Candlelight Dinners Are So Last Year: This Valentine’s Day is All About ‘50 Shades of Grey’


Forget the candy hearts and teddy bears. This Valentine’s Day is sure to be a little bit darker.

This year, Valentine’s Day heralds the release of the most anticipated sensual film of the decade: 50 Shades of Grey. If your sweetheart is drooling over the thought of Christian Grey, and blushing at the contents of the trailer, you may want to consider something a little different this Valentine’s Day: a 50 Shades of Grey-themed dinner and hotel package.

At Heathman Restaurant & Bar in Portland (located at the hotel where the on-screen lovebirds and bedmates had one of their first “dates”), you can sip on the 50 Shades of Gin cocktail (handcuffs included), while grey-tied waiters serve dishes mentioned in the book series. The night culminates in a one- or two-night stay (complete with a “couple’s toolkit”), and tickets to a nearby theater. Prices vary depending on the length of your stay and if you want to throw in a helicopter ride, but can up to $2,750.

On the East Coast, your 50 Shades experience includes dinner and a one-night stay at Eden Roc’s Ocean Tower in Miami, while you indulge in Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and the “Red Room of Pain” cocktails. Each couple will also receive two tickets to the 50 Shades of Grey movie in South Beach. Prices are unlisted on the Eden Roc website.

In New York, Hotel Ink48 offers a year-round recreation of the Steele/Grey courtship, and for $659 per night you’ll get a basket of aphrodisiac foods (think chocolates, oysters, and avocados), a $200 lingerie store credit, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne.

Or, you could save your money and just eat a bucket of buttered popcorn while watching 50 Shades of Grey at your local theater.