very american valentine’s day retreats

January 22nd, 2009

With Valentine’s Day falling over President’s Day Weekend, couples have the chance to get away for the perfect long weekend. This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day and the American presidents with a trip within the States.


Jared Coffin House, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Why: Long walks along the moors followed by a drink in front of the fireplace of the whaling captain’s mansion

What: Fabulous rates plus chocolate-covered local cranberries and a gourmet breakfast-in-bed

How Much: $124 for Saturday night; guests can extend the weekend at only $75 a night. Add a jeep rental to explore the island for $75 a day

Insider’s Tip: Head to Ladybird Lingerie for top of the line in women’s lingerie (most likely on sale, no less…) including pieces from Cosabella, Aubade, Chantalle, and Eberjey

Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Why: Twilight strolls along crooked streets and open-air Mercados against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

What: Sunlit (or moonlit) rooms with triple-sheeted bedding, wine and cheese, and a relaxing soak in an open-air hot tub under the stars

How Much: Rates start at $170 per night, double occupancy

Insider’s Tip: Experience the blend of Santa Fe’s unique cultural heritage and its sparkling culinary scene with Inn on the Alameda’s “Tasting the City Different” package

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, Chicago

Why: It’s February in the Windy City and there’s no better place to be cooped up than with your honey than a luxury spa suite

What: “Time Together” offers a two-hour treatment including full body exfoliation and soothing aromatherapy massage for two in the private spa suite or in the couple’s guestroom followed by champagne and chocolate covered strawberries

How Much: Rates start at $600 for the “Time Together” package

Insider’s Tip: Be sure to ask for the Peninsula Spa by ESPA Chicago’s new signature treatment, the Uplifting Mint Experience using mint grown in the Midwest


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