Photo Credit: Courtesy The St. Regis Monarch Beach
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with a change of scenery. This year, lovebirds are lucky that not only does Feb. 14 fall on a Saturday, but it is part of the three-day President’s Weekend. It’s the perfect time to check into a hotel in the San Francisco Bay Area or jaunt down to Southern California, where warmer temperatures should await. Here are our picks for the hautest Valentine’s Day getaways.
Meadowood: Escape to Napa’s premier luxury hideaway and indulge in its “My Valentine” package, designed for lovers seeking cherished time with someone very special. A half bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a box of Meadowood chocolates and a fluffy bed sprinkled with rose petals will set a loving tone upon your arrival. The next morning, strike a match, light your fireplace and snuggle back under the covers. You’ll be served a decadent breakfast in the privacy of your room or suite made even more festive by a bottle of Schramsberg Rose. The hotel promises to knock first.
The Fairmont San Francisco: There’s no law that says you have to leave your city for a getaway. Even if you’re a local, you’ll enjoy a stay at this Nob Hill institution. The landmark hotel’s newly renovated guest rooms and suites offer an elegant milieu for turning moments into memories this Valentine’s Day. Lovebirds can celebrate the three-day-weekend with “sweep your sweetie off their feet” specials options including luxurious guestrooms and suites (available for a two-night minimum stay only on Feb. 14 & 15) and a one-night stay in a Specialty Suites (Fairmont & Diplomat Suite only) starting at $3,000 per night (available Feb. 14 only). The Fairmont San Francisco’s “Love Is in the Air” package is another dreamy option for couples seeking to experience the hotel’s timeless romance. You’ll enjoy deluxe accommodations, a choice of Champagne Buffet Brunch in Laurel Court or Breakfast & Mimosas in Bed, plus complimentary parking for one vehicle. that offers a special, five-course Valentine’s Day Dinner menu at its signature Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar. The hotel also is offering a special, five-course Valentine’s Day Dinner menu at its signature Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar for $70; add $30 for a wine pairing.
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Rosewood Sand Hill: You’ll find truffles and Michelin-star dining at this Menlo Park destination that offers stunning and romantic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The “Sweet Valentine” experience at Rosewood Sand Hill, which includes overnight accommodations at the luxury hotel and a Michelin-starred four-course meal at the hotel’s signature restaurant Madera. The award-winning meal comes complete with a decadent Truffle Course where diners can choose from Hand Cut Parpadelle with Wild Mushroom Sugo and White Truffle and Ricotta Tart with Wild Herbs, Spring Onions and Perigord Truffles. The night is topped off with a unique selection of chocolates hand-made by the hotel’s pastry chef waiting for the happy couple at turndown. This pampering package for two starts at $550 per night.
The St. Regis Monarch Beach: You’ll fall in love all over again at this spectacular Laguna Beach resort in Dana Point. Located along the majestic bluffs of the Southern California coast, the St. Regis is offering a special “Sea of Love” package perfect for couples looking to rekindle the romance this February. The package includes a unique Champagne sabering class with a St. Regis butler, a decadent five-course dinner for two at Michael Mina‘s Stonehill Tavern and overnight accommodations in a Coastal Suite, complete with rose petals. Mina, who has been involved with the property for over 17 years, especially loves this enchanting place. “It’s the one property where I just look at the calendar and I can’t wait until it’s my time to visit. There is something that is magical about that property. You almost forget about it when you’re in California. You don’t have to fly to Hawaii—you can go to Laguna.” Mina’s Valentine’s Day menu includes his famous lobster pot pie, Nantucket Bay scallops and black cod. “I love our restaurant… but I always end up going down to the Beach Club, which is down below. You’re sitting there right on the beach and you can have everything—oysters, a burger—and you’re in southern California. It feels like you’re thousands of miles away. You don’t know how many times I’ve begged them to let me take over that restaurant that is right on the beach. I want to serve raw fish while your toes are in the sand.”
Photo Credit: Courtesy Hotel del CoronadoHotel del Coronado: There will be plenty of romance in the air at this iconic San Diego beachfront hotel on Valentine’s Day, or make that Vowentine’s Day. That’s when past Del brides and grooms, married couples and engaged couples from across the globe are invited to celebrate their love in Hotel del Coronado’s historic crown room. The event begins with a collective vow renewal/wedding ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by a three-course dinner, dancing and live music in the resort’s oceanfront ballroom. Couples can make it a weekend to celebrate with 20% off room rates (two-night minimum stay). Each couple celebrating at The Del will be entered to win a second (or first!) honeymoon, including a five-night stay, dinner for two in 1500 OCEAN, s’mores on the beach for two and a couple’s massage at The Spa at The Del.