Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.
Breed by Chase Novak.
After you are done viewing The Dakota on West 72nd Street where the movie Rosemary's Baby was filmed (also the place where John Lennon was shot), you can head on over to The Metropolitan Museum of Art where the Twisden children, Alice and Adam and their teacher Michael tried to give Alex the slip only to end in disastrous results.
Try a carriage ride in Central Park and even though it might be cold in February for V-Day, head over to Serendipity for a frozen hot chocolate. If you can still stand the cold try ice skating at Rockefeller Center or Citi Pond at Bryant Park.
When you're ready to warm up try One if Land, Two if By Sea, called New York City's most romantic restaurant. Live piano music and one of their fireplaces will be sure to warm you up. You may also want to try Blue Hill in funky Greenwhich Village, which features a utensil free menu every Valentine's Day and was once a speakeasy.
The Shining by Stephen King.
The Stanley hotel, the setting for King's masterpiece and one of America's most haunted hotels is lovely in itself and the views are breathtaking. Take the ghost tour the hotel offers and learn about the various spirits that may still dwell there as well as the history of the building and Mr. Stanley. If you get a room there beware, The Shining plays nonstop on one of the channels. The hotel offers Valentine's Day specials and has a holiday Ball. Even if you don't stay at the Stanley you can still take the tours and in the winter enjoy skiing and outdoor jacuzzis. The Rocky Mountain National Park is also worth the hike.
To clarify, the TV miniseries starrting Steven Webber was filmed at The Stanley. The movie with Jack Nicholason was filmed at Mt. Hood Lodge in Oregon.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.
Well poor Regan was confined to her bed during The Exorcist but even though Georgetown is only one neighborhood in our nation's capital, there are many fun shops and restaurants.
1789 Restaurant is like stepping into a country inn decorated with antiques. If you prefer Italian Food, try award-winning Ristorante Piccolo, complete with a violin player to provide music during your meal. Stroll down to the C&O Canal (once a canal, now a park) which Dr. Ruth even said was "the most romantic spot in Washington D.C."
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.
Before the vampire outbreak occurs there are dozens of spots in Los Angeles for a romantic date. Just driving down Pacific Coast Highway is lovely in itself and you can stop at any number of beaches for a stroll in the surf. If sand is not your thing you can always take a spin on the Merry-go-round at Griffith Park and then visit the Observatory.
Il Cielo in Beverly Hills has been touted as one of the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles and they also have open reservation times on Valentine's Day. You can also take a drive down to Long Beach and eat at Sir Winston's on the Queen Mary. You can pretend you're Kate Winslet eating with Leonardo DeCaprio if you wish.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.
I'm a little biased because I love this city, but I think it's one of the most romantic locations I've ever visited. Every outdoor cafe exudes charm but if you want to really impress your date, try Antoine's, where the waiters are career staff and the restaurant is a museum in itself displaying relics of Mardi Gras past. The meal and service at Commander's Palace in the Garden District should be experienced at least once in your lifetime and when you're finished you can take a stroll at Lafayette cemetery right across the street. Go to the carousel bar in the Hotel Monteleone for a nightcap. The Comfortini's are my favorite.
Taking a carriage ride in NOLA is a must! Some even make pitstops at pubs.
I hope some of these locations gave you some ideas for romantic getaways. Which romantic Horror location would you like to visit?