Sure, we love to travel with our kids, but sometimes a romantic getaway with just my husband is good for the whole family. It gives us a chance to relax, talk, eat where we want, and enjoy local attractions in a different way. Most importantly, romantic getaways bring us closer together and strengthen our marriage.
Here are five romantic destinations we love for Valentine’s Weekend, or any time!
Salt Lake City
I’m starting with a shout out for my hometown, because it’s the setting for most of my own romantic getaways. Wherever you live, pick a local hotel with character and a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, and you have an instant (and relatively inexpensive) romantic getaway!
Salt Lake City is home to a dozen world-class winter resorts – many with top restaurants and spas, and a long list of other activities in every price range. Here are a few I’ve reviewed:
Pick a hotel:
- Cliff Lodge, Snowbird
- Peery Hotel, Downtown
- University Guest House, University of Utah
- Montage Deer Valley, Park City
- Zermatt Resort, Midway
Things to do:
- Ski at Snowbird
- Ski at Park City
- Fun winter activities for non-skiers
- Explore the Leonardo Museum
- Visit Temple Square
- Field trips on Frontrunner
San Diego is a no-fail destination. The weather is beautiful year-round and the list of fun things to do there is endless. I suggest spending a day exploring the museums and gardens of Balboa Park, kayaking sea caves, walking on the beach or enjoying a couples massage at your resort’s spa.
Here are a few more of my picks for San Diego.
Pick a hotel:
- Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad
- Catamaran Spa and Resort, San Diego
- Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego
- West Inn and Suites, Carlsbad
Things to do:
- San Diego Zoo – it’s fun without the kids too!
- San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- USS Midway Museum
- La Jolla Cove
- Cabrillo National Monument
New York City
How many romantic movies have used New York City as their backdrop? I can name a few. I can also imagine how great a romantic weekend could be in this iconic destination. See a Broadway show, visit some museums or stroll through Central Park. And of course, share some fantastic food in one of NYC’s famous restaurants or a cozy hole-in-the-wall.
Did you know it’s a lot less expensive to stay outside of Manhattan? In Queens, you can get beautiful skyline views for much less than you’d pay in Manhattan, and it’s just 15 minutes away by subway. Here are a few more recommendations:
- Stay at Holiday Inn Manhattan View or Wyndham Garden Long Island City.
- Top of the Rock
- Museum of the Moving Image
- Louis Armstrong House Museum
Lake Placid, New York
Imagine cuddling with your Valentine in front of a fireplace in New York’s beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Perhaps with snowflakes floating gently past your window? Lake Placid is home to the delightful Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, which offers both a cozy retreat and easy access to restaurants, shopping, winter sports in this picturesque resort town.
Here are my picks for Lake Placid, New York.
- Stay at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
- Go for gold with the Olympic Sites Passport
- Explore The Wild Center
Winter is the off season at most U.S. National Parks, but most are still open year-round. That means that you can have those beautiful views all to yourself and see a different side of the park. Some parks, like Bryce Canyon in Utah offer year-round star gazing, guided snowshoe hikes and a winter festival, which will be held Valentine’s weekend in 2015.
BONUS! National Parks are a great destination for bargain hunters. February 14-16, 2015 are fee-free days at the parks and the off season is the best time to find rock bottom hotel rates. With fuel prices plummeting, this trip offers the biggest bang for your buck.
My husband and I visited Bryce Canyon last year at this time, and it was beautiful! Here are our recommendations:
If you’re all about impressive romantic gestures, surprise your Valentine with a whirlwind weekend on the pink sands of Bermuda. It may be more affordable than you expect because February is in the low season for this island paradise. Winter temperatures are typically a pleasant 70 degrees (F).
Katie enjoyed a romantic Bermuda getaway this year. Here are her recommendations:
- Stay at Elbow Beach Bermuda Resort
- Explore the island by motorboat
- See the National Museum of Bermuda
- More tips for visiting Bermuda
Wondering who will take care of your kids while you’re away? I always rely on Grandma, but if you don’t have that option, Katie recommends swapping with another family. You keep their kids for their getaway, and they’ll take care of yours when it’s your turn. Read her tips for staying sane when it’s your week with the kids in her post, Weekend Getaways for Couples.
What is your favorite romantic destination?
Please share your recommendations in the comments!