Valentine’s Day is a holiday that very easily borders on cringe-worthy. Between over-the-top romantic gestures, a tremendous amount of pressure to please your loved one, and the copious amount of cheap drugstore products in various shades of pink, it can be so easy to lose the true meaning of the holiday. If after all this though, you and your significant other are still tempted to celebrate, there are some places that make for the perfect getaways. Here are some great destinations for couples that are always down to travel, whether domestic or international, but also think outside the box.
Don’t let its reputation as a sports city fool you: Boston is secretly a city of romance. Full disclosure: As a Boston resident, I may be biased. But each fall, the number of wedding photos done in the Boston Garden proves this. It’s easy to feel the love in Boston, even in the cold. Catch a show in the city’s famous theatre district and if you’re up for it, brave the weather to admire the snow covered Boston Public Garden. Then head over to the Omni Parker House (where it’s rumored that JFK proposed to Jackie) for some dinner and Boston cream pie. The hotel is the birth place of this dish!
For couples looking to jet away on Valentine’s Day, but not to somewhere, well, cliché: try Luxembourg. Certainly going anywhere within Luxembourg is unique; it’s one of the richest countries in the world, and one of the smallest countries in Europe. International travelers with a love of history and museums will love Clervaux. The moving photo exhibit, “The Family of Man” by Edward Steichen is on permanent display in Clervaux. When you’re done checking that out, you can visit The Battle of the Bulge museum which offers a uniquely European look at American history. Stay Le Clervaux Boutique and Luxury Hotel for a five-star experience, while also checking out local shops. The best part about staying in a country this small? You can rent a car and take a day to check out the rest of the country!
Iceland is another surprisingly great destination for the jet set. The country is home to some stunning landscapes, all within close reach of the capital city. Stay in Reykjavik at Black Pearl, which boasts the city’s “finest suites,” then spend your days enjoying sites in and around the city. Visit Reykjadalur, a valley outside Reykjavik that has a river that’s warm year-round for you to sit in like a natural hot tub. While in Reykjavik, try the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route that you can take a bus tour along that allows you to see the sites of central Iceland, including waterfalls and hot springs.
Escape to New Orleans before the Mardi Gras madness hits and get a dose of warmth and southern hospitality. Take a carriage ride around the French Quarter before grabbing a po’boy for a taste of local cuisine. Enjoy some jazz at a jazz bar or take a walk around one of the city’s scenic areas, like Crescent Park. With the unique culture, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for romance during a stay in NOLA.