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Hotels' Valentine's Day packages are putting love on the menu

| Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
MANSIONS ON FIFTH
Strawberries, chocolates, champagne and a dozen long-stem red roses are some of the romantic options at Mansions on Fifth.
MANSIONS ON FIFTH
The Valentine's special at Mansions on Fifth can be customized with a luxurious couples massage.
MANSION ON FIFTH
Champagne in front of a fireplace spells romance at Mansions on Fifth.
FAIRMONT HOTEL
A room at the Fairmont offers a city view.
FAIRMONT HOTEL
The Fairmont's Romance Package includes champagne and truffles.
FAIRMONT HOTEL
Tasty cheese and chocolate nibbles are enjoyed at Andy's in the Fairmont.
FAIRMONT HOTEL
Spa treatments at the Fairmont add luxury and relaxation to a Valentine's weekend stay.
FAIRMONT HOTEL
Andy's in the Fairmont is a spot to enjoy jazz and cocktails.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Tuxedo strawberries and champagne toast.
Renaissance Hotel, Pittsburgh
Decorative touches enhance the setting at the Renaissance.
THE PRIORY
The Priory offers in-room breakfast and late checkout.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
The Woodlands Spa at Nemacolion's menu of treatments rejuvenates mind, body and soul.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
A bubble bath with scented candles and rose petals enhances romance at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nemacolin's Valentine's Sweetheart Package provides the setting for romance.
Renaissance Hotel, Pittsburgh
Fireplace and candles help light the fire for lovers at the Renaissance.

Love goes into overtime this month, thanks to Cupid's calendar.

Proprietors of hotels in the Pittsburgh region are anticipating robust reservations because Valentine's Day falls on a Friday, providing extended options for guests.

“We expect many guests to make it ‘Valentine's Day Weekend,' and celebrate from Friday on,” says Matthew Sterne, general manager of the Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown. “We expect to be busy with overnight reservations, dinners and spa treatments all weekend long.”

It makes a huge difference in occupancy demand as to whether Feb. 14 falls on a Friday or Saturday versus a weekday, says John Graf, owner of the Priory, North Side.

“We have been close to sold out for several weeks this year,” he says. “When Valentine's Day is on a weeknight, I think it's just too much trouble for people to find someone to watch their kids and get them ready for school in the morning, while the guest is worrying about getting up for work in the morning or taking a day off of work.”

Bob Page, director of sales and marketing for the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown, says couples have a choice to celebrate on Friday or Saturday or both. “We see a mixture of one- or two-night stays,” he says. “Pittsburgh is such a perfect place to do this.”

Allison Payne, senior sales manager for the Renaissance Hotel, Downtown, agrees.

“It gives you a chance to explore the city and experience all of the new, great things happening in Downtown,” she says.

“In today's busy world,” says Mary Del Brady, general manager and an owner of Mansions on Fifth, Oakland. “A night or two away can be all the refreshment you need.”

“It gives a couple a chance to just focus on themselves and enjoying each other's company,” Graf says. “It's not what our guests have seen or have done that's important. It's that they have had a chance to do it together.”

A sampling of Valentine's packages:

• Fairmont, 510 Market St., Downtown. “Romance Package,” from $304, valet parking, overnight accommodations, champagne and truffles. Special five-course dinner Feb. 14 and 15, for $75 per person. Details: 412-773-8848 or www.fairmont.com/pittsburgh

• Hidden Valley Ski Resort, Laurel Highlands. Pre-Valentine's Day offering: “Valley Valentine Package,” Feb. 12 and 13, $199 per person, includes $60 dining gift card, two ski and snowboard tickets. Details: 866-437-1300 or www.hiddenvalleyresort.com

• Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. “Retreat to Romance,” starting at $287, based on room type, includes $100 food and cocktail credit; bottle of Chandon sparkling wine; romantic turndown service including robes, music and lighting; and late checkout. “Love Notes Package,” from $224, offers deluxe accommodations, bottle of sparkling wine; four-course dinner for two in Terrace Room. Details: 412-281-7100 or www.omnihotels.com

• The Mansions on Fifth, 5105 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Deluxe overnight stay with in-room strawberries, chocolate and champagne, or a dozen long-stem red roses with European breakfast, $375 per couple. Five-course dinner for two with fireplaces, live music and romantic melodies, $170 per couple. Package can be customized with a couples massage, candlelit room or private dinner in the Wine Cellar. Details: 412-381-5105 or www.mansionsonfifth.com

• Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Fayette County. “Valentine's Sweetheart Package,” Feb. 9 to 14, starts at $429 in the Lodge and $539 in Chateau Lafayette. Includes one-night luxurious accommodations; champagne and strawberries; breakfast in bed; $150 resort amenity spending credit; daily resort fee. Additional options include couples massage at Woodlands Spa. Details: 866-344-6957 or www.nemacolin.com

• The Priory, 614 Pressley St., North Side. “Romance Package” includes deluxe king room; champagne, treats from Priory Fine Pastries bakery; roses in room at check-in; hearty Continental breakfast delivered to room and late checkout, $200 plus tax. “Sweethearts Dinner Date Package,” includes $50 dinner vouchers for one of Priory's restaurant partners, choice of bottle of wine or champagne, roses, late checkout and in-room breakfast, $209 for standard queen room and $219 for deluxe king. Details: 412-231-3338 or www.thepriory.com

• Renaissance Hotel, 107 Sixth St., Downtown. A river-view room overlooking Allegheny River and the North Shore, champagne with a dessert trio, $289. Details: 412.992.2050 or www.renaissancepittsburghpa.com

• Sheraton Station Square, Station Square. Rates from $199 per night, includes complimentary upgrade to deluxe or club room, $50 food and beverage credit, bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, complimentary parking, late checkout based on availability, discounted upgrade to suite. Details: 412-261-2000 or deals.sheraton.com

• Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, Somerset County. Pre-Valentine's Day package, Feb. 12 and 13: “Will You Ski My Valentine” starts at $299 per room in main lodge; two unlimited skiing/snowboarding tickets from 4 p.m. the day of arrival until close on day of checkout; $75 dining gift card; access to the indoor swimming pool and fitness center. Details: 866-437-1300 or www.7springs.com

Rex Rutkoski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4664 or rrutkoski@tribweb.com

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