Parents, hire a babysitter and make this Valentine’s Day a special day just for the two of you. There are numerous places in town that offer romantic dining or fun times that get you away from your kids for a night and let you both reconnect with each other.
3939 San Felipe St.
Houston, TX 77027
When things are too crazy around your own home, retreat to Ouisie’s Table, a Houston institution that offers upscale versions of comfort foods such as its famous chicken fried steak. For Valentine’s Day, try the chateau briand, which is a tenderloin roast for two people. The restaurant also has valet parking and a comfortable, homey atmosphere that includes a fireplace in the main dining area. Many people have been proposed to at Ouisie’s Table. Why not rekindle your marriage there this Valentine’s Day?
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The Petite Retreat
748 E. 12th St.
Houston, TX 77008
Get away from the rest of the world and loosen up those sore muscles from picking up your kids all day with a couple’s massage package at The Petite Retreat. You can choose from a basic hour massage for both of you, which also includes complimentary chocolates, fruit, a glass of wine and rose petals on the tables. Add other features such as facials, a reflexology foot massage or a dip in the spa’s hot tub with soothing water jets. Costs start at $180 per couple and go up from there. If you would like to bring your favorite bottle of champagne to enjoy while getting massaged, The Petite Retreat will be happy to help you open it and serve you.
Star Fleet Yachts
280 Grove Road
Kemah, TX 77565
Have you ever wanted to get away on a cruise as a couple but couldn’t leave your kids overnight? Take a two-hour dinner cruise on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay complete with a full, multi-course gourmet meal. Live entertainment and a cash bar will keep you enjoying the night on board the boat after you have finished your meal. The cost averages $125 per person for the cruise and dinner, and since the cruise is only from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can be home before the babysitter’s curfew.
The Sam Houston Hotel
1117 Prairie St.
Houston, Texas 77002
If you can get an overnight babysitter, retreat to The Sam Houston Hotel. This hotel, which has been serving visitors to Houston since 1924, features a romance package designed specifically for couples. You get a king-sized bed in the room with room service the next morning until noon and a check-out time that lets you sleep in until 2 p.m. The hotel was recently redesigned in 2013 to bring it up to modern standards, with WiFi available in every room, a fitness center and fine dining at the *17 restaurant.
2011 Ella Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
Rainbow Lodge, once located on Buffalo Bayou and now moved to the banks of White Oak Bayou, has always been a favorite among diners for its rustic, romantic atmosphere that is not too soft for men to appreciate but not too macho to intimidate women. This restaurant’s claim to fame, aside from the flavorful food served, is its location overlooking the bayou. Enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day meal for dinner from a prix fixe menu that charged $75 per person in previous years, not including drinks, tip or tax.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.