15 Romantic Weekend Getaways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Whether you think it’s commercial or dreamy, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express your feelings to the one you love. Here, some great vacation packages that make spending time together a snap—from around the country, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
Mill House Inn
The Hamptons on the east end of Long Island is considered a summer playground for Hollywood elite. In winter, while you needn’t pack suntan lotion for the beach, the majority of shops and restaurants are open, summer gridlock has vanished and a stay at the ten-room Mill House Inn, which Zagat included in its “Top 50 Small Hotels,” that costs $950+ in July can be had for $250 to $627, the ultimate deal in romantic weekend getaways. Every room has a fireplace and luxury linens, cooked-to-order breakfast is included, as are snacks and fresh baked cookies, and you get a special treat on your pillow at turn-down. Here are 12 of the best off-season deals you’ll want to book now.
Coco Plum Island Resort
This Valentine’s Day, discover why for the last eight years the all-inclusive adults-only luxury resort, Coco Plum Island Resort, located on a 16-acre palm tree-studded island nine miles off Belize’s coast has been a Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award winner. A four-night minimum stay starts at $3,080 per couple and includes airport pick-up (puddle jumper from Belize City airport is an extra $323 per couple round trip), meals, unlimited alcoholic drinks, beach cabana, hotel, sales tax, and park entrance fees.
At this Oregon resort set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains 15 miles south of Bend, romance isn’t limited to Valentine’s Day. February is the Annual Month of Chocolate with guests enjoying chocolate-themed cocktails, a wine and chocolate event, and tasting dinner February 14-16 at the resort’s signature restaurant Carson’s American Kitchen. The 3,300-acre property offers a cornucopia of lodging options starting at $136. The Chocolate Package starts at $175 and includes a nightly dessert, in room-chocolate amenity, and discounted spa service. Also enjoy a host of winter activities including a bonfire snowshoe tour under the stars. For more winter vacation options, check out 10 perfect vacations for people who love winter activities.
With Catalina Island long renowned as the Island of Romance, it’s appropriate that this retreat an hour from coastal southern California is offering a romance package. Included are roundtrip ferry rides, a 15-minute helicopter tour of the island, picnic basket lunch with sparkling wine, spa passes, hot breakfasts, and accommodations for two, steps from the beach. Romance, romance, romance!
Waldo Emerson Inn
The essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson spent ten summers in the house built in 1783 by his great-uncle Waldo Emerson that has morphed into one of the top romantic weekend getaways in Kennebunkport, Maine. This luxury inn has whimsical touches such as 200-year-old, hand-painted Wedgwood tiles and 28-inch pine wood planks in the six guestrooms—four of the guestrooms have fireplaces. A London-trained chef prepares the spectacular breakfasts. A Valentine’s Ramp Up the Romance package includes dinner, a single red rose, french macaroons, and silk rose petals for an additional $89 on top of the nightly rate of $159 to $279.
Beaufort, a coastal community 70 miles south of Charleston, oozes so much Lowcountry South Carolina charm it was cited among the country’s top 5 romantic getaways. The award-winning 15-room Anchorage 1770 has a two-night per couple Romance Package that features a dozen red roses, champagne, in-room couples’ massage, and $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant. Arrive on Sunday or Monday, stay for three consecutive nights and the fourth night is free.
Inn at Willow Grove
Consistently ranked one of the best hotels in the U.S.A., the 18thcentury Virginia luxury urban-meets-southern charm inn featuring 24 guest rooms, suites, and cottages, plus a 3,000 square foot spa has romantic specials to warm the hearts of lovers for romantic weekend getaways. The Valentine’s Day Sneak Away package, available February 14 to 15 includes a four-course, prix fixe dinner, breakfast in bed, chilled bottle of prosecco, a 20 percent discount on a couple’s massage, and 20 percent off the room rate for a February 16 stay. All this plus evening turndown treats and morning homemade beignets delivered by guest butlers. The package can only be booked through the hotel. Call 540-317-1206.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
“Ko Olina” means “place of joy” which is exactly what a romantic idyll at the secluded Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina will provide. Most rooms have views of the turquoise ocean and floor-to-ceiling windows and all rooms boast a balcony and deep soaking tub. The resort has an infinity pool, beachside cabanas, and serenity-inducing garden. If you win the lottery, splurge on the $7,900 Hana Aloha experience! For more dream-worthy hotel rooms, don’t miss 16 of the most luxurious presidential suites around the world.
XV Beacon Hotel
This regal four-star 63 room boutique hotel in Boston’s Beacon Hill combines turn-of-the-century Beaux Art flourishes including an original caged glass elevator and grand marble staircase, with modern comforts such as courtesy chauffeuring in a Lexus sedan, heated towel racks, chocolate colored cashmere throws, 400-thread count Frette linens, and a gym. Don’t forget to try the hotel’s renowned steakhouse Mooo. Try the “Romance on The Hill” package which includes a bottle of champagne, rose petal turndown service, chocolate-covered strawberries, and late checkout.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa
This 85-acre all-inclusive resort located five minutes from the airport and with easy access to St. Lucia’s world-famous Pitons, has an adults-only “Harmony Wing.” Laze in private cabana beds, snorkel, horseback ride on the beach, enjoy a sunset sail, and choose from among nine restaurants. On Friday nights Peter John’s Lounge has a chocolate buffet, including a cocktail called—what else—Chocotini. Rates start at $237 per person per night based on a five-night stay from January 3 to February 15, rising to $260 from February 16 to 29. Rates include all government taxes, gratuities, and airport transfers. Find out more about our favorite all-inclusive vacations around the world.
Since 1893 the luxurious Pfister Hotel, built in the style of the grand hotels of Europe, has personified elegance and gracious service in downtown Milwaukee. This historic gem is tailor-made for lovers during romantic weekend getaways! The one-night Romantic Retreat, starting at $272, includes chocolate truffles and champagne and a $50 credit for the Café Pfister or the Lobby Lounge. Or honeymoon in style for $255 a person with the I Do. I Do! I Do! Package offering one night’s accommodations, breakfast in bed, turndown service, a bottle of champagne and late checkout. Discover more of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in America.
Celebrate your love at this luxurious yet pastoral 1792 stone manor bed and breakfast near New Hope, Pennsylvania listed in 1000 Places to See Before You Die in the USA and Canada. Perched atop the Delaware River, rooms and cottages range from $190 to $525—all with fresh flowers and feather beds; most with whirlpool tubs. Included is a 3-course country breakfast, served in bed if you prefer! The February 12th candlelit dinner is $55 per couple, including wine and chocolate mousse. For $175, enjoy The Ultimate Romantic Getaway with sinful handmade truffles, cheese platter, and a dozen red roses. For special romantic Valentine’s Dinners no matter where you live, find out the most romantic Valentine’s Day restaurant in every state.
Costa Baja Resort
This charming 115-room resort in laidback La Paz overlooks the Sea of Cortez, which Jacques Cousteau called “the world’s aquarium.” This tranquil oasis boasts a wellness spa, golf course, state of the art marina where you can swim with whale sharks and sea lions, and six restaurants, including one named for John Steinbeck whose novella The Pearl took place in La Paz. Rooms range from $124 to $135. The Rendezvous for Two Package offers a complimentary room upgrade, welcome drinks, and spa treatment.
The Village at Squaw Valley Lodging
If skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with your sweetheart is a Valentine’s fantasy, you will find fulfillment in Lake Tahoe. Indulge in a ski-up champagne bar, climb the Aerial Tram to enjoy 360-degree views of the region, and on February 16 snowshoe under the stars with an astronomer. The Village at Squaw Valley Lodge, located slope side with access to 6,000 acres of lustrous snow-covered mountains, has a Lake Tahoe Romantic Getaway starting at $249 a night with a two-night minimum stay. Included are massages, champagne, and chocolates in the room, and outdoor hot tubs.
Legend has it that couples who kiss under Bermuda’s many moon gates will enjoy a long, happy life together. Other activities you can enjoy this Valentine’s Day include creating a signature couples’ scent at Bermuda Perfumery and visiting the subterranean Grotto Bay’s Natura Spa. A perfect home base is the adults-only hideaway Cambridge Beaches, which has four on-site beaches and an infinity pool with oceanfront cottages. Prices start at $332. Stay a minimum of 3 nights Sunday through Wednesday night and receive a 40 percent discount. Next, find out the dreamiest Valentine’s Day adventures for couples.
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