So you’re going to take your lover to a fancy restaurant on Valentine’s Day, eh? How original. C’mon people, let’s spice it up a bit. Let’s plan the kind of romantic getaway that will make you look like the most thoughtful person on the planet. This year Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday, so that gives you both a weekday and weekend opportunity to woo and wow your better half with one of our special Valentine’s Day getaways that will keep you out of the doghouse for months (well, for weeks at least).
GETTING COZY IN CARMEL
This has one of the best Valentine’s Day Getaway deals in the state. At the Monte Verde Inn and its sister property, Casa de Carmel (both located in the heart of Carmel), they’re offering LocalGetaways customers an exclusive Valentine’s Day special that includes two romantic nights in a Queen Deluxe room, a complimentary breakfast basket for two delivered to your door each morning, a $25 dining credit at one of Carmel’s fine restaurants, a complimentary bottle of wine from renown Chateau Julien, AND passes for two at America’s #1 Co-ed Relaxation Spa, The Refuge. And they’re offering all this for just $189 per night! This deal is going to book fast, so I highly recommend you call them today at 831/624-6046 and ask for the LocalGetaways Valentine’s Day Special.
BEACHFRONT ROMANCE IN MONTEREY
I scored HUGE points by taking my girlfriend on a seaside getaway to the uber-romantic Sanctuary Beach Resort recently, so I can pretty much guarantee you that a Valentine’s Day stay at this Monterey beachfront resort will go over quite well. This year we’ve teamed up with the resort to offer a special Valentine’s deal with rates starting from just $115 per night, which includes a muy romantico ocean-view room with large sliding doors that open onto balconies overlooking the beach. The sprawling resort is on 19 acres of secluded oceanfront tranquility and just steps away from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This exclusive offer even includes your own personal golf cart to explore the property! The offer is only available by phone and will sell out soon, so call 877/944-3863 and request the “LOCAL” promotional rate.
LOVIN’ LAKE TAHOE
The AAA Four-Diamond Resort at Squaw Creek is my all-time favorite Lake Tahoe getaway retreat, and for Valentine’s Day they’ve put together an amazing two-day package: The Ultimate Valentine’s Getaway. The package includes two night’s accommodations in a Deluxe Guestroom, Sparkles and Sweets Champagne amenity delivered upon arrival, a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride for two, two 50-minute spa treatments at Spa at Squaw Creek (the spa staff here is fantastic), dinner for two on Valentine’s evening from the special gourmet prix fixe menu in the their signature restaurant, Six Peaks Grille, and nightly turndown service. The two-night getaway starts at $999 per room and is available for the nights of February 13 and 14. For more info call 800/401-9501 and ask about Promo Code VDAYRSC.
Another option for those looking to book a romantic winter getaway to Tahoe can make a weekend of it with Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging’s Valentine’s Romance and Adventure package, featuring three nights of accommodations in the Village at Northstar, a $100 gift certificate at The Chocolate Bar, an in-room massage for two by Balance Holistic Health Spa, a Tahoe Adventure Company snowshoe trek in the mountains including lunch, and two adult lift tickets for a day of skiing or riding at Northstar California Resort. This offer starts as low as $479 per day, is based on availability, and can also be reserved by calling 877/394-5352.
FRESH OYSTERS AND A GOOD SHUCK
This is a romantic getaway of my own invention: Pack a picnic basket with chilled champagne, good bread (Acme or Grace), shallot and vinegar “mignonette” (it’s easy to make your own—give it a try), cocktail sauce, two oyster knives, a pair of plastic wine or champagne glasses, a garbage bag, and some folding chairs. Then hop in the car with your honey and head to Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm at Point Reyes National Seashore.
It doesn’t look like much—just a cluster of wooden shacks and oyster tanks surrounded by piles of oyster shells—but Drake’s is the best place to buy fresh-out-of-the-water oysters by the sack full. Ask the friendly owner give you a quick lesson on how to properly shuck them, drive down to Point Reyes Beach, set up your chairs facing the ocean, pop the cork, and let the oyster-enhanced romance-fest begin. For more info call 415/669-1149 or log onto www.drakesbayoyster.com.
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