Dining Destinations for Valentine’s Day

Romantic Restaurants to Warm Up With Your Beloved

It may still be chilly outside, but the time is nigh for warming up with a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. Looking for the perfect place for the perfect evening? For a memorable dinner, choose a restaurant that can offer you a unique experience. There are countless Pioneer Valley restaurants, so we’ve created a list of five outstanding Valentine’s Day dinner destinations.


782 Center Street, Ludlow

Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine and the ultimate interactive dining experience, Europa Black Rock Grill presents your meal cooking on our volcanic rocks at your table.  You can then enjoy a meal freshly prepared and cooked to your personal taste. Europa offers a unique experience for a memorable evening to eat, drink, relax, and celebrate.

Delaney’s Grill

3 Country Club Road, Holyoke

If you want a great steak, you will love Delaney’s Grill. Featuring mouthwatering steaks and amazing appetizers, perfect sides and a family-style chop-chop salad, Delaney’s Grill is among the best steaks in the Valley. For a twist on Valentine’s Day dinner, try their acclaimed Sunday Signature Brunch.

Lattitude Restaurant

1338 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

Helmed by New England native Chef Jeffrey Daigneau, Lattitude’s menu is inspired by the changing seasons. Featuring a range of dishes inspired by the farm to table dining philosophy, Lattitude offers and unique and refreshing experience that brings excitement to dining out.

Max’s Tavern

1000 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield

Featuring an innovative menu of contemporary American cuisine, classic chophouse fare, craft cocktails, and more, Max’s Tavern makes for a sporting take on fine dining. Sports fans will especially love its proximity to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Max’s team will make sure you have a memorable dining experience each and every time.

Chandler’s Restaurant and Yankee Candle Village

Routes 5 & 10, South Deerfield

For a romantic candlelight dinner, experience extraordinary dining at Chandler’s. This award-winning restaurant at Yankee Candle Village features a menu that changes regularly and one of the region’s best wine cellars. Combine with an afternoon at Yankee Candle Village for a full day of sensory delights.

Whichever style of restaurant you seek, you’re sure to find an exciting dining option in the Pioneer Valley. Make sure to make your reservations soon, because booking will surely fill up fast. Looking for more info on fun activities in the Pioneer Valley? Visit the Valley Visitor website today.

Great LGBT Destinations in Pioneer Valley

The Pioneer Valley has many LGBT options for gay dudesThe Pioneer Valley has long been known for its, well, pioneering spirit. Although the area wasn’t settled as early as coastal Massachusetts, it quickly became a proud homeland for an independent, fair-minded group of people whose descendants remain to this day. The area is also known for its welcoming attitude and cultural openness. Nowhere is this more evident than in the wealth of attractions and opportunities available to LGBT visitors.

Haymarket Cafe

The Haymarket Cafe is a popular Northampton establishment that serves up hearty breakfast fare, healthy lunches, and an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The bourbon-infused French toast and the beet and goat cheese salad are especially popular. It’s a great place to hang out in the afternoon or evening before venturing out in search of nightlife.

Northampton Pride

One of Massachusetts’s largest and most beloved pride festivals happens right here in our backyard. If you’re planning on visiting during the first week of May, you can’t miss this annual event. Nearly 20,000 people from surrounding states descent on Northampton for a madcap day of festivities and free expression that you won’t soon forget.


FitzWilly’s is a popular Northampton establishment that’s part neighborhood pub, part intimate performance venue, and part world-class gay bar. The decor will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of Cheers, but the crowd will remind you of the most cosmopolitan venues in New York and Boston. Don’t miss the weekly musical and comic performances.

Diva’s Nightclub & Bar

Diva’s is arguably the historic hub of Northampton’s LGBT culture, and the place doesn’t disappoint. Whether you enjoy pulse-pounding techno music or intimate gatherings of friends, you’ll find a space to spread out and be yourself at Diva’s. For the younger crowd, watch for occasional college and 18+ nights.

Club XStatic

Club XStatic is Diva’s Springfield-based sister. On weekend nights, this place is reliably packed with dancers and revelers looking to let loose. After a long day of sightseeing and shopping, Diva’s is the perfect place to blow off a little steam in a friendly environment.

Find Fun Things to Do in Springfield, MA

Whether you’re looking to hit all the LGBT-friendly hot spots in the Pioneer Valley or have a particular destination or two in mind, you can’t start your trip without a friendly guide by your side. We’re proud to offer business listings, directions, advice, and insight about the hundreds of businesses and historic locales that make up the fabric of our beautiful corner of the world. To get your vacation off on the right foot, visit us online or call (800) 723-1548.

7 Places to Enjoy Pioneer Valley’s Vibrant Nightlife

Things to do and places to party in Springfield and the rest of the Pioneer Valley

Pioneer valley nightlifeThe Pioneer Valley might be known for stunning scenery and quaint cities, but our region also has more than its share of nightlife. From world-class blues clubs to pulse-pounding discos, you can find just about any type of establishment here, and without the pretension and expense of New York or Boston. Check out seven of the hottest spots in Springfield and the surrounding communities.

1. Fort Hill Brewery

Fort Hill Brewery sits in a beautiful bend of the Manhan River, but it’s the fresh craft brews that have everyone talking here. Stop by for a pint or two and a tour of this spiffy space. Friday and Saturday evenings are particularly busy, so be sure to arrive early!

2. Hoops Sports Bar & Grill

When you’ve got 10-cent wings, 18 generously sized TVs, and all the pool you can play, there’s not much more you need. During football season, stop by Hoops Sports Bar & Grill in West Springfield for a little Monday Funday action. Did we mention the 10-cent wings?

3. Champions Sports Bar

Champions sits near the heart of Springfield and boasts a setup that does its prime location proud. Twenty TVs and a projection screen are guaranteed to capture the day’s sporting events with room to spare.

4. MVP.pub

Who doesn’t like burgers and beers? At MVP.pub, you can count on this quintessentially American combination in just about every style imaginable. For more serious gatherings, you’ll find a host of top-shelf liquors on display here.

5. Paper City Brewery

Paper City Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in the Pioneer Valley. Make the drive up to Holyoke and discover what it means to be a true craft brewing original!

6. Plan B Burger Bar

Every night needs a “plan B.” Thanks to its can’t-miss burgers and generous pints, though, Plan B Burger Bar is many locals’ “plan A.” See what everyone has been raving about for yourself!

7. Theodore’s Booze, Blues & BBQ

Springfield is a long way from the Mississippi Delta, but Theodore’s has earned a national reputation that’s the envy of many “authentic” bars and clubs. In fact, it was recently voted the country’s best blues bar by the Blues Foundation.

Find Even More Things to Do in Springfield, MA

Are you ready for a night out on the town? These seven happening hot spots are just a few of the many venues, bars, and clubs that call our fair valley home. If you’re looking for even more ideas for what to do when you’re in town, contact us today!