The ultimate Valentine's Day

The Ultimate Valentine's Day

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - For many people a card is enough. Others prefer candy or flowers. Dinner out is a treat for some.

However, what if you threw the budget out the window? What if money were no object and you could surprise your Valentine with an out of this world gift?

We went in search of the Ultimate Valentine's Day. And it started at the Charter Jet Transport hangar at Wilson Air near Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

"You pull up to the door and within five minutes you're airborne," chief pilot Lee Broadway told us.

The company caters to business clients but certainly carries a significant number of passengers on flights for fun.

"We'll put whatever you want on board, any catering you want. I've had all kinds of requests, including requests for caviar and all sorts of things. Of course it comes with a price tag," Broadway said.

We asked what a weekend trip to the Bahamas on their largest jet would cost.

"Roughly $30,000," he told us.

A weekend at home might not be so bad either if you could stay in one of the newly renovated Executive Suites at The Ballantyne.

Alan Grant, the Guest Relations Manager at the hotel, says you should ask for romantic turn down service and a bath butler before bed.

"They'll line the entryway with rose petals and have some on the bed along with robes and long-stemmed roses. There will be candles and music and a bath butler will draw a bath for you," Grant said.

Cap it off with a helicopter tour of the city that picks you up right on the property and you're shelling out a grand total of roughly $960.

If you just want dinner out you can hit the 21st floor of the Hyatt in Uptown for what many will tell you is the best dinner-time view of the Queen City at Fahrenheit Charlotte.

"Where else can you go to see breathtaking views like this? Nowhere in the city. Top it off with creative food and a chance to have what other cities don't have, you can't beat it," chef and owner Rocco Whalen told us.

Dinner there could cost you about $185.

Reality check time, though. Most of us can't afford those luxurious options. That doesn't mean you can't be fancy.

Skip the drug store candy for a $23 box from 20 Degrees Chocolate in Petit Philippe. Hit up the Port City Club on Lake Norman for a sunset view and dinner for $50 per person. Or try one of the inexpensive and creative options listed here.

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