Valentine's Day Vacation Ideas

Valentine's Day Vacation Ideas

Turn up the heat in February with one of these romantic Valentine’s Day getaways By: Chelsee Lowe
The Natural Valentine’s Package from Bentwood Inn includes a romantic sleigh ride through the snow. // © 2014 The Bentwood Inn
The Natural Valentine’s Package from Bentwood Inn includes a romantic sleigh ride through the snow. // © 2014 The Bentwood Inn

Restaurant reservations, red roses and glittering gifts often come to mind when the calendar page turns to the month of February. Go beyond the typical candlelit dinner this year with one of these romantic travel packages, each one bound to sweep a significant other into the clouds.

Cuddle Up In Jackson Hole
The Natural Valentine’s Package from The Bentwood Inn is the ideal getaway for couples in love with the great outdoors. Priced at $599 per couple, the package includes two evenings in a cabin-inspired room at the inn, a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge and a guided nature hike. A four-course dinner made with local resources such as trout or bison as well as breakfast in bed are other package perks. The hike and sleigh ride may be swapped for two one-day lift tickets for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Couples that add additional nights to their stay might also take advantage of snowmobiling or dog sledding adventures.

A Sonoma Coast Retreat
For a quiet, luxurious retreat in one of California’s most beautiful landscapes, book the Valentine’s Day package from Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa. Upon arrival on Feb. 14, couples will be welcomed with roses and chocolate truffles, plus a deluxe room with a fireplace. A private three-course dinner, a 75-minute couples massage and champagne breakfasts are highlights of the deal. Prices begin at $1,150 per couple.

A Classic Getaway in West Virginia
As part of the West Virginia property’s themed Discovery Series, The Greenbrier Resort is ready to transport Valentine’s Day revelers into the past, when ballroom dancing was an expected skill and dinner jackets and ties were requisite attire for celebratory gatherings. Guests staying at the Greenbrier over Romance Weekend, Feb. 14 through Feb. 16, will attend a formal dinner with live music, brush up on their waltz and foxtrot skills with onsite dance lessons and learn how to give a proper massage at the “Massage for Your Loved One” demo. Other weekend options include a tennis clinic and a wine and chocolate tasting. Rates begin at $199 per night.

Celebrate in Hong Kong
Explore the dynamic city of Hong Kong and take in sweeping views of Victoria Harbor from a luxurious room at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. The Celebration Retreat package offers couples in-room breakfast, a welcome bottle of champagne and chocolates, room upgrade upon arrival and late check-out. Credit for award-winning restaurants on the property and The Mandarin Spa are also included. Nightly rates begin at $651 per night, and the package is available any night through Feb. 16. After Feb. 16, the package is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights only, through Dec. 31.

Weekend in the Windy City
Forget the cold weather in Chicago in February. The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, is heating things up with a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu at Aria restaurant, plus a Kama Sutra Weekender Kit featuring sweet almond massage oil, honey dust and more, delivered to guestrooms before bedtime. Options on the carefully crafted dinner menu include decadent dishes such as crab armagnac bisque with Gouda cheese and crab dumplings and a black cod truffle scallop mousse with saffron risotto and Thumbelina carrots in a Riesling butter sauce. Guests might also take advantage of the hotel’s prime location, just steps from the ice rink at Millennium Park and the shops on Michigan Avenue.

The Romantic Escape in the Heart of the City Package starts at $293 per room and includes late check-out, complimentary breakfast and valet as well as the Kama Sutra Kit. Dinner at Aria is an additional $75 per person.

Paradise in Arizona
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is known for its serene setting and grand views of Arizona’s Paradise Valley. Over Valentine’s Day weekend, the boutique resort is offering the Sweethearts’ Sanctuary package, which includes two nights in a casita with a private patio, a 60-minute couples massage at the award winning Sanctuary Spa and a Valentine’s Day dinner curated by Food Network star Beau MacMillan. The package is available Feb. 13 to Feb. 16 and starts at $1,614 per couple. 

Month of Romance at Capella Pedregal
Cupid will linger at Capella Pedregal a bit longer than expected this year, helping the Los Cabos resort carry out a full month of romantic programming for couples visiting in February. Guests can enter the Month of Romance photo contest for a chance to win a complimentary night at the resort, among other prizes, or watch a movie under the stars while snacking on s’mores next to a beach bonfire. Chocolate lovers can sign up for a chocolate fondue tutorial, while guests looking to wind down can sign up for a package at Auriga spa, where treatments are based on the lunar cycle.

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