BY: JUSTIN JACOBS
“Love is free,” Sheryl Crow once sang, but we all know that at least on Valentine’s Day, your commitment is measured by a price tag.
Sure, you might be the couple who eschews the pressure. You’ll spend the evening as you would any other: make some dinner, cuddle up with a movie, and call it a night.
But if you prefer to buy in to Valentine’s Day, read on to find out about some of Indy’s most luxurious heart-themed indulgences.
1. The $29 appetizer
Where: Ocean Prime, Keystone Crossing Corridor, 8555 N. River Road, (317) 569-0975 or www.oceanprimeindy.com.
Share the Dutch Harbor King Crab Legs off the raw bar menu — and sit outside at this Northside date-night magnet. Ocean Prime keeps its terrace heated for an al fresco evening year-round. Next, give your sweetie one of your twin lobster tails ($28), and tell her she’s the apple of your (rib)eye ($44).
2. The $350 corset
Where: Catherine Fritsch at Mercurious Designs, 876 ½ Logan St., Noblesville, (317) 773-0570 or www.rueviolet.com.
The real secret in this city doesn’t belong to Victoria — it belongs to Catherine Fritsch and her Rue Violet line of women’s clothing. Her amazing custom work — she’s also adept at historical costumes — can cost $60 to $100 for bras, garter belts and the like, and $150 to $350 for fitted-to-the-body corsets. Unfortunately for you, pal, it’s too late to order customized lingerie for this Valentine’s Day. Add some flowers to that I.O.U. and you’ll still come out a winner.
3. The $537 spa treatment
Where: Complexions Spa, 5420 N. College Ave., (317) 423-9000 or http://www.complexionsspa.com.
Your partner works hard. Make sure her body and soul get totally replenished at Complexions Spa, 5420 N. College Ave. Just over $530 will buy you seven hours of Swedish massage, seaweed body treatment, lava pedicure, spa manicure, an intensive, herbal hair mask, shampoo and style, along with a full makeup application. The whole day comes with lunch.
4. The $809 bottle of wine
Where: St. Elmo Steak House. 127 S. Illinois St., (317) 635-0636 or http://www.stelmos.com.
St. Elmo’s famous wine cellar has more than 15,000 bottles, so you’re bound to find something that fits your mood and wallet. In the champagne realm, you’ll find an exclusive bottle of Louis Roederer’s Cristal Rose from 1999. (A more cost-conscious pick: a bottle of Dom Perignon Cuvee for $363.)
But here’s the insider’s tip: In St. Elmo’s 1933 Lounge, you’ll find four seats next to the fireplace — the perfect spot to enjoy the perfect bottle. But the spots aren’t open for reservations; show up at the right time, and they’re all yours.
5. The $995 ticket to hunks in hats
Where: Klipsch Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., Noblesville, (317) 776-8181 or http://www.megaticket.com.
The 10-Concert Country Megaticket drops you near the stage (and gives you a parking pass) for some of summer’s biggest shows. Think Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and a true purveyor of romance, Toby Keith.
Livenation has been gracious enough to give you a more budget-friendly option — $250 grabs you a lawn seat for the shows.
6. The $2,400 adrenaline boost
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St., (317) 243-7171 or http://www.indyracingexperience.com.
Show your lover that your heart is still racing a mile-a-minute even after all these years. Sure, the racetrack of life may seem repetitive, presenting you with the same curves each time around, but you approach each lap like it was your first.
Hit the road together in a real Indycar, taking turns in the drivers’ seat. For three laps driving and two laps riding, you’ll drop a cool $1,200 each. The Experience opens up in April, so an I.O.U. may be in order.
7. The $3,000 hotel room
Where: The Conrad, 50 W. Washington St., (317) 713-5000.
Alas, the Gallery Suite is already booked on Valentine’s Day, so this night-to-remember will require a gift certificate. The 2,000-square-foot space on the Conrad’s 18th floor is like your private art museum, containing authentic works from such artists as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
But you can still book a Romance Package for $335 (king) or $560 (corner suite) and receive champagne or wine, breakfast for two at the Capital Grille and a late checkout. Don’t be shy: Indulge in a couples’ massage at the Conrad’s Evan Todd Spa and Salon.
8. The $3,400/hour private jet
So, let’s just say that none of the above seems expensive enough to adequately express your love. No hotel room is nice enough; no restaurant fancy enough. Well, friend, how about sipping champagne in your own 8-seat Citation Excel private jet, while looking down on the world below. The stand-up cabin means it’s “large and roomy,” says Doug Foley of First Wing Aircraft.
Theoretically, you could fly to New York City, hit a Broadway show and dinner, then return for less than $40,000. We call that a steal.
9. The $275,000 diamond
Where: Reis-Nichols Jewelers. 3535 E. 86th St., (317) 255-4467 or 789 U.S. 31 North, Greenwood, (317) 883-4467.
At Reis-Nichols Jewelers, your wish is their command. From updating family heirlooms to re-creating a piece from a magazine or even turning a sketch into reality, customized jewelry is the company’s specialty.
Reis-Nichols’ most expensive ladies’ piece is the JB Star platinum diamond ring, with a 5-carat radiant center diamond, two half-moon cut diamonds and 10 round-cut diamonds, coming in at just under 8 carats. Come on, you know she’s worth it.
10. The $4,950,000 dream home
Where: Encore Sotheby’s International, (317) 432-1216, or deborahdorman.encoresothebysrealty.com.
Short of buying a small island nation in the South Pacific, this is about as big as it gets: a luxurious four-story Downtown condo that in its heyday hosted movie stars, musicians and politicians, according to Realtor Deborah Dorman. “It was the place to be in Indianapolis as far as parties and fundraisers, and everybody wanted a ticket there,” she said.
The owner, a retired businessman, has been renovating the historic property since the 1970s, even incorporating fine decor and architectural details from storied local properties such as the Hotel Lincoln. The 2,000-square-foot rooftop is right across from Regions Bank. “You have a front-row seat to the fireworks,” Dorman said.
Then, of course, you can go inside and make your own.