Lavish love on your valentine

By Emily Coppella

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we’ve created a list of things to buy, eat, drink, and do in Kingston to celebrate love. This is the time to treat your sweetie, your bestie, or yourself!

Accommodation packages

With rates starting at $119 per night, you can book a Valentine’s Day Package for any two nights at Courtyard by Marriott Kingston from February 11 to 15. You’ll be welcomed with chocolates at check-in and, depending on COVID-19 restrictions, you may also prebook pool and hot tub time. For more information, email directly.

The “Couples staycation” at Confederation Place Hotel includes a continental breakfast box for two, a bottle of champagne, and a sweet box of chocolates. You can also choose to add a $75 flower and chocolate bouquet for your special someone. This package is $189 per night and can be booked by calling the hotel.

Celebrate date night at Residence Inn Kingston Water’s Edge with a bottle of wine and chocolates. The package begins at $169 a night with a minimum two-night stay to a maximum five-night stay. Receive a $100 VISA gift card for each room night. More information can be found on the Residence Inn website.

Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront is celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering a package starting at $369 per night. From February 11 to 14, guests can enjoy sparkling wine upon arrival, local gourmet chocolates from CocoaBistro, and a succulent plant from Loyalist Flowers. Enjoy fine dining at AquaTerra with a $100 gift card, then have breakfast for two before a late check-out in the morning.

Eat and drink

AquaTerra is offering a $75 per person takeout Valentine’s Day tasting menu. This is a locally sourced, five-course menu featuring a shrimp and lobster bisque, blood orange salad, skrei cod, beef striploin, and a sweet molten chocolate cake. Looking for something plant-based? A vegan tasting menu is also available. The deal gets even sweeter with an additional wine pairing for $36. Make sure to pre-order their prep-at-home kits and accompanying wine for pick-up February 10 – 14 from 4 to 8 pm.

Treat yourself or yourself and another with Knifey Spooney’s takeout Valentine’s deluxe menu. This menu includes beet gnocchi, spinach salad, and strawberry chocolate baked cheesecake for $100 plus tax per couple. Simply heat and finish at home; instructions are provided. Pick-up will be downtown between 3 and 6 pm on Valentine’s Day, but feel free to reach out to see if an alternate time can be arranged that suits you better. Further details will be provided via email.


Refresh your wardrobe with a piece from the Valentine’s Day collections at the Fancy That & The Roundstone online store. Matching heart T-shirts to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your bestie, anyone?

Show your sweetie just how sweet they are with some artisan chocolates from local chocolatier Cocoa Bistro. Our favourites include chocolate-dipped strawberries and the “Indulge” box of 24 chocolates. You can also order a beautiful gift basket full of specially curated goodies. Stop by their location at 840 Development Drive or place an order online for pickup or delivery.

Nothing says “treat yourself” like a spa date. Spend the day solo at Symphony Spa, or even bring a few of your besties along for a group booking. With a variety of packages and gift cards available, you can give the gift of relaxation. Make it a joint experience with their 60- minute couple’s massage for $90 per person.

Bring the spa ambiance home with a luxurious bathrobe. Onderbroeks is a female-founded, Canadian-made brand specializing in robes and loungewear. They have several designs that make staying home cozy and stylish.

Shop for a Valentine’s Day floral bouquet from Pam’s Flower Garden or browse their “Love and Romance” selections. You can have these fresh blooms delivered right to your door or choose curbside pickup at their back door. Make sure to order early!

Maybe your valentine is more of a succulent person than a long-stemmed rose person. Swing by The Jungle downtown at 82 Brock Street for a cute new plant and pot. They also sell other lifestyle products like candles, Turkish beach towels, and beautiful soaps. You can shop in-store or online with pick-up and delivery options.

To do

Treat yourself and your loved one to a virtual couple’s cooking class on February 16. You will receive a shopping list from Knifey Spooney via email one week prior, and a Zoom link and recipes list the week of. In this romantic cooking class for two, you’ll be making creamy polenta with roasted oyster mushrooms and jus sauce, paired with pomegranate roasted Brussels sprouts and finished with chocolate mousse for dessert.

Bring your Valentine’s Day to a whole other level with a virtual escape room. Improbable Escapes offers several virtual games that are all live-hosted and fully interactive. Grab your partner or a crew of friends for a video call with one of their game masters who will be physically inside the game as your teammate.

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or Palentine’s Day, use this list to help show your love for Kingston by supporting local businesses this year.