Valentine’s Day is almost here, but instead of splurging on flowers that will wilt and chocolates that will disappear, why not create a more lasting impression of the day with a trip? February 14 falls on a Friday this year, which seems like the perfect excuse for a three-day weekend. Since restaurants, shops, and hotels are all rolling out promotions and packages to entice Valentine’s Day travelers, you might even be able to snag a deal. To see where the winds might take you, check out these seven destinations.
1. Vail, Colorado
To spend Valentine’s Day weekend in a snowy retreat, head to Vail. With beginner slopes and lessons, even the most amateur skier or snowboarder can enjoy the winter weather and scenic beauty of the mountains. After a day spent skiing down slopes, you can use the area’s free public transportation system to get to one of the town’s three regions. In these centers, you’ll find options for shopping, dining, and drinking.
Visitors who overdo it on the slopes can unwind with a massage or ease muscles back at their lodging in the hot tub. The Vail Resorts Management Co. lets you browse for a place to stay by location, amenity, and/or proximity to the lift.
Vail was incorporated in 1966 and has become one of North America’s leading mountain resort communities. The usual daytime temperature in the winter is 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and there are, on average, of 300 days of sunshine each year. Attractions in the town have grown with the resort’s success. An arts and culture program has been implemented, and recreational activities beyond the slopes — like tennis, golf, and botanical gardens — have popped up over the years.