Without getting all revoltingly Hallmark-y, there are two local Valentine’s attractions worth noting this weekend (in addition to our great online roundup): The Museum of Crime & Punishment has a special tour this weekend dedicated to “Crimes of Passion.” Charmingly, the $30 admission fee includes a pair of souvenir handcuffs. Because nothing says “I love you” quite like police-issued restraints. For more conventionally romantic types, the Willard InterContinental is hosting a special Valentine’s-themed afternoon tea Friday through Monday, including Champagne, lemon Madeleines, a selection of assorted sandwiches, scones, and pastries, and a rose for every lady who attends (as far as we’re concerned, it’s worth the $49 price tag just to get a flower from somebody). And there’ll be a harpist as well, which frankly we don’t get enough of these days. Call 202-637-7350 or visit the Willard’s Web site to make reservations.
Two deals this week: Jetsetter has one (that begs for a karaoke moment) at La Casa Bonita in the Dominican Republic. Rates at the eco-hotel, one of the most beautiful we’ve featured in a while, start at $125 a night, including a discount card for 30 percent off massages at the hotel. And Travelzoo has this blinder of a deal at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York for a superior king room with free wi-fi starting at $119 a night. The storied hotel is located right by Grand Central Station and Fifth Avenue—and a short cab right from almost anywhere else in Manhattan. This is a $150 off the usual $269 rate in a really charming, Edith Wharton-esque location.
And finally, can you imagine going on vacation and not checking your e-mail several times a day? Not to mention cutting out Angry Birds . . . Washington Post travel writer Nancy Trejos tried it out at the Hotel Monaco’s “Tranquility Suite” in Chicago, and she writes about it here.