already full. If you did land a room, there are a lot of top notch places to eat. First thing I would do is ask if resident Chef Jen Boye is planning anything. If not a top alternative is all time Buffalo great Mother’s Restaurant. Qualities like a hip bar crowd, clubby feel, and food that never disappoints have been bringing people in since your granny was a school girl (maybe not quite).
Check out Salvatore’s Grand Hotel in Williamsville with Russell’s on site. They have some great room with dinner for two packages (not sure for Valentines). The hotel bar is usually hopping (likely due to the fine bar maids) and the food is top notch.
Just down the road is the brand new Wyndham Garden Hotel with Brioso by Butterwood on site. Brioso’s menu is South American chic, and will be a big hit with anyone who likes a taste of the wild side. As a Butterwood eatery you know the desserts will be devine.
In the south towns you can’t beat the Roycroft. The hotel is an escape into a time where fine craftsmanship ruled. The restaurant still believes in craftsmanship, so check out Chef Andrew’s latest creations. If you’re still there come Sunday morning DO NOT miss brunch.
Ellicottville- there are a lot of places to stay in Ellicottville. If you are looking for a quaint Inn try this site. Your best bet at getting a room on short notice is probably through Holiday Valley Resorts.
Our suggestion for dinner is Dina’s, but if that fills up try the Silver Fox Restaurant & Steakhouse.
Niagara Falls is the honeymoon capital of the world…or it was in the fifties. All kidding aside, the Niagara area has a lot going on if you’re looking for romance close to home. The Sheraton on the Falls Hotel is a great spot to stay with some fantastic views. Maybe check out the casinos if you want to press your luck, or better yet a show. Windows by Jamie is right on site.
Niagara on the Lake
Niagara on the Lake might be better in 80 degree weather, but it is still pretty good in single digits. They have a lot of cool wine tours to keep you warm, and some beautiful romantic Inns to keep you in amore. Plenty of good places to stay- Prince of Wale and their Escabèche restaurant is nice, but not for the frugal at heart; try the Pillar and Post and eat on site at The Cannery Restaurant. Looking for something off the beaten path? Check out The Gate House Hotel and Ristorante Giardino or try this site to search the many options. Even in the cold it’s fun to browse through village shops while you duck in the cozy pubs, or check out local artists (Hamburg native Trish Romance is our favorite). If it was me I’d also check out the Days of Wine and Chocolate Pass where the 26 wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, each feature a perfectly paired wine to accompany a chocolate infused dish. [Bridge information]
Lewiston – sure Lewiston can be pretty quiet this time of year, but who needs a bunch of people hanging around. We suggest a stay at the charming Barton Hotel & Spa – book ahead if you are looking for some spa treatment. Dinner for sure at Carmelo’s, a short walk up the hill to what I promise will be a fantastic meal. Your stay includes a nice breakfast, but you might want to stop at the Orange Cat Cafe on the way out of town for a good espresso.