Tips for Planning Your Own Romantic Rendezvous
roses. Forget chocolate. Flowers and candy are nice, but nothing
beats rekindled romance and time well spent with the one you
love. Try sweeping your sweetie off their feet with an unexpected
getaway this year. Whether it's a quiet weekend at a nearby
bed and breakfast, a relaxing trip for two to the spa, or a
weeklong getaway to someplace you've only been talking about
- it's the perfect gift to celebrate your love and create some
new memories while you're at it.
looking now. Many B&Bs, hotels, resorts and spas offer special
Valentine's Day packages that arrange for special touches, like
champagne at check-in or pre-made dinner reservations. Not only
do such packages help shave planning time, many will save you
money as well. Here are some ideas to get you started in your
quest to create the perfect romantic holiday:
doesn't have to mean "far away". Sometimes the most
relaxing thing to do is stay close to home. Enter bed and breakfasts.
Often overlooked as viable travel options, B&Bs offer personalized
services and home-cooked meals in a setting unique to each owner.
Smaller than a hotel and much more intimate, they're an ideal
escape from the daily upkeep of your own home.
you can take the time to try out that new restaurant that you've been
eyeing for the past few months, stroll through a visiting museum
exhibit or just kick back and relax during a weekend free of
out? Worn down? Love may be in the air, but holiday bills are
still in the mailbox. De-frazzle with the one you love by booking
a weekend at your favorite spa. Nothing says "I love you"
like the gift of rejuvenation. Try an aromatic or herbal soak
to unwind, a body polishing for baby soft skin, or a simple
pedicure before a Valentine's night on the town.
spas also offer couple's packages that cater specifically to
twosomes. Check your favorite spa to see if they offer something
similar. If not, check SpaFinder
to find destination spas all over the U.S. that will suit your
Looking for a romantic vacation where convenience and comfort go hand in hand? Where you can spend a few days without ever wandering too far? You may want to consider a resort getaway. One step up from hotels when it comes to on property services and amenities, resorts are perfect for a weekend away. Most have an onsite restaurant and spa, along with plenty of activities to keep you perfectly occupied without the need for a cab.
First, choose a destination. You can find beautiful resorts from northern Michigan to the Florida Keys. Search online for area resorts and as you view their web sites, be sure to check out specials and packages. Many resorts offer Valentine's Day promotions only advertised through web sites or travel agents.
Sometimes the best way to get in-touch with the one you love is to get out-of-touch with everyone else. Check your local newspaper for rental classified ads and find a quaint cottage in the woods or a small lake house to rent for a few quiet days. For those more in tune with nature, grab a tent, picnic basket and firewood for the ultimate in close-proximity travel.
It may be difficult, but do the unthinkable and leave your cell phone at home. Instead, pack a basket full of "necessities" from your local gourmet grocer (fresh bread, savory cheeses and a bottle of wine), a few good books to swap and discuss and, of course, a couple of warm blankets to curl up in beside a campfire.
Tired of celebrating Valentine's Day in the same old way? This year, kiss dinner reservations at crowded restaurants goodbye. Instead, why not trek Arizona's red rock region or climb Alaska's Mount Denali as a twosome, tackling adventure as a team?
For more information on how you and yours can share some serious bonding time, visit iExplore. Packed with adventurous itineraries (guides included), you can browse through travel tips and personal reviews or book space on an upcoming excursion, a perfect way to make this year a memorable one.