Upgrade from the standard box of chocolates or long-stem roses with a romantic getaway to sweep your Valentine off his or her feet. From romantic city escapades to relaxing beach vacations, here are our picks for the sweetest and sexiest Valentine’s Day adventures.
New York, New York
Love is all around in the Big Apple, from horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park to Eskimo kisses on the ice rink at Rockefeller Center. This Valentine’s Day, add some edge to your romance with a downtown Manhattan adventure. Spice up window-shopping with a trip to SoHo’s sophisticated and saucy Agent Provocateur for some sexy skivvies. Next head to the Meatpacking District for a romantic stroll along the neighborhood’s unique elevated park, the High Line. The Valentine’s Day package at the Hotel Gansevoort is equal parts sweet and sexy featuring roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne and the classic game of Twister. Take advantage of the late check-out time and sleep in or spend the morning lounging at the heated outdoor rooftop pool.
San Francisco, California
Woo your Valentine with chocolate, champagne and some canoodling penguins in flirty San Francisco. Gourmet Walks celebrates the holiday with a sweet stroll around town. The Champagne and Chocolate tour kicks off with a bit of bubbly at a wine bar followed by 7 stops for gourmet chocolate tastings. Next get some sex tips from the birds and the bees at the San Francisco Zoo’s “Woo at the Zoo.” This quirky, adults-only event spills the beans on secret sex lives and mating rituals of some of the zoo’s favorite residents. When it’s time to turn in, the “Lose Your Heart” package at Campton Place Hotel in Union Square promises more romance with dinner and a wine-tasting at the restaurant.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
A trip to the beach in the middle of winter might kick-start your romance, and Puerto Rico is a great choice with no passport requirements and quick direct flights from many US airports. Let your love glow in San Juan, a historic city perfect for strolling, lounging and club-hopping at night. The Luminescent Love Package at the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino includes an oceanfront room, champagne, a massage and a trip to the Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo. This ethereal “biobay” is filled with microscopic plankton that glitter and glow in the water. Keep the romance going with an aphrodisiac in the ornate red and gold dining room at Dragonfly. Latin American and Japanese cuisines are fused to create the most scrumptious and sexy sushi rolls.
Savannah’s cobblestone streets, moody Spanish moss and Southern charm are known to inspire hand-holding and stolen kisses for new lovers and seasoned partners. Get physical and paddle a canoe for 2 on a Wilderness Southeast tour. The area’s coastal creeks are framed by stately tupelo and cypress trees and filled with cool wildlife including herons, turtles and alligators. Looking for more sedate waterfront fun? Travel down the Savannah River on a brunch or dinner riverboat cruise. Once back on dry land, indulge in a sundae at Leopold’s Ice Cream, which has been scooping up tasty treats since 1919. Rose Petal Cream and Chocolate Cherry Cordial are only available in February. The city is filled with romantic inns and cozy bed and breakfasts. Check into the Ballastone Inn or the ultra-luxe Mansion on Forsyth Park.
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa celebrates love, and even love’s loss, all month long. The Love Stinks package pampers the broken-hearted with cocktails, stress-relief massage and a copy of the book “He’s Just Not That Into You.” History buffs can take a hotel tour and learn about romantic rendezvous of celebrities and even past presidents that have happened at the hotel since it opened in 1892. Those feeling a bit more amorous will enjoy the decadent chocolate brunch or the spa’s cherry chocolate scrub. Love reaches new heights — 12,050 feet to be exact — at The Loveland ski slope, located just an hour from Denver. Couples tie the knot or renew their vows during the annual Mountaintop Matrimony Ceremony and then ski down the hill to their reception.