LAST-MINUTE CALIFORNIA TRAVEL DEALS LET COUPLES REKINDLE THEIR LOVE FOR LESS THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
Although the economy is recovering, this Valentine’s Day many couples still think they have to cut romance out of the budget, putting off that much-needed getaway with their loved one.
The California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC) says there’s no need to put off that romantic splurge this February, as dozens of California accommodations are offering great deals, making February the perfect time for lovers to reconnect for a quick getaway.
“February is a great time to visit California, not only for the great weather and romantic destinations, but for the travel deals,” said Caroline Beteta, CTTC president & CEO. “To help couples get away from it all and celebrate their love in style—and at great value—we’ve collected dozens of Valentine’s Day packages across the Golden State.”
Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach: The only waterfront resort in Newport Beach is offering “The Valentine’s Romance Package” starting at $295 plus tax and gratuity. Package includes one night’s luxurious guest room accommodations, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, $50 resort credit for use around the Resort and Spa, breakfast in your guest room or in the First Cabin Restaurant and complimentary valet parking. Subject to availability. www.balboabayclub.com
Georgian Hotel, Santa Monica: Holding hands while walking along the beach is only steps away when you’ve reserved the Month of Love retreat. A half-dozen chocolate-covered strawberries and a “Love Potion” cocktail kick up the romance factor at this historic oceanfront hotel. From $240 until Feb. 28, 2011. www.georgianhotel.com
Hotel Angelino, Los Angeles: The “Room with a View Romance Package” starts at $250 and includes one night in a King Room with an epic view of L.A., $100 credit at West Restaurant (window seat), two hand- crafted cocktails, complimentary valet parking and wireless internet, daily wine hour. www.jdvhotels.com
Hotel Erwin, Venice Beach: The “Venice Beach Valentine” package, starting at $239 per night,
lets you share the love with a bottle of sparkling wine and a beautiful floral bouquet for your sweetheart, especially handcrafted by a local Venice Beach florist. The Hotel Erwin offers stylish accommodations steps from the beach, with a gorgeous outdoor rooftop lounge that is a must for Venice Beach nightlife. Based on availability. Black out dates may apply. www.hotelerwin.com
Hotel Villa Portofino, Catalina Island: The hotel is offering a luxury “God/Goddess Package” this February, with rates starting at $596 plus tax per couple per night. This luxury package includes a roundtrip cruise from one of four mainland California ports, accommodations and taxi transfers. Lovers will be treated to a Lavender or Acupressure Facial Massage, Peppermint Scalp Massage, 50 minute Swedish Massage and a Fig Sugar Glow (or Foot Massage) in-room or at a private studio with Catalina Sea Spa. They will also enjoy a continental breakfast and chocolates, champagne and a rose. www.hotelvillaportofino.com/packages.php.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego: With February rates as low as $189, romance seekers can enjoy San Diego’s magical waterfront resort, featuring a private 15-acre peninsula, an award-winning Mistral restaurant that overlooks the San Diego skyline and Coronado Bay, three swimming pools, an extensive 24-hour room service menu, a private 80-slip marina and gondola company, and direct access to the Silver Strand State Beach. For $419 (including tax and gratuities per couple, lovers can enjoy the hotel’s new Voga Voyage spa treatment which takes place on a 33-foot gondola equipped with two professional massage beds. After departing from the resort’s private marina, couples enjoy a soothing sunscreen application and a relaxing 40-minute massage. Cool sea breezes and the gentle rocking of the gondola as it cruises the canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays. Complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries are enjoyed during the final 10 minutes of the scenic cruise. Subject to availability. www.loewshotels.com/coronadobay.
Montage Beverly Hills and Montage Laguna Beach: These decadent hotels are offering the “Art of Romance” Valentine’s Day packages, which start at $675 (Beverly Hills) and $745 (Laguna Beach) per night. Packages feature accommodations for two nights and special amenities guaranteed to create unforgettable moments for you and your loved one, including in-room deep soaking tubs; romantic, one-hour couple’s massage at Spa Montage; daily breakfast for two; exclusive handmade chocolates; and champagne upon arrival. Lovebirds can even enhance their intimate escape with a dinner reservation at the newly opened Scarpetta Beverly Hills at Montage Beverly Hills, or a seaside rendezvous at Studio at Montage Laguna Beach. www.montagehotels.com
Omni Los Angeles Hotel, Los Angeles: Mood lighting, smooth music and robes set the tone for the Sweet Rendezvous package that also includes sparkling wine, gourmet truffles and signature morning cocktails with breakfast. And if he pops the question Valentine’s Day weekend, the happy couple’s honeymoon stay is free. From $298. www.omnihotels.com
Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Beach: The “Whisk Her Away” package starts at $545 and includes one night in a luxurious garden-view Bungalow, breakfast for two on the terrace amid a scenic ocean backdrop at Coliseum Pool & Grill, private cabana with sparkling Prosecco and fresh berries at the world’s largest circular pool and two blissful 50-minute spa treatments at an award-winning luxury retreat. Offer available through March 2011; some exceptions apply. www.pelicanhill.com/
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, Hollywood: If romantic movies make you melt, then you won’t want to miss the chance to star in your own Hollywood romance with the hotel’s Hollywood Love Story Package, which includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two at Twist, sparkling wine and truffles, valet parking and a late checkout. From $289. www.renaissancehollywood.com
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula: Create unforgettable romantic wine country memories with the “Villa & Hot Air Balloon Package,” starting at $479 per night Sunday through Thursday and $589 per night Friday through Saturday. This unique luxury getaway includes one luxurious night for two in a Villa in the Vineyards, bottle of pre-selected award-winning wine in the room and hot air balloon ride for two with California Dreamin’ Balloon Rides (with a champagne toast and continental breakfast at journey’s end). Good throughout February and subject to availability and restrictions. www.wineresort.com
Temecula Creek Inn: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the “Date Night Package,” starting at $199 per night. Package includes one night’s accommodations, bottle of local champagne on arrival, chocolate-dipped strawberries, wine country dinner for two and waived wine corkage fee for dinner. Offer good February 1–28, 2011 and subject to availability. temeculacreekinn.com
W Hollywood, Hollywood: With typical cheekiness, the W invites you to be your own Valentine this year with the “Bitter Party for One” package. Invite up to four BFFs to join you in a WOW suite for unlimited complimentary movies in your private screening room, a chocolate and ice cream extravaganza, a poolside cabana, cocktails and a one-on-one consultation with a jeweler. From $999. www.whotels.com
Garden Street Inn, San Luis Obispo: The “Romance on the Beach” package, starting at $329 plus tax, includes one night’s accommodations for two, bottle of sparkling wine from a local vineyard with two flutes and two beautiful red roses. Guests also get directions to Avila Beach where Beach Butlerz™ will provide a private bonfire complete managed by a beach butler, two luxury oak lounge chairs with warm blankets and an 18-inch” round table and two specially wrapped Amy Bakes Cupcakes. www.gardenstreetinn.com
La Bellasera Hotel and Suites, Paso Robles: The luxurious “Isn’t It Romantic?” package starts at $1,166.96 per couple and includes two nights in a Deluxe King Whirlpool Room or King Fireplace Room , welcome bottle of local sparkling wine, a dozen roses, personal celebration cake, breakfast daily – in room or in Enoteca, two one-hour spa treatments in the guestroom or spa room, two La Bellasera signature bathrobes, two gourmet picnic box lunches and local winery maps and concierge service to assist in planning itineraries. www.labellasera.com
Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo: The wildly romantic Madonna Inn, featuring fabulous themed rooms, is offering a luxurious “Spa & Stay Package,” starting at $395. The package includes one night for two in a suite (subject to availability) and a 60-minute “couples” massage at the SPA at Madonna Inn, a hilltop oasis near the resort’s heated pool. Short drive to beaches and Paso Robles wine country. Gratuity not included. Good throughout February on Sunday through Thursday nights. www.MadonnaInn.com.
Paso Robles Inn, Paso Robles: The “Passion in Paso” package, starting at $288, includes an overnight stay for two in a Deluxe Spa room, dinner for two at the romantic Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse, a bottle of delicious Paso Robles wine at check-in and breakfast for two in the restaurant, coffee shop or as room service. Good throughout February and subject to availability. www.pasoroblesinn.com
Quality Suites SLO, San Luis Obispo: The hotel, located minutes from the beaches and Paso Robles wine country, is offering a “Blissful Spa Retreat” package starting at $395. Deal includes a two-night relaxing stay in a fabulous two-room suite combined with a tranquil one-hour massage experience for two at Bliss Body Spa (transportation to and from spa included). Good weekdays throughout February (weekend cost is $495). www.qualitysuitesslo.com
Radisson Hotel Santa Maria: This hotel, adjacent to the private Santa Maria Airport, offers free plane parking within 100 feet of the hotel. The “For Valentines” package (pilots and non-pilots welcome) is good February 11–14 and costs $249 per night. Package includes one night in a deluxe room for two, choice of champagne or sparkling apple cider, four-course dinner in “Vintner’s Grill,” turndown service and buffet breakfast for two. www.radisson.com/santamaria.ca
San Luis Creek Lodge, San Luis Obispo: Enjoy the “Romantic Retreat along the Creek” package near Paso Robles wine country and the beaches, starting at just $279. Package includes one night in a king fireplace or jetted bathtub room (Sunday through Thursday), gift certificate for $50 toward dinner for two at restaurant Koberl at Blue, a bottle of fine local wine upon arrival, breakfast delivered to the room, Edna Valley Bakery’s chocolate truffles, red roses, use of fluffy bathrobes and Aveda bath amenities. www.sanluisobispovacations.com.
Wuksachi Lodge, Sequoia National Park: The “Winter Romance” package sets the scene for romance in Sequoia National Park. Couples can take full advantage of a snowy wonderland by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowman building, or simply gazing upon the beauty from inside the cozy lodge. The package, which starts at $194.50 plus tax, includes overnight accommodations, snowshoe rental for two, one bottle of champagne, two Sequoia logo flutes and handmade chocolate truffles. www.nationalparkreservations.com
NORTHERN CALIFORNIACentral Valley Region
Citizen Hotel, Sacramento: Let’s face it—wine and chocolates are overrated, not to mention a total cliché. This Valentine’s Day, spice things up with a sizzling “Hot & Spicy” package guaranteed to keep your love aflame. Upon arrival you’ll receive a bottle of our very own Joie de Vivre Blended Herradura Tequila Reposado, along with a selection of local citrus and salts, perfect for the rim of the glass or anywhere else you choose to use them. Enjoy a basket of perfectly paired house-made tortilla chips and spicy salsa, designed to set your mouth on fire. Not hot enough for you? Your night will be complete with a scented candle, heated massage oil, and love dice. With rates starting at just $219 the package includes one night of deluxe accommodations and night of valet parking with in and out privileges . www.citizenhotel.com
Doubletree, Modesto: “Valentine’s Day Room Package” starts at $249 and includes standard guestroom, four-course dinner for two in Maxi’s, full American breakfast for two, champagne andchocolate strawberries. Note: Message the “Doubletree Modesto” Facebook page directly and get $10 additional off the special when you book.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento: To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the hotel is offering a “Sweet Deal” promotion. Starting at $164, lovers can stay overnight in a deluxe guestroom and receive a $30 food and beverage credit that can be used anywhere in the hotel. Credit can be used towards the hotel’s romantic Valentine’s menu, which costs $120 per couple (plus tax and gratuity_ and includes four gourmet courses and a glass of California sparkling wine by Chef Ian Libberton. Offer is good throughout February for one-night stay only (available Fri-Sun). Subject to availability. www.sacramento.hyatt.com
Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe: The “Romance Package” starts at approximately $398 plus tax for a two-night getaway in a spacious two-room suite at South Lake Tahoe’s highest rated, full service, all suite hotel. Package includes rose petal bed decoration, champagne and strawberries delivered upon arrival, $60 dining credit (doesn’t cover tax, gratuity or service charge) and two glasses of wine in the Echo Lounge or via Room Service, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily, evening managers reception (must be legal drinking age). www.embassytahoe.com
Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite Area: Indulge in a rustic romantic winter getaway near spectacular Yosemite National Park with the “Valentine’s Sweetheart Package.” Starting at $205 weekdays and $230 weekends, the package includes: two nights’ accommodations for two in a Deluxe Queen Cabin; a delicious three-course dinner, including a bottle of wine (or sparkling cider); hearty mountain breakfast on one morning; freshly made “trail lunches” for your day’s activities on one afternoon; a romantic Valentine’s Day welcome basket; guaranteed late check-out; and evening activities, including roaring fires, nightly s’mores, movies and more. The “Enhanced Sweetheart Package,” starting at $290 weekdays and $315 weekends, include one-hour full body massages for you and that special someone. Advance reservations required. Certain restrictions may apply. Pricing does not include tax and gratuity. Massages are individual, not simultaneous. Good Februraly 11-15. www.evergreenlodge.com/valentinesday.html
North Coast Area (Sonoma/Mendocino)
Applewood Inn, Restaurant & Spa, Guerneville (Sonoma County): The “Romantic Rendezvous” package starts at $995, plus tax and gratuity and includes two nights in a “Belle Stanze” Jr. Suite with a fireplace and two-person spa tub or shower, bottle of Iron Horse Blanc de Blanc champagne and an artisan’s cheese and fruit plate, dinner for two with the chef’s five-course tasting menu with Russian River wine pairings, champagne or mimosas and a full country breakfast in the morning, plus side-by-side 60-minute massages. www.applewoodinn.com
Baechtel Creek Inn & Spa, Willits: The “Love Potion #9” package, starting at $575 plus tax, includes two nights in one of their themed rooms, dinner for two at the Purple Thistle, a 60-minute couple’s massage using their special Love Potion #9 oils and a complimentary bottle of Mendocino County wine. The “Chocolate Decadence” package also includes two nights’ accommodations, plus rich chocolate truffles, a small carafe of port and decadent chocolate facials for $525 plus tax for two adults. Good throughout February and subject to restrictions. www.baechtelcreekinn.com
Breaker’s Inn, Gualala: “Valentine’s Day” package starts at $525, including one-night of accommodations (night of Monday, Feb. 14), dozen red roses, champagne, truffles, dinner for two at Sea Ranch Lodge and a gift certificate to Victoria’s Secret. May be subject to restrictions and availability. Package costs $725 if the guests would like to stay both the nights of Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12. Package is not applicable at any other time in February. All packages are non-refundable and a 10-day cancellation notice is required.
Emerald Dolphin Inn, Fort Bragg: The “Romantic Getaway” package starts at $431 plus tax for two nights’ lodging in a beautiful King Suite with a fireplace and a jetted spa tub for two (three nights start at $480 plus tax). Package includes continental breakfast each morning, complimentary miniature golf passes for two (available Friday through Sunday), a one hour in-room massage for one, dozen roses, pampering spa basket filled with soaps, bath gels, and bubbles, dozen truffles from Mendocino Chocolate Company and a bottle of champagne. Good throughout February except Presidents’ Day weekend (February 18-19). www.emeralddolphin.com,
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has this Valentine’s Day all wrapped up – inspired overnight packages, soothing spa treatments and amorous dining adventures are sure to send any relationship into overdrive. The “Bed and Breakfast” package starts at $239 (based on double occupancy) and lets bon vivants enjoy romance-inspired accommodations and breakfast either at the resort on in the privacy of their room. Sample an unbeatable Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at the resort’s Michelin-starred restaurant Santé, featuring a seven-course aphrodisiac menu served in the dining room. Tasting menu is available from $125 per person, exclusive of tax and service (brilliantly selected wine pairings available for an additional $85 per person, exclusive of tax and service). www.fairmont.com/sonoma
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forestville (Sonoma County): The “Add a Little Romance in Wine Country” package costs just $570 per couple and includes one night’s accommodations featuring romantic CDs and DVDs in-room, bottle of champagne on ice, vase of radiant fresh-cut flowers and decadent chocolates by the bed, sensual candles, milk bath, one-hour couple’s massage and a charming memento. www.farmhouseinn.com
Fensalden Inn, Albion: The “Romance Package” starts at $759 plus tax and includes two nights in either the Tower Suite or Hawthorne Suite, dinner for two at the Little River Inn, relaxing visit for two in a private hot tub/sauna room for one hour at the Sweetwater Spa in charming Mendocino Village, two consecutive 35-minute in-room massages from a local certified masseuse, “Romantic Memories of Mendocino” gift basket with local goodies, complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, full gourmet breakfast each morning at Fensalden Inn (with champagne on Sundays), wine and hors d’oeuvres each evening at 5 p.m. in the Great Room and plush robes in your room to enjoy near your fireplace. www.fensalden.com
Joshua Grindle Inn, Mendocino Village: “A Rub… and a Tub!” package at this romantic bed and breakfast starts at $678 (including tax), which includes two nights in a romantic room with fireplace and whirlpool tub (rubber ducky included!) , gourmet breakfast each morning and two one-hour massages in the Joshua Grindle Inn’s own Chez Bambú. Good throughout February, excluding holidays and subject to availability. Two night minimum on weekends. www.joshgrin.com
MacCallum House Inn and Restaurant, Mendocino Village: The “Mendocino Lovers’ Getaway” package includes two nights of romantic accommodations for two, plus a dozen roses, a $100 gift certificate for dinner and a lovers’ basket, which includes a box of assorted fine dark chocolates, a delicious locally-made cake, a jar of ollalieberry jam, a keepsake tin of French candies, an after-dinner bar of Scharffen Berger’s smooth 62% semisweet chocolate, a votive candle with glass votive cup and two long-stemmed dark chocolate roses. Package starts at $358 and is good throughout February. www.maccallumhouse.com
Stanford Inn by the Sea, Mendocino: The “Give Your Favorite Person a Gift” package starts at $625 weekdays plus tax and gratuity ($675 weekends) and includes two nights’ lodging for two adults in a room with fireplace and queen bed, dinner for two at the award-winning Ravens’ Restaurant each night of the stay, brunch for two each morning, one facial or forest massage and a voucher for $25 toward any spa service with any stay. Subject to availability. www.stanfordinn.com
Timber Cove Inn, Jenner (Sonoma County): The “Coastal Romance Package,” starting at $199, includes one night in an ocean-view room with a spa tub and fireplace, bottle of Scharffenberger Cremant champagne, Scharffenberger chocolates, Eclipse Spa organic bath bubbles and breakfast for two. Good throughout February and subject to availability. Weekend rates available. www.timbercoveinn.com
San Francisco Bay Area
The Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford (Napa Valley): The “Heart and Soul Valentine’s Day Package” gives couples who want to splurge the ultimate luxury this February. The package includes one or two night stay in a Garden View King Room and special six-course Chef’s Tasting Menu at our Michelin-starred restaurant (alcohol not included). After dinner, guests will find their fireplace lit, romantic music turned on and candlelight filling the room, along with a complimentary “Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples” book. Also includes bottle of regional sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries on arrival and breakfast for two each day. One night stay costs $1,400 per couple (available only February 14), while a two-night stay costs $2,170 per couple (available for arrival February13 and 14). Additional night at rack rate. Upgrades are available at an additional charge. All taxes and gratuities included. Subject to availability at time of booking. www.aubergedusoleil.com
Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga (Napa Valley): Valentine’s Day luxury package starts at $895 per night ($400 savings) and includes two nights in upgraded one-bedroom Spa Lodge (hot tub on the deck) room, intimate dinner for two at the Lakehouse (not including alcohol, taxes, gratuity), welcome amenity of California sparkling wine, special turn down gift and private Soak and Steam at the Bathhouse Spa. Based upon a two-night stay, cannot be combined with any other offers or packages. www.calistogaranch.com
Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa, Berkeley: The “Love Is in the Air” luxury package at this Four Diamond Resort starts at only $249 and includes room, tax, parking, facilities charge, breakfast for two at Meritage at the Claremont and a sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberry amenity upon arrival. Good throughout February. The “Be My Valentine” package – good February 11 through 14 – starts at $495 and includes one night’s accommodations for two, a special Valentine’s Vineyard to Table dinner with wine pairings for two in Meritage, plus a chocolate amenity in the room. Awaken late the next morning for breakfast in bed for two and a late check-out of 2 p.m. The resort is also offering several romantic spa packages as well. www.claremontresort.com.
Galleria Park, San Francisco: The “Valentine’s Day Package”starts at $139 and includes one night of accommodations, bottle of chilled champagne, chocolates and complimentary parking. www.galleriapark.com
Half Moon Bay Inn, Half Moon Bay: This luxurious boutique property in the heart of downtown Half Moon Bay is offering two Valentine’s Day packages: the “J’adore L’amour Package” (starts at $380) and the “Love Shack Package” (starts at $340). The “J’adore L’amour Package” includes one night’s accommodation for two, glass of champagne upon arrival at the Oceano Coastal Spa, followed by a 60-minute couples Swedish massage and a 20-minute deep-soaking aromatherapy bath for two. The “Love Shack Package” includes one night’s accommodation for two, glass of champagne upon arrival at the Oceano Coastal Spa, followed by a 60-minute couples Swedish massage. www.halfmoonbayinn.com
Hotel Adagio, San Francisco: The “Valentines WOW Package”, with rates starting at just $139, lets you surprise your Valentine with a lovely overnight stay near Union Square, including sparkling wine, a dozen long stem roses and a rose petal turndown. Subject to availability through February. www.jdvhotels.com
Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco: The “Organic Lovers Package”, with rates starting at just $144 per night, lets you take your special someone to a romantic California beach house without leaving the city. This bright and colorful “beachy” boutique hotel, will magically transform your room with rose petals, an organic bottle of red or white wine, aromatic massage lotions and dark chocolates. Subject to availability through February and 48-hour cancellation policy. www.thehoteldelsol.com
Hotel Valencia Santana Row (San Jose/Silicon Valley): The “St. Valentine’s – A Perfect Escape” package starts at $249 per night per couple, plus tax. The luxury hotel—located on Santana Row, Silicon Valley’s answer to Rodeo Drive—is including a stylish guest room for two, a bottle of sparkling wine, dark chocolate-covered strawberries and in-room continental breakfast for two the next morning. Available February 11-12 and subject to availability. For reservations, visit hotelvalencia-santanarow.com and enter Promo ID: PKGVAL
Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco: The “Amour Valentine’s Day Package” sets the stage for romance in one of the most romantic cities in the world. Starting at only $239, the package includes accommodations for two, for one night; full American breakfast for two (room service or in Knuckles); bottle of sparkling wine; chocolate-covered strawberries; turndown service (on request); and late check out to 2 p.m. (on request). Valid through March 30. www.fishermanswharf.hyatt.com
Villagio Inn & Spa in Yountville (Napa Valley): This luxury hotel is offering special rates throughout February. One night’s accommodations start at just $225 a night per person weeknights (subject to availability and restrictions). For just $75 per person, couples can enjoy a one-hour special tea spa service in a luxuriously private Spa Suite, beginning with a Spa Concierge providing each guest with a choice of herbs and essential oils such as arnica, green tea, chamomile and lavender so that they may create their own custom herbal blend for soaking. Guests enjoy a cleansing Swiss shower, followed by a 20-minute herbal soak complete with soothing tea bags for their eyes. Following their relaxing soak, they will enjoy a hot cup of tea and a selection of delectable treats while relaxing in front of a cozy fire. www.villagio.com
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