10 Romantic and Affordable Valentine’s Day Getaways


NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Love is in the air, and for some couples that means an excuse to plan a romantic getaway. Many hotels are offering Valentine’s Day getaway packages, and we have found 10 of the most romantic and affordable from around the country:

Hotel 71, Quebec: Even if you don’t speak French, you’ll be speaking the language of love by the time you leave Old Quebec. The Lover’s Package at Hotel 71 includes one night in a suite, breakfast for two, a half bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne, a box of fine chocolates and late checkout at 2 p.m. For an additional $200, couples can enjoy a fine, three-course Italian dinner with a drink each and bottle of wine at Il Matto. Package without dinner is $280, Feb. 1-28.

Hotel Vintage Plaza, Portland, Ore.: If a wine-themed weekend is your perfect romantic getaway, the Hotel Vintage Plaza is entirely about wines, with each room named for a local winery or vineyard. Of course, the hotel also offers wine hour in the lobby. The Pinot in Portland package offers luxury accommodations, wine flights, two complimentary glasses and a bottle of wine, a map of Portland wine stops, valet parking and the complimentary wine hour. Rates on Valentine’s Day start at $279.

The Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast, Virginia Beach, Va:: If you and your lover want to step back in time, Virginia Beach is the place to be. The Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast offers a Deluxe Romantic package that includes two nights of accommodations, daily breakfast for two, dinner for two at Terrapin Restaurant, a couple’s Swedish massage, as well as roses and champagne upon check-in. The package starts at $339, added onto the regular room rate; rates vary based on room. Go Feb. 9 and attend the 1940s Hangar Dance at The Military Aviation Museum.

The Kitano, New York City: If you long for the romance of Asia but cannot afford a trip across the Pacific, The Kitano offers a respite in the middle of the excitement in New York City. The city’s only Japanese-owned hotel is presenting an exclusive Valentine’s Dinner named Hajime no Ippo, meaning the first step (into multicourse kaiseki cuisine — or romance).The $160-per-couple dinner will feature kaiseki cuisine with four types of sake, one of which is not yet sold in the U.S.The dinner is offered only on Feb. 14-15 and is limited. Room rates start at $295 per night.

Mile North, a Chicago Hotel: No other Midwestern city offers the hospitality of the Midwest combined with the excitement of a world-class urban destination such as Chicago. The Romance by the Mile package includes a split of champagne, house-made sweets, a 45-minute carriage ride, Tiffany flutes and late checkout. Rates start at $129 per night during February.

Myrtledene Bed & Breakfast, Braselton, Ga.: For couples who find sampling bourbon a classic hobby, the Myrtledene Bed & Breakfast offers the Shine & Wine package, which offers tours of local distilleries. There are also local wines available. Before heading out to the lookout, where you can watch the sunset and see more than 100 square miles, there are couple’s massage to be enjoyed — but they’re not part of the packages, which begin at $179 for one night.

Château Élan Winery & Resort, Braselton, Ga.: If you’re in the South but still would like to have a European experience getaway, try Château Élan, some 40 miles north of Atlanta. One night at the inn includes a single red rose on the pillow at turndown, dinner for two in Versailles or Café Elan and breakfast for two in Versailles. Packages start at $319. For an additional $359 to $449, get the Scent of Love package in the spa from Feb. 15-16.

Woodstock Inn, Independence, Mo.: Many people don’t realize that the native city of Harry S. Truman is within Greater Kansas, putting visitors near all the region has to offer. If you and your loved one are history buffs, you can take a tour of the presidential library, then go downtown to Kansas City, Mo., to tour the National World War I Museum and see the architecture of Union Station, where the majority of soldiers during World War II caught trains to their posts. An overnight stay at the inn includes a beautifully appointed king-sized bed and a private luxury bath with whirlpool tub (Italian and French Riviera Suites), a dozen long-stemmed red roses arranged in a vase, a box of luxury chocolates and a bottle of sparkling beverage. Rates start at $180. Add a couple’s massage for an additional $150.

Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, N.M.: Heading out west wouldn’t be a romantic adventure without visiting Santa Fe. The Inn and Spa at Loretto is offering the 50 Shades of Santa Fe package, which includes accommodations for two, a $50 hotel credit for spa, restaurant or lounge and a list of 50 romantic things to do in the city. The Inn is in the heart of Santa Fe, steps from the Canyon Road galleries and just one block from historic Santa Fe Plaza’s galleries, museums and boutiques. Package starts at $178.

The U.S. Grant, San Diego: If a playful, seaside getaway is more to your liking, The U.S. Grant is offering the Sweethearts Night In package, which includes an in-room movie credit and an in-room build-your-own sundae bar complete with two house-made ice creams and assorted toppings such as sprinkles, vanilla whipped cream, Grand Marnier berries and the hotel’s signature toffee. Of course, during the day, there is always the 72-degree average year-round temperature to enjoy. Prices start at $229.

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