Sweet Inn-dulgence: Valentine's Day B&B Romance Packages


Finding a Valentine’s getaway just got easier. Travelers can now explore a selection of romance packages and specials available at North America inns by visiting Select Registry’s new website, http://www.selectregistry.com/valentines. Browse by inn location, package type, or amenities - such as a spa or culinary experience. 

Select Registry B&Bs offer luxurious drive-to escapes in scenic locales across the United States and Canada. Rendezvous without the costs or romance-busters of air travel, rental cars and hasty breakfasts. Romantic ambiance, one-of-a-kind amenities and delicious breakfasts are all part of the package.

For couples seeking a one-of-a-kind retreat this Valentine’s Day and beyond, here are a few of the romance packages available: 

Honor Mansion - Healdsburg, California

Escape to a romantic three-night retreat in the heart of California’s renowned Sonoma Wine Country. Honor Mansion’s Valentine’s Day Package pampers with candle-lit rose petal turndown upon arrival (or at another time upon request); handcrafted chocolates; local sparkling wine with keepsake flutes; and a romantic movie to enjoy in-room with popcorn and as a take-home gift. Guests choose from thirteen spacious guestrooms, private cottages and luxurious suites, all spread over four landscaped acres. Amenities include romantic sleigh and canopy beds, hand-carved fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, iPod radios, and private terraces with outdoor spa tub for two. This package is offered complimentary with any three-night stay, starting any time, Feb. 10 – 15, 2011. 

Honor Mansion offers an elegant setting and exceptional amenities: a solar-heated lap pool and spa pavilion, PGA putting green, jogging trails, walking gardens, tennis courts and a quarter-acre of Zinfandel vines. This AAA Four Diamond property sits at the confluence of the world-renowned wine growing appellations of Dry Creek, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley, which host more than 100 world-class wineries and tasting rooms. Spa services are available in-room or poolside. Nestled on four landscaped acres, this romantic resort inn is an easy walk to the historic Healdsburg town plaza, with lively shops, galleries, bakeries and restaurants.

 

The Oliver Inn - South Bend, Indiana

Get swept away in the grandeur of the Three Mansions Package, a romantic retreat among three 19th-century estates in historic South Bend. At the elegant Oliver Inn, couples enjoy an overnight stay with locally made gourmet chocolates, ambient sound machines, spa robes, and free Wi-Fi. Wake to a gourmet candlelight breakfast, then explore nearby Copshaholm House Museum – the 38-room estate of 20th century industrialist J.D. Oliver. The package also includes a $35 dining certificate to the century-old Studebaker Mansion’s celebrated Tippecanoe Place restaurant. The Three Mansions Package starts at $170 for one night’s stay. Book additional nights and receive a 20 percent discount, available Sun. – Thurs. Upgrades to a King Fireplace Suite or Queen Suite are just $20 more per night.

Built in 1880, the Queen Anne-style Oliver Inn offers eight guestrooms and suites, as well as the two-bedroom Carriage House Retreat. Guests can unwind amid an acre of maple-shaded lawns, or explore the region’s rich heritage and scenic beauty along the Northern Indiana Art and Earth Trail.  Nearby attractions include historical museums, artisan shops, farmer’s markets, restaurants, wineries, performing arts centers, championship golf, the University of Notre Dame and more.  

 

1906 Pine Crest Inn – Tryon, North Carolina

The Moonlight Package sets hearts aglow with a gourmet getaway amid the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills at this historic inn – a onetime favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Couples enjoy two nights’ deluxe accommodations in charming cottages and cabins reminiscent of an English country inn, with rich furnishings, stone fireplace and whirlpool tub. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with chocolate truffles and long-stem roses. The package also spotlights award-winning gourmet breakfasts each morning, and a romantic four-course dinner for two at Carter’s Restaurant & Wine Cellar, Pine Crest’s AAA-Four Diamond fine dining venue. The two-night Moonlight Package is $595.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1906 Pine Crest inn offers 35 guest rooms, suites and cottages located a quarter-mile from downtown historic Tryon in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Amenities include supple leather chairs, natural hardwood floors, private sitting rooms, stone fireplaces, whirlpool baths and free Wi-Fi. Original buildings, including a 240-year-old log cabin, a woodcutter cottage, and a stone cottage, add to its charm. The inn’s restaurant is renowned for its foothills cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients and boasts a Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence. 

 

Elizabeth Pointe Lodge – Amelia Island, Florida.

This coastal retreat invites couples to Surprise Your Partner with a one-night getaway amid white-sand beaches and gentle ocean waves. The package welcomes with a bottle of wine and one dozen roses upon arrival, as well as fine dining for two in historic Fernandina Beach. Enjoy luxurious accommodations in an oceanfront king superior room, featuring oversized soaking tubs with bubble bath and free Wi-Fi, as well as complimentary beach chairs, towels and umbrellas. Guests savor bountiful breakfasts served in the Lodge’s oceanfront dining room, as well as wine and hors d’oeuvres each evening. The Surprise Your Partner package is priced at $584, with lower rates available Sun. – Thurs. Romantic two- and three-night packages are also available.

Rated “One of the 12 Best Waterfront Inns” in America and Voted the #2 small hotel in the U.S. in the 2008 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, the Pointe sits directly on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The inn is a short bike ride to the historic seaport of Fernandina, where guests find outstanding restaurants. Concierge assistance is available for day trips, bicycle touring, beach horseback riding, tennis, golf, sailing, charter fishing, kayak and Segway tours, boat rentals, birding and spa experiences.  

 

For a full list of packages and specials available at Select Registry inns across North America, visit http://www.selectregistry.com/valentines.

 

About Select Registry

Select Registry is a collection of North America’s most distinctive inns. Member properties must pass rigorous, ongoing quality inspections to gain admission to this unique portfolio. Many are recipients of coveted industry awards for both service and ambiance, including: Best Small Hotels in the U.S., Top Ten Romantic Inns, Best Breakfast in America, Best Places To Watch the Sun Set, and World’s Best Adventure Lodges. Only 400 of the 20,000 inns and bed and breakfasts in North America have qualified to join this “best-of-the-best” collection. To explore Select Registry inns across North America, visit http://www.selectregistry.com.

 

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