You officially have one day before Valentine’s Day ladies & gents! Although we’re currently experiencing a snow meltdown, we’re encouraging you fellas to break out the skiis, get to the nearest rental car company and rent a 4×4! If you haven’t figured out what you should do with your boo, here are some thrifty Valentine’s weekend getaways that are romantic, cost effective, and different. Thank us later.
Wharf Master’s Inn – Point Arena, CA – $169
The Deal: A two-night stay with a bottle of wine.
Perched on a stone bluff overlooking a natural cove on the Pacific coastline, the buildings of Wharf Master’s Inn surround a beautifully restored Victorian-style home originally built in 1865 and listed today on the National Register of Historic Places. Antique furnishings, such as four-poster beds and hand-carved armoires, fill the interior. Guest rooms jacuzzi tubs, wharf views, and flat screens. Something for the ladies – and gents. Balconies attached to each room overlook either the Pacific Ocean or a courtyard dotted with natural-wood sculptures.
Salishan Spa and Golf Resort – Oregon Coast – $98
The Deal: A one or two-night stay in a traditional king room.
This four-star hotel marries luxury interior with woodsy surroundings. Vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows give guest rooms a spacious feel. Private balconies overlook Siletz Bay, the forest, or the resort’s spectacular 18-hole golf course. Salishan’s spa ranked No. 13 on the list of the Top 250 Spas by Condé Nast Traveler.
Rainbow Ranch Lodge – Big Sky, MT – $99
The Deal: A one or two-night stay for two in a riverside, deluxe room.
The Rainbow Ranch Lodge offers a quintessential, upscale-yet-rustic log cabin experience in Montana wilderness. The lodge blends in with its surroundings, with exposed wooden beams, stone columns, balconies outfitted with Adirondack chairs, and large picture windows that put the Rocky Mountain scenery on display. To top it off, the lodge is just 45 miles from Yellowstone National Park’s west gate, which is the closest access point to Old Faithful. During the winter months, the west gate is only accessible via snowmobile and snowcoach tours.
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa – Minett, ON – $C169
The Deal: A one or two-night stay for two with spa access.
On clear winter nights along the shores of Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, the snowfields glow deep blue under the moonlight. Naturalists from the 4.5-star JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa introduce visitors to this dream-like landscape on snowshoe tours beneath the stars. While you’re here, you’ll find a wide range of recreational activities, including snowmobiling and ice-skating. The sprawling hotel rests atop a granite bluff, with a grand Victorian façade that belies the laid-back charm of the retreat. Ranked No. 6 on Condé Nast Traveler’s readers’ choice Top 15 Resorts in Canada, the property combines homey comforts with indulgent amenities including a full-service spa.
Lusten Resort on Lake Superior – Lusten, MN – $239
The Deal: A two-night stay for two in a sea front villa.
Framed by the clear waters of Lake Superior, and with the Sawtooth Mountains as a backdrop, Lutsen’s landscape offers tons of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Thanks to the perennially popular Lutsen Mountains ski resort—the largest in Minnesota—the township was hailed as the “King of the Midwest Hills” in 2009 by The New York Times. But even without snow, this resort area just 30 miles from Canada, as the crow flies, is a royal treat. Hop on the Mountain Tram, or hike the nearby state park trails to see roaring waterfalls as the rivers rush toward Lake Superior. Hit the links at Superior National Golf Course, or arrange a charter fishing trip on the lake. Or trade rustic pursuits for domestic ones and dive into the many restaurants and shops nearby in the quaint seaside village of Grand Marais.
The Jade Seahorse – Utila, Honduras – $639
The Deal: A five or seven-night stay with meals and excursions for two.
The JadeSeahorse resort on Honduras’s Utila island began as the private residence of husband-and-wife duo Neil and Julia, a pair of expat Los Angelenos. The couple gradually expanded their home, first opening a smoothie shop, then building a treetop bar, and eventually constructing the Nightland cabins for guests. Today, the JadeSeahorse property appears otherworldly, decorated with whimsical statues, colorful mosaic tiles, and other flea-market purchases and homemade wares from around the globe.
Let us know if you scooped-up any of these deals!
– The Angel Era Staff