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Valentine’s Gift of Travel: 10 Romantic Adventures for Lovers

February 10, 2017

 

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What could be more romantic than experiencing the Northern Lights in Iceland together? Big Chill Adventures offers that trip (photo by Mindy Cambiar)

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many have romance on the mind. If you are looking to rekindle old flames or charm your significant other with something extraordinary, consider these romantic retreats. From “glamping” in Wyoming to touring France by bike, here are 10 adventures that will make capture your hearts. Consider gifting the romantic trip for a future date, with so much to look forward to.

Bike Across France – Ride & Seek has introduced a romantic cycling tour in the Provence region of France highlighting some of the most beautiful villages as ordained by the group Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Guests will visit a number of classic destinations such as St Remy de Provence and the Vaucluse. From Venasque to Les Alpilles to Glanum, this is a dreamy tour of Provence.

Rocky Mountain Glamping – Hike, ride horses, fly fish, snowmobile, x-country ski, and play cowboy at the 25,000 acre Red Reflet Ranch in Wyoming. The ranch is both working ranch and luxury resort.  Gourmet dining offers ingredients from the ranch’s butcher shop, organic greenhouse and gardens.  From cattle drives to branding, the true western lifestyle thrives at Red Reflet.

Robinson Caruso Island Retreat – Retreat to the mystical Chilean island where marooned explorer Robinson Crusoe once lived. Hear the legends of pirates and treasure as you hike through deep forested ravines, cascading streams, and along jagged coastlines in this World Heritage Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy active excursions such as snorkeling, hiking, diving, horseback riding, and fishing, by day. Return to the comfort of your Robinson Crusoe Island resort by night.

New Zealand Food & Wine Adventure – On this exclusive luxury food and wine tour hosted by Frontiers International Travel President, Mike Fitzgerald, guests will experience New Zealand’s charming mixture of refined lifestyle and adventure. Discerning travelers will visit some of the most scenic coastal and inland areas of New Zealand, while enjoying a variety of outdoor activities, fine dining, and world-class wine.

Trek with Gorillas in Rwanda – Encounter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world on a Gondwana EcoTours trek into the lush forests of Rwanda. Intrepid travelers will also track chimpanzees and the golden monkey, and likely come across elephants and African buffalo.

Escape to Romantic St. Petersburg – Forget Paris or Rome. Join MIR Corporation in St. Petersburg where you and your lover can peruse Fabergé eggs, attend world-class ballet and opera performances, walk the halls of luxurious palaces of the czars, and stand before “The Dance,” a joyous painting by Henri Matisse.

Après-Ski Retreat in Montana – Rent a luxurious cabin at the Moonlight Basin community in Big Sky, Montana and find active pursuits paired with food and drinks. Ski beautiful terrain that isn’t open to the public, sample hors d’oeuvres and après-ski drinks by a campfire, snowshoe to the clubhouse by starlight, and then sit down for an exquisite wine-paired dinner.

Wine Cruise on the Douro River –  On this romantic cruise with Adventure Life, guests will visit a fairytale castle from Portugal’s Romantic period, dine with breathtaking views from a 14th century monastery, take in art from the 12th century to modern times, and taste plenty of wine – including at a family-run estate and a terraced vineyard.

See the Northern Lights in Iceland – Big Chill Adventures offers an opportunity to explore the southern part of Iceland, known for its glaciers, icebergs and black sand beaches. Highlights include dogsledding, trekking glaciers, snowmobiling, spelunking, and soaking in geothermal hot springs.

Discover the Silk Road and Tibet – Explore the Tibetan Plateau on a splendid circular route that embraces the sacred cities of Tsetang, Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. Ride the high-altitude train from Lhasa down to Lanzhou, and onto Western China and the Kashgar Animal Market. Along the way, visit Dunhuang’s UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves and Turpan’s lush Grape Valley.

 

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Feel the Love Throughout New York City This Valentine’s Day Weekend

February 10, 2016
Love fills the air throughout New York City through Valentine's Day weekend © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

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Feel the love in New York City this Valentine’s Day. Throughout Valentine’s Day weekend, the City’s five boroughs will be filled with activities and events where residents and visitors can find their true love or cherish time with their loved ones.

“New York City is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable and romantic Valentine’s Day getaway,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “From a date night under the stars of the Hayden Planetarium to romantic nature walks and chocolate tastings at Wave Hill in the Bronx, the heart of the five boroughs can be felt throughout the City.”

At the crossroads of the world in Times Square, celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Heart of Hearts public art installation. The display features 12 golden mirrored hearts that create a kaleidoscopic effect, reflecting the fast pace action of Times Square. Those looking for the perfect spot to renew their vows can join hundreds of locals and visitors at Duffy Square for a vow renewal ceremony. When the sun goes down, a special midnight moment by artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss will span across Times Square’s billboards for three minutes before midnight every night in February, presented in partnership with the Guggenheim Museum. (timessquarenyc.org).

Theatergoers who are in town during Valentine’s Day weekend can take advantage of 2-for-1 tickets to some of New York City’s best shows during Off-Broadway Week. Featuring more than 30 productions, Off-Broadway Week makes seeing a production more accessible and affordable. To purchase tickets, visit nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek.

Other Valentine’s Day events and activities taking place throughout the City include:

American Museum of Natural History: The stars of the Hayden Planetarium will illuminate on Valentine’s Day evening with a special Romance Under the Stars event. The museum invites couples for this unique date night, complete with an open bar cocktail hour, champagne, chocolates, hors d’oeuvres and music by the Josh Rutner Quartet, followed by romance storytelling under the stars of the Planetarium. To purchase tickets, visit amnh.org.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts: Kids can create their own special valentine with arts and crafts on Saturday, February 13. There will be activities throughout the afternoon and plenty of fun for the entire family (bronxmuseum.org).

Brooklyn Museum: In celebration of Valentine’s Day, take the free Love and Lust in American Art tour, which includes a stop at the American Identities installation and the exciting Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland exhibition (brooklynmuseum.org).

Bronx Zoo: On Valentine’s Day, the Bronx Zoo’s Name a Roach event will crawl back to life. Visitors can keep an eye out for more information about this year’s event at bronxzoo.com.

Brookfield Place: Purchase gifts for a special someone at Dry Bar, Cos Bar and many other fine shops at the new Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan. When done shopping, take a romantic walk beneath the 650 color-changing lanterns in the Winter Garden atrium as part of the Luminaries lighting display, which has been extended through Monday, February 29. (artsbrookfield.com).

Carnegie Hall: Mitsuko Uchida will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano as they charm the audience with beautiful melodies of Mozart this Valentine’s Day. The blend of the heroic and humane makes Piano Concerto No. 25 one of Mozart’s most popular, and the andante movement’s tenderness will fill your heart with love. To purchase tickets, visit carnegiehall.org.

Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival: This Valentine’s Day, celebrate at Central Park Conservancy’s Fifth Annual Ice Festival in Naumburg Bandshell. The event includes ice carving, a photo booth, a Central Park trivia contest, sweet treats and, as night falls, a 1980s-themed silent disco with DJs and more. For information on this free event, visit centralparknyc.org.

Cupid’s Chase 5K New York: Community Options, Inc., will hold its Annual Cupid’s Chase 5K Run on Saturday, February 13, kicking off at 10am in the West Village. The race will take place at Hudson River Park’s Charles Street Pier (enter at Christopher Street). To register, go to comop.org.

Empire State Building: The world famous Empire State Building will host 14 lucky pre-selected couples on Valentine’s Day as they say “I Do” on the 86th floor observation deck. At night, the spectacular heartbeat light show illuminates the building with shades of red, pink and white. Visit esbnyc.com for more information.

Gotham Archery: Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow like Cupid at Brooklyn’s Gotham Archery during Valentine’s Day weekend. After a brief intro class, archers can test their skills on one of the 30 shooting lanes and enjoy some friendly competition. To book a class, visit got-archery.com.

Historic Richmond Town: Take a step back in time, tour village homes from the 1690s to 1860s and see images of valentines from the General Store’s collection at Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town on Saturday, February 6. Participate in the Victorian Valentine Workshop, where guests will learn about Victorian scraps, paper lace and decoupage to create their own valentine (historicrichmondtown.org).

Hornblower New York Cruises: This Valentine’s Day, sail aboard a love boat with one of several Hornblower New York cruises. From a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise to a two-hour happy hour mixer aboard the Aboard Alive After Five cruise, a cruise around the City’s skyline makes for an unforgettable evening. To book, visit hornblowernewyork.com.

Jazz at Lincoln Center: The sound of jazz will fill the air as Jazz at Lincoln Center offers three musical jazz performances through Valentine’s Day weekend. A regular at Jazz at Lincoln Center, singer Cécile McLorin Salvant will put on a Valentine’s Day–inspired performance that will have you feeling the love. Monty Alexander & Friends: Sinatra at 100 will treat you to jazz hits that will satisfy both nostalgic and contemporary tastes. In addition, jazz pianist and singer Freddy Cole will share Songs for Lovers, a great way to end a date night. To purchase tickets, visit jazz.org.

Love Sculpture: While exploring the sights of Midtown Manhattan, take a photo in front of the Love Sculpture. Originally designed by American artist Robert Indiana as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art, the sculpture sits on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 55th Street and is the perfect backdrop for a Valentine’s Day photo. For those looking for hope in the new year, not too far away is the Hope Sculpture on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 53rd Street.

Museum Hack: Couples can join Museum Hack for a private tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a guide will reveal stories of love, relationships, fertility and ancient longing. Book a tour at museumhack.com.

Museum of the Moving Image: The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens will be screening several films throughout the day including Inside Out and Burden of Dreams. Families can also check out the family workshop and learn what goes into designing their favorite characters. For screening schedules, visit movingimage.us.

National Lighthouse Museum: All lighthouse lovers are invited to Staten Island on Saturday, February 6, for a beautiful evening of Valentine cabaret. Special signature drinks, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment are all part of a night to remember. To register, go to lighthousemuseum.org.

New York Botanical Garden: Between chocolate tastings and exploring the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, visitors to the Bronx are in for an immersive treat on Valentine’s Day. Walk through beautiful tropical rain forests of the conservatory, have a special love poem written and listen to music under the palm dome. Champagne, beer and wine will also be available for purchase (nybg.org).

New York Public Library: On Thursday, February 11, the New York Public Library will present Shakespeare, Love and Spring at Lincoln Center. This free performance is on a first come, first serve basis and features skits and songs of women in love, doomed love and universal love (nypl.org).

NYC Candy Stores: Sweeten your visit to New York with gifts from around the City. At M&M’s World Times Square, create customized M&M’s candies with your own image and personal message for special someone. Also stock up on jelly beans, gummies, chocolates and apparel at Dylan’s Candy Bar in Manhattan. Voilà Chocolat invites chocolate lovers to dip their own chocolate-covered strawberries, top off their own artisanal truffles and create personalized chocolate bars with love messages on Valentine’s Day weekend.

On Location Tours’ Romantic Movie Moments Tour: On the Romantic Movie Moments Tour, a local New York City actor will bring to life some of the most alluring movie locations featured on the big screen, including the bookstore where Harry and Sally met in When Harry Met Sally. To book a tour, go to onlocationtours.com.

One World Observatory: With breathtaking 360-degree views, One World Observatory, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, can be the perfect place for a memorable night. The Date Night package includes admission for two, two glasses of prosecco and chocolate truffles. To purchase tickets, visit oneworldobservatory.com or call 800-416-7192.

Queens Botanical Garden: For an unusual yet fun Valentine’s Day weekend event, the Queens Botanical Garden invites bird lovers to their 19th Annual Bird Counting Event. The event will include a nature walk, scavenger hunt and bird spotting along the way. To register for this free event, visit queensbotanical.org.

Rainbow Room: Atop Rockefeller Center, the beautiful Rainbow Room will be open for brunch and dinner, with live music from Vince Giorando & The Nighthawks and Nightingale Jazz Band, throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. Gigacup oysters, truffled boulangere potatoes and roasted salsify are just some of the delicious offerings to be found. To book a table, go to rainbowroom.com.

Staten Island Museum: Painter Sarah Yuster will share insights into her dreamy and romantic works of art depicting the lush landscapes and streets of Staten Island at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor on Saturday, February 13; wine will be served. To register, visit statenislandmuseum.org.

St. George Theatre: On Saturday, February 13, the St. George Theatre in Staten Island will host its exclusive Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Crime and Pun-ishment. Couples are invited to wear their best pin-striped suits and flapper dresses as a pair of undercover feds and jilted lovers make an appearance at this fun speakeasy. Book a table at stgeorgetheatre.com.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center: For those ready to pop the question, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is offering three VIP packages as part of its Engagement on Ice program. All packages include exclusive ice time and a celebratory romantic glide as the crowd cheers. Couples can also choose their favorite song to play and enjoy a celebratory champagne toast for an unforgettable proposal. For more information, visit the rinkatrockcenter.com.

Top of the Rock: As part of the 2016 Winter Starlight Music Series, Top of the Rock Observation Deck will host a special Valentine’s Day concert with a live performance from Joelle and the Pinehurst Trio. Guests will be immersed in 360-degree views of the City as they enjoy food and beverage available for purchase from The Sea Grill. To purchase tickets, visit topoftherocknyc.com; concert is free with price of admission.

Wave Hill: The intimate winter gardens of Wave Hill in the Bronx are a perfect backdrop for spending time with someone you love on Valentine’s Day. Adults can enjoy a decadent chocolate and wine tasting, where they can learn about how the chocolates were made from a premier chocolate maker. Families can enjoy a nature walk through the gardens, spot heart-shaped leaves and create a special keepsake to take home (wavehill.org).

Your Love, Our Musical: Located in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, the Littlefield venue will host Your Love, Our Musical on Valentine’s Day, where comedians Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman will interview a real couple and create an improvised musical about the couple’s love story. Tickets to this fun celebration of love can be purchased online at littlefieldnyc.com.

In addition to these events, there are several Valentine’s Day and romantic-themed hotel packages throughout the City:

Hotel Packages 

Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island: For a quiet getaway that is close to all the action, the Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island have several offerings as part of their “Eat. Stay. Love” package during Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy a three-course dinner at Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret or a lavish gourmet brunch buffet, complete with romantic piano music. Overnight accommodations are also available and includes in-room champagne and a breakfast buffet. For reservations, go to lorenzodining.com or call 718-477-2400.

Loews Regency New York: For the perfect girls’ night, the Loews Regency New York on the Upper East Side is offering a Girls’ Night In package, complete with a $200 food and beverage credit, monogrammed bathrobes and slippers, an in-room movie and accommodations in a grand or luxury suite. Spa treatments at the Julien Farel Salon are also available for an additional cost. To book the package, visit loewshotels.com or call 212-759-4100.

The Marmara Park Avenue: One of Manhattan’s newest hotels, the Marmara Park Avenue invites couples to book their Suite Hearts package on Valentine’s Day weekend. The package includes a drink at the OneOne-Four Bar & Lounge, a carriage ride around Central Park, a special hammam treatment for two in the authentic Turkish hammam and complementary early check in and late check out. To book, visit park.marmaranyc.com or call 212-603-9000.

The New York EDITION: Celebrate the month of love in style with the New York EDITION’s Suite Surrender package, which includes overnight accommodations, a premium bottle of rosé, a white rose petal turndown service and room service breakfast for two. To book a room, visit editionhotels.com/new-york or call 212-413-4200.

Peninsula New York: Romance is in the air during Valentine’s Day weekend at The Peninsula New York. The hotel’s Lucky in Love package includes accommodations in a deluxe king room, one dozen roses, a bottle of champagne and daily breakfast or brunch for two. Upon arrival, guests will receive a red envelope that could contain a complimentary upgrade to a suite, free dessert, a champagne toast at the rooftop bar and lounge and more. Go to newyork.peninsula.com or call 212-956-2888 to learn more.

Royalton New York: Couples can warm up by the fireplace and book a special Royalton Fireplace hotel package. The package features a choice of scented fireplace wood including oak, pecan, maple, hickory apple or limited-edition Burn Baby Burn Cherry Wood in the room’s fireplace. In addition, couples can enjoy cherry-chipotle braised short rib, a specially made cocktail named “My Cherry Amore,” a selection of desserts and more. To book, visit royaltonhotel.com or call 212-869-4400.

Sheraton New York Times Square: For the ultimate and memorable New York luxury experience, book a Penthouse Escape Package at the Sheraton New York Times Square. Relax in their two-level, 3,500 square-foot Penthouse Suite on the 45th floor overlooking Times Square and Central Park, complete with bottomless premium wine tastings, an in-suite gourmet cooking session and more. To book, visit sheratonnewyork.com or call 212-581-1000.

The Westin New York Grand Central: Just a short stroll from Bryant Park in Manhattan, the Westin New York Grand Central is offering a romantic getaway for couples with their Presidential Suite package. The package includes a split of prosecco, a personal guided Manhattan run, late checkout and accommodations in the 1,035-square-foot Presidential Suite on the 40th floor, complete with sweeping views of the skyline and a Jacuzzi tub. To reserve, call 212-490-8900 or visitwestinnewyorkgrandcentral.com and enter code PRSPKG.

For other great Valentine’s Day weekend events, visit nycgo.com/valentinesday.

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Booking a Romantic Biking Adventure Shows You Care for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2016
A romantic biking/boat trip through the Greek Islands with BikeTours © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

A romantic biking/boat trip through the Greek Islands with BikeTours © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate the love in your life by booking a romantic adventure for two.

From leisurely cycling on romantic country roads to wine tastings in charming vineyards to slow strolls exploring a new city, there are many ways to embrace adventure with the one you love.

“A romantic trip or honeymoon doesn’t have to mean sitting in a beach lounger all day,” says Vice President of BikeTours.com, Natalie Cook. “Explorer-type couples look beyond the all-inclusive to active vacations that immerse them in the culture and beauty of a destination.

Leisurely cycling, plenty of scenic selfie-opps, and plenty of off-bike time to relax and relish the day — these are the experiences that make memories for a lifetime.”

BikeTours.com highlights its top suggestions (and some limited-time special offers) for dreamy escapes with your significant other.

Tuscan Wine Classic: Popular for honeymooners, this tour features charming inns, incredible landscapes, candlelit dinners, visits to vineyards and breathtaking scenery. Learn more.

Bali Paradise Ride: With its verdant rice paddies, white-sand beaches, ancient temples, and colorful culture, Bali is a place where every day is a celebration and where love and family are heralded above all else. Learn more.

The Aeolian Islands by Bike and Boat: Cycle among the charming islands in Sicily by day and sleep on a romantic Turkish gulet by night. This tour features delicious dinners with wine on deck each evening and beautiful Italian islands perfect for exploring on two wheels. Learn more.

Atlantic West Coast and Sintra: Portugal’s bluebird skies, charming inns, gorgeous coastlines, and sunny disposition all make for a perfect week of wine, romance, and adventure. Learn more.

Connemara Lazy Days: This is a relaxing and enjoyable cycling trip that leaves plenty of time for picnic lunches, a visit to the romantic and storied Kylemore Abbey, walks on the beach, and more.

PLUS! All bookings made in February for any date in 2016 will get a free bottle of bubbly on arrival! Learn more.

Castles and Wine of Portugal: Charming hotels, beautiful castles, and delicious wine make this tour a real treat.

Plus! For all tours booked in February 2016, they’ll throw in a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride in Évora for free!

Treasures of the Donegal Coast (Ireland): Peaceful, hidden beaches, charming Irish pubs and restaurants, vibrant traditional music – this tour along the coast offers relaxation, culture, and adventure.

Mosel Bike Path (Germany): This popular tour offers a leisurely ride along a popular wine route.

Plus! Add a special wine tasting (6 wines) in Trittenheim for €15 per person.

The Cotswolds and Stonehenge (England): Experience Shakespeare, country charm, and loads of romance bottled up in a 9-night self-guided tour perfect for a romantic holiday.

Prague to Venice (Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Italy): A 21-night self-guided tour along a romantic route, featuring beautiful landmarks of UNESCO heritage and some of the most charming cities in Europe.

Bruges and the Belgian Coast (Belgium): Experience this country’s culture, nature, and history on this 7-night self-guided tour full of romance and charm.

Hudson Valley National Heritage Area: Explore the Hudson Valley’s romantic country roads, award-winning wineries, historic inns, and lovely scenic vistas, all great recipes for romance in New England. Learn more.

BikeTours serves as a central resource for bicycle tours worldwide, representing 125 tour companies with over 500 tours in 71 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas (the newest program is in Namibia).

Bike Tours, 1222 Tremont St., Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN 37405, 877-462-2423, 423-756-8907, info@biketours.com, www.biketours.com.

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Historic Hotels of America™ New Romance Super Site is Source for Getaways, Weddings, Celebrations

February 13, 2015
Jekyll Island Club, Georgia, a member of Historic Hotels of America which has just launched a super site dedicated to romance © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Jekyll Island Club, Georgia, a member of Historic Hotels of America which has just launched a super site dedicated to romance © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

WASHINGTON, DC- Looking for a weekend getaway or a romantic vacation or a destination wedding? HistoricHotels.org/Romance is your source for romance inspired travel and heartfelt ideas. Use Historic Hotels of America as your guide to plan a luxury retreat, a garden wedding, or a romantic night out on the town. From romantic escapes to reunions, weddings to honeymoons and of course, anniversaries, Historic Hotels of America turns romantic celebrations into life’s most cherished moments. With over 260 historic hotels, inns, and resorts, Historic Hotels of America is home to the largest collection of romantic hotels. When history meets romance, nothing can be sweeter.

Historic Hotels of America has launched its all new romantic escapes e-guide, featuring more than 150 pages of new and expanded content highlighting its most romantic historic hotels, more content and destinations continue to be added. From romantic getaways to reunions, weddings to honeymoons and anniversaries, the new HistoricHotels.org/Romance puts romantic historic hotels and destinations in the spotlight, turning romantic celebrations into life’s most cherished moments. HistoricHotels.org/Romance has a number of inspirational sections for travelers to peruse the site’s many romantic escapes, including:

Romantic getaways. Historic Hotels of America has romantic inns, hotels, and resorts that blend history, luxury, and location into the ultimate destination, perfect for weekend getaways or vacation stays. Home to one of the world’s largest free-span dome, the West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) in French Lick, Indiana is an architectural wonder and just one of many marvels that will take your beloved’s breath away during your stay. This hotel has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark French Lick Springs Hotel (1845), also located within French Lick Resort boasts a spa that offers the best in tranquility, the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing treatment with your loved one. Travelers can select from more than 30 romantic hotels in the upper Midwest.

Grand Hotel (1887) on Mackinac Island, Michigan is the ideal location for a couple to steal away for a romantic getaway. In addition to the hotel’s five-course dinner served in the Main Dining Room, the Woods Restaurant, an opulent Tudor mansion accessible only by horse-drawn carriage, nestled in the wooded interior of Mackinac Island.

Weddings. Ambiance, architecture and history blend to create a storybook wedding. In Paso Robles, California where orange rays streak through lush gardens, your wedding photos will be works of art thanks to the Paso Robles Inn’s (1891) breathtaking gardens. With a number of outdoor wedding venues to choose from, couples can exchange their vows next to a babbling brook, then dance the night away at a fireside patio reception. Select from more than 19 romantic hotels in California.

Eureka Spring, Arkansas is often known as “The Wedding Capital of The South.” The 1886 Crescent Hotel’s (1886) picturesque location atop West Mountain and its proximity to Thorncrown Chapel make the hotel one of the most photographed wedding ceremony and reception sites in the contiguous six-state region.

Honeymoons. Create the honeymoon experience of your dreams and sweep your new bride or groom off their feet. Historic hotels are the perfect backdrop to set off on your newlywed celebration. The Caribe Hilton San Juan (1949) is the perfect locale for your romantic honeymoon with tranquil waves lapping at the shore of the secluded beach and seductive trade winds swaying into exotic gardens. Guests will come to understand why this AAA Four Diamond award-winning San Juan beach resort is the perfect backdrop for a honeymoon, or select from four romantic hotels in Puerto Rico.

As Waikiki’s only true destination resort, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Honolulu (1955) has everything newlyweds will need for the most romantic honeymoon including breathtaking beaches, luxurious accommodations, fine dining, scenic views, and fun activities. Or select from the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (1901), the first lady of Waikiki, or The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) the pink palace of the Pacific.

Celebrations. Take time to celebrate life’s special moments. From engagement parties, anniversary getaways and life’s other important celebrations, Historic Hotels of America has just the right setting to commemorate your important milestone. The Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928) in Baltimore, Maryland is the ideal setting for an engagement party, bridal shower, or anniversary party. With a great city-center setting, The Lord Baltimore is the perfect location for all of your out-of-town guests with attractions and shops mere steps away. The French Kitchen sits at the top of the lobby’s grand staircase in the historic mirrored Versailles Room, and focuses on market-driven interpretations of classic French bistro fare, perfect for your special party or event. Travelers can also select from over 28 romantic hotels in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia region.

Reunions. Family history is born out of love and strengthened when those roots are cherished. For this reason, historical, romantic settings lend way for great family reunion inspiration. One of America’s most scenic routes, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the perfect setting for romantic drives and family adventure. Winding through North Carolina, this scenic highway boasts hazy mountains and colorful woodlands, idyllic for a family reunion getaway. The Green Park Inn (1891) in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is a reunion favorite with generations of history peaking in the High Country mountains. Choose from over 12 hotels in the Carolinas.

“This is a year-round campaign launching in time for Valentine’s Day. Romance is not just one day a year, it is year-round at our historic hotels,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “Love stories are breathless moments that stand the test of time. Write your next chapter at one of the many Historic Hotels of America, where ambiance, architecture, and history blend to create timeless romance. Historic Hotels of America is the largest collection of the most romantic hotels anywhere. Whether you’re courting, celebrating, rekindling, or reminiscing, we have the romantic escape for you.”

From booking a romantic getaway with your stunning sweetheart or planning the next family reunion, take a look on HistoricHotels.org/Romance where Every Day is Valentine’s Day at Historic Hotels of America.

Historic Hotels of America® is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Founded in 1989 with 32 charter members, today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties.  More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, visit HistoricHotels.org.

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Andaz San Diego Offers Sweet, Stylish, Sensual Valentine’s Day Getaway

February 3, 2015
Although best known for its sophisticated, edgy vibe, Andaz San Diego  in the Gaslamp Quarter, is offering a sensual ‘Love Goes Around’ Package this Valentine’s Day.

Although best known for its sophisticated, edgy vibe, Andaz San Diego in the Gaslamp Quarter, is offering a sensual ‘Love Goes Around’ Package this Valentine’s Day.

Although best known for its sophisticated, edgy vibe, Andaz San Diego also has a sensual side. Modern romantics will find that a couple’s Valentine’s Day getaway serves up plenty of romance in signature Andaz style. This year the day of love also falls on the President’s Day holiday weekend so there’s one more day to relax and celebrate.

The hotel’s “Love Goes Around” romance package will help fan the flames of love this Valentine’s Day. After checking in to one of the hotel’s ultra-modern guestrooms, couples will enjoy:

  • An in-room bottle of sparkling wine;
  • Access to RoofTop600 where couples can mix and mingle before hanging up the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign for the night;
  • For the morning after, guests can spend the day relaxing under the sheets or poolside with a 2 p.m. late check-out; and
  • To add to the fun, this package also features a special “Cookies and Dream” amenity, which includes homemade biscotti and fresh strawberry jam.

Sweet Dreams: The ultimate romantic getaway at Andaz San Diego begins with one of its signature guest rooms featuring custom fixtures, flat-panel televisions and generously sized, glass-enclosed bathrooms. Couples will enjoy contemporary comfort with a balance of modern and classic style throughout their love-nest. Guests can also gift themselves with an upgrade to one of Andaz’s luxury suites including the Andaz Star Suite, Cabana Suite and Sweet Suite.

Toast: Before dinner, couples can cozy up at the ultra-chic Andaz Wine Bar and toast their union. Guests can choose from 88 wines by the glass poured from an innovative Wine Station system. A selection of cheese plates and gourmet appetizers are available to complement the experience.   

Indulge: Andaz San Diego’s RoofTop600 is the perfect place for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy stylish signature cocktails poolside during the day or by the firepit at night as couples snuggle beneath the stars and enjoy breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline. For a more intimate setting, guests can cozy up in the comfort of their own room and enjoy in-room dining catered to their personal preferences. After dinner, couples can head back to RoofTop600 to experience one of San Diego’s premiere nightlife destinations.

For current prices, call the reservations desk at 619-849-1234.

Andaz San Diego is an urban escape known for friendly and uncomplicated service, sophisticated design and unpretentious style. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the cornerstone of the property is a 159 room hotel with 17 suites, each with luxurious bedding, custom fixtures, and local bath amenities. Guests enjoy complimentary welcome beverages while being checked in via iPads® as well as complimentary amenities such as wireless Internet, select non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, 24-hour gym, and wine tasting in the lounge each evening from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Andaz San Diego offers guests the Andaz Wine Bar and RoofTop600, a sultry rooftop bar and restaurant with stunning skyline views, lounge pool, and private cabanas. Live DJs from 9 pm – 1:30 am and bottle service set the tone for Friday and Saturday at RoofTop600 when it transforms into one of the premier ultra-lounges in San Diego. Additional amenities include 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space.

For more information about Andaz San Diego, visit www.andazsandiego.com or call 619-849-1234. Socialize with Andaz San Diego on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram at @AndazSanDiego.

 

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In Time for Valentine’s Day, Bicycle Adventures Shares List of Most Romantic Lodges on Two-Wheel Escapes

February 3, 2015
Bicycle Adventures is sharing its short list of the most romantic lodges guests can enjoy on a two-wheeled vacation, even after Valentine's Day has come and gone.

Bicycle Adventures is sharing its short list of the most romantic lodges guests can enjoy on a two-wheeled vacation, even after Valentine’s Day has come and gone.

Issaquah, WA– To mark Valentine’s Day, Bicycle Adventures, a Pacific Northwest-based active travel company specializing in two-wheel tours in North America, Hawaii (the Big Island) and internationally, has shared its short list of what its staff consider are the most romantic lodges guests can enjoy on a two-wheeled vacation, even after Feb. 14 has come and gone.

“Most of our cycling vacationers are couples seeking a mix of road miles through gorgeous scenery, good food, wine and, ideally, romantic accommodations,” said Todd Starnes, Bicycle Adventures’ Owner and President. “In other words, day-by-day, minute-to-minute quality of life counts.”

“Whether you opt for an active week exploring the countryside with Bicycle Adventures (http://bicycleadventures.com/) or you seek a cozy weekend retreat on your own, here’s a list of our very favorite inns and lodges where romance reigns.”

Two San Juan Islands resorts were featured by Fox news in its “10 Romantic Getaways in Washington State”. Bicycle Adventures uses both on three different itineraries. Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes is located between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. Here guests enjoy the experience of lakeside views from the property’s lodge. Outlook Inn offers an experience of Orcas Island culture including watching the rising and falling tides. The following trips utilize these classics: San Juan Islands 4 Day, San Juan Islands 6 Day and San Juan Islands & Victoria.

At Moraine Lake Lodge on Moraine Lake in the Rocky Mountains, a naturalist guide tempts guests to hike if he/she can get the guests up from the Adirondack chairs they’ve settled into with a glass of wine to toast the glaciers. Luxury Travel Magazine hailed it as ‘the ultimate romantic getaway’ and Bicycle Adventures’ guests rave about it in trip reviews of the following trips: Banff-Jasper 6 Day and Glacier-Banff-Jasper (8 days).

Casa de San Pedro in southern Arizona is said to be “The Most Romantic Inn in Arizona” from its perch on 10 acres adjacent to the San Pedro River and Riparian National Conservation Area. Over 355 species of birds and hundreds of butterflies call this place home. Adobe, cacti and the history of the Old West make this a place to be remembered on Bicycle Adventure’s Cactus Classic.

“The Most Romantic Getaway” in Central Oregon (according to Bend Living) is Five Pine Lodge. This was also named one of the top five hotels in the US by TripAdvisor in 2014.  Surrounded by the Three Sisters and a thriving craft brew culture, there’s plenty of added value on Bicycle Adventure’s Bend Breakaway.

For more information on these inns and associated trips contact the romantics at Bicycle Adventures by phone: 800.443.6060, email: office@bicycleadventures.com or visit online at: http://bicycleadventures.com/.

Bicycle Adventures

Scenic byways, four and five-star accommodations and local dining and visits to National Parks are trademarks of Bicycle Adventures, founded in 1984.  Types of tours include Classic (25-50 miles a day), Classic Plus (50-60 miles a day) and Epic (70+ miles a day with the most demanding terrain). Value-driven Frugal category of trips offers budget-conscious lodging and meals with full van support; Family tours offer multi-sport adventures and riding on safe, scenic bike paths.

Pre-set and custom tours embrace the Pacific Northwest into Canada, California and the Southwest, as well as Colorado, the Dakotas, New York, Hawaii, New Zealand, Spain’s Basque region and Taiwan. Excelling in its own backyard the Issaquah, WA-based company’s line-up includes a National Geographic ‘Tours of a Lifetime’ award-winning Empire Epic cycling tour from Washington to Montana’s Glacier National Park, urban adventures in Seattle and Portland and immersions into the craft beer industry in Oregon and Washington.

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‘Miami Vices’ Couples Getaway Pulsates with ’80s Soundtrack at Mayfair Hotel Miami

February 9, 2014
Mayfair Hotel & Spa Miami

Mayfair Hotel & Spa Miami

The Mayfair Hotel & Spa Miami celebrates its shared 30th birthday with Miami Vice, which filmed at the hotel, by orchestrating sizzling new packages for Miami Romance Month, featuring a soundtrack based on the 1980s hit songs from the TV show, designed to score the perfect lovers’ getaway.

“The Mayfair’s new collection of romantic escapes showcases Miami Vice’s groundbreaking use of pop music, it was the first TV program to broadcast in stereo and to feature current hit songs in every episode,” said the hotel’s General Manager Axel Gasser. “In 1984, both the Mayfair Hotel and Miami Vice debuted and became legendary Miami icons, along with the musical hits from Miami’s most decadent decade.”

While other programs traditionally used made-for-TV music, the producers of Miami Vice were the first to insist on using original music, spending $10,000 or more per episode to buy the rights to hit songs by contemporary artists. Having a new single played on Miami Vice was a boost to musicians and to record companies, and sparked a groundbreaking new trend.

Whether you rocked out to 80s metal mania, bopped to New Wave, or jammed to synth-pop and electro dance, you can soundtrack your own romantic getaway thanks to these packages that hit the high notes from The Mayfair Hotel & Spa Miami, honoring these beloved 80s hits from Miami Vice.

For adventurous couples, the hotel offers an adrenaline-rush for those who want to explore new heights together in their relationship. This high-speed thrill features a private plane ride for two, and climaxes in a tandem skydive as the lovers fall through the skies together.

The Mayfair has composed a very tactile escape for lovers, based on these lyrics: “Face to face, and back to back, you see and feel, my love attack. Turn out the light babe, are you someone else tonight.”

The Miami Vices Romance packages start at $1,150- $1,900. Reservations are required for the Miami Vices Romance packages, one week in advance of arrival date.

Miami Vice starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, and shined the global spotlight on Miami as a hot new destination. The music on the series became a signature hallmark. The Miami Vice theme is the last TV show theme to make it to #1 on the Billboard charts, and several soundtrack albums dominated the airwaves.

The show was so popular that major pop stars of the time were clamoring to have their songs included on the episodes.

Some of the leading music stars of the day even made guest appearances on the show, including: Sheena Easton, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Robert Palmer, John Taylor and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Bernard Edwards of Chic, El DeBarge and Fiona.

Reservations are required for the Miami Vices Romance packages, one week in advance of arrival date.

To book the Miami Vices Romance adventure, call the hotel’s “Vice” specialists at 305 441 0000.

The Mayfair Hotel & Spa is part of the Schlesinger family’s iconic portfolio of hospitality excellence, including its sister property the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach.

Heralding its 30th anniversary with the completion of more than $10 million in extensive renovations, The Mayfair Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of Miami’s historic “first neighborhood,” The Village of Coconut Grove. The boutique architectural gem is the only Gaudi-inspired hotel in the United States, an artistic masterpiece that blends Art Nouveau, Asian and Old World European inspirations.

The dramatic interior atriums teem with elaborate Asian gardens and fountains. Subtropical fantasias cocoon guests inside a private Zen oasis – overflowing with palm trees, orchids, tropical ferns and bamboo, birds and butterflies, monolithic columns and Tiffany stained glass ceilings. Hand-carved by local artists, the Mahogany woodwork and doorways, copper and stone sculptural creations are all one-of-a-kind (the molds were broken after the unveilings).

The Mayfair features 179 luxury suites, most with private terraces and Japanese Soaking Tubs (built for two), imported Brazilian doors, marble bathrooms with Roman Spa Baths, stone floors, sea-grass furnishings, hand-carved Mahogany headboards, and opulent details.

The indulgent culinary experiences at The Mayfair are helmed by Executive Chef Dario Correa. The Italian trattoria Spartico showcases a stone-faced wood-burning Ambrogi oven imported directly from Milan. Above the Mayfair surrounds the decadent rooftop pool and cabanas.

The hotel boasts one of a handful of Jurlique Australian Spas in America, a 4,500 square-foot holistic day-spa with sunlit treatment suites, a Couples’ Suite for dual treatments, and certified-organic products that are biodegradable and exclusively grown on Jurlique’s private farms in South Australia’s pristine Adelaide Hills.

The property is pet-friendly, has a 24-hour Fitness Center, 15,000 square-feet of events and meeting space, and offers a complete Business Center with complimentary WiFi in all rooms and common areas.

The Mayfair Hotel Miami is celebrating its 30th anniversary along with Miami Vice, which filmed at the hotel, featuring yearlong promotions and special events to be announced throughout 2014.

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Half Moon Bay Coastside is Place Go for Romance

February 9, 2014
The Half Moon Bay Coastside, a beautiful coastal region approximately 40 minutes South of San Francisco, comes together to celebrate the month of love with romantic getaway packages, kayaking adventures and an opportunity to create a glass blown heart to commemorate the weekend.

The Half Moon Bay Coastside, a beautiful coastal region approximately 40 minutes South of San Francisco, comes together to celebrate the month of love with romantic getaway packages, kayaking adventures and an opportunity to create a glass blown heart to commemorate the weekend.

The Half Moon Bay Coastside has long been considered one of the most romantic places in the world so what better place than to celebrate Valentine’s Weekend? The Half Moon Bay Coastside, a beautiful coastal region approximately 40 minutes South of San Francisco, comes together to celebrate the month of love with romantic getaway packages, kayaking adventures and an opportunity to create a glass blown heart to commemorate the weekend.

Below is a sampling of the Valentine’s Day merriment along the Half Moon Bay Coastside. Visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org for everything needed to plan a visit including information on cozy inns and luxury coastal resorts, renowned restaurants, farm visits, golfing, wine tasting, fishing, whale watching, surfing and much more.

– ROMANTIC ADVENTURES –

Romance in the Sky
See Half Moon Bay from an entirely new vantage point with a romantic airplane tour. Take in the aerial views of the dramatic Pacific coastline or fly up to see the Golden Gate Bridge in this once in a lifetime experience. The U-Fly Adventure SkyTour puts guests in the pilot seat and lets “U-Fly” the airplane for 95% of the flight. The professional pilots will take care of the takeoff and landing while ensuring that their co-pilots have a fun and safe experience. Each flight can accommodate up to two passengers. Flights depart from the Half Moon Bay and San Carlos Airports. Check website for pricing and to book your next flight. (650) 804-0665,  www.flybayarea.com.

Hearts & Wine
During the month of February, why not create your very own hand blown glass heart for the one you love? During one of Half Moon Bay Art Glass classes, students learn the art of glass blowing by creating a one-of-a-kind glass heart. Following the class, wander next door to neighboring La Nebbia Winery for some wine tasting. Class is $60 per student and hearts are available the next day for pickup or can be shipped for a small fee. Half Moon Bay Art Glass at La Nebbia Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road on Hwy 92, (650) 283-5626, www.hmbartglass.com.

Whale Watching
For a romantic adventure, hit the high seas to witness the annual migration of the gray whales. Through the months of February and March, approximately 15,000 gray whales swim south from the icy waters of the Arctic to mate and nurse their young in the warm, shallow lagoons along Magdalena Bay in Baja, California. Gray whales move at a steady speed of about five miles per hour, and most can be spotted in an area that extends from the kelp beds (about 3/4 miles from the shoreline) out to the horizon.

Several local companies offer whale-watching excursions:

Kayak Pillar Point Harbor
There may be nothing more romantic than paddling through the gorgeous Pillar Point Harbor on a tandem kayak with the one you love. Discover the world of sea kayaking in a dynamic and diverse environment. Paddle amongst seals, birds, and other marine life in protected Pillar Point Harbor or for the more adventurous couple, head into the wild blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Guests can choose from single, double, and triple kayaks. Half Moon Bay Kayak, 2 Johnson Pier, (650) 773-6101, www.hmbkayak.com.

– INDULGE IN VALENTINE’S INSPIRED DISHES –

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Known for their award-winning, handcrafted beer and sustainable coastal cuisine, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is planning a special Beer & Dessert Pairing Menu for Valentine’s Day that is sure to light the fires of romance! In addition to a delicious selection of Oysters Rockefeller and flat iron steak with blue cheese, dessert lovers can indulge in items such as  “beeramisu” and a Mavericks Chocolate Porter Ice Cream Sandwich with chocolate ganache and beer vanilla sauce, both paired with special housemade brews. Available from February 7-17. On Valentine’s Day children under 12 dine for free from the healthy kids menu with the purchase of an adult entrée. 390 Capistrano Rd., (650) 728-2739, www.hmbbrewingco.com. Media Contact: Caitlin Sandberg (530) 400-9207, caitlin@ellipsespr.com.

La Costanera
Known for their contemporary Peruvian cuisine and breathtaking views of the Pacific, La Costanera is celebrating Valentine’s Day in culinary style by offering a special prix fixe menu with some of Chef Altamirano’s special dishes such as lobster bisque, tuna tartare and Scallops Carlitos, along with eight delicious entrees ranging from pan roasted swordfish to grass fed Creekstone Black Angus New York steak. The Valentine’s Day dinner is $85 per person. 8150 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara Beach, (650) 728-1600, www.lacostanerarestaurant.com.

Navio at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
Spend Valentine’s Day at Navio savoring a taste of the sea at its most authentic while basking in the aromas from the smoky, wood-fire oven. Romance seekers will enjoy their choice of a five-course Champagne Dinner or a Valentine’s Brunch.

  • Valentine’s Champagne Dinner- Experience a five-course dinner with offerings such as beet cured salmon, house made ricotta ravioli, beef tenderloin or olive oil poached mero bass. End the evening with a citrus passion dessert and a chocolate gift box for each couple. Dinner is offered February 14- 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. The dinner is $165 per person with wine pairing; $125 per person without wine pairing.
  • Valentine’s Brunch- Enjoy brunch at Navio on February 15 or 16. A chocolate lover’s dessert room will enhance the award winning brunch. Valentine’s Brunch is $98 per person and seatings are available at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Reservations are required for all Valentine’s weekend dining events and can be made by calling 650-712-7000. 1 Miramontes Point Road, (650) 712-7000, www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb. Media Contact: Deanne French, (949) 240-5088, Deanne.French@ritzcarlton.com.

The Observatory Room at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
A Valentine Jazz and Romance Dinner awaits guests during an unforgettable evening which includes a four-course prix fix menu with selections such as seafood platters, pumpkin and roasted chestnut ravioli, surf and turf (beef tenderloin and main lobster), along with wine pairings and a gift box of chocolate truffles to share (one per couple). Live jazz music will entertain guests throughout the evening. Dinner is priced at $280 per couple and is offered Friday, February 14 with seatings available at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 650-712-7000. 1 Miramontes Point Road, (650) 712-7000, www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb. Media Contact: Deanne French, (949) 240-5088, Deanne.French@ritzcarlton.com.

Sam’s Chowder House 
Known for fresh, off-the-boat seafood and stunning views of the Pacific, Sam’s is featuring their first Wine Lover’s Lobster Clambake Night on February 12 with complimentary wine tasting by Franciscan Estate Winery. On Valentine’s Day, indulge in culinary specials such as lobster bisque and ?. Cap off the evening with palate pleasing chocolate “Blackout” cake with raspberry mousse or a chocolate ganache. 4210 North Cabrillo Highway, (650) 712-0245, www.samschowderhouse.com. Media Contact: Julie Shenkman, (650) 726-1005, julie@julieshenkman.com.

Moss Beach Distillery
Famous for their stunning ocean view dining and great local seafood, Moss Beach Distillery will offer a three-course prix fixe Valentine’s menu featuring Filet Mignon, Pesto Stuffed Salmon, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, Chicken Marsala and Linguini Di Mare. Before or after dinner, cozy up under a blanket on the outside patio while gazing at the ocean. Price is $75 per person and includes a special gift for the ladies. 140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, (650) 728-5595, www.mossbeachdistillery.com.

– STAY IN LOVE –

S’mores Package and Spa Romance
Known for their breathtaking vistas and soft ocean breezes, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides an intimate setting for couples to enjoy a Valentine’s celebration.

  • Experience S’more Romance – Guests are invited to rekindle romance and passion at the Northern California coastal resort with the “S’more Romance Package” that includes accommodations in a Terrace Fire Pit guest room, a $200 daily spa credit, a s’mores kit for two to enjoy by the fire, full daily breakfast for two in Navio or in-room dining and the resort fee. For added pampering, couples can enjoy a Romance Bath. Glowing candlelight and soft music set the stage for a luxurious bath filled with bubbles, infused with alluring essential oils, and topped with fresh rose petals. Luscious shea butter moisturizer and hand-made soap complete the experience. S’More Romance Package starts at $1,115 and the Romance Bath is $75.
  • Romance in The Spa – Ideal for couples, the Romancing the Stone” massage treatment includes the resort’s signature couples massage with the use of hot stones for warmth and to help melt away tension. Following the treatment, couples will enjoy a glass of champagne or sparkling cider. Romancing the Stone is available for 60 or 90 minutes and starts at $415 per couple.

One Miramontes Point Road, (650) 712-7040; www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb. Media Contact: Deanne French, (949) 240-5088, Deanne.French@ritzcarlton.com.

It’s Amore Package
Seal Cove Inn, a serene hideaway set amongst a meadow of wildflowers and bordered by cypress trees, has partnered with It’s Italia Restaurant to celebrate the month of love. The “It’s Amore Package” includes a one night stay at Seal Cove Inn, a bottle of bubbly at check-in and dinner at It’s Italia ($100 value). For true romance and relaxation, be sure to take advantage of an in-room massage for an additional $120 per person. Subject to availability from February 1 – 28. Packages starting at $350. Must call the Inn directly for reservations. 221 Cypress Avenue, Moss Beach, (800) 995-9987, www.sealcoveinn.com.

Love is in the air at Oceano Hotel
With a spectacular location overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor, this luxurious seaside locale is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love! Guests can enjoy the serene coastside from their private balcony with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates. Head to dinner with a $75 voucher for a local restaurant (Miramar, Moss Beach or Flavor) and the following morning indulge in breakfast for two in the lounge or delivered in-room. Packages are available for one or two nights and start at $415. 280 Capistrano Road, (650) 726-5400, www.oceanohalfmoonbay.com.

Champagne  at Goose & Turrets
Goose & Turrets Bed & Breakfast in historic Montara is planning a special Valentine’s breakfast of champagne and souffles. Guests spending the night on February 13 or 14 will enjoy this romantic breakfast at no extra charge. In addition, owners Raymond and Emily Hoche-Mong will add some romantic French touches that they learned during their three-month stay in Chinon, France. Packages start at $175 plus tax. 835 George Street, Montara, (650) 728-5451, www.gooseandturretsbandb.com.

Half Moon Bay Coastside

The Half Moon Bay Coastside is a charming seaside respite located approximately 35 minutes south of San Francisco. Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this breathtaking region consists of four distinct areas – the North Coast, Half Moon Bay, the South Coast and the Redwood Region. Featuring the best of Northern California all in one place, visitors will enjoy miles of white sandy beaches, redwood forests, a historic downtown filled with local artisan shops, beautiful state parks, fields of wild flowers, and trails along ocean bluffs and mountain ridges as far as the eye can see. A sampling of activities includes horseback riding on the beach, farm fresh dining, shopping, biking, hiking and world-class golfing and surfing.

For more information on Half Moon Bay, download Half Moon Bay’s free app iCoastside, visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org or call (650) 726-8380. For the latest news on the area, visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org/blog, join Facebook www.facebook.com/visithalfmoonbay and follow on Twitter www.twitter.com/visithmb and check out YouTube www.youtube.com/visithmb

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Romance Hotel Packages in New York City

January 28, 2014

With just days until Valentine’s Day, here are three New York City romance packages ideal for any budget, from an over-the-top $15,000 package with luxury food & wine experiences; to a Real Romance package at $349 per night which includes a gift certificate to an on-site jeweler, and a romantic getaway package starting at $299 per night with special amenities for couples.

Over the Top Love: Penthouse Escape Package at Sheraton NY Times Square, $15,000 for Three Nights

For couples who want to experience New York luxury and a truly memorable experience, the Penthouse Escape Package offers a stylish retreat with food and wine experiences. Amenities include: A three-night stay in the posh Penthouse Suite with views of Central Park and NYC; bottomless fine wine tasting experience; two-hour cooking session with Executive Chef; Club Lounge access. More info at www.sheratonnewyork.com/PenthouseNYCPackage or call 212-841-6400 to book.

 

Real Romance Package: Sheraton New York Times Square, Starting at $349 per night throughout February

Snuggle up in the hotel’s cozy Fireplace Nook and enjoy this special package throughout the month of February 2014, starting at $349 per night. Amenities include: accommodations in newly renovated rooms with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds; $50 gift certificate to Landau Jeweler located on-site (valid toward a purchase of $60 or more); one bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates; complimentary full American breakfast for two per day; 4pm late checkout. Go to www.sheratonnewyork.com/romance and enter rate code SIROMPKG or call 212-841-6400 for details.

Romantic Getaway: Westin New York Grand Central Romance Package, from $299 per night

Nestled in the Grand Central area of Manhattan is the Westin New York Grand Central, just steps from top attractions including Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. Romance Package amenities include: sparkling wine and strawberries to enjoy upon arrival; full American breakfast for two people daily and 3pm late checkout on Sundays so couples can sleep in late. To reserve online, go to www.WestinNewYorkGrandCentral.com and enter rate plan RPKGWEB or call 212-581-1000.

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Bonaire’s Restaurants, Hotels, Attractions Offer Romantic Specials for Valentine’s Day Travel

January 31, 2013

Bonaire’s hotels, restaurants and spas are offering Valentine’s and Romance specials

Appetite is offering a five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu on February 14, 2013, which includes a free glass of Prosecco, all for $47.50 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call +599-717-3595, email appetitebonaire@gmail.com, or visit www.appetitebonaire.com

The Black Durgon Inn is offering Valentine Packages for sweethearts that are arriving on February 23, March 2, or March 16, 2013, to keep their romance flowing. Package includes seven night’s accommodations (including air-conditioning, fans, and hot water showers), six breakfasts, use of kayaks, swimming or snorkeling instruction, a Bonaire gift and chilled champagne, and a box lunch and directions to small, intimate locations. Book either the Find a Sweetheart Package (for singles) which is $600 per room based on single occupancy, or Sweetheart Package (for couples) which is $700 per room based on double occupancy. Diving can be added for an additional $120 per diver per week. Scuba instruction is available at $350 per person. For more information, or to make reservations, email bonaire@blackdurgon.com, or visit www.blackdurgon.com

At Buddy Dive Resort, love struck visitors can celebrate the day with a romantic, sunset dinner. They will enjoy the breathtaking views of Klein Bonaire and feel the gentle ocean breeze as their palettes delight in the chef’s special Valentine’s Day menu. The three-course menu includes a choice of starters and entrées, and ends with a rich chocolate soufflé served with strawberry compote and vanilla ice cream. After dessert, taking a romantic stroll through the garden to the gazebo or enjoying a walk hand-n-hand on the dock where they can sit back and view the stars, will make this a Valentine’s Day to remember. For more information or to make reservations, call +599-717-5080, email info@buddydive.com, or visit www.buddydive.com

The secluded, peaceful setting at Caribbean Club Bonaire sets the stage for an ideal romantic escape. Combined with the convenience of an on-site restaurant and bar, swimming pool with sweeping ocean views, a full service dive shop, and personalized service in a friendly atmosphere, couples can’t help but fall in love for the first time or all over again. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Caribbean Club Bonaire will serve a special cocktail called “Kiss in Paradise” or “Un Sunchi den Paraíso” in Papiamentu. It will only be served on February 14, 2013. The resort is an ideal destination for divers, nature lovers, and peace seekers. With studio apartments to full, two-bedroom villas with kitchen and living areas. For more information or to make reservations, call 1-800-906-7780 or +599-717-5080 ext. 572, email reservations@caribbeanclubbonaire.com, or visit www.caribbeanclubbonaire.com

Caribbean Wind & Sun has teamed up with Windsock Apartments to offer a Romance Package at the small, intimate apartment complex featuring a private beach and pool. Nestled amongst a mature tropical garden, guests can enjoy casual comfort in an ocean view setting. The Romance Package includes discounted accommodations for seven nights (stay for seven, pay for six), plus a $50 room credit and a $25 dinner credit for use at Kontiki Resort. The Romance Package for Two, including tax and service, is USD$888 based on double occupancy. For more information call 1-508-737-5245, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or visit www.bonairecaribbean.com

Flamingo Wedding & Spa Services Bonaire is offering a VIP Massage, regularly $70, for only $55. This special massage includes a one-hour combo massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and/or Tui Na) for one person, and is valid from Monday, February 11 through Friday, February 15, 2013. For more information or to make an appointment, call +599-785-0006 or +599-717-2972, email info@flamingoservicesbonaire.com, or visit www.flamingoservicesbonaire.com

H2O Visions Bonaire offers private, personalized snorkel and photo tours above and below the water and PADI continuing education. To make the day special, a pre-dawn or night snorkel trip can be arranged to see up close how the reef environment changes in early mornings and evenings. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, all night snorkel trips booked during the week of February 10, 2013 will include a bottle of wine to enjoy after the excursion. If folks are traveling with children, and still want to have that romantic interlude, H20 Visions will take the kids for the day for a snorkeling and reef eco-education. Photo tours can be in or out of the water, camera rentals are available, and those with special needs can be accommodated. Transportation, quality snorkel gear, snacks and refreshments are included with all excursions. For more information, call +599-700-4361, email brenda@h2ovisionsbonaire.com, or visit www.h2ovisionsbonaire.com

Oasis Guesthouse is offering a special Valentine’s Day package, including seven night’s accommodations in a standard room, double occupancy, for only $699 per room. This package also features breakfast and includes the tourist tax for two persons. It can be booked throughout the month of February, 2013, subject to availability. Oasis Guesthouse is a family-operated Bed & Breakfast, located close to the sea in Belnem. For more information, call +599-796-0408, email info@oasisguesthousebonaire.com, or visit www.oasisguesthousebonaire.com

Piet Boon Bonaire is offering their Garden Villas at a special price from January 15 through March 31, 2013 in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The price of $3,500 per villa per week includes a candlelight dinner for two prepared by a private chef in the villa, as well as round-trip airport transfers, breakfast supplies for day of arrival, gas, water, and electricity, cleaning and change of bed linen twice each week, cleaning of swimming pool weekly, wireless Internet, local telephone calls, and the services of the property manager. The local team is available to assist with reservations for flights, restaurants, car rental, diving, or other activities. Certain restrictions, conditions, and cancellation penalties do apply, including a damage deposit, and rates do not include a 10% service charge or tourist tax of $5.50 per person per night for those 13 years of age or older. For more information, call +599-717-6424, email patricia@pietboonbonaire.com or john@pietboonbonaire.com, or visit www.pietboonbonaire.com

Plaza Resort Bonaire is offering an all-inclusive package from $1,449 per person, including seven nights in a Standard Suite Laguna, seven breakfasts, seven lunches, seven dinners, 11 boat dive package, round-trip transfers, tax and service charge, and yes, drinks, plus a very special Valentine’s Day cocktail to be served only on February 14, 2013. Room upgrades available along with single, triple, quad rates, and an upgrade to the romantic Honeymoon Suite is available for only $2,236 per person. (Note: tourist tax of $6.50 per person per night and $25 Marine Park tag are not included in the rates quoted.) For more information, call 1-781-821-6016, email usa@plazaresortbonaire.com, or visit www.plazaresortbonaire.com

Rancho Washikemba offers unique trail rides on horseback through the pristine natural habitat of the areas of Washikemba and Lagun. And, just for Valentine’s Day, private tours are available for just two persons on either of their two tours. The Lagun Tour allows riders to walk from the ranch to Bonaire’s eastern coastline to Lagun for an opportunity to swim and play with the horses in the water, (bathing suits recommended). The Kunuku Tour offers scenic views of Bonaire’s outback, with walks, trots, and canters. Transfers from hotels can be arranged, and rides last about two hours. The price is $95 per person, including tax and round-trip hotel transfers. Advance reservations are necessary. For more information or to make reservations, call +599-788-8668 or +599-786-7321, email bregje@rancho-washikemba.com, or visit www.rancho-washikemba.com

Travelers can indulge in the romance and seclusion of shore diving on Bonaire with Sand Dollar Condominiums and Dive Friends Bonaire. Partners can enhance their shore diving experience together by enrolling in a Shore Diving Specialty course that is being offered. Upon completion of the course, they will earn a PADI specialty card. During Valentine’s Week, February 9-15, 2013, Dive Friends Bonaire is offering this course to certified divers staying at Sand Dollar on their Ride to the Reef Package on a “buy one get one free” price of $100 for two persons. Sand Dollar will sweeten that deal by delivering a free bottle of Cava Rosado Brut to all who complete the certification. Ride to the Reef Packages during the Valentine’s week are $913 per person based on double occupancy Studio accommodations including room tax, six days of unlimited air or Nitrox tanks for shore diving and seven day rental truck. For more information please call 1-800-288-4773 or the Florida Office at 1-954-453-5025, email Res@SandDollarBonaire.com or visit www.SandDollarBonaire.com

Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers as it offers a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. For those who want to kick back and relax, not having traffic lights on the island makes it easy to stroll into town or hop on a scooter or bike to peruse the island at their own pace. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses, small inns and private villas.

For 20 consecutive years in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Bonaire has been selected as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. This year, it received 17 awards, more than any other Caribbean destination. It was voted number one for Beginner Diving, Advanced Diving, Macro Diving and Underwater Photography also in the Reader’s Choice Awards.

For more information on Bonaire, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official web site at www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

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