If you’re looking to whisk your sweetie away on a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day but don’t want to empty your pockets, there is a variety of idyllic destinations around the country with affordable accommodations perfect for rekindling your romance.
From a retreat situated high atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific to a quaint historical town hosting a special arts festival Valentine’s Day weekend, here are 10 great spots to put the spark back in your relationship. After all, no need to go broke to show how much you truly care.
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Whether you’re a couple who enjoys history, art, music – or all of the above – LaGrange, Ga. offers a variety of fun activities for lovers. Located about an hour southwest of Atlanta, the picturesque town boasts a 26,000-acre-lake with boating, parks with hiking trails, and plenty of shopping and dining in eclectic spots in the historic downtown. The weekend before Valentine’s Day is an especially opportune time to visit LaGrange because its local Chamber of Commerce is presenting “For Love of the Arts,” a weekend-long celebration with music and visual and cultural art events.
As far as where to stay, choices include quaint hotels, cabins and bed-and-breakfasts at affordable prices. For instance, the Wingate by Wyndham LaGrange-Callaway costs $71.20 per night for a room with a king-sized bed for the weekend of Feb. 10-12 (you must book two nights for this rate).
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Blue Harbor Resort & Spa on Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, Wis., has put together the perfect package for any couple with both a love of the outdoors and a yearning to cozy up inside. The “Couple’s Ice Fishing Package,” which starts at $189, includes overnight accommodations in a newly renovated king or double-queen suite with a lake view; breakfast, a boxed lunch and dinner; and up to six hours of ice fishing, with equipment included.
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Mt. Washington Valley, N.H.
Surrounded by 660,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest, Mt. Washington Valley offers a plethora of fun-filled things to do for couples on a budget, whether your idea of romance includes hitting the slopes together or simply cuddling up by the fire. The region has 27 towns, 13 ski resorts, and more than 200 quaint shops with tax-free shopping, plus more than 50 B&Bs to choose from. The Eastman Inn Bed & Breakfast, for instance, offers single rooms with queen beds for $99 per night on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11.
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Myrtle Beach, S.C.
If you both love the ocean – even during the off-season – consider a trip to Myrtle Beach, which offers discounted rates for Valentine’s Day. Snuggle up in an ocean-view condo at Avista Resort with the “Be Mine! Valentine’s Package,” which includes champagne and chocolates upon arrival, daily breakfast, a Valentine’s dinner for two at the restaurant Just Off Main, balloons and rose petals. You can stay from Feb. 13-15 for rates starting at $137 per night for a one-bedroom with a king-size bed. If you can pry yourself away from your room, venture outside to take a dinner riverboat cruise ($40 per person) on the Intercoastal Waterway.
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One of the great things about Chicago is that it is easily accessible by air from anywhere in the country and airfare to Chicago on many discount airlines is still within reach for those on a budget. The fabulous Palmer House Hilton located in the downtown area is within three miles of most major attractions, including the Magnificent Mile, Grant and Millennium Parks, Navy Pier and Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). The hotel also offers a variety of romantic getaway packages, such as the “Romance Package,” which includes complimentary sparkling wine or cider upon arrival in-room, breakfast for two served in your room, and full use of the health club, pool and whirlpool spa (from $189 per night from Feb. 13-15). If you’re looking for an activity to do outside the hotel, check out the “Cabaret with a View” music series at Millennium Park on Feb. 13, featuring E. Faye Butler performing “My Funny Valentine.”
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Although spending time together is most people’s idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day, for those couples who prefer to spend the day apart (reuniting at night, of course), Boston’s Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro has just the right package. The small, historical boutique hotel’s “Married Too Long” package allows the lady in the couple to receive a 10%-20% discount at select shops in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, a shopping bag drop-off service from the hotel, and cocktails in front of the Bistro's fireplace. Meanwhile , the man in the couple receives a free pass to the Boston Sports Museum and a brand new universal remote upon checkout. At $399 for a one night’s stay, the package isn't the cheapest, but you can be sure the experience is not cheap either.
Of course, if you haven’t been married very long or you’re not even married yet, Boston’s Onyx Hotel’s “The Sweetest Taboo” package may be a more appropriate option. The package includes a one night’s stay in deluxe accommodations, a complimentary bottle of champagne, cookies from Boston's Chipyard Cookies and a relaxation basket with massage oil and bath salts. The package costs $321 if you stay overnight on Saturday, Feb. 11, so it's not the cheapest on the list, but Boston isn't really a cheap city to begin with.
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If you’re not into flashy, budget-busting ski resorts, check out Taos Ski Valley this Valentine’s Day. Ski the mountains by day and enjoy a traditional Bavarian fondue night at the Bavarian Restaurant and Lodge. There are several lodging specials currently being offered at Taos Ski Valley.
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If a Colorado ski vacation is more to your liking, consider staying at the Keystone Resort, where you can spend the day on the slopes, in the spa or just lounging in the lodge. If you both want to get outdoors but find the slopes a little steep for your liking, spend the day together snowshoeing or tubing and then go shopping in one of the area’s many quaint shops. Packages are affordable too, starting at $135.
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What could be more romantic than strolling along Puget Sound or taking a ferry to one of the nearby islands to shop? The Alexis Hotel is offering its “Art of Romance” package, which includes chilled champagne, truffles, a gift from the spa and breakfast for two (either in the restaurant or in room). The hotel also offers free passes to the Gauguin exhibit at the nearby Seattle Art Museum, and couples can opt to stay in one of the hotel’s suites with a fireplace.
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Dana Point, Calif.
The Pacific offers magnificent views, even in the winter, and there is no better place to enjoy those breathtaking vistas than at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, which is set high on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The hotel is offering a Valentine’s Day package (rates start at $209) that includes a bottle of house champagne and a decadent treat of warm donut holes with vanilla ice cream and crispy waffles with salty caramel ice cream. In the morning, the hotel will serve you breakfast in bed, or you can choose to eat in the hotel’s restaurant, which offers ocean views. You may also enjoy the indoor swimming pool or head to the spa for a massage or another sumptuous treatment (costs not included).
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