A motion picture-perfect Valentine’s

A motion picture-perfect Valentine’s

By Cynthia Retamozo

For those who want to live out the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romance of “Sleepless in Seattle” and literally reach new heights, there is no better place than Top of the Hub, the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower.

Roseanne Mercer, head of the restaurant’s public relations, said Top of the Hub is world-renowned and has been featured on the Travel Channel for the past four years.

“We’re one of the most sought-out restaurants in the world,” Mercer said. “People from all over travel to dine here because of the amazing view of Boston and beyond.”

On a clear night, one can see as far as Maine to the north, the Blue Hills to the south, the tip of the lighthouse in Cape Cod or a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

With its live music, dimly lit interior, food variety and delicious desserts, Mercer said it’s a perfect place for Valentine’s Day or for any romantic occasion.

Mercer was proposed to in the restaurant in 1975. While she was sitting by the window, a plane flew by with the words, “Rose, will you marry me?”

If you’re interested in dining at Top of the Hub Feb. 14, Mercer recommends making reservations as soon as possible. —

Afraid of heights? You can still live out dinner movie romance – Disney style.

Who can forget the single-noodle kiss Lady and Tramp share outside a quaint Italian restaurant?

Marcello’s Restaurant on Newbury can set the same romantic setting.

With its candlelit tables, this small Italian/Persian restaurant is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, said manager Catherine Robinson.

“It’s a very intimate place,” Robinson said. “There are actually couples that come here on a regular basis, so it’s like their own little spot.”

Marcello’s is mainly decorated with Persian furniture and plays either classical or Italian music. The average Italian dish is about $20. —

However, a candlelit dinner is not the only way to spend Valentine’s Day. Why not exert yourself?

At Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios on Park Plaza, students can live out their “Dirty Dancing” dreams.

This instruction studio specializes in ballroom and latin dance and is having a Valentine’s Day discount special. For $99, couples can take four lessons in any type of dance they wish, including swing, salsa, merengue and waltz.

Kristen Bellcher, an instructor at Arthur Murray, said dance has beneficial effects for couples.

“Dancing is one of the strongest forms of communication,” Bellcher said. “It can symbolize the beginning of a relationship and is a test of trust and partnership.”

Couples are invited to return after the Valentine’s Day package expires. With its three ballrooms, personal lessons and class sizes up to 12 students, you’re sure to have a good time, Bellcher said. —

For guys looking for a gift that will surprise any girl, Northeastern’s own Distilled Harmony can serenade your sweetheart like Heath Ledger did in “10 Things I Hate About You.”

This five-person a capella group will come to her door with flowers and candy and sing songs like James Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is” and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” for $99.

“It’s a personalized gift,” said Dan Swann, a member of the group. “It’s unusual, but that makes it even better.”

While many female students may like the idea of reliving movie magic on Valentine’s Day, some cannot imagine their boyfriends or any guy planning out such a feat.

“It’s definitely a cute idea,” said sophomore business major Alex Gerbino. “But most guys aren’t creative like that.”

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