If you’re sick and tired of giving (and receiving) the same old roses and boxes of chocolate for Valentine’s Day, Borgata has plenty of unique alternatives to spice up your gift giving this February 14th. From special spa treatments to comfortable rooms to amazing eats, there’s something for every love bird on your list. We hand-picked eight signature Borgata experiences that will surely “wow” your significant other, or, if you’re single why not give yourself a little pampering?
Get a Room…Literally: No visit to Borgata would be complete without a stay in one of their clean, comfortable, and modern guest rooms. The entire hotel tower at Borgata was recently remodeled, and if you’re looking for a more “zen” experience, check out one of the deluxe rooms at The Water Club, where you’ll be able to relax and unwind with the one you love.
Work the Knots Out Of Your Relationship: Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa are offering a special “Forget Me KNOTS Massages for Two” exclusively during the month of February. Designed to get rid of the winter’s blah, the side-by-side Swedish massages include free parking and a treat for your sweet tooth.
Warm Up With Brandi Carlile: The out singer-songwriter, who recently released her newest album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, will be bringing her signature country/alternative stylings to Borgata just in time for Valentine’s Day on February 12. It’s the perfect mid-winter warm-up.
Have Bobby Flay Cook For You: Well, it’s not quite the Iron Chef himself, but the dishes at Borgata’s gorgeous restaurant Bobby Flay Steak all receive Mr. Flay’s signature touches. Don’t miss the Lobster-Crab Cake, the Filet Mignon Louisiana, and the Cauliflower Goat Cheese Gratin. Make sure to wash it down with Applejack Old Fashioned.
Get Dapper: If you’re looking to impress, stop by the Hugo Boss store, located at The Shoppes at The Water Club, where you’ll find a full selection of suits, casual wear, and plenty of dress shirts and ties. Their expert staff will make you look like a million bucks, plus you can grab a last-minute bottle of cologne (because scent is everything)!
Stuff Your Face With Cherries and Chocolate: If the winter weather has your skin looking and feeling tired, Spa Toccare and Immersion Spa encourage you to enjoy a special “Embrace Your Face Mocha Cherry Facial” that infuses skin with Vitamins A and C. Your sweet tooth will be satisfied, and you won’t have to hit the gym.
Shake Your Groove Thing: If dancing the night away is more your style, bring your significant other to mur.mur, where some of the best DJ’s in the country will be mixing tunes all Valentine’s Day weekend, including DJ Ruckus, Thomas Gold, Jason Smith, and Vice. On select nights, there will be $5 drink specials.
Head to Japan Without Leaving New Jersey: For a truly unique experience, grab dinner at Izakaya, Chef Michael Schulson’s sensual modern restaurant. There’s plenty of sushi and sashimi on the menu, plus lots of other dishes, like their Edamame Dumplings and Kobe Beef Fried Rice. Leave room for the truly amazing Crispy Rice Sushi Roll filled with Vanilla Ice Cream.
Bryan Buttler has covered the Philadelphia-area LGBT beat for over two years, and also reviews theater, opera, and classical music. Along with his own writing, Bryan teaches communications at a local college. He lives in Center City Philadelphia. His favorite things at Borgata? The Water Club, the Grapefruit Mojito at Bobby Flay Steak, and the Table Thai Massage. Follow Bryan on Twitter @bryanb82 and Instagram @bryanbuttler.