This Valentine’s Day, spend your hard earned dollars on something that will last forever, like special memories from a romantic weekend getaway. Now, these weekend getaways do not have to break your bank account. Instead, visit one of these favorite (and affordable) North American destinations perfect for a romantic weekend away!
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Boston is a classic and charming New England destination. It’s arguably America’s greatest walking city, which makes it easy to stroll through the historic district, see a museum (or three) and grab dinner on the waterfront all within one day.
Where to Stay: This Airbnb is right down the street from Fenway Park on Beacon Street. You and your sweetheart can stay in a one bedroom modern apartment, which is situated in an historic building, within super close walking distance of the Museum of Fine Arts. The best part of this rental? The price is $67 a night!
What to Do: Sail on a Lighthouse Brunch Cruise! Experience the beauty of the New England coastline featuring 4 famous Boston lighthouses AND a scrumptious brunch. If brunch isn’t your thing, there are about a dozen other cruise options as well. No matter which cruise you choose, you are sure to have a romantic and nautical adventure.
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Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is becoming the southern city of romance. Best known for its historical beauty and secret gardens, there is so much to do in this thriving city! Voted the most romantic city in America by Travel and Leisure, Charleston offers a variety of activities sure to ignite the spark for every couple.
Where to Stay: This Airbnb will give you a taste of tiny house living at only $73 a night! This is the perfect space for a couple’s getaway. With a queen-sized mattress in the loft, bamboo floors and high ceilings this is a special escape, but do you know the best spot in the house? The hammock underneath the cedar tree which is perfect for cuddles under the stars.
What to Do: Take in the beauty of Charleston on a private carriage tour! Palmetto Carriages offers a variety of different packages, which all feature a new way to see the “Holy City” in a more intimate setting with your own personal guide. Make sure to check out their Sweetheart Special, a 30-minute private carriage ride for $50 only offered on Valentine’s Day!
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St. Louis, Missouri
Oftentimes referred to as the “Gateway to Love,” St. Louis is a rising Midwest tourist destination perfect for a romantic weekend away. Beer, bowling and baseball are some of the top attractions, but history and culture are also a vital part of its foundation. There are plenty of ways to make memories with your sweetheart without paying top dollar!
Where to Stay: This Airbnb located right in the heart of St. Louis will give you all the comforts of home. You will be only minutes away from the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, Scottrade Center, casinos and more. Or you can opt to stay in, to enjoy the fully equipped AND stocked kitchen, 4K TVs and indoor heated salt water pool for a mere $60 a night!
What to Do: Kick up your feet for a little fun at the Casa Loma Ballroom! This historic venue has been hosting dance parties for more than 85 years. If your dancing is a little rusty, don’t worry. There are complimentary swing dance lessons most evenings. The ballroom is open on Friday and Saturday nights and offers live music from popular local bands. A night of dancing will leave you breathless for only $10 a person!
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Minneapolis is the biggest and artsiest town on the prairie. There are always things happening, even in the winter. Known as “The City of Lakes,” Minneapolis has 22 lakes located within city limits and many more in the surrounding area. Tailor your Minneapolis itinerary to your partner’s things, whether that means ice skating, seeing a show or visiting one of the 3 sports stadiums.
Where to Stay: This Airbnb is a spacious and stylish one bedroom in the heart of Minneapolis! You and your sweetheart can walk out onto the rooftop deck to enjoy all the downtown vigor, or curl up on the sofa in the grand room with exposed brick, hardwood floors and tall vaulted ceilings. For $89 a night, you will be smack dab in the middle of all the excitement that downtown Minneapolis has to offer!
What to Do: Spice up your date night with a clay date! Fired Up Studios offers a 2-hour class perfect for the couple that’s been dying to channel their inner Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore from Ghost . You can get your hands dirty by spinning a take-home unique pot! They provide everything you need, all you have to do is come ready to have a good time.
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Known as “The Mile High City,” Denver is the perfect combination of urban sprawl and majestic nature, which gives the city character and sets it apart from other destinations. You can turn up the romance with a day at the spa, a night at the theater or a stroll around the botanical gardens. Denver boasts activities for couples with all types of interests!
Where to Stay: This Airbnb is located in the center of CapHill, near dining, bars, shops and entertainment! You will be just a few blocks from the Colorado Capital and within an easy walking distance to Downtown. This $70 a night one bedroom condo comes with a fully-stocked kitchen with complimentary coffee and tea, memory foam queen bed, WIFI and HDTV complete with full cable, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime for a night in.
What to Do: Turn up the heat in the kitchen with a couples cooking class! You can’t beat an intimate evening at the Kitchen Table Cooking School. They offer date-night themes like “Tacos & Tequila” and “Tango in the Kitchen, A Romantic Night in Argentina”. The best part is you can then experiment later with the recipes in the privacy of your own kitchen!
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South Lake Tahoe, California
South Lake Tahoe is the only destination in the country that combines the spectacular beauty of a national park with all the desirable amenities of a world-class resort! You and your partner can enjoy a full range of exhilarating outdoor activities alongside the excitement of 24-hour nightclubs, fine dining, gaming and entertainment.
Where to Stay: This Airbnb is a freestanding, private fully-renovated studio guest house located in a central South Lake Tahoe neighborhood. This unit accommodates two individuals and has a king bed, WIFI access and 2 beach cruiser bikes. You will also be able to enjoy the great outdoors on the wrap around deck, complete with a private hot tub for only $69 a night!
What to Do: Get an amazing view of Lake Tahoe that you and your sweetheart will never forget! Lake Tahoe Balloons Inc. creates a full experience that starts with a continental breakfast as the crew prepares the balloon. The tour then takes passengers about 8,000 to 10,000 feet in the air for stunning views of Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Lake and Desolation Wilderness. On clear days, you can even see all the way to Yosemite!
Romance can be found in Seattle’s countless parks, beaches and urban green spaces. Here you and your loved one can stroll over to Pike Place Market to visit the original Starbucks or visit one of the abundant high-end restaurants and art galleries. There’s so much to do that you may end up Sleepless in Seattle!
Where to Stay: This Airbnb will give you stunning views of the Olympic Mountains with the Space Needle overhead! The modern retro flat has a walking score of 95 with a plethora of Seattle’s eateries located just outside your front door. You’ll then be able to come home to this spacious, ultra-functional studio with a comfy queen bed for only $60 a night.
What to Do: Dinner and an amazing show await you and your sweetheart! A night in the antique tent of Teatro Zinzanni has it all: delicious food, great entertainment and a chance to cozy up next to your date. Enjoy a show full of humor, music and aerial acts while dining on a five-course meal. It’s sure to be a magical experience!
Book your romantic weekend getaway just in time for Valentine’s Day by calling Elite Travel at 815-232-7777!
By: Rebecca Clausen