Top 10 Spots for Valentines DayFebruary 12, 2014
Now that the holidays are over and the new year has begun, it is time to begin planning for Valentine’s Day celebrations. Whether you are looking for warm tropical sunsets or spectacular mountain vistas, with a little bit of planning and thought, romance is in your future. Here are the top 10 romantic destinations to take your loved one for Valentine’s Day:
Tropical and sultry, Maui is a great place to visit during the chilly month of February. Book a romantic helicopter ride with Blue Hawaii to explore the many lush canyons and waterfalls. In addition to exploring the landscape, Blue Hawaii offers jaw-dropping sunset tours that showcase the amazing skyline of the islands. Book a private tour for just the two of you or ask the concierge at your hotel to recommend another romantic adventure.
Romantic Spot #2 – San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is one of the most unique cosmopolitan cities in the United States. Grab a trolley and take an inexpensive tour of the entire city or go down to Fisherman’s Wharf to take in the sights. Fisherman’s Wharf is home to world famous Ghirardelli Chocolate and is also a great place to catch a tour of San Francisco Bay. Stop at the Farmers Market at the Old Ferry Building to pick up a basket of local goods before you leave. Then head for the privacy of Angel Island, an undeveloped nature preserve in the Bay, where you can enjoy each other’s company. For those of you who experience sea sickness, the ferryboat ride across may trigger your sea sickness. Use your Motioneaze as directed and sea sickness won’t be an issue.
Romantic Spot #3 – Napa Valley, CA
Napa Valley is located north of San Francisco and is beautiful and breezy during February. In addition to great wineries and terrific restaurants focusing on local farm-fresh foods, the Napa Valley is also known as a place with wonderful, relaxing hotel spas. Book a hot air balloon ride with your concierge to enjoy amazing views of the entire Napa Valley Wine Country. Arrange for a bottle of prime vintage local wine and appetizers to complement your once-in-a-lifetime experience above the valley floor. Worried about motionsickness? Apply 2 drops of Motioneaze on the head behind each ear lobe, about 10 minutes before you take off – and don’t think about it again.
The most southern place in the United States is always nice and hot, especially in February when the rest of the country is chilly. The populace of Key West is a combination of eccentric residents and relaxed free spirits. Catch the daily gorgeous sunsets and celebrate with the locals at any of the dozens of seaside bars. If you are looking for an especially secluded and intimate spot, try booking a room at the Cheeca Lodge and Spa. The Cheeca has only 27 rooms and an entirely private beach area. Ask for a picnic basket to be prepared for you and take the afternoon to enjoy some private one-on-one time with your sweetie.
Romantic Spot #5 – Aspen, CO
If winter brings out your desire for mountain vistas and snow sports, Aspen is the place for you. Known for luxurious hotels and spas, Aspen is a winter wonderland that may remind you of picturesque Alpine mountain villages. In addition to the spectacular shopping and dining, one of the hidden treasures of Aspen is the hot springs. A nine-mile hike up the mountain, the hot springs are the perfect place to explore your wild side with each other. Be sure to bring something to warm up with afterward as you race back to the warm fireplace at your Aspen hotel.
Romantic Spot #6 – Savannah, GA
Savannah is the epitome of Southern charm and elegance, with a touch of quirkiness to mix things up. As seen in the movies Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Forrest Gump, Savannah is filled with historic mansions, hanging Spanish moss and great restaurants. Romantic carriage tours of the historic district with Carriage Tours of Savannah are a perfect opportunity to snuggle beneath a light blanket. Evening tours include a bit of local ghost lore and you can ask your tour guide for suggestions for the best romantic dinner spots.
If you are looking for a warm, romantic destination that provides privacy and intimacy, plan a Valentine’s Day trip to the island of Lanai in Hawaii. Called the “Garden Island,” Lanai is home to remote beaches and lush green gardens. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, take a Love Potion No. Lanai class at the Four Seasons Hotel. Couples can create their own unique fragrance by combining ingredients from more than 200 scents at the hotel’s perfumery. Every time you use or smell your special scent, you will be transported right back to those special memories of Lanai.
Romantic Spot #8 – Charleston, SC
Charleston is a wonderful, relaxed and low-key destination during Valentine’s Day. Filled with wonderful art galleries, moss-draped trees and historic cemeteries, Charleston is a peek into the genteel South before the Civil War. Romantic dinner cruises along the Ashley River are a wonderful chance to spend quality time. On your cruise, you will enjoy a three- or four-course dinner and learn about the history of Charleston. After dinner, cuddle up and share private secrets while you watch the lights of Charleston serenely pass. If sea sickness is an issue, apply Motioneaze, 10 minutes before you embark on the cruise, and enjoy the evening.
Romantic Spot #9 – Monterey, CA
Monterey is located an hour south of San Francisco. Enjoy world class golfing at Pebble Beach, tour the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see the adorable sea otters or visit the wonderful art galleries. Before you know it, you will find yourself never wanting to leave this picturesque village. Ask your hotel about booking a sunset dinner tour of Monterey Bay. Sailing around the Bay, you will see breathtaking views and enjoy a delicious intimate four-course dinner. Arrange for wine glasses and Champagne as an extra special way to celebrate your sunset memories.
Romantic Spot #10 – US Virgin Islands
Located in the Caribbean, the US Virgin Islands offer warm breezes and sandy beaches – a wonderful getaway from February snow and ice on the US mainland. Caneel Bay on St. John is probably the best location for romantic couples in all of the US Virgin Islands. Honeymoon Beach has a ‘no children allowed’ policy so your only surroundings are the intimate privacy you desire. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, a few appetizers and lunch and you have a romantic afternoon in the making.
No matter what destination you choose for your Valentine’s Day getaway, make sure you are prepared for potential problems. Bring sunscreen to warm and sunny destinations and bring a jacket, hat and gloves to cooler places. If you (or your date) are prone to motion sickness and you plan to spend time on a boat, helicopter or hot air balloon, bring along all natural Motioneaze. You can purchase Motioneaze at www.motioneaze.com.
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