Waited till the last minute to plan for the most romantic day of the year? No problem. You have options, and we've got a slew of romantic Valentine's Day trip ideas right here. Valentine’s Day being during the week is a good thing: It means there are two weekends when you can opt to celebrate, and there are nearly endless ways to get out of town with just a short drive or flight for a quick lovers’ getaway.
With just a couple of nights in mind, here are some alluring Valentine's Day trip ideas that capture all the magic of, say, Paris, without the long flight.
For East Coast Couples
If you’re an East Coaster, your best bets are to stay on the continent or jet off to the Gulf of Mexico and load up on the mosquito spray to help stave off Zika.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
The secluded NIZUC Resort & Spa in Cancun is offering couples who want to keep the Valentine spirit going as long as possible a free fourth night (more time for couples spa rituals). Also in the seductively gorgeous Caribbean there’s Banyan Tree Mayakoba—where a proposal package includes an intimate dinner aboard a boat as it weaves through canals, plus spa experiences and a pro photo shoot—and the Thompson Playa del Carmen, where dining under the stars is the norm.
Seafood lovers can immerse themselves in fruits from the sea at the paradisiacal Palms Turks and Caicos, where not only will the chef cook dinner for two in your suite but you can also attend a fish fry or go conch diving and even moonbathing. At Hotel Le Toiny on St. Barth, you can swim in a private infinity pool at your secluded villa, sipping rosé, and leave only for picnics on the property’s private sands.
If you're aiming to stay stateside, try the Ritz-Carlton in Miami’s South Beach, where the Ocean of Love package includes a couples massage and beach picnic for two. Slow down and savor the moment at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, in a South Carolina nature preserve, where fantastic food, a top-rated spa, and Jack Nicklaus's golf course beckon. At Greyfield Inn, on Georgia’s picturesque Cumberland Island, you can enjoy each other without distraction over picnic lunches and long walks on the coast. The destination is totally Internet free, allowing for the ultimate social-media detox.
Get active at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa with indoor paddleboard-yoga classes, or just indulge in pampering at the oceanfront property’s spa. Opt for fondue by a fire pit, hot-tub sessions, and windy walks along the dunes on the empty island at the Nantucket Hotel + Resort. (It’s shoulder season.) The Relais & Chateaux Camden Harbour Inn by the sea in Maine has a romance-packed package that includes champagne and chocolates, lift tickets for Camden Snowbowl, and a seductive seven-course dinner.
For West Coast Couples
For those on the West Coast, there’s the Baja Peninsula, which is gloriously Zika free, Hawaii, and also a few places to feel the chill—and let your man warm you up.
Montana + Idaho
Step into the Wild West at the Ranch at Rock Creek in snowy Montana, where it’s a given that you’ll snuggle up in front of a fire. There’s even a barn dance if you’re feeling frisky. More cold-weather adventure can be had in Idaho—think snowmobiling and heli-skiing—at Shore Lodge in McCall, surrounded by mountains and a frozen lake.
NorCal’s Carmel-by-the-Sea, just a short drive from wedding hot spot Lover’s Point, was practically made for Valentine’s Day. Bed and breakfast the Hideaway and Hotel Carmel (where an All Signs Point to Love package includes kayaking to Lover’s Point and a couples massage) make perfect overnights, between wine tasting, picnics, and spa treatments in the charming town. In Laguna Beach, a room at the Surf & Sand ensures you’ll hear the waves crashing on the beach and see stars twinkling above; the property also offers a romantic atmosphere, with rose petals, candles, roses, and chocolate-covered strawberries and bubbly.
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Down south, Costa Baja La Paz puts you in perfect proximity to the stunning Sea of Cortez, while the new five-star Chileno Bay Resort & Residences—think outdoor showers and soaking tubs in villas and mucho tequila—is situated on Cabo’s very best and largest swimmable beach.
Hawaii is a no-brainer from California. The new Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina feels far from civilization and perfectly intimate, especially with offerings like private dinners punctuated with your very own fireworks show for two. On Maui, the Andaz’s spa uses chocolate and cherries in luscious lovers’ treatments, accompanied by champagne.