A getaway for Valentine’s Day is a ritual for tons of couples -- especially if Valentine’s Day falls on or around a weekend, like it does this year. (In case you’re not counting down, it’s Monday.) Unless you’re searching for a last minute deal, though, your plans are most likely already made -- and we’d love to know what they are, so leave us a comment! But we rounded up six of the most romantic destinations we know of, nonetheless. Stick a pin in this list for the next time V-Day rolls around.
- Hershey, Pennsylvania -- Yes, it’s known as “the sweetest place on Earth,” which means it definitely deserves a spot on our list. The experience of going to the city that chocolate built has to involve the sweet stuff itself, of course, so include a trip to Chocolate World, where you can take a decadent tasting tour and even chocolate-cover your own candy bar. IgoUgo member Troobabiee7 recommends the Hershey Chocolate Ride, noting: “They showed us exactly how the chocolate was made, with large tubs of milk chocolate all over the place. It smelled delicious!” Almost every hotel in the area offers some sort of romantic chocolate experience -- the historic Hotel Hershey has a chocolate spa, for instance -- so having a sweet time should be as easy as pie…er, chocolate.
- Forks, Washington -- This tiny town has become a romantic destination ever since the uber-popular Twilight books hit bookshelves and theaters. If you know a fan (or are one), the “Cullen House” is the place to book. The Miller Tree Inn has been renamed by the city, and “Esme Cullen” even leaves notes for guests. Plus, they offer Twilight-themed tours and lodging. It’s chilly in the Olympic Peninsula in February, though, so book a room with a fireplace and whirlpool tub if you can (after all, humans need warmth -- and beds)!
- Paris, France -- Paris is for lovers, so they say -- and many couples take this literally. At any given point, there’s a lot of smooching happening in the city. Best places for kisses? Go for high points like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. As for a romantic spot to stay? There’s almost too many to choose just one -- we’ve actually got 1,984 listed, so take your pick.
- Montreal, Quebec -- If Paris calls to you but a trans-Atlantic ticket is a little out of reach for a Valentine’s Day getaway, put Montreal on your shortlist instead. The French street signs, cobblestone roads, and tiny streetside cafes are as close as you can get to Paris without hopping the pond. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Montreal, says kfs1980: “The streets are loaded with small cafés and restaurants, little shops, etc.” Try one of the city’s smaller, more intimate boutique hotels too, like the Nelligan.
- San Francisco, California -- Can you leave your heart in San Francisco? Of course you can. Head to breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, explore the steep streets dotted with romantic cafes, or take a day trip to Napa Valley to explore the best wines of the region. And where to stay? Check out one of the hospitable bed-and-breakfasts in or around the city, some even within walking distance of cable cars.
- Miami, Florida -- Fans of the popular TV series Dexter know that Miami is known for its heat --and for the sexiest area around, head to South Beach. Particularly in chilly February, the weather is always nice. (This year, for example, Florida remains the one state missed by winter snowstorms!) Check out the lively nightlife with a Cuban vibe, the outdoor cafes, and popular Bayside Marketplace for food, fun, and shopping. Take a romantic cruise from the Port of Miami cruise terminal while you’re there.
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Posted by SpecialK3883 (Kelly L. Phillips)
Comment by Party Bus DC on February 8, 2011
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