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SWEET SAVINGS: 5 Romantic Getaways for Less

Whether it’s a romantic Valentine’s Day rendezvous or simply time away to relax and reconnect, February is the perfect month to fall in love with these Simply Sweet deals from Unique Inns, a collection of extraordinary Country Inns, Bed & Breakfasts & Boutique Hotels in the American West.  


Specials include ocean view rooms with roaring fireplaces, candle-lit whirlpool soaks, gourmet breakfast in bed, couples massages, complimentary chilled champagne, decadent chocolate covered strawberries and more.

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10 Sweet Valentine's Day Travel Deals To Fall In Love With

Whether it’s a staycation, active adventure, tropical getaway or spa day retreat you’re looking for, here are ten sweet Valentine’s Day travel deals to fall in love with. 

1. Bike/Raft Adventure, Utah. 
Buy one and your sweetheart goes for HALF PRICE. A wilderness river or mountain bike trip offers the chance to truly get away and just spend time together. Your guides take the ‘rough’ out of camping and leave you with plenty of time to relax, explore, dig your toes into the sand and keep the focus on each other. Reservations must be made by February 10, 2012. www.bikeraft.com

2. Seven Days in Heaven, Rendezvous, St. Lucia.

An all-inclusive Caribbean hideaway is ideal for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. Try the “Seven Days in Heaven” package at St. Lucia’s Rendezvous boutique hotel for couples, perfect for celebrating each day in a new way. Available from February 10 for stays through the month of February, 2012. The promotional code “My Valentine” must be used when booking. www.theromanticholiday.com

3. Pampered retreat, Kismet Inn, Bath, Maine.

So you don’t have a special someone to lavish sweet nothings on? That doesn’t mean the pampering should go to waste. Replenish and renew your spirit at the Kismet Inn located in Bath, ME.  Start your day practicing your best downward dog followed by a centering meditation session. Enjoy a healthy midday meal before heading to the coast for a scenic and relaxing walk along the water. When you leave you’ll feel replenished and happy you spent your Valentines Day getting back in touch with you. www.BnBFinder.com/Kismet

4. Two Nights Free, Namale Resort & Spa, Fiji 

Namale Resort & Spa in Fiji special Holiday Romance package, offers guests the chance to stay seven nights at the 5-star resort for the price of five. Voted the Best Hotel for Romance in the South Pacific by Trip Advisor® and One of the Top 50 Most Romantic Places on Earth by Luxury Magazine, the all-inclusive resort and spa provides the idyllic backdrop for romance, unparalleled luxury and privacy. To take advantage of this package, guests must plan to stay at Namale now through February 28, 2012. Couples can also expect extra perks upon their arrival at the resort. www.namalefiji.com

5. Night on the Town, NYC

Planning a romantic trip to New York City? Gray Line New York (the iconic red double decker buses in NYC) is offering a romantic date option for couples or anyone who wants to see the dazzling side of New York City with their Night on the Town tour. Buy two tickets for the Night on the Town Tour for February 14th and recieve $20 off. www.newyorksightseeing.com

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Top 2011 Summer Travel Deals in Belize

With vacation season on the horizon, travelers hunting for a bargain will find wallet-friendly options in Belize as hotels are slashing prices and boosting inclusive packages for the summer months.

Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, ancient Maya temples, exotic wildlife and more, Belize provides an unforgettable vacation. And with a fixed exchange rate of BZ$2 to US$1, travelers will naturally save even more on their summer trips.  

Below is a list of specific offers that begin in the summer and run through Belize’s low season (October 31) and are tailored to fit a range of travelers - from couples seeking romantic escapes to families in search of safe summer destinations. Travelers can also find a full roster of hot summer deals on Belize’s official travel website, TravelBelize.org.

 

SUMMER ROMANCE FOR A BARGAIN

Featuring remote islands, mesmerizing waterfalls and affordable luxuries, Belize is the ideal getaway for couples in search of rousing romantic destinations. From seaside star-gazing on the white beaches of Placencia to breathtaking sunsets on the Maya temples of Caracol in the Cayo District, Belize’s awe-inspiring attractions are sure to sizzle any couple’s summer. While the country’s romance website, Belize In Love, features romantic packages offered year-round, below are two summer deals perfect for stirring up a little romance.

 

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Ceiba Del Mar Resort Rolls Out Romance Package for Last-Minute Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day lovers who follow their hearts south of the border to Mexico’s luxurious Ceiba del Mar Beach Spa and Resort for Valentine’s Day will fall for the ocean-view accommodations, Yucatan edibles and spa indulgences featured in the boutique resort’s Romance Experience.

 

The Romance Experience package includes:

A refreshing welcome champagne cocktail upon arrival;
A four-night stay in a luxury, ocean-view suite with upgrade if available;
One private-by-candlelight dinner for two with bottle of wine, featuring a presentation of artisanal Mexican edibles prepared by a local chef and served amid a romantic indoor/outdoor backdrop just steps from the Mexican Caribbean and a white-sand beach ideal for hand-in-hand strolls at sunset; and
One 50-minute Love & Indulgence Couple’s Massage Spa at the wellness aromatherapy Spa at Ceiba del Mar. This premium spa therapy takes place in a special couples-only treatment room. Lovers also are welcome to enjoy the facilities at their leisure, including a fully-equipped gym an advanced hydrotherapy circuit.

 

Rates for the Romance Experience start at $180.00 USD (per person, per night) plus 14% taxes and a 5% service charge based on double occupancy. 

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Amelia Island Romance Packages and Valentine's Day Deals

Amelia Island hotels, inns and resorts are offering some sweetheart deals to make a Valentine’s Day getaway as affordable as it is romantic.  

 

A selection of packages and special rates currently offered by Amelia Island accommodators for Valentine’s Day 2011, include:

 

Amelia Hotel at the Beach – (877) 263-5428, www.ameliahotel.com
The Amelia Hotel at the Beach is offering two romance packages during the weekend of Valentine’s. The Hearts & Flowers package starts at $395 plus tax and includes overnight accommodations in an ocean-view room for two nights, dinner for two at the Crab Trap Restaurant, rose petal turndown adorning your room, chocolate-covered strawberries, chilled champagne, and keepsake flutes. 

 

Starting at $380 plus tax, the Victorian Romance package includes overnight accommodations in an ocean-view room for two nights, private horse and carriage tour of historic downtown Fernandina Beach, round-trip taxi service to carriage tour, keepsake throw blanket and a bottle of wine. Both packages include the family-owned property’s standard amenities such as complimentary daily, ‘Hot and Healthy’ breakfast, parking, high speed Wi-Fi and fresh-baked cookies.

 

Amelia Island Williams House – (800) 414-9258, www.williamshouse.com
The Romantic Valentine Getaway Package at the Williams House offers guests two nights accommodations, chilled champagne upon arrival, a cupcake goodie box from Patty Cakes Bakery, stunning floral arrangement in room, dinner for two at Joe’s 2nd St. Bistro or Espana, gourmet breakfast each morning and complimentary social hour each evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres, starting at $545. 

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Jamaica Hotels and Resorts Offer Special Winter Packages

Jamaica is rolling out the red carpet to welcome visitors for the 2010/2011 winter travel season, which officially kicks off December 15, 2010. Many of Jamaica’s hotels, resorts and attractions have created special packages for travelers who seek a warm weather escape from the plummeting temperatures up north.

From family fun and romantic retreats to winter bliss at the Ritz, here are a few choice deals:

 

Family Fun

Half Moon’s Family Escape package is valid from January 5 through April 15, 2011. The package includes daily nanny service for two children under four years old and complimentary breakfast. The property’s Very Important Little Persons Service (VILPS) will treat kids with a special gift upon arrival, access to Half Moon’s Anancy Children’s Village and Sleepy Treat. Rates begin at $690 for double occupancy for a Junior Suite. Booking deadline is April 11, 2011. www.halfmoon.com

 

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"Free Weddings" in St. Maarten

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts give brides and grooms the best gift of all – a free Caribbean wedding!  Journey to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino for a “Free Wedding Package”.


Book 10 rooms or more for a minimum of seven nights to say “I Do” to savings.

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts’ “Free Wedding Packages” include:

*  Wedding coordinator
*  Wedding cake
*  Corsage and boutonniere
*  Official Marriage License
*  10% off select spa services at Sonesta Maho’s Good Life Spa
*  Corsage for bride and boutonniere for the groom
*  Room upgrade
*  Extra Bonus– Complimentary reception and dinner at Sonesta Maho!

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Get Back to the Basics of Romance with Hotel Blake's Special Offer for Couples

Boutique Printer’s Row Property’s Romance Package is Easy on the Wallet, Big On Atmosphere, Luxury and Relaxation


All you need is love – and the charming and elegant atmosphere at Chicago’s Hotel Blake – for a perfect couples’ getaway that’s easy on the wallet. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Printer’s Row close to museums, shops, restaurants and theater, this luxury boutique hotel is offering a Romance Package for just $159/night through February 28, 2009 that includes luxury accommodations for two as well as a box of Vosges chocolates to share.

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Romance on a Budget: Plan a Quickie

The time is right for an affordable Valentine’s Day getaway


As holiday gifts loom on the credit card and the country’s economic woes persist, consumers are seeking inexpensive options for romance on Valentine’s Day.

Good news: The calendar and recent trends of discount travel have aligned to make Valentine’s Day 2009 especially auspicious for a romantic weekend getaway.


This year, Valentine’s Day falls on the same three-day weekend as President’s Day. By choosing a nearby destination, travelers can plan a long-weekend escape without using additional vacation days.

Low gas prices and travel bargains sweeten the deal to help couples stretch their vacation dollars and keep romance in the budget.

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Taos Wintertime Romance, Recreation & Relaxation for Two Package

Pamper your loved one with a romantic getaway to Taos, New Mexico this winter. For a limited time, Hotel La Fonda is offering this special package for couples at the historic hotel on the Plaza in Taos.

Enjoy 2 days of skiing at the world renowned Taos Ski Resort, followed by rejuvenating massages for both of you and a gourmet dinner at Joseph’s Table Restaurant.

Romantic / Plush Package from Hotel La Fonda de Taos
Taos Wintertime Romance, Recreation & Relaxation for Two

Package Includes:

  • Two luxurious nights lodging in a Deluxe Plaza King room
  • Two days skiing (4 full-day adult passes) at
  • world-class Taos Ski Valley
  • Dinner at Joseph’s Table Restaurant ($100 gift card)
  • Two one-hour his & her massages
  • Flowers, Champagne, Chocolates
  • Complimentary Starbuck’s coffees & teas
  • Private D.H. Lawrence Forbidden Art Tour
  • Package price is $899 per couple, plus applicable taxes.*

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BestRomanticInns.com Announces Holiday Getaway Specials, 2008

Romantic Inns and Hotels (www.BestRomanticInns.com), the Internet’s highest rated romantic lodging directory, offers a list of holiday getaway specials in their November 6th newsletter. From a bed and breakfast Thanksgiving to a Christmas getaway in the city, these worldwide lodging specials offer up new ways to celebrate the holidays. View the Holiday Getaway Specials Newsletter online at: http://www.bestromanticinns.com/1/Getaway-Specials/Holiday-Getaways.htm

New Hampshire - Lakes, Ashland - The Glynn House Inn

An English Christmas in New Hampshire
Imagine celebrating Christmas in an elegantly furnished Victorian home filled with delightful holiday decorations. Spend your days skiing, taking romantic walks or go for a sleigh ride. Return to the Inn and relax by a romantic fire. Soak in a bubbling whirlpool bath. Enjoy gourmet breakfasts and specially prepared English Christmas treats each afternoon plus evening wine and seasonal hors d’oeuvres.
Rate: $149.00-$279.00
Valid Through: December, 28, 2008
Web: www.glynnhouse.com, Email: theglynnhouseinn@yahoo.com
Phone: (603) 968-3775, Toll Free: (866) 686-4362

Arizona - Central, Scottsdale - Fairmont Scottsdale

Five Diamond Holiday

This holiday season enjoy luxurious accommodations with breakfast for two, transportation to fabulous shopping at Kierland Commons and a $100 Westcor gift card (plus complimentary gift delivery to your guestroom) with the Lux Holiday Shopping Package at the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale.
Rate: Rates start from $289 per room, per night
Valid Through: December, 31, 2008
Web: www.fairmont.com/scottsdale, Email: reservations@fairmont.com
Phone: (480) 585-4848, Toll Free: (800) 441-1414

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Triple Creek Ranch Offers 20% off Winter Packages and Rates

MONTANA’S TRIPLE CREEK RANCH OFFERS A RARE DISCOUNT ON 3 ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGES OVER SELECT JANUARY AND FEBRUARY DATES

20% Off Room Rates Also Offered
 
 
Triple Creek Ranch, Montana’s beautiful Relais & Châteaux hideaway in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, has long been the favored luxury getaway of couples who appreciate a perfect balance of rest, romance and Rocky Mountain recreation.   Now, the award-winning resort will offer a 20% discount on three all-inclusive, five-day/four-night packages over selected dates in January and February 2009.  For guests wishing to extend their stay or looking for a short visit that is not part of a package, room rates are also discounted 20% during January 3 – 13, 2009; January 24 – February 17, 2009; and February 20 – 28, 2009).
 
Whether couples opt to snowmobile alongside bighorn sheep, ski cross-country or downhill at Lost Trail Powder Mountain or revel in their romance, each packages includes accommodations in a luxury log cabin with private hot tub and fireplace; all meals, snacks and beverages (including gourmet breakfasts and multi-course candlelit dinners with house wines and cocktails), horseback riding in the snow, snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing; and two – one hour massages.
 
Special rates and available packages and dates include:
 
Romantic Paradise in the Mountains of Montana — Priced $3,420 per couple on the following dates: February 5 – 17 and February 20 – 28, 2009
Also includes Champagne and Godiva chocolates on arrival, couples’ massage followed by Champagne, use of all on-ranch facilities (horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing and exercise facilities)
 
Winter Snowmobile Adventure Special — Priced $4,200 per couple on the following dates: January 3 – 13, 2009, January 24 – February 17 and February 20 – 28, 2008
Also includes two days snowmobiling for two, freshly baked cookies and a bottle of wine on arrival and use of all on-ranch facilities (horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing and exercise facilities)
 
Ski the Mountains of Montana — Priced $3,320 per couple on the following dates: January 3 – 13, 2009, January 24 – February 17 and February 20 – 28, 2008
Also includes a day of downhill skiing at Lost Trail Powder Mountain for two with lift tickets and equipment rentals, a day of cross-country skiing at Chief Joseph Pass for two with equipment, freshly baked cookies and a bottle of wine on arrival and use of all on-ranch facilities (horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing and exercise facilities)

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Save with New 2009 Little Dix Packages

FOUR NEW YEAR-LONG PACKAGES FOR 2009 UNVEILED BY ROSEWOOD LITTLE DIX BAY

Luxury, Spa, Romance, and Getaway Packages Offer Savings of up to 15%


Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands is offering four luxury packages at special prices available January 3 - December 17, 2009. The four packages - The Best of LDB, 5-Night Spa Sojourn, 7-Night Romance Escape, and Simply Little Dix - are the perfect way to experience the resort’s private half-mile crescent beach; superb water sports; Sense, A Rosewood Spa; multiple dining choices; and a program of excursions including the highly popular boat drop-offs at selected Virgin Gorda beaches. All packages are priced based on double occupancy and include full daily breakfast, airport transfers, government taxes and 10% resort fees.  Packages are based on availability; blackout dates apply.

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DISCOVERY AT MARIGOT BAY OFFERS SIMPLY ROMANTIC WINTER BREAK WITH SAVINGS OF MORE THAN 25%

Travelers wanting to trade grey skies and blustery weather for the sapphire waters and waving palms of the Caribbean don’t expect a price break during the winter season.  However this winter Discovery at Marigot Bay on the beautiful island of St. Lucia is offering its Simply Romantic Winter Break with savings of 20% on rooms and 25% savings on a whole host of romantic vacation amenities.
 

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa Fall Package Offers

The best-of-both-worlds is now even better at St. Lucia’s all-inclusive Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa. To further cater to guests the resort has launched the “Harmony” and “Splash” wings and introduced several upgrades including redecorated rooms, a new adult pool bar, theme nights, fun snacks and the Caribbean’s first paintball facility.

To introduce the upgrades and launch Harmony and Splash, Coconut Bay is offering value-added packages with special prices for travelers seeking fall, winter and holiday savings.

Between December 1-20, 2008, guests can choose from three packages: 


Fall Romance Getaway for $115 including a Champagne Arrival Reception, complimentary Bubbles-in-Bed (turndown service), 1/2 hour couples’ massage, introduction to kite surfing or windsurfing class. Rates are per person, per day based on double occupancy in a deluxe ocean view room.

Kids Stay Free with Fall Family Frenzy from $99 and receive a round of paintball for the entire family, introduction to kitesurfing or windsurfing class (everyone over age 12), a CocoPack for each child under 12 (backpack, water bottle, hat and t-shirt) and a thirty-minute couple’s massage for mom and dad. Rates are per person, per day based on double occupancy in a deluxe garden view room, kids under 18 stay free (max. 2 kids per room).

Inaugural Premium Package for $149. Complimentary Continental breakfast room service, bottle of preferred drink in room, couples’ private beach picnic, Couples’ oceanfront dinner and preferred dinner reservations. Rates are per person, per day based on double occupancy in a premium ocean view room.

Over the holidays guests have the option of celebrating Christmas or starting the New Year: 
Christmas for $199. Rates are per person, per day based on double occupancy in a deluxe garden view room. Valid December 21-31, 2008.

Bring in the New Year for $157. Rates are per person, per day based on double occupancy in a deluxe garden view room. Valid January 1-21, 2009.

For reservations or more information call 866-978-6226 toll free from the US or 758-456-9999 or email: reservations@cbayresort.com. Space is limited and must be booked by 10/15/08.

 


Source: Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa

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Mamma Mia! Here's a Deal You Can't Resist - 25% Savings To Santorini This Fall

Greece is on movie screens all over the country these days.  And here’s a deal for October at the iconic island of Santorini.



Astra, one of the leading boutique properties in Santorini – that iconic Greek island all over movie screens this summer and glimpsed in Mamma Mia* – is offering a fall special for the first time ever.  October 1 -  31, Astra is providing guests who stay for three nights, a fourth night free – a 25 percent savings off the regular rates. The “Fall in Love at Astra” package starts at about $1,100 and includes a traditional Greek breakfast daily, champagne and chocolates served at sunset on the second day, and taxes – a savings of about $360.

High up on a cliff overlooking the Aegean, offering a bird’s eye view of the 3,600-year-old caldera, Astra provides genuine Greek hospitality in a setting of simple elegance.  Wildflower-filled paths and whitewashed staircases lead to the cozy reception area filled with books and artwork.  The signature colors of the Cyclades are reflected in the sparkling infinity pool hanging 1000 feet above the turquoise sea and the roomy day beds draped in white linen.  Consistently rated one of the top three on the island, this boutique hotel has a loyal following with guests returning year after year.

In October, as chilly winds begin to blast the U.S., a refreshingly cool breeze finally arrives on the beautiful Cycladic island of Santorini, where average temperatures hover around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  With the temperate weather and no summer crowds, visitors can relax in luxurious accommodations at a substantial savings.

Each of the 28 spacious suites and rooms are decorated in traditional island style with works by local artists.  The complex has 16 domed-ceiling apartments and 12 luxurious suites – eight with private plunge pools or outdoor Jacuzzis.  A day spa offers a full range of massages and facials.  Opened this year, Astra’s restaurant serves delicious fresh fish and Santorinian specialties under the stars.

The peaceful village of Imerovigli sits at the highest point on the rim of the caldera.  Quaint white-cube houses are carved into the rocky cliff or line narrow cobblestone streets.  Astra looks directly across to the towering rock of Skaros, with ruins of a 13th century castle built during the Venetian occupation which stood unconquered for 600 years.  .

While it is hard for guests to pull themselves away from the view and the pool at Astra, Santorini offers other pleasures.  There are beaches, archaeological sites, charming medieval villages and a pulsating nightlife.

Astra’s special offer is good through October 31, depending on availability.  The rate for a standard apartment is about $367 or €250 and includes: a bottle of Santorini wine upon arrival, daily maid service and a traditional Greek breakfast of yoghurt and fruit, eggs, ham, cheese – served on the guest’s private balcony.  The “Fall in Love at Astra” fall package represents a savings of about $360 – and means the daily room rate goes down to $275.  A superior apartment is about $440 or €300, and a two-bedroom apartment for four people is $484 or €330.   Suites range in price from $587 to $939 (€400 to €640.)  Free high-speed Internet access is in all rooms and suites.

Rates for the suites include: a bottle of premium Santorini wine and flowers upon arrival, full continental American breakfast on your balcony, twice-daily maid service, newspapers, bathrobes, slippers and additional luxury amenities.  All rates based on single or double occupancy and taxes are included.  

For more information about Astra Apartments and Suites, go to www.astra-apartments.com or www.astra.gr.  For reservations, visit the website or call: 011-30-2286-2-47-65.    
 
 
 
* While most of Mamma Mia was shot in the Sporades Islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, Grecophiles know that several iconic views were really Santorini.


Source: Meredith Pillon Marketing Communications
 

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FALL IN LOVE WITH ATLANTIC CANADA PRICES DROP UP TO 50 PERCENT AT PEAK FOLIAGE TIME

Haven’t managed to get away this summer yet?  Did you really buy into that “stay-cation” idea?  Or does the news about the economy, the gas crisis and high prices have you worried?  How about a vacation this fall that offers real value? 


Savvy leaf peepers know that come September and October there are lower prices, fewer crowds and plenty of elbow room in Atlantic Canada.  And unlike New England and other parts of the US, prices go down in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island during the fall – sometimes as much as 50 percent.   

The rolling hills and picturesque valleys of Atlantic Canada come alive in a wash of fiery crimsons and scarlets along with bright yellows and golds.  Food and music take center stage at colorful festivals.  And since Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving on October 8, Americans can even indulge in an additional holiday feast.

Thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait, Prince Edward Island actually has one of the longest fall foliage viewing periods in North America.  The island’s gentle landscape offers up views of apricot-orange sugar maples and the ruby-reds of cherry and sumac.  These jewel tones contrast with the deep greens of spruce and pine. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Prince Edward Island’s most famous personage – the spunky red-haired orphan Anne of Green Gables – and events continue on through the end of November, www.anne2008.com.  For seafood lovers PEI also offers two food festivals this fall.  The 13th annual PEI International Shellfish Festival will be held in Charlottetown from September 19 to 21. The “biggest kitchen party in Atlantic Canada” will feature chowder cook-offs, oyster shucking contests and five daily performances by some of Canada’s best known musicians, www.peishellfish.com. And 10 days later, from September 30 to October 5, “Fall Flavours,” a new island-wide food festival with more than 130 culinary events, will take place with native son Michael Smith, one of Canada’s leading chefs, hosting a gala dinner and cooking classes, www.fallflavours.ca.

From September 3 through 15 at the Cavendish Maples Cottages, room rates go down to $98 from the summertime high of $141, a savings of 30 percent.  From September 16 through the 21, the rate goes down to $84, a 40 percent savings.  And from September 22, a room for two costs as little as $70 – a whopping 50 percent off high-season rates.  A “Romance Package,” which includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast vouchers for the PEI Preserve Co., passes to Green Gables, a bottle of wine, a chocolate surprise and a welcome gift is available from September 2 to mid-October for $243 per couple, 1-888-662-7537, www.cavendishmaples.com.

Visitors to Nova Scotia will see many autumn colors kayaking along Cape Chignecto or hiking, biking, or canoeing through Kejimkujik National Park.  They might even catch sight of moose.  Several food and music festivals take place in the fall, and farmers’ markets have an abundance of fall produce.  From September 4 through October 26, the 2008 Wines of Nova Scotia Fall Festival will offer more than 25 tastings, grape stomps, gourmet dinners, cooking classes and food pairing events, www.winesofnovascotia.ca.  Melodic voices and the sounds of pipes and fiddles will fill the air in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island at the Celtic Colours International Festival, October 10 to18.  In its twelfth year, this festival will focus on Celtic cultures with home grown Cape Breton musicians as well as artists from Scotland, Ireland, Spain and even Cuba, www.celtic-colours.com.

At the White Point Beach Resort rates also dip in the fall.  Starting September 15, prices for a standard river view room drop to $111 Sunday through Thursday, from the summertime high of $140 – a 20 percent discount.  (The weekend rate is $131.)  After October 19, the rate goes down further to $102 – a 27 percent savings.  (Sunday through Thursday the weekend rate is $111.) The resort’s “Beach Romance” package includes cottage accommodations for three nights, fresh flowers, a fruit basket, sparkling wine, a three-course candlelight dinner, breakfast in bed and a gourmet picnic basket.  Guests may also select a bike trip, round of golf or massage.  The package costs $679 through September 13 and goes down to $621 from September 13 to October 18.  After October 19, the package is only $562, 1-800-565-5068, www.whitepoint.com.

Retracing four centuries of settlement, Newfoundland’s Discovery Trail presents a panorama of stunning seascapes, quiet fishing villages and historic sites.  And the fall colors are spectacular: pin cherry and white birch turn bright yellow, sugar maples become rich orange and blueberry bushes explode into crimson.  Majestic icebergs, pods of whales and puffin colonies lure nature lovers.  A network of foot and cart paths lead to fishing ponds, centuries-old lighthouses and isolated out ports.  Visitors can hike from the abandoned community of British Harbour and the lighthouse of Kings Cove trail to the site of a natural fort used during Queen Ann’s War of 1703-13.  One of the most picturesque spots along the Discovery Trail is the charming national heritage community of Trinity.  Here, narrow lanes lead to restored 19th century merchant houses.   There are some 50 architecturally significant buildings in this small town of 350.  Whale watching is a popular activity from the port and twenty-two species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises swim along the coastline.

This fall, the Artisan Inn and the Campbell House are offering a “stay two nights, get one free” package, which includes accommodations for two, full daily breakfasts and four-course dinners all three days in the Twine Loft Restaurant (featured in the 2008 “Where to Eat in Canada.”)  The package also provides two passes for the Trinity Museum Tour and a year’s subscription to Newfoundland Quarterly.  The rate, at $270 per person, double occupancy, is an 18 percent savings.   After September 15, guests that stay three or more nights, pay a nightly rate of $112, 15 percent off the high-season price.  The Artisan Inn sits on the shore of Fisher Cove in Trinity Harbour and many of its furnishings were created by local artisans.  Rated 4-star Canada Select, the Campbell House is an historic 1840 building with harbor views and sweeping vistas of Trinity, 1-877-464-7700, www.trinityvacations.com.

Fall is also a special time in New Brunswick where wind-swept beaches provide a back-drop for miles upon miles of crimson red peat bogs.  Lighthouses and fishing villages dot the landscape and Acadian joie de vivre colors a multitude of special events.  The 36th annual Oyster Festival, October 2 to 5, will feature tastings, a multi-course oyster supper, and oyster opening and eating contests.  New Brunswick is also home to Canada’s largest jazz festival – the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton.  From September 9 to 14, electric blues, jazz and funk musicians will offer 120 performances, including 40 free shows, in 23 venues in the city’s historic downtown, www.harvestjazzandblues.com

The Hotel Paulin in Caraquet is a charming Victorian hotel built in 1891 and still operated by the Paulin family.  From September 16 to October 15, two people can stay for only $107 per night.  After October 16, the price drops to $102.  The 10-room hotel also has a two-night “Fall for Love” package that includes a full breakfast daily, three-course dinner and wine pairing, Acadian gift basket with wine and cheese, a chocolate and port tasting, Oyster Museum visit with tasting or goat cheese farm tour and tasting.  Additionally, guests may choose between one of the following: a chocolate body wrap treatment, a round of golf, four-course tasting menu with wine at dinner, an oyster cooking class or lobster cooking class.  The package is $405, per person, double occupancy from September 1 through October 15, 1-866-727-9981, www.hotelpaulin.com.

Travelers can download guides and find more information about fall packages, accommodations and events by going to the four provincial web sites: www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca, www.newfoundlandandlabrador.com, www.novascotia.com/fall and www.gentleisland.com/fall.  The Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership (ACTP) is a nine member pan-Atlantic partnership comprised of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the four Atlantic Canada Tourism Industry Association and the four Provincial Departments responsible for tourism of New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.




Source: Meredith Pillon Marketing Communications

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Valentine's Day Getaway Specials 2008 From Romantic Inns & Hotels

Looking for a Valentine’s Day getaway to pamper yourself and your sweetheart? Here are some  U.S.-based romance getaways sure to please your valentine - and your bank balance.

 Georgia Island RomanceThe Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia, offers a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day that includes accommodations and dinner for two. Offered February 10-14, 2008 at $249.00 per couple, per night. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel was once the exclusive turn-of-the-century winter retreat for many of America’s wealthiest financiers: Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, and Morgan among them. Today, the resort has been completely renovated and features 157 guest rooms and suites in five historic settings, three restaurants, and access to 63 holes of golf on four courses. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1978 and more recently a Historic Hotel of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Phone: 912-635-2600, Web: http://www.jekyllclub.com

 
Virginia Beach: Three Nights of Romance
Enjoy a Valentines getaway at the Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the month of February. Rates are $195.00 to $245.00 per night for two people and include luxury accommodations with private spa bathrooms, reservations for activities and dining, a dozen red roses and bottle of Moet Chandon Champagne on arrival, gourmet daily breakfast for two in the dining area with fireplace, couple’s massage in the privacy of your room (or individual massage in the 3rd floor Spa Tower with expansive views of the ocean). Three night minimum stay. Guest rooms at the Inn, circa 1937, feature private bathrooms, which may include massage, steamer or rainfall shower.
Phone: 757-422-2621, 888-422-2630, Web: http://www.beachspabnb.com   
 
Denver Romance
Located across from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Hotel Teatro, Denver’s luxury boutique hotel, offers a Valentine’s Day package that includes sparkling wine with “Hotel Teatro” champagne flutes to commemorate this special night, Chocó love chocolate bar, fresh strawberries, continental “breakfast in bed.”  Rates start at $269; available February 8th through February 17th 2008. Guestrooms include cherry-wood desks with leather blotters, marble and sandstone bathrooms featuring deep soaking bath-tubs, rainforest showers and pillow-top beds with Frette linens and down comforters. Unique costumes and photographs from past theatrical productions of the Denver Center Theatre Company decorate the interior. Two restaurants, AAA Four Diamonds. Phone: 303-228-1100, Web: http://www.hotelteatro.com
 
Romance in Provence at the InterContinental Boston
The InterContinental Boston brings the romance of the French countryside to historic downtown Boston with a luxurious Valentine’s Day package. Rekindle your romantic flame with a soothing couples massage, sample sumptuous cuisine in the Provence-themed Brasserie, then retreat to your spacious guestroom to find your bed covered with rose petals. Awake to breakfast in bed and “réveillez-vous amoureux” (wake up in love). Rates begin at $499. Phone: (617) 747-1000, 187-7747, Web: http://www.intercontinentalboston.com
 
It’s All About You-Romance
Experience romance at the Anniversary House Bed & Breakfast, Cedar City, Utah. Surround yourself with antiques and elegant ambiance.  Snuggle by the fireplace, roam the quaint shops in historic downtown, relax and enjoy your stay.  Romance package is $229.00: includes the honeymoon suite, flowers, chocolates and a gourmet breakfast. Phone: 435-865-1266, 800-778-5109, Web: http://www.theanniversaryhouse.com
 
New Brunswick Romance
Love is in the air at the Delta Fredericton Hotel, Fredericton, New Brunswick, from February 14th-17th. Enjoy a romantic getaway with the Valentine’s Romance package that includes one night’s accommodation, a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival, candles in your room and a fondue for two in DJ Purdy’s lounge. Starting from $179.99 based on double occupancy. Indulge your senses in an elegant guest room, with choice amenities including cozy terry cloth bathrobes and feather-soft pillows and duvets. Feast on the regional home cooking of award-winning Executive Chef Hector Jimenez-Bravo at Bruno’s Restaurant. Phone: 506-457-7000, 888-462-8800, Web: http://www.deltafredericton.com
 
Maryland Romantic Getaway
Escape and enjoy a Valentine’s getaway at Belmont Manor House, Elkridge, Maryland, February 15-16 or February 16-17, 2008. Enjoy a wine dinner featuring hors d’oeurves in the mansion followed by a five course dinner menu paired with four wines. Romance package includes overnight accommodations, champagne and chocolate upon arrival in your guest room, five course gourmet wine dinner and a country breakfast. $165 - $175.00 per person plus tax, double occupancy. Phone: 410-772-4304. Web: http://www.belmontconferencecenter.com
 
Mountain High Tennessee Romance
The Iron Mountain Inn B&B, Butler, TN, offers a Mountain High Sweetheart Special through February 18: accommodations (with steam shower for two), a romantic dinner by candlelight one night, in-room massages, candles, romantic music, one perfect red rose champagne, and the famous Iron Mountain Inn chocolate chip cookies. $300.00 per night plus tax. The Inn’s location (2400 feet high) offers view of the Cherokee National Forest and Appalachian Trail. Phone: 423-768-2446, 888-781-2399, Web: http://www.ironmountainInn.com  
 
Snow & Snuggle Valentine’s Day Package
Treat your honey to a magical winter Valentine’s getaway at the Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH. Package includes accommodations, flowers, candlelight dinner, sleigh ride, breakfast and activities: skiing, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, skating and use of the indoor pool and fitness center. Valid on Valentine’s Day - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008. $198 per couple/double occupancy in a deluxe room. Located at the King Pine Ski Area. Phone: 603-367-8896, 800-367-3754, Web: http://www.purityspring.com
 
Hotel Monaco Portland Art of Romance Package
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style at the sophisticated new Hotel Monaco in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon.  You and your love will be spoiled by elegant accommodations for two, rose petals scattered over the bed at turndown, chocolate body paints and brush, a chilled bottle of Champagne upon arrival, and Continental breakfast in bed.  Rates start at $219.00.  Phone: (503) 222-0001, (800) 711-2971, Web: http://www.monaco-portland.com
 
Ohio Love
Donna’s Premier Lodging, Berlin, Ohio, offers a Valentine’s getaway that includes one night in a luxurious cottage featuring a heart shaped waterfall Jacuzzi and a romantic fireplace. Indulge yourself with a country breakfast delivered to your door in the morning.  Enjoy the fragrance of a dozen roses that will be waiting in your room upon arrival.  Satisfy your sweet tooth with a box of hand-dipped chocolates. $229 plus taxes. Phone: (330) 893-3068, Web: http://www.donnasofberlin.com
 
Nude Valentine’s Day
As most of the USA is captured in winter winds, the California couples only nude resort, Sea Mountain Inn - Nude Resort & Spa Hotel, Palm Springs, California, basks in sunshine and warm waters. February is the month of love at sea mountain inn, with a 24 hour dance lounge and warm mineral water pools. Many celebrities flock to this Eden of sun, ranked top ten naked experiences by AOL and MSN, Maxim and VH1-MTV. Rates start at $249.00, single or double occupancy, and include accommodations, daily breakfast and full use of all VIP rooms and spa areas. Phone: 760-251-1230, 877-928-2827, Web: http://www.seamountaininn.com
 
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Romantic Inns & Hotels features romantic getaways worldwide: bed and breakfast inns, country inns, resorts and small hotels.  http://www.BestRomanticInns.com

 

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