East Coast Valentine's Day Ideas: Florida to Maine


Key West

At the bottom of the East Coast, Ernest Hemingway’s dreamy paradise awaits lovers.  Ensconce yourself in the island charm of the keys at Pier House Resort & Spa in an oceanview suite for three nights with the “Sunset Sweets” Package.  You and your beau will indulge with chocolates and champagne, a sunset cruise (some of the most striking I’ve ever seen), a tropical glow sugar scrub at The Spa, all for $606 per night.  This is definitely worth traveling to the end of the world for. 800-723-2791 http://www.pierhouse.com 


Couples who are fonder of working out than spending time dining will love the W Hotel South Beach’s made-for-couples celebrity workout package.  Pick a three- or five-day program, designed by celebrity trainer Simone Cavalleti. You’ll receive a health evaluation, personal training, daily yoga and cardio-aerobic sessions, and pre-planned wellness menus. 305-938-3000 www.wsouthbeach.com/work-it-out

For somewhere more intimate with the art deco feel that Miami Beach is known for, Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami on South Beach is a fabulous choice. The boutique hotel’s “Sinful or Sweet” package is the epitome of sexiness to keep your romance on fire. You’ll get a sex-on-the beach cocktail, an intimacy kit, and tantalizing romance toys to motivate. If you can leave your room, you’ll love the pool deck with its private cabanas, and beach and poolside activities, or The Social Club, the hotel’s lobby lounge. Rates start at only $429. 800-994-6103. www.surfcomber.com.



Atlanta’s St. Regis channels Romeo and Juliet with the “A Legendary Love” travel package for star-crossed lovers that includes accommodations in a suite with a Juliet balcony, plus VIP tickets to the Atlanta Ballet’s production of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette.  The St. Regis Butler Service and Concierge staff will take your stay to even higher levels, arranging in-room flower arrangements, chocolates, champagne, macarons or even a customized bath and massage.  Call 866-716-8116 to book.  www.stregisatlanta.com.



Charleston Place
Charleston is a city of romance, candlelit at night with gorgeous architecture, sensuous parks, and a location on two rivers. At the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel in the center of downtown, you’ll experience heightened romance with a range of choices to help you set the mood. Perhaps you’d like a musician to serenade you in your room? Or maybe special dining treats are your thing – a dark chocolate fondue, or oysters on the half shell served with champagne, or other culinary aphrodisiacs: It’s all there for you to choose this Valentine’s Day. 888-635-2350 http://www.charlestonplace.com


Embassy Row Hotel is offering a customizable “Pop Your Cork” package for Valentine’s Day, with two nights’ accommodations, breakfast, valet parking (a huge plus!), and a choice of six goodies from their fabulous Savory Six amenities.  Would you prefer chocolate or fruit? Wine or champagne? Ice skating or a museum stroll?  A night at the movies or a night-in watching a movie: A warm bubble bath or massage oil? Or $200 to shop at Pentagon City or to see a performance at the Kennedy Center?  Your stay in DC and at the hotel is yours to create – no additional gifts required with this one.  Packages start at $630 and must be used by February 28.  855-893-1011 www.embassyrowhotel.com

The Park Hyatt Washington’s “Suiteheart at the Park’ package will put you in a suite and give you a taste of the hotel’s famous Blue DuckTavern with breakfast.  Should you desire dinner at the restaurant, the special lovers’ wine pairing dinner is priced at $145 per person. www.parkhyattwashington.com, 800-778-7477, www.blueducktavern, 202-419-6755

Martha’s Vineyard

Prefer to head north? Valentine’s Day dinner at Water Street at the classic Harbor View Hotel is a special event.  No summer tourists.  Gorgeous water views of the harbor and the lighthouse.  And you can feast on entrees including local lobster (only Maine and Massachusetts have good ones, you know), all for $48 per person prix fixe.  Throw in a sweet ending like the “tasting for two” with chocolate macaroons, mousse and truffles; book a room upstairs at the hotel for only $179 per night (which, by the way, includes dinner for two); and you have a perfect New England island Valentine’s Day.  800-225-6005. www.harbor-view.com.


Stay at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge and you’ll only have to go downstairs to experience Chef Jody Adams’ special Valentine’s Day dinner at Rialto.  Ask about cooking classes combined with a special Venetian menu for Valentine’s Day. $125 per person for dinner.  617-864-1200 www.charleshotel.com http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/


Watch Hill

Maybe you’ll run into Taylor Swift who’ll croon you a tune about one of her lost loves.  Watch Hill in Rhode Island is not only the site of her new home but it’s also the location of the fabulous grand Ocean House resort. Book a “Romance by the Sea” package that includes two nights in a deluxe room, Champagne, breakfast, brunch, and tickets to a special Salt Marsh Opera dinner. Rates start at $745 per night, per couple.  888-552-2588 www.oceanhouseri.com.



The ultra-romantic White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport invites you to enjoy their off-season Relais & Châteaux experience by the ocean. At a special price of $565 per night, you’ll enjoy two nights’ accommodations, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a four-course dinner in the acclaimed White Barn Inn restaurant.  A wonderful place to be snowed in. 207-967-2321 http://www.whitebarninn.com/


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