6 Cheap Valentine's Day Destinations for Romantic Getaways

Sometimes, chocolate isn’t enough. Let me rephrase that: While chocolate is always enough, sometimes a nice romantic getaway would also be welcome. Now where to go? Here are our picks for six cheap destinations that will leave you with plenty left over for a nice, big box of Godiva (or any brand – we are not picky).

By the way, these trips are fun for family and “we’re just friends” folks, too.

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Six Cheap Romantic Destinations

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Albuquerque: This is the place to ride horses, play golf, enjoy a fancy spa, go hiking, visit movie/TV locations, eat BBQ, see a museum. Need more? Take a hot air balloon ride. More info here.

Chicago: Go ice skating, step out on the Skydeck in the Willis Tower (if you dare), see the dazzling Art Institute of Chicago, take a horse-drawn  carriage ride and when it’s time to warm up, try an iconic restaurant like the venerable Pump Room. More info here.

Denver: Winter sports? Check. Or take in the view from the Sky Terrace at the Museum of Nature and Science or watch the fish get fed at the Dive Lounge in the Downtown Aquarium. Or try high tea at the Brown Palace. More info here.

Napa Valley: Visit a winery, visit an exquisite restaurant – in the beautiful countryside of northern California. Do not forget to make reservations ahead of time! More info here.

Santa Barbara: This California beach town is a fun mix of old and new including a gorgeous Spanish Mission and a lively arts scene and nightlife. Bike along the Pacific or visit fun boutiques and eat at an outdoor café while enjoying a beautiful sunset. More info here.

Vermont: A lot of Vermont is like a postcard (or a Ben & Jerry carton) so enjoy the scenery while visiting a winery or farmer’s market. Watch cheese being made, buy maple sugar, take a history tour, a snowmobile tour, a ghost tour – or tour a certain ice cream factory. More info here.

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Published: January 16, 2014