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Romantic deals for Valentine's Day

Posted by Paul Kandarian  January 25, 2013 08:02 AM

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Romantic options abound this time of year, with Valentine's Day specials in warm and not-so-warm climates.

At a new destination, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands, the BVI's newest resort in 15 years, they offer a "Be My Valentine Private Island Escape," available from Feb. 8-14, which includes luxury accommodations for three nights, a bottle of champagne, selection of chocolates, a 60-minute couples massage, and private continental breakfast for two in the Ixora Spa, and a romantic dinner at the fine dining restaurant, Caravela, with stunning ocean and sunset views. Guests get unlimited ferry access to Trellis Bay on Tortola, personal concierge service and free use of kayaks, fitness center and hiking trails. Rates start at $2,160 for three nights. Check it out at or call 888-678-8912.

In Bonaire, Harbour Village Beach Club has a romance package, starting at $1,435 per person, which gets you seven nights, a torch-lit dinner on the beach, aromatherapy couples massage, reserved double hammock on the beach, a resort scuba experience for non-certified divers or a day of diving for those who are, full daily breakfast, use of the resort's fitness center, tennis courts and kayaks, and free airport transfers. Visit for more information.

Bermuda is holding a 50-percent off "Pink Sale," a limited-time promotion that cuts half off the rates of five hotels, with a three-night minimum stay. Booking must be made by Feb. 3 and is valid for travel through May 7. Participating hotels are the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Fairmont Southampton Hotel, Grotto Bay Beach Hotel, Newstead Belmont Hills, Royal Palms and Cambridge Beaches. For reservations or information, visit

Hotels in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are offering romantic getaways that can be used on and around Feb. 14, including a "Fifty Shades of Santa Fe" at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, which starts at $150 a night, and includes a room, checklist of 50 romantic things to do and see in the city, a copy of "Santa Fe Icons, 50 Symbols of the city Different," and a $50 spa credit. Use promo code FIFTY when booking at or calling 866-582-1646. La Posada in Santa Fe is offering a package, starting at $239 a night that includes a room, champagne, chocolate and strawberries upon arrival, daily breakfast in bed and two, 50-minute Swedish massages. Visit or call 855-278-5276 for information. The city's landmark hotel, La Fonda on the Plaza, has a special starting at $159 a night, with room, local chocolates and choice of champagne, wine or cider upon arrival, breakfast in bed and early check-in and late check out. See all that at or call 505-982-5511. For all Santa Fe info, visit

Down in Norfolk, Virginia, the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel has a Valentine's special, starting at $135 a night that gets you a bottle of bubbly and chocolates delivered to your room, full American breakfast in bed for two daily, free valet parking and 4 p.m. checkout. For info, visit or call 866-716-8115.

Big Apple romance can be had at Kimpton's The Muse hotel in New York City, which is near the city's fabled theater district and Times Square with rates starting at $249, and spa-suite rates at $399. Rates include the room and breakfast in bed for couples (singles can nosh at the hotel's Nios restaurant, with choice of bottomless mimosas or bloody Mary's). Visit or call 877-692-6873, using rate code PVAL.

Closer to Hub home, Chef Nuno Alves of Tavolo on Dorchester's Dot Ave. (Dorchester Avenue, for out of towners) is offering a Valentine's Day menu from Feb. 14-17, and also programs for couples, including a couples cooking class Feb. 16, and weekly Italian cooking classes. Tavolo also has romantic live acoustic guitar events, with Ryan Beke on Feb. 16, with no cover, and most Tuesday nights year round. Check out the popular eatery at, or call Alves to suggest your own custom itinerary, at 617-822-1918.

Down in historic Bristol, R.I., Bristol House Bed and Breakfast has a "Romance for Two" package, valid throughout February, which includes a two-night stay, choice of two spa treatments at the Alayne White Spa, bottle of champagne and chocolate truffles at check-in, breakfast each morning and a $20 shopping certificate to Revival Boutique. Total cost is $549. Check or call 401-396-9066 for details. Also, the Bristol Harbor Inn has a Valentine's package from Feb. 8-17, which for $235 gets you a night at the inn (fireplace rooms available), $100 dinner allowance at DeWolf Tavern, bottle of Crane Lake Brut and Lindor Chocolate Truffles, and breakfast for two. Visit or call 401-254-1444 for info.

Also in Rhode Island, the towering, seaside Ocean House in Watch Hill has a "Romance by the Sea" package for Feb. 8-10, with rates starting at $1,150 with two-night minimum stay. This giant, yellow AAA Five Diamond resort is perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean, and the package includes room, welcome bottle of champagne, a Valentine's dinner with the Salt Marsh Opera on Feb. 9, breakfast for two on Feb. 9 and jazz brunch for two on Feb. 10. Visit or call 401-584-7000 for information.

Up in New Hampshire, where it's chilly this time of year, you can warm each other up with a variety of hotel packages, including at the Inn at East Hill in Troy, where for a $282 overnight package you get a room, three-course dinner for two, and breakfast and lunch the next day. Check out or call 603-242-6495 for information. At Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center in Hebron, packages start at $389 for a room and $499 for a suite, where a two-night stay gets you flowers, chocolates, candles, date movies and breakfast in room or at the inn's dining area. There is no set menu; instead, chefs cook what guests like. Visit or call 603-744-3636 for information.

For romantic outdoor fun in the Granite State, Bretton Woods and Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center are hosting a chocolate tour through the White Mountain National Forest. Guests decide which inns and lodges to stop for chocolate, which can include the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, Omni Bretton Arms Inn, The Lodge, the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center, the Yurt and the Bretton Woods Nordic Center. Visit or call 603-278-1000 for information. a $10 fee does apply and all participants must have a nordic center trail pass.

For something completely different, take a trip with Muddy Paw Dog Sled in Jefferson, which is hosting a Valentine's adventure for guests and a team of rescue sled dogs, three hours covering up to 22 miles of back-woods trails. It's being run Feb. 11-14, and costs $350 per sled. Mention "Puppy Love" deal on booking and get a 10-percent discount. For information, check out or call 603-545-4533.

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