7 Terrific Valentine's Weekend Getaways
If you're into that sort of thing
There are two types of people: those who love Valentine’s Day and those who think it’s an evil invention created by the Hallmark people to sell giant teddy bears. But everyone loves a nice vacation. So we rounded up seven perfect trips for two, whether you’re looking to get out of town in February or beyond.
A Desert Oasis: Palm Springs, CA
Home to much more than Coachella, this laid-back, chic desert town is known for year-round sunshine, world-class golfing and luxurious spas. Feeling active? Go hiking in the scenic Indian Canyons. Feeling lazy? Kick back by the pool, rousing only for couple’s massages at the WELL Spa. Stay at the Colony Palms, a Moroccan-influenced boutique hotel offering secluded casitas with private patios.
A Paradise Island: Antigua
This picture-perfect Caribbean getaway is only a four-hour flight from New York. The island contains 365 sprawling beaches, many of which are totally secluded. Stay at Jumby Bay Resort, a former sugar plantation on a tiny private island, which is accessible only by boat. There, you’ll find 28 ocean-view suites and weekly “white night” dinner parties on the sand.
Where to stay: Jumby Bay Resort
A Charming Getaway: Savannah, GA
Wanna canoodle with your honey over a gin gimlet? In Savannah, cocktail hour lasts all day and the restaurant scene boasts a mix of BBQ, low-country southern cooking and soul food. Drive 20 minutes toward the coast and you’ll hit Tybee Island, a picturesque and slow-paced beach town. (Though with temps in the 60s, don’t expect to swim.) If you go, consider The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, a swanky, colonial joint with a romantic rooftop bar.
A Snow-Swept Wonderland: Park City, Utah
Whether you’re in it for the slopes or the firesides, Park City is the perfect “just the two of us” winter getaway. If you’re a skier, don’t miss the Canyons resort, which offers great slopes but fewer tourists than resorts like Vail or Aspen. If you’re a foodie, hit up the High West Distillery and Saloon, where you can enjoy a casual ski-in-ski-out lunch or an elegant five-course tasting menu with house-made whiskey pairings. Book a room at the St. Regis Resort, which has a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and full service “ski-beach” where you can veg out with a mulled cider and fuzzy socks.
A Wine Lover's Delight: Healdsburg, CA
Located an hour north of San Francisco, this sleepy town is a great base for exploring Sonoma by bike or on foot. Make an appointment at Lancaster Estate and Seghesio Family Vineyards for leisurely tastings, and a reservation at renowned farm-to-table Barndiva, where you can dine on dishes like fresh yellowfin tuna sashmi and goat cheese croquettes. Stay at nearby Honor Manison, where the suites have fireplaces, whirlpools and private patios (plus complimentary wine and appetizers each afternoon).
A Sultry Melting Pot: New Orleans, LA
Forget all that Mardi Gras crap: NOLA is for lovers. (Think about it: century-old mansions, dark and moody jazz clubs and oyster dishes as far as the eye can see.) The historic Hotel Monteleone is located in the French Quarter and combines Southern hospitality with writerly sophistication--its famed Carousel Bar was once beloved by Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner.
A Cosmopolitan Retreat: Manhattan
You’ve seen When Harry Met Sally, Sex and the City and Serendipity? We rest our case.