Tuesday, February 12

TRAVEL TUESDAY: Last Minute Romantic Getaways for Valentine's Day

OK, if you're anything like Mr.P, it's panic time!  I say this with ALL love!  After 26 years of marriage, you definitely learn NOT to sweat the small stuff and choose your battles wisely. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, which happens to fall on Thursday of this week, if you and your sweetie would like to plan a last minute romantic getaway it's not too late.

If you are in need of a little inspiration for picking a romantic getaway that fills your every desire, close to home or somewhere more exotic, take a look at the links below. These are the winning hotels of the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards for The Top 10 Romantic Hotels in the world and in the US.  Couples from all over the world gave them their highest romantic stamp of approval! You never know, they might just be what your looking for. 

Top 10 Romantic Hotels in the US:
  1. Bardessono, Yountville, California
  2. Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, Poipu, Hawaii
  3. Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  4. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
  5. Honor Mansion, A Wine Country Resort, Healdsburg, California
  6. Ocean Lodge, Saint Simons Island, Georgia
  7. Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, Laguna Beach, California
  8. Mountain Home Lodge, Leavenworth, Washington
  9. Tickle Pink Inn, Carmel, California
  10. Henderson Park Inn, Destin, Florida  

 Top 10 Romantic Hotels in the World:
  1. Anastasis Apartments, Imerovigli, Greece
  2. La Minerva, Capri, Italy
  3. Cranleigh Boutique, Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
  4. Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Windermere, United Kingdom
  5. Baros Maldives, North Male Atoll, Maldives
  6. Casa del Mar, Langkawi, Pantai Cenang, Malaysia
  7. Bardessono, Yountville, California
  8. Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  9. Layana Resort and Spa, Ko Lanta, Thailand
  10. Veligandu Island Resort, North Ari Atoll, Maldives


If you still have not found a destination that flips your switch, then I humbly share my Wintertime favorites. They are some of the most intimate getaways I know. Just perfect for total relaxation and completely comfy cozy, making for stress-free snuggling with my main squeeze, Mr.P. Well actually...he is my ONLY SQUEEZE! If you can think of a better way to spend your valentine weekend, other than quality snuggle-time with the one you love, then by all means...do SHARE WITH THE CLASS!

  TDC's Top 10 Favorite Wintertime Romantic Hotels and Spas:
  1. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  2. Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa, Sedona, Arizona
  3. Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada
  4. The Sebastian Vail, Vail, Colordo
  5. The Lorien Hotel and Spa, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
  6. The Ranch at Rock Creek, Phillipsburg, Montanna
  7. Inn and Spa at Loretto, Sante Fe, New Mexico
  8. Meritage Resort at Napa, Napa, California 
  9. Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah
  10. Casa Marina Resort, Key West, Florida

  TDC's Top 10 Favorite Wintertime Romantic Country Inns and B&B's:
  1. Captain Lord Mansion Inn, Kennebunkport, Maine
  2. Fearrington House, Pittsboro, North Carolina
  3. Kingsbrae Arms Relais and Chateaux, St.Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
  4. Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, Florida
  5. The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia
  6. The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
  7. Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Maryland
  8. Lana'i The Lodge at Koele, Lanai, Hawaii
  9. The White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport, Maine
  10. Belfast Bay Inn, Belfast, Maine



You may have noticed that we LOVE Maine and the Florida Keys, we do tend to linger there.  However, I do hope I have given you a wide enough range and cross section of the romantic travel market for you to ponder.  You may have your very own favorite spot that's special for you and your sweetie. If not, and you didn't find anything to suit you here, contact Wayne Watkins of Cornerstone Ministry Travel.  Staying current on the latest travel trends and relevant promotions, Wayne can help arrange all of your travel needs. Domestic or international, last minute or long range, package deals or basic needs-only, Mr. Watkins' main goal is to help you realize your travel dreams.  Sailing, trekking, jetting, skiing or simply staying put, he is efficient with them all.

This may seem too last minute to suit your tastes, but if you can afford a long weekend away.....then go man go! Life is too short not to grab a bit of quality time here and there with the love of your life.  



"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart." -Author Unknown

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