Four Romantic Getaways for Valentine's Day
Sometimes the daily grind of details can have even the most Zen-like of us take for granted the most important things in life—like spending quality time with family and friends and, most importantly, your partner in life. With Valentine's Day fast approaching why not whisk the love of your life away somewhere special to show them how much you appreciate them, while simultaneously rekindling your passion for each other with a romantic getaway?
Port D' Hiver (Melbourne Beach, Florida)
Looking for Valentine's love in the sun? Port D' Hiver, nestled amid swaying palms and flowering bougainvillea, is a boutique bed and breakfast hotel that puts a premium on intimate personal service, luxurious accommodations, and romance. Discreetly located in Melbourne Beach and established in 1883 on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, Port D' Hiver is steeped in American history and is the perfect secluded getaway for a romantic re-encounter.
Port D' Hiver's sumptuous accommodations consist of four Key West style buildings connected by winding brick pathways offering seven beautifully designed and spacious Cabana Rooms, three lovely Main House rooms and the exceedingly private, large and airy Carriage House Suite. With custom-made linens and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean from the hotel's porches, guests can lounge lazily in the inn's heated spa pool, enjoy a daily gourmet breakfast delivered to their private porch or explore the vast offerings of the region. And of course—sleep in. Sounds perfect to us.
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Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast (Durham, North Carolina)
Is there anything more Southern then staying in an historic plantation turned bed and breakfast? Situated on six bucolic acres with lush gardens, pecan trees, and magnolias, Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast exudes grace and charm. The inn is located fifteen minutes from downtown Durham, and offers close proximity to this bustling city's culture and nightlife while feeling worlds away. Built c. 1775, the Arrowhead Inn has been beautifully renovated to offer modern and luxurious amenities that one would expect in the finest luxury boutique hotel.
The inn offers guests the option to stay in the main house which offers elegant rooms with high ceilings and cozy fireplaces, their romantic Garden Cottage, or their secluded Carolina Cottage, all of which provide rejuvenating steam showers, whirlpool tubs and thoughtful romantic touches like fresh flowers. Every morning guests will have their palates awoken by a delicious breakfast made by innkeeper and chef, Chef Teber, who creates the menu the night before based on their guests preferences. For those who want to stay on property for dinner, Chef Teber can deliver five-course culinary masterpieces concocted with carefully selected seasonal ingredients and served by candlelight in your room. If your romance needs a little recharge, the Arrowhead Inn's unique combination of luxury, history, privacy, and gourmet cuisine sounds like just what the romance doctor ordered.
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Noble Inns (San Antonio, Texas)
For couples or newlyweds dreaming of a luxurious respite in an urban setting look no further then Noble Inns. Located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, guests can choose from three historic properties each with their own unique charm and aesthetic. Each of the property's nineteen rooms have been individually decorated with handpicked antique furnishings, original artwork, and luxurious fabrics and wallpapers—yet guests are also pampered with modern amenities like luxurious linens, jetted tubs, and cozy fireplaces to ensure true Texas-style pampering and romance.
One of Noble Inns' most precious amenities is the art of doing nothing. Guests can enjoy sitting on the front porch overlooking the front garden with its splashing fountain, or unwind in the heated spa-pool housed for year-round enjoyment in the conservatory, enclosed with large, antique stained-glass windows from England and filled with lush tropical plants. Couples looking for a little additional extra romantic touch can arrange to have in room massages.
When the urge arises to actually do something, Noble Inns is situated in the King William Historic District on San Antonio's famous Riverwalk so guests can immerse themselves in all that this vibrant Texas city has to offer right out of their front door including art galleries, restaurants, shopping, and the famous Alamo.
Hillbrook Inn & Spa (Charles Town, WV)
When most people think about the quintessential romantic getaway West Virginia is typically not at the top of the list. But what's more romantic than finding love in the most unexpected places? Nestled on more than thirty pastoral acres in Charles Town on George Washington's first land purchase dating back to 1750, Hillbrook Inn & Spa offers travelers an intimate, luxurious retreat just an hour from Washington, DC.
The inn consists of five separate buildings with a total of nineteen rooms ranging from quaint and cozy to spacious and opulent. The Main House offers carefully restored accommodations with a traditional design aesthetic, while in separate buildings the Cottage and Gatehouse Suites provide private fireplaces and porches where you can spend the perfect weekend without ever leaving your room. Located two miles from the main house, the inn's two companion properties include the Farmhouse, which offers guests orchard views with three contemporary and spacious suites, and the historic Hawthorn House that has newly redesigned luxury suites ideally suited to an intimate romantic getaway.
Speaking of never leaving your room, decadent gourmet breakfasts like eggs benedict and fluffy soufflés can be delivered right to your door, and for guests looking to stay on-site for dinner they can experience the ultimate in fine dining at the inn's Redbook Restaurant, which features local and seasonal offerings that will be sure to appeal to your eyes as well as your palette. Pampering is also one of Hillbrook's fortes. The inn's on-site spa offers a range of relaxing therapies sure to send you home as relaxed as you are romanced. Sign us up.
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