Amorous Adventures For Valentine's Day

Amorous Adventures for Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day about three weeks away, many couples are thinking romance and surprise. If you are looking to rekindle flames or enchant your significant other with something extraordinary, consider going away for a week, or at least a weekend.

California Coast

Quintessential California engages with romantic Tuscany at Pebble Beach Resorts' Casa Palmero – a secluded, all-suite, oasis-like villa just steps from the world-renowned resort's luxury spa. Private dip pools, wood-burning fireplaces, and oversized soaking tubs are among the amenities in each suite, and Casa Palmero guests enjoy the services of a personal coordinator to customize every aspect of their stay, whether they crave a wine tasting at Stave Wine Cellar, a Tuscan feast for two at Pèppoli, or a Valentine's couples-only private guided beach trail horseback ride, complete with sparkling cider and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Killarney, Ireland

Winter brings its own cozy charms to the Emerald Isle, when southern Ireland's most famous attractions can be enjoyed without the high-season crowds, along with lively pubs, shops and postcard-perfect scenery. CIE Tours' Winter Getaway: Killarney itinerary has plenty to offer couples who seek the convenience of a smaller guided vacation (24 guests only) with an expert tour director and luxury coach. They'll enjoy four nights and five days exploring sites from the Dingle Peninsula to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle, a distiller's apprentice experience at Celtic Whiskey Bar, a ferry ride across the River Shannon, Irish coffee at Moriarty's Pub, tea and scones at Bunratty Castle, and a night out at an authentic pub dating back to the 1620s.

The Adirondacks, New York

It's a log cabin getaway gone luxe: Tucked into the woodlands above Lake Placid, the Whiteface Lodge is a natural for romance, with in-suite cast-iron fireplaces creating a cozy retreat from the snow-blanketed winter wonderland outside. The Rustic Romance getaway package includes a one-bedroom suite for two or three nights, chocolate-dipped strawberries and Champagne on arrival, a relaxing Tandem Massage in the award-winning spa, and full breakfast daily in the Kanu Great Room. Complimentary resort amenities and activities like nightly s'mores, ice skating, and access to the spa's hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas, add to the potential for romance.

Singer Island, Florida

Couples are fêted with bubbly and more bubbly at Florida's all-suite Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa. The "Ultimate Romance package" begins with Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on arrival, then continues with a 50-minute couple's massage, complete with more Champagne, at the ocean-inspired SiSpa. A $50 dining credit and one complimentary in-room movie make planning date night easy. Couples will find plenty of opportunities for romance at the resort, from serviced cabanas for poolside privacy to outdoor fire pits for a breezy evening under the stars.

Sonoran Desert, Arizona

From its mountain perch above the Sonoran Desert, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa elevates a weekend getaway for two with its Romance in Paradise package. A rose petal turndown takes the traditional in-room chocolate-dipped strawberries and Champagne up a notch. Couples also enjoy a romantic dinner for two at the resort's signature restaurant, elements, complete with panoramic Paradise Valley views, and one night of goose-down feather-bed luxury in their choice of a Mountain Casita, Mountain Suite, Spa Casita or Spa Suite. Insider's tip: Choose the Spa Suite and gain a private outdoor soaking tub for two.

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Soulmates can get their happily-ever-after off to a hassle-free start at the historic Kelley House, which has been welcoming guests on Martha's Vineyard since 1742. The intimate inn, newly reimagined as a stylish boutique hotel, offers an Elopement Package that includes everything couples need for their Vineyard vows. Just steps from Kelley House, its younger sister Harbor View Hotel (at a mere 127 years old) is courting couples with an Anniversary Package that pulls out all the stops on a romantic milestone celebration. It even includes a 30-minute photo shoot with a local photographer.

Syracuse, New York

Let the glamour of a bygone era inspire a modern-day romance for the ages at Marriott Syracuse Downtown, located in the heart of downtown Syracuse – a city in renaissance with a thriving arts and culture scene, museums and historic sites, all within an easy stroll. The meticulously restored hotel offers the perfect blend of stylish, modern accommodations and historic public spaces that evoke the landmark building's 1920s heyday. The hotel's wine-focused signature restaurant, Eleven Waters, is the centerpiece of the Eleven Waters Day and Night Package, which includes buffet breakfast for two and a $50 food and beverage dinner credit.

Santa Barbara, California

Lovebirds can nest in complete privacy with a luxury home rental from InvitedHome's exceptional portfolio. Among the perfect choices for a romantic retreat, Above it All is a hillside aerie in idyllic Santa Barbara, California, just 10 minutes from downtown attractions. Glass walls and automatic shades provide an en plein air ambience, while a pool, hot tub and a fire pit on the outdoor patio set the mood for romance.

Telluride, Colorado

For sweethearts who seek to combine a romantic escape with the camaraderie of friends, the expansive, Basque-inspired Villa Mendia in Telluride delivers with its off-the-beaten path woodland setting, common spaces designed for entertaining, a jetted soaking tub and coal-fired sauna, four separate bedrooms, and a multitude of outdoor patios and decks with sweeping views as ideal for friendly gatherings as they are for a quiet cocktail for two under the stars.

Monterey, California

California-bound couples will find a sweetheart of a Valentine's deal at Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay – Seaside, just two short blocks from the Pacific Ocean and close to attractions like the world-famous Monterey Aquarium, Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf. Available Feb. 9-17, the Sweetheart Package includes a bottle of Champagne and triple chocolate mousse in-suite upon arrival and a cooked-to-order breakfast for two. All guests also enjoy a complimentary evening reception each night in the hotel's open-air atrium, whose breezy coastal California style is the result of a recent multi-million-dollar hotel-wide refresh.

Boston, Massachusetts

High society dining. A romantic toast. Big city love. Mix it up and infuse the ultimate romance into your Valentine's Day celebration with an urban escape to Boston's thriving Seaport District at The Aloft Boston Seaport. Located within steps of the Seaport's hottest new restaurants and museums, the hotel is offering a chic Sip & Smooch package perfect for the most in-love couples. It  includes accommodations for two at the Aloft, an included three-course dinner for two at new The Social Register restaurant, and two Champagne splits with chocolate covered strawberries.