Valentine’s Day in New York

Of all the typically romantic places to spend Valentine’s Day, surely New York has to be one of them. My boyfriend, Mike, and I didn’t actually plan our trip to coincide with Valentine’s Day. I’m a teacher so we booked our trip for February half term. Only later did we realise we’d be spending February 14th in one of the most romantic cities in the world, and I could not wait.

Valentine's balloons in Times Square

We started how every day in New York should begin, with cream cheese and smoked salmon bagels. We found somewhere to sit down and ordered them without thinting to check the price. Oh if only we did. They were $20 each! “I guess we’ll have to skip lunch today!” (I’ve never skipped a meal before in my life).

We walked to Central Park and couldn’t believe our eyes. It was a dream come true; the park was covered in (a light layer of) snow. It snowed a few days before we arrived in New York but as the rest of Manhattan had lost its blanket of snow, we didn’t have high hopes for Central Park. However. we were treated to a glistening blanket of snow once we arrived at the park.

Central Park covered in snow

I’m sure the snow made the wildlife look more magical.

A squirrel climbing a tree in Central Park

We had a much needed hot chocolate in the iconic Boat House.

Hot chocolate in the Boat House

Our plan was to venture to the ice skating rink at the Rockerfeller Centre, that was until we stumbled upon one in Central Park. I’d seen the rink there over Christmas a few years before but I assumed it would close soon after the new year. It’s amazing how much fun you can have going round in a circle over and over again.

Ice skating in Central Park

We strolled along 5th avenue and stopped in Tiffanys and Co. Mike surprised me by buying me this beautiful necklace!

We made it to the Empire State Building just in time for sunset. I can’t think of many things more romantic than watching the sun set from 86 floors high in the sky. It was mesmerising seeing the Manhattan skyline perform a light show of different colours.

A view of the sun setting from the Empire State Building

For dinner, we headed to Stella 34 Trattoria, an elegant Italian on the sixth floor of Macy’s. For somewhere with views of the Empire State Building and Times Square, it wasn’t too badly priced at all and the food was exquisite.

Champagne glasses in a restaurant

Finally, we ended the day in our futuristic and modern hotel, W New York, with a view over Times Square.

I think we might have peaked. This Valentine’s Day is going to be hard to beat.

Mike and I in Central Park


  1. February 18, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Aw sounds like a magical day! 😍

  2. February 20, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    $20 for bagels!? I’m a native New Yorker myself and that’s obscene. I would have walked out if it was more than $5-$6 unless it was somewhere famous for them (like Zabar’s). It sounds like a great Valentine’s Day otherwise!

    • March 5, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      I know, I couldn’t believe it when we got the bill! We always checked the price after that.

  3. Anisa
    February 3, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Glad you had such a good time. I lived in NY for awhile and just loved the Boat House. You will have to go back in the summer when you can rent a boat and row around the lake.

  4. February 3, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day! I love those sunset photos, looks so beautiful 😊

  5. kaytherunaway
    February 3, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    This sounds like a very sweet time together 🙂 I was so surprised to see Raccoons in Central Park when my husband and I were there for the first time in October!

  6. February 3, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    What can be more romantic than spending a day like this in New York? I honestly cannot think of something else 🙂

  7. February 3, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    What a lovely way to spend Valentine’s Day 🙂 Watching the sunset is probably my favourite thing to do on that day with my partner!

  8. February 4, 2018 / 2:13 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day in New York! Posts like this make me miss the city 🙂

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