Everybody loves a lover, including innkeepers and other travel providers, who drape their offerings with romance during February. This may not be bargain time, but love decidedly is in the air. Some examples:
The inns of New Hampshire's White Mountains are excellent places for cuddling up. Take the two-night Winter Romance in the Mountains package at Glen Oaks Inn in Intervale. It includes a welcome beverage, gourmet dinner for two one night, an Austrian sleigh ride, breakfast each morning, and an afternoon beverage by the fire. Packages range from $279-$349 for midweek and $319-$389 weekends.
Visit glenoaksinn.com or call 877-854-6535.
If marriage is on your mind, the New England Inns and Resorts Association is featuring a variety of Pop the Question packages. One example: In Arlington, Vt., the Arlington Inn's engagement package includes three nights' midweek lodging, champagne and chocolates, a private horse-drawn sleigh ride, breakfast daily, and a four-course candlelight dinner. For queen rooms, the price is $850. For luxury rooms and suites, with king beds and a fireplace, it is $1,250. Some of the queen rooms have fireplaces and some of the luxury rooms have two-person Jacuzzis.
For all the offers, including a pricey Diamond and All Engagement Package at the Kennebunkport Inn in Maine, visit newenglandinnsandresorts.com or call 603-964-6689.
They say that love is a gamble, so a stay at the Mohegan Sun casino resort in Uncasville, Conn., could be appropriate. The Lush-ous package features luxury accommodations, a gift of Lush cosmetics, and a splash in a petal-strewn jasmine flower bath for two followed by a massage lesson or couples massage. A bottle of massage oil is included. Rates start at $427 for one night and $577 for two. The package is available February through June.
Call 888-777-7922 and mention code PTTLM. For resort information, visit mohegansun.com.
Perhaps you are longing for love in the Caribbean. At the Tuscany on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos, the $2,658 Valentine's Day package includes three nights in a one-bedroom suite, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and airport transfers. The offer is valid throughout February.
Visit thetuscanyresort.com or call 866-359-6466.
In Boston, the Fairmont Copley Plaza offers the essentials with its Dinner and a Movie package. Included are overnight accommodations, a romantic dinner for two in the hotel's Oak Room, and a complimentary romantic movie from the hotel's On-Command selection. This getaway is available on the evenings of Feb. 14-16, with rates starting at $359.
Call 800-441-1414 at least seven days in advance. For hotel details, visit fairmont.com/copleyplaza/.
Because Godiva chocolates are often associated with valentines, several hotels are offering a Godiva Getaway. For example, the getaway at the Westport Inn in Westport, Conn., features an upgrade to a King Room, a box of Godiva's Gold Ballotin chocolates, a "Bittersweet Love Songs" CD, a "Romantics Guide to the Area's Top 10 Sweet Spots," breakfast, and a late checkout. Prices range from $215-$235.
Bedandbreakfast.com has lots of valentine offers. But it also remembers those who have been unlucky in love by offering Valentines for Singles packages. For instance, the Coppertoppe Inn and Retreat Center in Hebron, N.H., invites singles to book any night Sunday through Thursday or two weekend nights and get chocolates, ice cream, and a movie, plus dinner at a local pub with live music. The discounted rate is $119.50 per person a night if you mention bedandbreakfast.com.
Call 603-744-5036. For all inn offerings for couples or singles, visit bedandbreakfast.com and click on the appropriate icons.
Lake Quinault Lodge in Washington's Olympic National Forest and Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park have romance packages through Feb. 29. Starting at $169, the Romancing the Rainforest Package at Lake Quinault Lodge provides a one-night stay in a Fireplace Room and valentine basket filled with champagne, flutes, chocolates, and strawberries. Kalaloch Lodge's Ocean Romance Package starts at $159 and includes a one-night stay in a log cabin and a basket filled with champagne, flutes, chocolates, and strawberries.
In Dixville Notch, N.H., the Balsams' Winter Romance Package appeals to those who want to do more than stay in their room. The package features champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on arrival, breakfast and dinner, overnight accommodations, and wintertime resort activities including ice-skating, snowshoeing, and nightly entertainment. Rates begin at $328 per couple.
Visit thebalsams.com or call 866-380-6798.
Air France sale
Air France's Winter Escape sale, offering economy-class fares such as Boston-Barcelona round trip for $416, ends Jan. 31. The sale is good for travel Jan. 29-March 23.
Visit airfrance.com/us, call 800-237-2747, or see a travel agent.
Austin-Lehman Adventures has kept its Havasupai base camp adventure in the Grand Canyon at $1,550 per person for the third year in a row. The trip features a journey on foot or horseback to a deluxe base camp deep in the Grand Canyon from which participants can explore a remote Native American village, where the US mail still arrives by pack horse, and hike to waterfalls in a desert oasis. The four-night trip departs March 24 and April 2, with Scottsdale/Phoenix as the host city. Children's rates available.
Visit austinlehman.com or call 800-575-1540.
The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, Md., believes a getaway can be good for you, especially if you participate in one of its two Wellness Weekends. How to be a Heart Healthy Woman kicks off on Feb. 9 with a seminar led by a cardiologist, who will give tips on beating heart disease, and diet and exercise advice. During lunch, the hotel's executive chef will demonstrate cooking healthy cuisine, after which guests can enjoy the dishes. The final activity will be a primer on Pilates. The Couples Keeping Healthy weekend on March 15 will show how partners can keep each other in good condition. Events begin with a discussion, followed by lessons in how to help each other de-stress through massage. In the evening, the chef will cook a wholesome supper and offer tips on working together in the kitchen. Dinner will follow. Packages for either weekend begin at $169 a night, with the lunch and dinner extra.
Visit chesapeakebay.hyatt.com and click on View All News and Events on the right-hand side of the page or call 800-869-9750.
Want to travel with the New England Revolution soccer team, or perhaps watch the New England Patriots football cheerleaders do a warm-weather photo shoot? TNT Celebrity Come-Along Vacations for 2008 include a six-night Cancún trip, in which fans can fly there on the team plane, with the first 16 people who book sitting next to a player or coach. There will be other sessions with the Revs, as well as tickets to an international match. The trip, with flight, hotel, and all meals, leaves Boston March 1. Prices begin at $1,399. There is also a three-night trip to Bermuda beginning Feb. 1 in which participants get to meet the team but do not fly with them. Prices start at $949. Fans of the Pats cheerleaders can watch as they shoot their annual swimsuit calendar at the all-inclusive Paradisus Punta Cana Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The seven-night trip departs Boston on April 27 and, in addition to the photo shoot, includes private dinners and beach volleyball.
Visit tntvacations.com and look for offers on the page's lower-left side or call 888-468-6846.
Hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at email@example.com.
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