Why not make a weekend of it and book a romantic rendezvous for two to celebrate Valentine's Day? After all, who ever said "happily ever after" had to end with dessert?

The Cincinnatian, in the center of downtown, is a Mobil Four Star historic gem that exudes elegance. Designed in the grand hotel style of the 19th century, the eight-story Cincinnatian was constructed in 1882. With 146 guest rooms, this lavish hotel will seduce you in the luxury of one of its seven suites. And you can have tea for two in front of a roaring fire. Special package options include the "Celebration" with accommodations in a king or junior suite, room service or dinner in the fine Palace Restaurant on the first floor, as well as champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The "Movie" package offers an award-worthy dinner delivered to your suite, popcorn and a complimentary DVD rental. Book a room with a balcony view and let the city lights work their magic. 601 Vine St., downtown. (800) 942-9000. www.cincinnatianhotel.com.

Or try a Victorian mansion. Built in 1900, The Clifton House Bed and Breakfast is a fascinatingly distinguished "Classic Revival Home," with tall white columns and a 50-foot wraparound porch. Sip afternoon tea or wine while enjoying views of the elegant parlor room, sweeping staircase and library. A romantic candlelit dinner in the dining room and full gourmet breakfast each offer seasonal features, including baked apples and blue potato frittata drizzled with garlic oil and prosciutto chips, prepared with ingredients from local farmers and the historic Findlay Market. The Clifton rooms all have unique features, including Jacuzzi tubs, stained glass windows and fireplaces. 500 Terrace Ave., Clifton. (513) 221-7600. www.thecliftonhouse.com.

Escape the hustle and bustle for a more remote romantic hideaway. Nestled on 142 acres of farmland in the Appalachian foothills, the Murphin Ridge Inn specializes in pleasure and relaxation. Book a luxury lodge for two in charming chalet-style cabins, furnished with contemporary, museum-quality Shaker replicas, fireplaces and wet bars. Sip champagne in your whirlpool with a toast to your solitude. Watch the sun rise while savoring a hearty breakfast of Foggy Bottom pancakes and homemade applesauce. Explore a neighboring Amish village for fresh baked goods. Bountiful country breakfasts and divine dinners feature rabbit, steak and seafood. Packages available. 750 Murphin Ridge Road, West Union. (877) 687-7446. www.murphinridgeinn.com.

Feeling adventurous? How about staying in a cave or tree house? The Wildwood Inn, under the tagline "Life is short, have a party," is unusual and unique. Its colorful, themed suites with more than 30 distinct themes are decked out in outrageous novelties and wall murals. Set sail on a journey in the Pirate Ship suite; relax on a bed inside a restored 1959 Cadillac convertible in the Happy Days suite, designed to mimic a drive-in theater; take a magic carpet ride in the Aladdin suite; or find romance in the Champagne Spa suite, which features a two-story champagne flute hot tub, or the Cupid suite, which has a red heart-shaped bed and bath. The heated Tropical Dome is lined with faux palm trees and features waterslides, pool tables, a waterfall spa and a climbing area. 7809 US Hwy 42, Florence, KY. (800) 758-2335. www.wildwood-inn.com.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, nestled in the heart of downtown, is a breathtaking National Historic Landmark, featuring stunning 1930s French Art Deco. The Brazilian rosewood paneling, German silver nickel fixtures and colorful ceiling murals are incredible. Reserve a "Romance Package" and hang up the "do not disturb" sign. The package includes a suite, sparkling wine and a whirlpool tub surrounded by candles. After breakfast in bed, check out the hotel health club. The Hilton's Orchids at Palm Court restaurant, winner of AAA's Four Diamond Award, offers an impressive wine list and creative dishes. 35 W. Fifth St., downtown. (513) 421-9100. www.hilton.com (search Cincinnati Netherland Plaza).