This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, which can be construed as a bad thing (we hear your chorus of “the restaurants are going to be so packed,” and we feel you). It’s also a welcome excuse to surprise your significant other with a vacation. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the best in adventure-centric ideas around the globe for a February vacation. If you’re still looking for more inspiration, check out 15 Incredible Winter Getaways That Won’t Break the Bank and 20 Around-the-World Adventure Travel Ideas for 2020.
The 50 Best Weekend Winter Getaways
Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski in Dominica
You love national parks, you love vacations—combine both at Cabrits National Park on this relatively untouched Carribean island. Once you check into Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, the intrepid will have a smattering of diversions: hiking, birdwatching, and an Indian River boat tour, to name a few. Back at the resort, splurge on a farm-to-table meal or at the 18,000-square-foot spa.
Courtesy Image Skaftafell, Öræfi in Iceland
A veritable Shangri-la for nature aficionados, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is the place to plop down at the end of a long day and plot your course to raise the bar tomorrow. Our votes for the bold? A guided glacier tour with Melrakki Adventures and a trip to Diamond Beach (about 35 minutes from Skaftafell) during twilight for unreal sunsets or sunrises. For digs with all the amenities of home, book at The Potato Storage, a family-run apartment guesthouse that was recently revamped.
Ondrej Holub Shandaken Inn in Shandaken, NY
Venture to the Catskills to ring in Cupid’s arrow slinging at this inviting hideaway, which officially opens on Feb. 1. Shandaken Inn is located only 10 minutes from Belleayre Mountain and 30 minutes from Hunter Mountain, so you can squeeze in plenty of powder time during your stay. Back in your room, crack open that whiskey or champagne, sit by the fireplace, and get ready to do it all over again. Best of all, this bucolic retreat is just under 2.5 hours outside of Manhattan.
Courtesy Image Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in Soufrière, St. Lucia
Yeah, those views are enough to make even the most jaded globetrotters pause. At Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, you and your better half can soak up the white-sand beauty situated in 100 acres of rainforest and framed by the Eastern Caribbean island’s landmark UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons, twin volcanic spires that will be etched into your memory bank for years to come. With the hotel’s concierge, pack your itinerary with ziplining, horseback riding with a volcano pit-stop, and biking or hiking through 12 miles of private jungle trails. For the holiday, your Sugar Beach Butler can arrange a couples’ treatment to restore your tired bodies after all that grueling action or a beachfront dinner under the stars. Or both.
Courtesy Image Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Alberta, Canada
Our national parks are pretty epic, but Canada’s first national park dating back to 1885, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, gives us a run for our money. From the plopped-out-of-a-movie Fairmont Banff Springs get ready to ski, take a dog sled tour, ice fish, ice climb, and more. Newly renovated for February 2020, cap off the day with a treatment at the Willow Stream Spa or laze in the mineral pool or whirlpools. For more ideas, read our guide on enjoying Banff, sans crowds, here.
Chris Amat Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino, CA
Book a room at Brewery Gulch Inn with a deck overlooking Smuggler’s Cove for the moments when you can pry yourself from those feather beds outfitted in Sferra linens. When you’re ready to get active on other spatial planes, indulge in the property’s North Coast Adventure Package, where you’ll ride horseback with your better half through the redwoods, take a guided kayak tour through sea caves, and finish with a backpack picnic for two (and maybe a “yes,” hint, hint).
Courtesy Image Sheldon Chalet in Denali National Park, AK
That whole celebrating-Saint-Valentine’s-Day thing gives you a welcome excuse to cross Alaska off your travel wishlist. You’d be hard-pressed to do much better than the Sheldon Chalet, located on a nunatak just 10 miles from Denali’s summit. Snowshoe or glacier trek before, if you’re lucky, catching the Northern Lights. This luxe mountain home includes private guides, a personal chef, and a concierge (in case you forgot the Valentine’s Day flowers, they can dream up something way better).
Chris Burkard Koloa Landing Resort on Kauai, HI
There’s good reason Kauai is dubbed the “Garden Isle,” and the verdant valleys coupled with imposing sea cliffs, snaking rivers, and buzzing jungle are enough to make any visitor wish they could stay forever. With the Koloa Landing Resort as your home base, launch off onto a Kauai Rum Safari or hike the Nā Pali Coast’s Kalalau Trail to Hanakāpīʻai Beach—get your reservation here. Another stellar option for thrill-seekers? Kauai Backcountry Adventures Mountain Tubing, with a water system that weaves you through some of the most remote and scenic parts of the island.
Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) – Tor Johnson McCall, ID
Burgdorf Hot Springs, a collection of 15 cabins, is accessible only by snowmobile in the winter. Once you’re settled, unwind in one of the three hot pools fed by a natural hot spring. Or, stay at Brundage Mountain Resort and reserve a guided snowmobile day-trip to the hot springs, if you can get yourself away from the ski lifts for a day.
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