#1 // NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Where we spent our five-day honeymoon, Napa Valley will always hold a place in my heart as being one of the most romantic places I could think of! There is an endless selection of vineyards and wineries, outdoor activities, restaurants, and quaint hotels. Our favorite place to stay in Napa? The Cottage Grove Inn! Located in Calistoga, CA, the Cottage Grove Inn is just north of Napa (and therefore a tad cheeper) but is still located near great vineyards, like Schramsberg Vineyards and the Castello di Amorosa. I also highly recommend taking a romantic hot air balloon ride, which are plentiful, while in the valley!
Another bonus of visiting Napa Valley? It’s only an hour and a half north of San Francisco! If you want to take a day trip and visit the unique city (which I highly recommend) you’ll be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, and Lombard Street.
romantic v-day getaway _ napa
#2 // CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Connor and I spent Valentine’s Day in Charleston last year, and we fell in love! The city is the epitome of southern charm. Stay at the romantic Elliot House Inn and enjoy a breakfast in bed, wine and cheese, and a hot tub in the chilly evening. Then spend the day enjoying fresh seafood, and basking in the history and culture of Charleston. Be sure not too pass up Poogan’s Porch for delectable Shrimp & Grits!
romantic v-day getaway _ charleston
#3 // NEW YORK, NEW YORK
New York isn’t for everyone, but it is one of my personal favorite places to visit! As I was born and raised in the Colorado suburbs, the excitement of a big city gets me every time. There is so much for everyone in New York, it’s almost impossible not to have a good time. Play tourist and visit the Brooklyn Bridge, the 9/11 memorial, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. Indulge your artistic side and see a Broadway Play and spend hours roaming the met. Or wander through Central Park arm-in-arm with your Valentine. Oh, the possibilities are endless, and just thinking about New York has me considering a quick trip to the city that never sleeps!
#4 // THE COLORADO MOUNTAINS
If you are in our near Colorado this time of year, you simply must take a trip to the mountains over the long weekend. You can take a trip up to ski towns, like Vail, Winter Park, or Breckenridge, or you can go somewhere a tad less tourist-packed, like Grand Lake or Estes Park. Wherever you end up, you can bet that the Colorado Mountains will not disappoint in your quest for a romantic getaway!
romantic v-day getaway _ colorado
#5. REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
East-coasters (especially those of you north of Washington DC) did you know that it IS possible to visit Iceland over a long weekend?? It is, and I know first hand… because I’ve done it! If you take off work a few hours early and head to the airport Friday night, you’ll arrive in Iceland Saturday morning with almost three full days to spend in the country. Just imagine it: you’re sitting in hot tub with your loved one, with a glass of wine or Icelandic Bjork, and the northern lights dancing overhead. Wouldn’t that be amazing and romantic!!! Well February is northern light season, and flights to Iceland are a bit cheaper in the winter. Nothing says Valentine’s Day snuggles like the snowy weather of beautiful Iceland.
Are you planning any trips for the upcoming long weekend? Do you have any other, local, Valentine’s Day plans? Let me know!